Trying to get creative when it comes to fixing lunch can be difficult. It’s really easy for me to get in a rut of opening up the fridge or pantry and pulling of the same few things week after week. After a Facebook conversation with a couple of friends, I realized that I’m not the only one with this problem. So, I decided to put together list of lunch ideas to avoid making the same thing all the time.
I do have to mention that some of you may not consider all of these to be in the “healthy” category if you follow certain diets. However, I have tried to list ideas that can be store-bought or homemade in order to include all mams, whether they consider themselves “real food” followers or not. Most of the ideas below are what I would consider the main course. I usually add fruit and vegetables as sides to create a balanced meal and often give my toddler whole milk to drink if I think she needs it.
Quick & Easy Lunch Ideas
- Burrito / Wrap - Roll up just about anything in a flour or corn tortilla and you’ve got lunch made! We warm up one loaded black beans and cheese quite a bit, but you could add meat or make a cold wrap with lunch meat, cheese and lettuce.
- Cheese Ravioli - Boil some frozen Ravioli, spoon into bowls and pour some spaghetti sauce over the top of each.
- Chicken Soup - This can be as easy as opening a can of soup and warming it up or making homemade soup with leftover chicken. (We prefer homemade and use noodles or rice depending on what I have).
- Chicken Strips - You can purchase and cook frozen strips (or nuggets) or made your own. I found a yummy and easy recipe for Almost Fried Chicken Tenders in Real Food, Real Easy.
- Cottage Cheese - This may be a weird one for some of you, but when groceries (or Mama’s energy) are running low sometimes we will eat a cupful of cottage cheese with some veggies and fruit on the side.
- Eggs - I’ve already mentioned I’m a fan of breakfast for dinner. Why not for lunch too? You can scramble, fry or even make egg salad with ones that you have hard boiled.
- Grilled Cheese Sandwich - A quick and easy warm sandwich. This is one of my favorites when made with a few ham slices and then lettuce added after grilling. Yum!
- Grilled Chicken Salad - Or a Cobb salad or just a plain salad…. If your children aren’t fans of lettuce and/or veggies, this may not be an option for the entire family, but we like it every once in awhile.
- Hot Dogs - We prefer beef or turkey, but any kind you like will do! Bun or no bun? That is the question.
- Lunch Meat Roll-Ups - My 2-year-old always tears apart her sandwich, so I started rolling the lunch meat up and serving the cheese slices and other veggies on the side. She loves it! (I still eat the sandwich all together!)
- Mac & Cheese - While I won’t judge you for making the boxed kind (because I certainly do from time to time), you should definitely check out my Homemade Stovetop Macaroni & Cheese recipe. I think you will really like it!
- Nachos / Taco Salad - This is another favorite that we pull out for dinner sometimes, but it definitely makes it appearance for lunch sometimes. Especially on busy weekends! I like to make mine more of a taco salad and use a lot of lettuce instead of tortilla chips.
- Peanut Butter Sandwich - If you don’t have to worry about allergies, a simple PB&J sandwich can be quite tasty. I like to use honey or apple butter for something different sometimes as well.
- Quesadilla - We enjoy my Famous Chicken Quesadilla, but you can use any type of meat and/or veggies with cheese to create one that your family will enjoy.
- Stuffed Baked Potato - While we don’t eat potatoes much anymore, every once in awhile they sound really good. Claire and I like our stuffed with plenty of butter, sour cream, broccoli and cheese with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
- Tomato Soup - Growing up I was never much of a fan of tomato soup, but I found a tasty homemade recipe in the Trim Healthy Mama book that uses tomato sauce, water and yogurt.
- Tuna Salad - Mix a can of tuna, mayo, pickle relish, and a squirt of mustard. Spread it on bread or crackers for a super simple lunch.
- And of course… LEFTOVERS! - Warm up whatever you have leftover from dinner earlier in the week. This is what we eat for lunch most often and I love it because it’s so easy and tasty!
Ok, I’m sure I left out a lot of great meals, so now it’s your turn. I would really enjoy reading some of your ideas.
What does your family eat for lunch?
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