Summer’s here! Well, it’s almost here. Depending on what part of the country you live in, your kids are probably getting out of school sometime this next month – possibly next. Either way, those of us that suddenly have kids at home might have a little moment of panic about “What do I feed them?”
When it comes to breakfast when school’s in session, “quick and portable” might be the priorities. But when school’s not in session? Well, maybe there’s more time for a slightly more involved breakfast.
And when it comes to lunch, the rules are different. Maybe you are used to pack a lunch every day, but packing a lunch is different than making lunch at home. Some of our kids might eat hot lunch every day, making lunch a new concern.
And snacks are also something to think about. When kids are home all day, possibly running around, it seems like they’re always asking for a snack.
So, to help take the panic out of summer eating, here are some of my favorite tips for summer eatin’!
- Breakfast Quesadillas – Bacon, eggs, and cheese all wrapped up in a tortilla? Ole!
- Egg Cups – Think of these as mini crustless quiches. Fill them whatever veggies you like.
- Sausage Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches – Just 4 ingredients and everyone can assemble their own sandwich as they wake up.
- Cottage Cheese Pancakes – 4 ingredients with lots of protein. Keep your family full and satisfied throughout their whole day.
- Freezer Ready French Toast Sticks – Speaking of fun, this is the most fun! Kids love them. I love how easy they are to make and serve.
- Baked Oatmeal Cups – Put in whatever toppings your family enjoys and everyone will be happy and fulfilled!
- Oatmeal – My kids do well with oatmeal. I’ll make a batch and they all like it. Usually, they want it topped with brown sugar. Sometimes, we drizzle in a little bit of peanut butter. You could also use fruit like strawberries, blueberries or raspberries.
- Overnight Monkey Bread – Keep it easy while also keeping it fun. Imagine your child(ren) waking up to monkey bread without it being a special occasion.
- Eggs – No need to be too complicated! Hard boil them. Fry them. Scramble them. I particularly like eggs with buttered toast!
- Bagel bar – Set out bagels, english muffins or toast and some toppings such as peanut butter, almond butter, jelly, butter, honey, and cream cheese.
Lunch is where I panicked when I became a stay-at-home mom. But never fear! It doesn’t have to be too complicate.
- Leftovers – Yup, we often have leftovers for lunch. Especially when there isn’t enough leftover to make a complete meal. Example: Some of us can have leftovers from Monday’s dinner while the rest of have it from Tuesday’s dinner. Great way to use up a little bit of leftover food.
- Bean & Cheese Burritos – Very easy and you can customize them. You can add chicken or beef. Add salsa. Make a bunch and keep them in the freezer for a super quick lunch.
- Quesadillas – Keeping with the Mexican theme, quesadillas are a hit. Just tortillas and cheese melted to yummy goodness. A hit!
- Chicken Nuggets – Make your own or buy some – the choice is yours! My boys liked them dipped in barbecue sauce, but try ranch dressing too.
- Cobb Salad – This might be more for mom than kids, but some kids would like it. My boys do well with salads – IF I let them make the salad themselves. I just get out the raw veggies, start chopping and they start circling around, asking for some.
- Easy Skillet Nachos – Not gonna lie: we have these almost once a week. But I usually make them on a cookie sheet. Since I always have browned hamburger in the freezer, this takes just about 5 minutes to assemble and just slightly longer to bake.
- Sandwiches – There are lots of choices besides Peanut Butter & Jelly. There’s grilled cheese, grilled ham & cheese, egg salad, tuna melts,
- Appetizers – It might take more time to prepare a few different things, but it’d be really fun – especially if they have friends over. I’m thinking potato skins, cheesy bean dip, or tortilla roll ups!
- Macaroni & Cheese – You can make it from a box or you can make it from scratch. The choice is yours, but I haven’t met a kid yet that doesn’t like good ol’ mac & cheese!
- Mini Pizzas – Make them on a bagel. Make them on a tortilla. Make them on English muffins. Make them on hamburger or hot dog buns. Everyone can have what they want and clean up is easy!
- Soup – Yeah, I’m one of those weird people that eat soup year round. If that’s you, try one of these: Baked Potato Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Cheesy Veggie Chowder, Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Ham & Bean Soup, Slow Cooker Chili, Slow Cooker Ham & Bean Soup, Slow Cooker Ham & Potato Soup, Taco Soup, or Vegetable Soup!
Try one of these to wow your kids!
- Chocolate Covered Banana Slices – 2 ingredients. Freezer-ready. Perfect mix of “fruity” and “chocolatey”!
- Create a Snack Center – Help your kids help themselves. Create a snack center so that they can be independent of you in the kitchen! Independence is always a good thing.
- Ranch Snack Crackers – We have these at most family get togethers. As almost every kid can tell you, everything is better with ranch.
- Popcorn – I pop a big batch of popcorn at least 2-3 times a week. We’ll eat it while watching a movie at night or while sitting at swim lessons.
- Chips & Dip – Try salsa, bean dip, cheese dip or guacamole.
- Cream Cheese Dip – Wonderful with apples and only has 3 ingredients!
- Raw veggies – A little prep goes a long way when it comes to serving vegetables. It takes a little time to prep them, but it pays big dividends!
- Frozen Fruit Cups – Healthy. Frozen. Fun. A great way to cool off in summer!
Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to four little boys. She coupons, price matches and meal plans. While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better – she never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.