School Lunch : Older Kids Edition - Adventures With Ellie

School Lunch : Older Kids Edition

While I was making my kids breakfast menu's for the week. My 13 year came up to me and said "Mom I love you and I love you make our Lunches, but you don't really need to make cute shaped sandwiches for me."
 I had to laugh and then I stopped and thought well I better ask my 9 yr what does she think and she told me the same thing!

So guess I'll be saving my cute little sandwich cutters for my youngest who still loves her sandwiches in heart shapes.
Well I digress and I thought I'd share what I've come up with for my middle kids who are in the pre-teen/ teen years.




Let me share what has changed :

Packing :

 Previously I would use sandwiches containers with multiple compartments but now I have been using different packaging for their lunches. Since they are older I feel comfortable using different containers and they love it too.  I don't go crazy spending money on it I actually have found really fun containers at our General Dollar store.
It's so much fun to find different things to send their lunch in. I still their water/heat proof containers when I am sending in something warm for them though.



Meals

Leftover is Awesome :

As of late I've been getting requests with certain meals if I could make extra so it can be taken for lunch. Not just for the kids but my husband as well. What I find really helpful is my meal planning with them knowing ahead of time what's going on the meal they let me know if they would like as well as a lunch for the next day.


 Who Knew Yes Soup For You: 

This one I didn't think my kids would enjoy it as much but this has been another high request especially if I make some Sancho, as it's a family favorite and I admit it tastes better the next day. Making the soups in the crockpot makes it taste  that much better. To keep their soup warm till their lunch time I make sure to warm up the soup extra hot and while it is warming up I have boiled some hot water and poured it into their containers so it will already be hot and absorb some of the heat before I put the soup in. This trick really works as my kids have told me that their soup is still nice and warm when it's their lunch time.


Grown Up Sandwiches :

I've stepped up my game when it's come to making sandwiches as PB&J don't work too well anymore.  If you have stopped by my blog then you know I am a big fan of a waffle maker because I make way more then just for waffles in it.
Make your kids grilled ham and cheese and add more then one kind of cheese when making it. My kids tell me their friends have told their parents to make then for them because my kids rave about it so much! Also you could have rolls instead of just plain sliced sandwich bread. I like to put the roll in and the cold cuts on the side so they get to build their lunch. They also enjoy being able to do that. I've also made quesadillas in the waffle maker for them.  YES try it! Go ahead super easy. I've made grilled pizza as well. The sky's the limit with your waffle maker.


Try Some Greens :

You'd be surprised but my kids love when I have made them a salad for lunch. I've made sure to include loads of greens and other veggies and ask them what else would they like. Sometimes I add chicken or eggs make sure to add a little container with the dressing so they can add it when they eat it.


Free Choice Day :

Once a week I don't make lunch I send the kids with money and they are able to pick what the school has for them to buy that day. Our school sends us a menu at the start of the school year with what is available each day and the prices so we know how much they will need.  It's fun for them to be able purchase their own lunch.




I hope these gave you another outlook at what you could offer your kids for lunch. Also another tip is during the weekend get a list together of ideas that they would like for lunch. That way you have an idea as well what they will enjoy for lunch when you make it.

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