We’re a little over halfway through the longest summer break ever, and we have finally fallen into a groove here. I usually have a schedule of playdates, camps, and events that fill our summer days with so much fun while still staying a little lazy. This year I feel so off since “Surprise! Summer is starting early!” Many of our normal activities are closed and play dates are very limited. I’m tempted to just throw in the towel and just do whatever, except that gets boring and then we get cranky over here.
One thing that has really helped is making lunch an actual meal. Normally we just fend for ourselves with sandwiches, Lunchables or leftovers from dinner the night before, which is fine when summer is only 8 or 9 weeks. Going on day number 43, (897 it feels like) and the fend for yourself is getting old. So I made a list for myself to choose from relaxed, easy lunches. Meals that are good for them, not too expensive and quick to pull together. Here is our go-to list of our favorite summer lunches.
Cheese, chicken, and tortillas with a little salsa make for a quick and easy lunch that your kids can even help with. At the beginning of the week, I take a few chicken breasts, boil in water till done, let cool and then shred them for later use. You can season it now if you like or wait till you make your meal. Sandwich the chicken and cheese in between the tortilla shells and pan fry for a lunch made in minutes.
Using your favorite deli meat roll it up with a slice of your favorite cheese. Slice into one-inch portions and secure with a toothpick or pretzel stick! Serve it with a side of fresh fruit and a handful of chips for a well-rounded meal that works for tiny fingers.
Chicken on a stick
Just as the name suggests! Place several pieces of chicken on a stick and bake in the oven. I suggest serving it with a barbecue dipping sauce that your child should love. Short on time? Take a few frozen chicken nuggets or frozen meatballs and cut them in half for the skewer. Everything is better on a stick, right?
Dress up peanut butter
Don’t do boring old PB&J. Step it up a notch with honey, almond butter & banana sandwiches. Spread two slices of bread with almond butter or peanut butter. Drizzle honey over the butter and add a layer of banana slices. Cover with the other slice of bread, butter side down.
This is super easy for the toddler set that wants to be independent. It can get messy, but it’s also yummy. Top English muffin halves with jarred marinara sauce. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Small pepperoni slices are optional. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
Do you have any quick lunch favorites to share? I always am on the lookout for more!