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10 Summer Camp MOMables Lunch Ideas and Recipes

One Simple Lunch Plan, Unlimited Kid Lunch Ideas Year Round

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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.

The very first MOMable menu item ever created was the Homemade Lunchable. Pack up some crackers and meat and cheese slices, and let the kids build their own!

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.

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Lunch Packing for 2, 4, or 28. Here’s How!

Would you get overwhelmed if you had to pack lunches for 28? Don’t worry, I don’t pack this many every day, but I’m going to show you how easy it is to pack lunches for 2, 6, or 20!

I recently volunteered to make lunches for a school that is in the poorest, most-diverse neighborhood in the entire county.

The thought of making 28 lunches could seem daunting, but I’m here to tell you, with a little preparation and helpful ideas from the MOMables menu plan, it went very smoothly!

My daughter and I always bake together on the weekends.  This allows me to be prepared and have ready-made snacks and breakfast items that will suit her gluten-free diet.

We baked up a batch of chocolate chip mini zucchini muffins. They were perfect for a treat in the lunches for the school!

A small amount of time baking = easy, healthy treats for desserts, whether for just your family for the week or to share! Not to mention the bonding time in the kitchen, as well as it being educational teaching fractions and how to read recipes.

We also made MOMables-style Pinwheels for the lunches. A flour tortilla, cream cheese, oven roasted deli turkey, and roll! Little Miss and I prepared these the night before because they are simple to make.

Tip #1:  Set up an assembly line for each step.  Instead of making each individual pinwheel, make all of them at the same time. 

By spreading all the lunch boxes out on our dining table, we were able to quickly fill the EasyLunchBoxes containers with Veggie Straws, fruits, and carrots with dip.

Tip #2:  Sandwiches, wraps, pinwheels, and many other items are easier to slice cleanly after chilling for at least an hour—or until the next morning.

Thanks to my MOMables subscription, making lunches every day for my daughter takes minutes! If I can do it for 28 people, anyone can do it for their family! Having a plan, a shopping list, and a make-ahead tips section saves a lot of time!

Tip #3: Make lunches ahead of time.  Most menu items give tips on keeping the items fresh and reheating suggestions. If you’re able to prepare your menu items, say Sunday afternoon, it can save you time and energy during your busy workweek!

Tip #4: Incorporate leftovers. Another reason MOMables saves me time and money is because they tell me in the menu if I will need chicken, rice, or pasta for a menu item. I can easily cook it at the same time I’m making dinner for my family!

Healthy lunches for 1 or 28, it all comes down to planning! Let MOMables help you get the most out of your time and energy so your family can have the lunches they deserve.

Tip #5: Plan year-round.  Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean your kids aren’t eating lunch!  Even with hectic summer schedules, fresh is still best.  Between June 25th and August 10th, MOMables will share three fresh dinner ideas and two lunch options your family will love.

Planning during the summer helps avoid costly convenience foods and unhealthy drive-thru meals. As always, your weekly download will be filled with prep-ahead tips, five meals and a convenient shopping list.

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French Kids Eat Everything, Do Yours?

Have you ever wondered how other people’s kids seem to eat a more varied diet than yours?

And at dinnertime, is it a constant struggle to get your kids to try anything new?  You are not alone. I’ve gone through periods where I became a short-order cook and felt a pang of jealousy toward people like Karen Le Billion because her kids will try everything. In my house, I battle with my kids to try new foods.

Good thing Karen has a new book out called French Kids Eat Everything: How our family moved to France, cured picky eating, banned snacking, and discovered 10 simple rules for raising happy healthy eaters. Long title, I know, but the book is short and is well worth the read.

One of the things I noticed immediately is that the French have rules about food. They might not be written down on a board for their children to see, but there are things that they teach their children from the time they are young, and they grow up understanding what’s expected of them.

Here are some of the rules that resonated with me most:

  • You are in charge! If you visit my house at dinnertime, it’s pretty obvious who runs the show; I do. This is even a source of minimal debate between my husband and I because he says I am too bossy. Well, guess what: It’s okay to be on top of your children, teaching them things such as how to sit correctly, how to behave, how to hold their silverware, and educating them on proper table manners. I was happy to see this as rule #1 in the book.

When my kids don’t like something—usually a vegetable—my husband will say “they are just like me; I didn’t like vegetables when I was a kid.” The French approach: nonsense. They have just not tried them enough times!

  • Parents schedule meals and menus. This one I loved because in my attempt to be more organized with our lunch and dinner menus, I have a weekly plan for our family. This has helped tremendously in cutting down grocery costs, wasted food, and minimized options. Karen points out that kids should eat what adults eat: no substitutes and no short-order cooking. Well, I’m still working on the short-order cooking thing at least once a week. But the meal planning I have down, thanks to our menus.
  • Limit snacks, ideally one per day. Implementing this rule is not much of an issue for us. My kids (like the French kids) get an afternoon snack after school. Now, why would you want to limit snacking? Because if the children don’t anticipate a meal (read: aren’t hungry), they are not likely to try new foods. Most people think that kids should never be hungry; quite the opposite, it’s okay to feel hunger so food is more exciting.

I simply loved Karen’s book. I secretly wished our family could be shipped off to France (or anywhere else with diverse food, really) to be immersed in their food culture. If you need a little culinary help, Karen even includes recipes to help you get started.

If you have picky eaters, I highly recommend reading this book. If nothing else, you will find yourself relating to Karen, wishing you had a husband like hers who completely supported the new food approach (versus having one like mine who excuses everything with when I was a kid…) and planning a way to simply get started.

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