Do y’all mix up your lunches for your littles or just give them the same thing every day? Now I’m not one that will do shapes and cute bento box like lunches. But I do love to mix it up for them. No one likes to eat the same thing over and over every day and that includes children.
I do not know about other families, but my children eat like twenty times a day. Ok, exaggerating but they will eat breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, snack, dinner and finally dessert. In that order so I prefer to switch it up for them each week.
I plan out breakfast, snacks, lunches, and dinners every Sunday. I do not think of it as a job because I actually enjoy making new menus for each week and only plan a week at a time. I prefer using a list with categories and designed one for myself that I prefer using. I recently put it on my Etsy account and will link it if you are interested in buying or even creating your own.
Breakfast is normally the same through the week and on weekends we switch it up. My husband and I will normally cook or order breakfast burritos in the am from our local burrito shops. When we cook on the weekends it’s; chorizo and egg burritos, chorizo and papa (potatoes), fried eggs with beans- hash brown and tortillas, migas (fried corn tortillas cut into triangles fried in some oil till crispy then eggs thrown in to scramble), sausage-gravy over biscuits, pancakes or waffles. Weekdays the kids prefer different cereals, oatmeal, eggs, or sausage egg and cheese biscuits.
One week we will have sandwiches with a side of chips. It can be PB&J, but I do often switch the jams up for them. We do ham or turkey sandwiches/roll ups for the younger ones. Some other sandwiches they enjoy are; avocado sammys, grilled cheese (throw some ham in it), and fried egg sands (childhood favorite).
What about frozen foods? I am not against frozen for mine. It may not be the most nutritious food but I always try to make up for it with dinner or their snacks. They love the Totino’s pizza rolls, sometimes hot pockets, chicken poppers, taquitos, and the singles deep dish pizzas.
Ok ramen anyone? We love the ones in the cup or bag with some fresh lime in it. I also like to make them some pasta with parmesan cheese, olive oil, and parsley. Their personal favorite is sopita which is fideo browned in oil then cooked like Mexican rice. It is so good and we prefer the conchas (shells), stars, or letter ones. Kind of like a Mexican SpaghettiOs.
Let’s get to the snacks. This week we are having strawberry, grapes, and pineapples mixed together, and then they can choose yogurt and applesauce for later. When I shop for fruits such as those, I will wash all the fruit and put the pineapples in their own glass container, and then cut the strawberries and grapes and put them together in another glass container. So I’ll normally scoop that on a plate for them as a snack.
Other snacks we like to switch up with are cheese sticks, different types of yogurts, variety of fruits, cubed cheese with crackers and fruits, cookies, fruit chews, fruit roll ups, crackers and spray can cheese, cottage cheese with crackers, Debbie snack cakes, puddings, rolled flour tortillas with butter, a small quesadilla, popsicles, ice creams, apples and caramel/peanut butter, celery with peanut butter, and pretzels. There’s more kind of give you and idea of what mine like.
Dinners are different. I try not to do the same things more than twice a month because we all know it can get old quick. I’m trying something new right now with veggies. Learning to roast them to give us a different flavor and not the same old steamed veggies all the time.
Have some fun throwing stuff together for your family. I know I prefer variety and so I try doing the same for my own babies. So do your thang ladies and have y’all an awesome summer this year serving some not so bland lunches.
Stay smiling beauties.