I received a question after posting my menu yesterday about menu planning with breakfast and lunch. Here is the question with my reply…
Just curious. I have big menus for all my meals and I get very tired of cooking all the day long... seems all that I do at times! Just curious what your method for those other meals is...
Well I am pretty lazy when it comes to breakfast! And.. my kids are older now and have different schedules so breakfast around here is a pretty simple affair. I don't plan these meals like I do dinners.
During the summer I make granola. I quadruple the recipe and it fills up 4 gallon size jars. My 4 teenagers and 1 one pre-teen go through this in about 4 to 6 weeks. I also have kefir always in the fridge that is used to make smoothies. I use kefir, fruit, and a little maple syrup to sweeten. My older girls sometimes just like to have a piece of peanut butter toast and a smoothie or a piece of fruit. My younger ones will eat the granola and fruit, and a smoothie. Once or twice a week either I or one of my daughters will whip up a batch of scrambled eggs and bacon or maybe some pancakes. Occasionally we will make a coffee cake or muffins. In the winter we eat lots of oatmeal (instead of the granola) and the rest of the menu stays about the same.
For lunch, the main rule is.. leftovers.. if there is anything left from last nights dinner it needs to be eaten up first. And most of the time there is, in fact often I will make a little extra of whatever it is we are having for dinner (soup, chili, spaghetti, etc) so I will have some for lunch the next day.
Other lunch time food:
Whole wheat tortillas used to make wraps
Sandwiches: egg salad, tuna salad, ham salad, pb&j, etc..
Hot dogs (yes I am guilty of buying these unhealthy things now and again.. )
Nachos (tortilla chips topped with cheese and served with homemade salsa)
Homemade soups: Chili bean soup (meatless), taco soup (meatless), corn chowder, vegetable soup, tomato soup. Soups can also be frozen so if you make one batch it can last for a few lunches.
I also add fruit to the lunch meals..
I guess I have always been of the mindset with breakfast and lunch that “variety is NOT the spice of life”.. haa.. haa.. I think simple, simple so I can get on with my day. My time spent in the kitchen is usually focused on bread baking and making dinner or other projects like making fermented veggies and so on.
Any other thoughts on how you plan breakfast and lunch to share with this mom??