Crayons, markers, uniforms, notebooks and pencils are covering my living room floor. School must be starting soon! I cannot believe we have hit the end of summer, but my three big kids are going to start in less than a week.
Our children attend a small private school. Since it is small, lunches sometimes are provided by a sweet mom who cooks for them, but other years no one is available to take on this huge task. This is one of those years. The thought of getting three lunches ready every morning plus a morning, afternoon and after school snack each day became a little overwhelming – that’s 60 ‘meals’ each week! So this year we are going to apply my freezer meal techniques to breakfast, lunch and snacks. (Or at least start out doing it!)
The girls and I spent the weekend stocking up our freezer with thirty some suppers. (See my freezer meals series.) Then we spent this week making breakfast, lunch and snacks in hopes to make our transition back to school life a little smoother. I thought I would share some of our recipes with you in case this could help you out. I added some that we didn’t do but will do on the next rotation so hopefully you can find a few that your kids will eat.
PLEASE share your ideas and thoughts. Come November we will be ready for something new!!!
- Egg Muffins: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. We use the kind with flour in it, so that they slide right out. Trust me – otherwise it is a huge headache to clean. If you use muffin tins, DO NOT use foil. Only use ones that can go in the microwave. Make eggs like you would normally make scrambled eggs. I use 9 eggs and 1/3 cup of milk for 12 muffins. In the bottom of each muffin tin put whatever omelet ingredients you like. We use a combo of diced ham, cooked bacon, diced veggies and cheese. Once the omelet ingredients are in the pan, pour the egg and milk mixture over them until the cup is ¾ of the way filled. Bake for 20 minutes or until the center is set. Remove from pan and let cool. Then put in freezer bags and place in the freezer. When you are ready to eat them, pull out however many you want and put them in the microwave for 2 minutes or until heated through.
- Pancake Muffins: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. There are several recipes for from scratch pancakes but I just used my favorite box kind. I made a double patch of pancake batter. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. We use the kind with flour in it, so that they slide right out otherwise it is a huge headache to clean. If you use muffin tins, DO NOT use foil. Only use ones that can go in the microwave. Put one small scoop of batter into each muffin tin. Then put blueberries, chocolate chips or your choice of toppings on batter. Finish with another small scoop of batter. Bake for 12 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Our kids love, love, love these!
- Bacon and Egg Crescent Rolls
- Mini Cinnamon Rolls – triple or quadruple the batch because they are yummy and go super-fast!
- Muffins- Make several batches of your favorite box or homemade muffins and freeze them in gallon freezer bags
- Banana Bread, Zucchini Bread or Oatmeal bread (really any kind of bread) – Bake in mini loaf pans. This way you can just pull out one for one meal.
- Homemade Pizza Lunchables
- Farmer’s Market Quesadilla – you can add or delete any veggies you want.
- Cheese Quesadillas – for the child who doesn’t like their food mixed. Really you can do any kind of Quesadilla that you want. You will want to wrap them individually or flash freeze them on a cookie sheet-just make sure you put wax paper under them and in between them so that they do not stick together. I have folded one tortilla in half or used two to make it the normal way. Either works so just use whatever you are used to. I do cut them before freezing to make them easier for the kids since they warm them up at school.
- Burritos – My recipe is out of one of my cookbooks but this gives you some ideas on how to do it
- French Dip Sandwich meat– I made this as one of my freezer meals. I took out 6 individual portions and frozen them separately in quart bags for each of the kids to take as one of their meals. I will send a bun with them too.
- BBQ Pork Meat– I made this as one of my freezer meals. I took out 6 individual portions and froze them separately in quart bags for each of the kids to take as one of their meals. I will send a bun with them too.
- Taco Meat: I cooked up 1 pound of hamburger and seasoned it. Then I put it in individual freezer bags. Each kid can then take a bag of meat, tortilla and a container of toppings to have tacos for lunch.
- Smores in a Sleeping Bag
- Cinnamon Chex Mix– we froze these in plastic, air tight containers
- Homemade Cereal Bar Cookies – we have used different kinds of jam
- Cookies: Most cookies freeze well. Our favorites are chocolate chip and monster.
- Puppy Chow: we froze this in plastic, air tight containers
- Apple Snack Cake- Once they are flash frozen you can place them in a freezer bag and just pull out however many pieces you want.
- Peanut Butter Granola Bites– This is one of our favorites. We do this each time!
- Strawberry Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats – Seems crazy but they are good!
- Snickers Stuffed Loaded Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies –ridiculously good!
Sure, my husband has eaten a ham or turkey sandwich for lunch nearly every day for the last decade, but not everyone is content with such…consistency. Our kids take the normal ham sandwiches too. But these sack lunches and snacks will provide some variety to the kiddos’ lives as they head off to school. And having them made already will provide some sanity to mine!
Freezer Meal Series