No Whiners Allowed – Menu Planning Made Simple

Welcome to the whine free edition of Menu Monday. Menu planning without complaining or arguing.  (Yep, it’s whine-free week).

I figure after several posts about what I have planned for breakfast, it was time to break things up.  So today’s edition of (whine free) Menu Monday is about… lunches.

I admit planning lunch menus is a bit odd, but I need it.  Without some planning, I end up with two hungry kids begging for food and absolutely no idea what to give them for lunch.  That’s totally illogical for me, since I can pack their school lunches on auto pilot all year long.  My problem during the school year is that I don’t plan lunches for me.  That leaves me starved at 2pm, grabbing anything I can.  Either way, I’ve come to terms with the idea that planning lunches is a good thing for me.

Unlike dinner, I don’t mind making one lunch for the kids and another one for me.  They’re perfectly happy eating sandwiches with carrot sticks and apple slices every day.  I’m not.   But it makes lunch a fairly whine free event because I’m not asking them to eat eggplant or curry or (gasp) green peas (much less some curry dish that features eggplant and peas!) (oooh, that sounds good!  must find a recipe for that)

About the only person who whines, argues, or complains about lunches is ME — because I’ve been feeling unprepared and scattered about lunches.  Menu planning for lunch should fix that.

This week’s no whining allowed menu plan is:

The egg salad and chicken salad will be made with single serve packets of guacamole I have sitting in the freezer.  Simple and quick!  It not quite like the recipes I linked to, but those give you an idea.  Honestly, I’ll use some organic canned chicken (the kind without non-chicken ingredients) to make the chicken salad.  The big can has enough to make my lunch plus chicken soup for the boys.

Tuesday and Thursday will eat up leftover odds and ends.

The kids will be eating their standard selection of pb&j sandwiches, cheese and crackers, and grilled chicken strips.  I’ll offer to heat up some chicken noodle soup or let them make mini-pizzas on tortillas.

Writing this down on and sticking it on my refrigerator is a sanity saver.  Menu planning took me about five minutes today.  How could I possibly whine or complain or argue about that?

What are you having for lunch this week?  Have you ever been tempted to pack lunch boxes in the summer, just to simplify your day?

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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