10 Quick Lunches for Our Kids

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Oh, lunch time.  It comes every afternoon, and yet it still often catches me by surprise as the afternoon is beginning to slip away.  (We tend to eat lunch closer to 2 pm.  Go figure.)

This means we have a tendency to try to grab something quickly. (We typically add in some fruit, yogurt, etc.)

Here are ten of our go-to lunch ideas at our house:

1. Peanut Butter & Jam Sandwiches/Lunch Meat Sandwiches – everyone likes a different type of sandwich, so I ask them to join in with the sandwich making.

2. Grilled Cheese – Yes, I know I just said sandwiches.  But, we feel like grilled cheese is just a bit different than your normal, run of the mill sandwich.

3. English Muffin Pizzas – I think I like these better than the kids do.  We just eat cheese pizzas, and we use whole wheat English muffins.

4. Leftovers – We tend to let Eric take leftovers to work.  However, from time to time, we have enough leftovers to feed all of us at home the next day.

5. Spaghetti -Even though this always seems like a dinner dish to me, my kids love it and I can easily throw it together when we skip any meat.  (Or, I could brown the meat ahead of time, if I wanted to.)

6. Scrambled Eggs – Easy, inexpensive, and all of the kids like them.

7. Packaged/Frozen Meals – I know, it’s not good.  But sometimes when the kids come to the grocery store with me, I let them pick out a frozen meal to be able to have later.

8.  Bosco Breadsticks – We love these Market Day bread sticks.  They’re also really excellent for times when we’ve had friends over.

9. Pancakes or Waffles – Syrup sometimes makes the table messy, but at least we got to enjoy a nice warm meal.

10. Hodge Podge of This and That – A little bit of this, a little bit of that.  Just whatever is around that seems like it will go together.  Or, you know, maybe not.  As long as it’s not too heavy all in one food group, I’m pretty easy going.

What are your favorite quick lunches for kids?

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Angie Kauffman
Angie, a domestically challenged nerd and mom of three very fun kids, is the founder of Real Life at Home.  Angie also listens to music every chance she gets, writes eBookspodcastsloves Pinterestdocuments the little moments in life on Instagram, and occasionally sleeps.


  1. says

    We typically eat the same things for lunch every single day. My husband and I decided to simplify by choosing an inexpensive and healthy meal that everyone likes. Ours happens to be peanut butter sandwiches (on homemade soaked whole wheat bread), veggies, and fruit. I like to have our lunch made the night before, but if that doesn’t happen, the prep time is so short that I can still get this on the table fairly easily, even with four preschoolers at home :)

  2. says

    I remember having english mufin pizzas when I was a kid! Andrew, unfortunately, won’t eat them because he doesn’t like English muffins. :/

    One of our go-to lunches is leftover homemade macaroni and cheese; although, we’ve had the box kind sometimes too. However, if Andrew had it his way, he’d live on peanut butter and jelly. :)

  3. Michy says

    Thanks for the english muffin pizza idea…easy!!
    One of our favorite lunches is crackers, cheese, and hummus…a few food groups and no real prep!!
    I apologize for leaving my link twice–the first would not go through when I clicked on it at all..that happened last week…and I need to write down what I did step by step! (New to blogging!)

  4. says

    I have a lot of the same things as you do on my quick lunches list. Another one we like is quesadillas, which is, of course, just a variation on the grilled cheese sandwich, but it seems fancy, especially if you put some leftover chicken or turkey in with the cheese. Yum!

  5. says

    We’re pretty bland in our lunch routine – most days it’s a cheese roll-up or egg sandwich (if I’m feeling industrious) with a piece of fruit. I have a difficult enough time coming up with dinner ideas – lunch and breakfast are just “routine” meals!

  6. Robin says

    English Muffin Pizza sounds like a great idea that we’ve never tried! I am always at a loss for lunch ideas. Great list.

  7. says

    We do pizza *rolls* with crescent rolls. I buy the pizza sauce in a squeeze bottle – roll up some pepperoni slices, a pinch of mozzerella, and a little squirt of pizza sauce in each crescent roll and bake for about 12 minutes. = )

    We do the same thing but with hot dog pieces and american cheese or turkey lunch meat with or without cheese. (They make quick desserts, too – cream cheese and homemade jam, a spoon full of pie filling with a sprinkle of sugar on top of the rolled up crescent, roll up a large marshmallow in a crescent roll and sprinkle sugar/cinnamon on top. Crescent rolls are an easy “go to” here!)

    We also do homemade “taquitos”, baked. Mix some canned chicken, mexican variety shredded cheese, and salsa in a bowl, spoon some in a wheat or flour tortilla, roll, bake in the oven til the cheese is melted and the tortilla JUST starts getting crispy. NOM.

  8. says

    One of my kids favorites is homemade lunchables. I usually just give them some tuna and crackers with a side of celery and a cookie.

  9. says

    Leftovers are a huge part of our lunch menu. So are grilled cheeses! Potato pancakes and bean pancakes are a fun way to mix up the leftovers a little bit. Strangely, my children will not eat mac and cheese–boxed or homemade–so we don’t have that much anymore. It makes me sad, because I like it.

  10. says

    I remember making English muffin pizzas when I was a kid. They are so good. Bagel pizzas are yummy to make too!

  11. says

    If Little Miss had her way it would be Mac n Cheese (if you call it Macaroni and Cheese she doesn’t want it.) 3 meals a day! We have a few staples – bread and red jelly, open faced. Hotdog. Turkey. Yeah, mommy doesn’t do fancy lunches M-F.

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