It seems as though the post I most often see running through my social media feed right before school starts is the “what to pack for school lunches?” post. Some are humorous, some are melancholy, and some just go for broke and stock up on Lunchables.
I really like handing over the lunch-packing power to the person actually eating the lunch, because let’s face it, whether it’s your spouse or offspring, the person packing it will only have themselves to fault if they don’t like it. To make the whole process a little easier, we made a lunch chart a few years ago…but let’s take it one step further. We’ve made you a fill-in-the-blank lunch prep chart that will work no matter what your family preferences are!
We stick to a 1-2-1 rule (one from the “main courses” category, two from the “sides,” and one “extra”), but that can be modified as needed for your family. Also, the flexibility of the fill-in-the-blank style means you can include what is in season, leftovers, etc. and coordinate your lunch options with meal-planning prep to knock out about 10 meals at one time!
Need some ideas for filling in the lunch menu? Here are some of the ACMB contributors favorite lunch options: