Easy prep kid lunches + grocery list

Easy prep kid lunches + grocery list

Here’s my secret: my kids don’t get a lot of variety in their lunches (or their breakfasts for that matter). I keep both breakfast and lunch easy on me – easy to prep, basic ingredients that I buy every week. (Plus, they are slowly learning how to make this stuff on their own!)

Here’s my basic game plan:

Tips and Tidbits:

  • I try to put out the vegetables first for the kids to munch while I put together the other parts of lunch
  • I usually use leftovers as much as possible. So, if we had a big salad for dinner, I’ll sub that for the veg + dip side. If we have olives, I’ll put them on the pizzas.
  • I invite the kids to help as much as they want. We’re working on breakfast independence first!
  • When I make rice for supper, I always double it and then use the leftovers for the fried rice.
  • We often add fruit (apples, orange, berries) and a small dessert (like a piece of candy) – We’ve recently changed up the way we dessert in our fam. I’ll post about it soon!
  • I usually make 3 batches of sandwiches at the same time (typically on Thursday) and freeze the 2 extra batches for Saturday (adventure day- lunch-on-the-go!) and Sunday (driving day)
  • Some weeks I have string cheese sticks flowing out of my ears, so I’ll use them instead of shredded cheese (see below)
  • I don’t make the same thing for every child. My daughter doesn’t eat pepperoni, so she gets cheese pizzas. One son doesn’t like PB, so he gets cheese sandwiches. 
  • Other ideas to mix it up: grilled cheese, boxed mac n cheese/canned pasta, leftover soup and salad, ‘snackable’ – boiled egg, crackers, cheese, nuts, sliced cucumbers and ranch

Grocery list

Note: this is my list for a week with three kids (age 3-8). Most weeks I’ll have leftovers (like PB, Jelly, etc) but I start with this list and then remove the items I don’t need to replace.

GrainsProduceProteinCondimentsOther
loaf bread
tortillas
pasta
rice
carrots
snap peas
bag apple
bag orange
frozen peas
frozen veg
hummus
nut butter
shredded cheddar
string cheese
shredded mozz.
eggs
jelly/honey
mayo
mustard
ranch/dip
sour cream
soy sauce
pasta sauce
pepperoni
oil/butter

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