Part 2: Lunches

As I worked on this post, I realized that lunches are really a no-brainer meal around here. Grab something to eat and get back to work – or go play if you’ve worked well this morning.
Lunches are sometimes an every-girl-for-herself affair. Consumption of leftovers is encouraged; otherwise there is usually a meal offered for all, but only at lunch is variety freely tolerated. In other words, if you don’t like what’s being offered then you can make your own food. If you think of something really good, make me some too.
Lunch is often accompanied by carrot sticks or sliced apples or other fruit. We normally drink water, though milk is freely available.
Here are our most common lunches after leftovers, in a rather random order that may or may not have something to do with how often we use each choice below:

  • Peanut butter & jelly or peanut butter & honey sandwiches (the younger ones take these for picnic lunches to eat down by the trampoline nearly every day lately)
  • ramen noodles. I know, I know. Even worse, they often eat them uncooked, like crackers. It’s a delicacy around here.
  • “snack lunch” – any or all of the following, arranged attractively and creatively on paper plates: crackers, sliced fruit, cheese, carrots, cucumbers, raisins, pretzels, peanut butter for dipping, etc.
  • peanut butter-banana smoothies. yum!
  • grilled cheese sandwiches – maybe with a side of tomato soup
  • quesadillas (cheese melted in a rolled-up tortilla)
  • macaroni & cheese
  • pigs in blankets: hot dogs cut in half and wrapped in biscuit dough (sometimes with a bit of cheese), then baked til dough is done. A rare and exciting treat!
  • bean and cheese burritos (just open a can of refried beans and heat in the microwave). If you want to be fancy, add cheese and eat with your pinky in the air.
  • rarely, tuna sandwiches or tuna melts. Somehow, we almost never get around to using tuna.

As you can see, most are cheap, fast and only halfway healthy. I think our breakfast menu is rather more appealing, but this is what works for us and helps us keep our momentum through the middle of the day.

Next up: snack time


  1. Sounds like lunches around here too. Nice to see I’m not the only one doing lunches this way! :O)

  2. Sounds very much like the lunches around here!

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