Instant oatmeal is one of those breakfast household staples. Those little packets, usually 10 to a box, are very convenient for rushed mornings.
I love making my own because they are cost effective, I can reduce the sugar, and I can customize to whatever I have on hand.
If you have kids (especially big ones) who love instant oatmeal, you know they can go through two or three packets on one sitting! By Thursday, I am nearly out of oatmeal. This leads to making plain oatmeal from quick oats and adding a little milk and sugar on my own.
When Laura, the Chief MOM, gave me her oatmeal packets recipe, I realized that I should have made my own all along!
The ingredients are simple: quick oats, salt, brown sugar, cinnamon, and powdered milk. If you follow our recipe, you’ll be able to make up to 24 packets of instant oatmeal. That’s over twice the amount that comes in a single box!
My daughter and I made them together, and I can say she really loved helping me make these. Nothing beats mother/daughter time! She loves oatmeal and was shocked to see how many packets we made in so little time!
The best part is that we can add whatever she wants to it. I don’t need to buy separate boxes for different flavors! I can add my own mini chocolate chips or dinosaur sprinkles to it, and she likes it just the same! You’ll never need to go back to boxed instant oatmeal again once you realize how easy it is to make your own!
When making these DIY Instant Oatmeal packets, I put most of them back inside my quick oats container for storage, but any container will work.
Because the plastic bag doesn’t get wet or dirty, you can reuse it.
Need non-sandwich lunch ideas to fill your lunch box?
Our Meal Plans are designed to help you add variety to your family’s lunches and meals. They include non-sandwich ideas that are made with real ingredients and quick to prepare.
To help you get out of your sandwich routine a little, we’ve put together a post with Non-Sandwich Lunch Ideas!
Not every kid loves bread or, due to dietary restrictions, can have it. Specialty gluten-free and allergy-friendly breads can get expensive! Don’t worry, we got you covered, including two delicious new MOMables recipes in this post!
Mini Pumpkin Pancakes are a fun way to rock Breakfast for Lunch! The best part about pancakes is when you make one big batch, you can freeze them so they’re ready at your fingertips for breakfast on the go or in your lunch box.
Another yummy idea are our simple Apple Wraps. Tons of flavor without the bread! They’re also low in carbohydrates making them diabetic-friendly.
My daughter loves egg salad. The MOMables recipe for Greek Yogurt Egg Salad isa kid pleaser! That recipe is available when you subscribe to our free newsletter by clicking here.
Pizza is another family hit! Our gluten- and grain-free crust recipe can be made into different fun shapes with your choice of toppings.
Another grain-free favorite? Veggie Lasagna Cups. A great way to add more veggies into lunches with tons of delicious flavor.
Speaking of veggies, have you made our Spinach Artichoke Cups yet? Turn a delicious appetizer into a fun finger food for lunch.
Berry Good Wraps for Berry Good Kids! ;) Another MOMables recipe included at the bottom of this post, it’s a delicious salad wrapped in a healthy tortilla. Yum!
There’s a reason our Homemade Chicken Nugget recipe has been pinned more than 2,000 times. It’s simple and delicious! Stop buying the unhealthy bagged ones in the freezer section, and make your own for dinners or lunches.
As fall approaches, or family gatherings, break away from the typical “leftover turkey sandwich,” and try our Easy Turkey Broccoli Quiche recipe instead. A yummy lunch box treat for kids and adults!
Change up the typical burrito by adding nutritious black beans and sweet potatoes. It’s a great way to use up leftover sides from dinner, rolled into a delicious wrap for lunch!
MOM Tip: Lightly dress spinach-strawberry salad right before packing, or put dressing in a side container for dipping.
Here at MOMables, we know lunch doesn’t end when the school year does. For many of us, we’re still packing for day care, work, and even camps.
That’s why we’ve also put together one plan that offers vegetarian, gluten-free, and nut-free options (where applicable) for your family’s dietary needs. Offering you easy lunch ideas that are simple to prepare and perfect for the entire family.
When kids are at camp during the day, they want lunches that will fuel them for their activity-filled day. MOMables has you covered! I use my MOMables menu plan regularly. Here are just some of the delicious dishes my own daughter loves and enjoys thanks to MOMables!
Get out of the PB&J rut. Use your MOMables Menu plans, and give them something great for camp!
Making mini quiches are a great non-sandwich lunch choice. Bite-size, and the filling possibilities are endless. The same goes with making a frittata, also pictured above. Not a traditional lunch item, but a way to bring variety to lunch.
Looking for a new take on a sandwich? Try the MOMables Grilled Frenchman. Ham, Brie (or preferred cheese), and a little mayo, and grill between bread slices or toast in the toaster oven until the cheese is melty. Yummy!
You can never go wrong with bacon. I’m quite sure my daughter will eat anything if bacon is involved. ;) Save a slice or two from breakfast for lunches. Add it to make a fabulous club sandwich to kick their normal turkey sammie up a notch!
Another fun idea? Breakfast for Lunch. Another favorite in our house. Pack up some french toast, a mini dipper of syrup for dipping, add some fruit, and other breakfasty sides for a filling meal.
We also love to serve Chicken Salad the same way. Pack up some crackers, and put the chicken salad in a silicone cup or small compartment of your EasyLunchBoxes container. Serve with fruit and vegetable of choice.
A great summer option is to make a batch of Cauliflower Crunch Salad over the weekend, and pack up the yummy leftovers for lunch during the week. I live by the MOMables philosophy “Cook Once, Eat Twice!” It really makes lunch packing so simple.
Speaking of leftovers, another fun way to use leftovers is Pizza Skewers! Take your leftover pizza slices, cut them up, and put them on picks or recycled Starbucks stir sticks.
One of my favorite non-bread sandwiches to make are Apple-wiches. We use sunflower seed spread, allergen-free granola, and raisins in the middle. Yum! We love the crunchiness. It tastes like dessert for lunch!
Lunch packing doesn’t have to be complicated. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. MOMables is here to help all year long. For just $6 per month, we can take the stress out of your mornings and have you rockin’ the lunch box for your entire family! If you want to see a sample plan, sign up for our newsletter below.