One of my challenges with having my son home all summer is lunchtime. I never make him lunch. His school makes his lunch during the week and we go out for lunch during the weekends after he wakes up from his nap(it ends up being like 2, the restaurants are usually dead and then he only needs a snack for dinner with his milk). My go-to lunch is peanut butter but that is not an option for my son. I also want him to have something different everyday but my son also has a habit of not eating.
So I went to my parenting bible: Pinterest. I looked up toddler meal plans. I looked at a bunch and took what I liked from different ones. Some were very time-consuming. I am too lazy to cook everyday for lunch for my son to take one bite and then throw it to the dog. I also thought about what I know he does like. So I made a week of meal plans. Every week we do the same thing so it makes it easy for grocery shopping too. Here is what I do which if you are lazy, it is easy.
- Cucumber slices (if he takes 1 bite, I am happy)
- Sandwich with jelly and cream cheese. I use one piece of bread, roll it up and cut it into little rolls. Sorta looks like sushi. It usually goes undone if I am honest.
- Sunbutter Quesadilla (one tortilla just folded in half)
- Sliced pita
- Sliced cucumbers (only have to buy one)
- Cheese cubes
- Sliced Turkey
- Little apple slices
- One Chicken Finger
Is it perfect? No. However, my kid eats so that is good enough for me.
- Leftover donuts from the weekend on Monday.
- Cheerios/other cereal the other days(he eats it dry)
Snacks(this is just a list of what he eats, not an everyday list):
- Yogurt covered raisins
- Teddy Grahams
- Fruit Snacks
- Pouches with hidden veggies
- Freeze-Dried fruit
- Fruit cups
- Cereal bars