The monkeys went back to school last week and I went back today. It has been a busy time for us! I thought I would post a few of my recipes that we use during the school week and a few ideas for store-bought items to pack in lunches.
First, breakfast. My girls will eat pancakes 4-5 days a week if I let them, but I could not in good conscience feed them pre-packed or white flour mix pancakes. So, I made up a whole wheat mix that I keep in a ziploc bag in my freezer. One cup of mix, one egg, and 3/4 cup of milk and you have 6-8 good-sized pancakes. I use white whole wheat flour, which is a bit smoother than whole wheat, but still has all the nutritional benefits of the wheat. (You can also use this mix for waffles. Use all the same amounts, but add 2T of oil.)
Sometimes I am tired of making pancakes or want to change it up a bit for them. I toast a whole wheat English muffin and add cheese and an egg to it. Sometimes the girls like their eggs fried (in cooking spray) and sometimes they like them scrambled. Either way you have a super nutritious Egg McMuffin knock-off. They usually can't finish the whole thing. It is very filling!!
And don't forget my Anything Muffins! It is the perfect muffin base. You can add anything, hence the name. :) Seriously, though--anything you want. From blueberries to chocolate chips, bananas to bacon and cheddar! They also freeze really well, so you could make them over the weekend and pop them in the freezer. They will be thawed by the time you get to work or leave out a couple overnight (wrapped up tight) and pop the thawed muffins in the microwave for 8 seconds the next morning. (When I make them during the school week I use at least half white whole wheat.) Tink's favorite muffin, though, is my Raisin Bran Muffin.
Last year, I could not get enough packed in their lunches--they kept asking for more! This year, they want a sandwich, yogurt or sugar-free pudding, and some Fig Newtons. I think it's the heat that has sapped their appetites. Also, it's just week 2. By next week they will want totally new things. Here are some examples of things I pack for them:
pudding and a small cheese round or stick
The girls LOVE red, seedless grapes. We buy them even when they are out of season.
Cheerios or Cheez-its snack mixes
dark chocolate Chex Mix
my homemade granola bars
(those are sooooo good. Make them today!!)
my homemade apple sauce (or, in a pinch, all natural applesauce with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar)
Chickens in the Road posted a homemade Fig Newtons recipe that I am dying to try!! Especially since my girls are on a Fig Newtons kick.
When my monkeys get home from school I usually pull a cookie out of the freezer or they just have a glass of juice. They aren't usually very hungry and we eat at 4:30, so they don't have to wait long for dinner. Any of these lunch ideas would be perfect for after-school snacks, though.
Have a successful, wonderful school year everyone!
(The winner of my first giveaway will be posted tomorrow!)