Easy Lunch Ideas

Reneca and I have both been trying to stretch our dollar and sometimes pennies to buy groceries that are healthy and will last the week. Grocery Mama has some great frugal tips on how to save money and even printable coupons on her site. She gave us the inspiration to post our favorite cheap and easy lunch ideas for the little ones. Some of the items you can make from scratch which actually costs less, but may take a little more time. When you make your own you are actually feeding your kids the actual food and not preservatives and chemicals. Some lunch ideas can carry over from last nights dinner with just a few add-ins. 

All of our daughters love the idea of having a picnic lunch and it doesn’t matter what they eat–if it’s a picnic then it’s cool! Also, prepare finger foods and like we’ve said before let the kids help with the preparation.

Here are some lunch ideas:

Turkey and Cheese Roll-up

What you need; Flour tortillas, cheddar cheese, chopped broccoli or any veggie you like.

Lay the flour tortilla on a plate, sprinkle with cheese, sprinkle chopped turkey, sprinkle chopped veggie. Microwave for a few seconds until cheese is melted. Let cool for a little bit and then roll-up! Yum! You can serve with apple slices and ranch dip.

*Really anything rolled up in a tortilla is a yummy idea; peanut butter with chopped apples and granola… beans, cheese and chopped spinach…Oh! This one may sound a little strange, but it is good. Peanut butter, strawberry preserves, granola and chopped yellow peaches. It is sooo good! *

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Pizza Bagels

What you need; Bagels, pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese, chopped pepperoni or any toppings you like.

Take the bagel and split it in half. On each half spread some sauce, sprinkle cheese and toppings. Bake in the oven (400 degrees) until cheese melts. Serve with fruit or veggie slices.

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Chicken and Rice Bowl

What you need; leftover cubed chicken, brown rice, chicken stock or chicken cube, 1-2 zucchini cubed.

Prepare the rice with the chicken stock. While it is cooking add the zucchini then towards the end add in the cooked chicken. There is no need to season because the stock will add flavor. Serve with fruit slices.

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Oven Fried Veggies

What you need; Veggies: Broccoli, zucchini or squash cut into strips, red or yellow peppers (our kids fav because they are sweet), or any other veggie you like. Something for breading (planko, bread crumbs, or crackers), milk, egg.

Make two bowls for the breading. One with milk and an egg and the other with the bread crumbs and a little salt and pepper. Dip the veggies in the egg/milk mixture then into the breading. Place on a baking sheet and bake until golden in a 400 degree oven. Serve with dipping sauce (marinara or ranch) and fruit slices or yogurt.

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Crunchy Chicken Fingers and Sweet Potatoe Fries


You can find the recipe for our Crunchy Chicken Fingers at this post. You can make extra and freeze them. So, the day that you need some just heat through in a 350-400 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes. For the sweet potatoe fries. Cut the sweet potatoe into strips. Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with a little olive oil and bake for 15 minutes or more until they are done to your liking. I like them a little crispy so I keep them in for a little longer.

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Lunches can just be finger foods like a veggie and fruit plate with whatever leftover meat you have from the night before. Cut sandwiches into fun shapes or arrange food on the plate to make funny faces. Grocery Mama will be posting her fun lunch ideas soon so keep checking back at her site! Let us know what other ideas you come up with for lunches too.

Have a great Monday,

Kalisha and Reneca

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One Response

  1. thanks for the great ideas!! here is one that i would like to share…
    my 19 month old and i love dipping! i make several different dips that she can dip raw veggies or fruits in. one of our favorites is Peanut Butter Dip. Super easy, healthy and delicious. Just mix a 4 oz. container of vanilla yogurt (we use YoBaby) with 1/4 cup of peanut butter, a dash of cinnamon and drizzle of honey (or not). this dip is best served with apple slices.

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