Since it’s been so cold, I’ve been trying to do more hot food for breakfasts and lunches lately. But I don’t really have a ton of time to cook on weekdays, and spend most of that time prepping dinner which is our biggest meal of the day. Growing up I think I ate a cheese sandwich and chips, and maybe an apple, every day from ages 3 to 15. Breakfast was usually some sugary cereal.
So I’m looking for ideas for breakfast and lunches, preferably not too messy, that could be prepped in advance, are nutritious, and are kid-friendly. I’ve learned you can freeze pancakes, French toast, and waffles, so those are options to serve with fruit and/or yogurt for breakfasts. For lunches, I could premake quesadillas, do leftovers from dinner if we have enough, or homemade mac and cheese (also learned that is freezable!), hot dogs (cut up for little kids, of course), chicken “nuggets,” mini pizzas, etc.
Other ideas? I’d rather not spend ALL my time on lunch prep, but I am willing to do a little work so my kids are eating better stuff than they are now (and they seem to be hungrier in the middle of the day than dinner time anyway, so I might as well make it count!)