Lunch Ideas

Running out of inspiration for lunches? Lunches are probably the hardest meal to be creative with, and it is so easy to open a can of Spaghetti-Os. Let Menus4Moms’ list of lunch ideas motivate you to get back to a healthier mealtime.

If you bake bread, your kids might enjoy a brunch or lunch of French toast on when the bread is fresh. You can designate at least one loaf for French toast and one loaf for sandwiches, which are always better on fresh baked bread. If your recipe makes several loaves, you can freeze any extra loaves. When thawing bread, the key is to leave it sealed in the packaging until it is completely thawed and it will retain all of the original moisture. If you open the packaging before the bread has thawed, it tends to dry out.

Healthy School Lunches

For parents, providing your kids with healthy, nutritional lunches that they find interesting can be quite a challenge. The “if it is good for you then it must be boring” mentality makes this particularly challenging and you have such favorites as lollies, sweets and fizzy drinks to compete with. Don’t despair, it can be done and here are 13 alternatives to get you started. Instead of…High fat savoury biscuits — why not tryPlain dry crackers, rice cakes, corn thins or Scottish oatcakes. Raw carrots or celery cut into small pieces are also an excellent choicePies, pastry or ... [Read More...]

Quick Pantry Lunch Ideas

It’s lunch time and the kids are hungry. Take a look in your pantry for some quick and filling lunch ideas. You’ll be surprised with how many last minute meal ideas you can come up with using the various cans and bags of dry goods stashed away in your kitchen cupboards. Macaroni and Cheese Plus Grab a box of Mac & Cheese and mix and prepare it according to the package directions. To turn it into a full lunch meal, add some vegetables and meat. Here are some ideas…Add small chunks of steamed broccoli or a can of green beans or peas ... [Read More...]

Save on School Lunches

It’s August and that familiar time of year when yellow school buses fill the neighborhoods. You’re back to hectic mornings, finding everyone’s books and papers and trying to get them out of the door on time… and you now have 180 lunches to make over the next 9 months if you have 1 child and 720 if you have 4 — But hey, who’s counting? I can’t help you eliminate all of the hectic morning activity, but maybe I can help you with those 720 lunches.  Here are a few lunch and snack ... [Read More...]

Lunch Ideas From Menus4Moms Members

Here are some lunch ideas that have been contributed by moms from TheHomeSchoolMom in the Kitchen and Menus4Moms™. Items suitable for packing in an insulated lunchbox or thermos are noted with an asterisk. [Read More...]

Reuben Sandwiches

Reuben Sandwiches This Reuben Sandwich Recipe is a great way to use up leftover corned beef, or even to set the crockpot up to cook the corned beef and make the sandwiches in the evening. It’s a crowd-pleaser! [Read More...]


About Mary Ann

Mary Ann Kelley has been creating meal plans online for over 15 years, first as part of TheHomeSchoolMom's cooking resources for busy moms and later on Menus4Moms, which has been highlighted by "Diner's Journal," The New York Times' Blog on Dining Out, and PBS Parents' "Kitchen Explorer."

Mary Ann loves cooking and she loves planning/organizing, so meal planning is a natural intersection of the two. She believes her mission for the meal plans is being fulfilled when visitors let her know that she has helped them save time and money by teaching them to plan ahead and become more efficient in the kitchen.

When Mary Ann is not cooking or publishing, she enjoys reading, researching genealogy, and traveling.

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