What is your number one breakfast memory from school mornings? Is it cereal? A pop tart while you walk to school? Pancakes, eggs and bacon?
A lot of what we do as mommies is what we learned to do as kids because we thought that was the normal. So if you grew up with a hot breakfast every morning, you might be more inclined to do that because it feels right and normal. If you grew up on cereal, that is what feels right and normal to you. Today, let’s talk about ideas to get SOME FORM of breakfast on the table before school and hey, let’s even pack some lunches too! Scroll to the bottom for a free printable for your school plan.
Depending on your personality, your time constraints, number of kids, and culinary abilities, your breakfast goals are going to look different from other people so, let’s not try to be like your friend on Facebook, just be you ok? I still think each of these types of people can have a plan.
Do the same breakfast every morning with one different day. So this is the mama who does cereal, banana, and yogurt every morning. Please not just cereal, ok? That’s not enough for your kids.
There’s very little prep time, few dishes, and it can be consumed quickly. This mama might choose Wednesday’s or Friday’s to make boxed muffins, (the night before please you busy girl), oatmeal, or a quick French Toast. Here’s what the plan might look like.
This mama has a bit more time so she might have a 5 day plan. Monday-Toast and Eggs, Tuesday-English Muffins with Ham and Cheese Wednesday-Cereal, Banana and Yogurt, Thursday-French Toast and sausage links, Friday-Muffins and fruit. Obviously with so many food allergies around, and preferences to foods this list is an example. But, if you feel like you’d be able to handle some more time on breakfast, I suggest you pick 5 breakfasts or maybe even 10 to rotate through. The goal is to not have to think about it all year long, and to have a set grocery list each week for breakfast items.
If you are going to do a baked good, PLEASE do yourself a favor and make it the night before, or at least mix up the dry ingredients. You will be amazed how nice it is to wake up and see the blueberry muffins are already done!
I LOVE to double my batches of muffins, french toast, pancakes and waffles and freeze them. They are so easy to heat up, and you feel like you made an awesome breakfast with the push of a toaster! Here’s a screen shot of a 5 day breakfast rotation.
Breakfast To Go
Some families have long drives, late sleepers, or otherwise need to have breakfast on the go options. This is where I love baked goods because they are filling, and feel like home, when you can’t sit down at the table. I might make scones, muffins, coffee cake, or biscuits at some point the day before, and then they are ready for whoever has crazy early Marching Band practice or a bus to catch at 5:45. Other ideas would be scrambled eggs and sausage in a tortilla, granola in yogurt, or peanut butter toast with bananas.
Plan it out
Now back to that piece of paper you had, write down all your breakfasts on that calendar and then on your grocery list, write down the items you will need for your shopping trip. If you shop once a week or month, you’ll save money and SO MUCH BRAIN ENERGY.
The same ideas apply here to lunch. First thing’s first, make your lunch the night before school, but plan for your lunches now, TONIGHT, for the entire year.
I recommend 5 different lunches for the simple plan. I know that might sound like a lot to some of you, but believe me, your kids will stop eating what you make if it becomes too repetitive. Ever since we learned about the Food Groups in Elementary School I’ve always though of meals in terms of those groups. So, you have protein, grain, dairy, vegetable, and fruits and fats to choose from. Here’s a link for ideas if you just can’t think far beyond peanut butter and jelly.
Add your plan to your calendar, make sure to add items to your grocery shopping list, and GIRL, you are ready for an entire year of Breakfast and Lunch.
Now, I just can’t make my brain spend too much energy on lunches, so my maximum number of lunches is 15. That means these lunches are on a three week rotation, which doesn’t look pretty on your Monthly Meal Chart, but it will still mean a year of no thinking!
This is when I need to go to Pinterest. I take out my MMC and get on Pinterest for school lunch ideas that my kids will eat, and just start writing it out and see how far I get. I write down everything, the main, the sides, EVERYTHING. Do all the thinking at one time.
If you want to, repeat a meal, or a main again that same week. You could even make two lunches at one time if there’s a crazy week in front of you.
Finish the Plan and Free Printable
So tonight, you could have your entire year of breakfast and lunches thought out for the school year. Take a picture on your phone of the plan just in case you need it while you’re out.
So here’s the Month Of Meals printable, and here’s our weekly meal plan printable with the grocery list. Remember, tape it to the inside of your cupboard, and take a picture of it with your phone so you’ve got it while you’re out and about.
Happy Packing you guys!