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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 SoupSlow Cooker Ham & Potato SoupTaco 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.

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  • Micah-Mom June 4, 2021, 7:33 am

    Thank you for helping me my boys just got out of school yesterday and they normally eat breakfast at school so I’ve never needed to worry about it. And now I’ve got plenty of ideas!


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