When it comes to lunches, I make what I like to refer as lazy mom lunches. They don’t take more than ten minutes and a lot of them, like the pitas and dip or nachos aren’t even served on plates. Eating off of the platter or cutting board for the win (so we can get back to the fun that we were having before lunch). Plus, Violet naps after lunch, so I don’t want to be spending the precious hour of work/clean time while Olivia’s also ‘resting’ cleaning up from lunch.
Here are ten of my go-to lunches that take less than ten minutes:
Pita Chips and Hummus
Easy to make (or buy prepared) the I will serve it with pitas brushed with olive oil and crisped in the oven. On the side there is fruit or vegetables (preference of the kids at the time I am making lunch, one of each, served raw). I am not going to argue with the kids fruit/vegetable, I let them choose from the refrigerator.
Pitas and Tzatziki Sauce with Dip
Served with either fruit salad or chopped cucumbers, it’s simple. I use pitas, and grill them on the barbecue if it’s summer, or stove top with olive oil if it’s not. I season the pita with basil, rosemary and parmesan and cook until crisp. Then, cut into strips and serve with the dip.
Turkey and Cheese Roll Ups with Veggies
Turkey deli meat and cheese (swiss, mozza) is rolled up in a tortilla and baked to melt the cheese. Cut these into pinwheel slices and serve with fruit or veggies on the side. You can alternate the meat and cheese with peanut butter and bananas for a fun change. I serve it with fruit salad or vegetables, whatever the kids want to eat with it at that moment.
Food Should Taste Good Nachos with Pico de Gallo
Easy, easy lunch, these are some of my favorite whole grain tortilla chips from Costco. I’ll serve it with fresh salsa. I combine 1/4 red onion, cilantro, 4 tomatoes, garlic and juice from 1/2 lime to serve with the chips. I top the chips with cheese (and chicken) and serve with the salsa.
Grilled Chicken, Greek Pasta Salad
Greek seasoning, tortellini, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and chicken (option) are tossed together in this warm pasta salad that’s ready in under ten minutes. I chop the cucumbers and tomatoes while the tortellini is cooking, drain it, toss with olive oil and vegetables (or chicken) and use greek seasoning to make a salad that the kids eat, every single time.
Bruschetta Topped Pasta
Can you tell I am a fan of the refrigerated pasta? I’ve not yet invested in the pasta maker attachment for the KitchenAid Mixer, so it’s my go to for quick meals. Usually, fettucini is something that I will top with the premade bruschetta from Costco and give it to the kids with salad for lunch. The whole thing takes me less than ten minutes to put together.
Homemade Mac and Cheese
I use this recipe altered a bit, for the cheese, I usually just whatever type we have on hand (shredded mozza and cheddar) with cream cheese (a couple of slices from the laughing cow package) and I add paprika and a splash of hot sauce for a bit of flavor in the mac and cheese but it’s basically the same base; butter, flour and milk before adding the cheese and spices. Use about 1/4 measurements of hers for lunch time recipes.
Tip: Have pasta in the refrigerator for easy lunches, already cooked and add it into the sauce for ten minute lunches
Ham and Cheese Crepes
One of my easy, go-to recipes I’ve been making these easy crepes for Olivia since she was old enough to start grabbing solid food with her hands. I make the crepes once a month and freeze them to be able to grab them from the freezer, with some ham and cheese, and make kids lunch with a side of fruit in under ten minutes.
Tortellini and Broccoli Mac and Cheese
See the above cheese sauce recipe, and use tortellini. Add in broccoli with the cheese sauce and toss together before topping with Panko breadcrumbs and putting in the oven to crisp up the top.
Grilled chicken, miracle whip, sliced almonds, celery and apples with craisins is one of my favorite restaurant/sandwich place knock off recipe, but the kids don’t like the apples, or the nuts, or the craisins. So, instead I will make it for them with chicken, chickpeas and celery. Sometimes I serve it with bread, usually not, since they take it apart anyway. So chicken salad and fruit is a favorite around here for lunch.
There you have it, those are the ten easy recipes that I cycle through for lunches with the girls, when there aren’t leftovers in the refrigerator. They’re pretty plain, but they are things the kids will eat up, without me having to nag about finishing. What are some of your favorite easy, go-t0 at-home lunches?