Making 36 sandwiches yesterday got me to thinking about lunch ideas…
In the past, I’ve shared with you that our family does not eat many sandwiches, unless we’re on the road. Why? Because my family of six knows how to put away a large amount of food three times a day. By the time I purchase a decent quality lunch meat, whole wheat bread, and mayo I feel good about feeding our family, I can spend between $15 and $20 just on sandwiches for one meal. I could spend less if I bought cheaper lunch meat, but I don’t wanna and you can’t make me. ;) Thinking about how lunch meat is processed, and knowing what is added to the meat makes my face curl up in unattractive ways. It is best if I don’t go there.
Instead of sandwiches, our family enjoys much less expensive, much healthier meals during lunchtime each day. In an effort to share my ideas and get new ideas from all of you too, I thought it might be fun for us to talk about our favorite healthy (and quick) lunches.
Look through my archive of menu plans to read through lunches we fix regularly. As long as I have a plan, I can typically get lunch on the table very quickly. Don’t assume that sandwiches are faster to make than other lunches. Be creative and have fun. And take advantage of these Make Ahead Meal ideas which make warming up a pre-prepared healthy lunch a snap.
In case you don’t have this yet, we’d love for you to download our FREE Healthy Lunch List. Just click, print, and place this list on your fridge (or another handy location) to give you lots of fun lunch time inspiration!
Here are a few of our family’s favorite healthy and inexpensive lunches:
Taco Corn Fritters with fruit
Tuna Casserole with a veggie
Corndog Muffins with raw carrots and fruit
Sloppy Cornbread Muffins with fruit or veggies
What are your favorite, healthy lunches? Load up the comments section with ideas for us to draw from!