Get Out of Your Lunch Rut

So often, it is easier to pack the same old lunch and fall into the dreaded lunch rut. My husband told me that for five years he only ate peanut butter and jelly. Likewise our daughter had a tendency to live on carbs and cheese. So I am determined to get her — and our family — out of the dreaded lunch rut.
To make our school (and work) week go by more smoothly, I have created a weekly lunch menu based on what we are having for dinner and food I can make easily. That way I can slip into all of our lunches without too much hassle. Here’s this week’s schedule:
Monday: Sunflower butter & jelly sandwich, yogurt & granola, red peppers & sugar snap peas, popcorn & craisins trail mix; and for snack, a cereal bar.
Tuesday: Pasta salad (leftover from Sunday night dinner), apple sauce & cottage cheese, carrots, zucchini muffin; and for snack, a cheese stick.
Wednesday: Turkey and cheese shapes (turkey sandwiches for adults), yogurt and granola, red peppers & sugar snap peas, popcorn & craisins trail mix; and  for snack, a zucchini muffin.
Thursday: Chicken quesadilla (chicken leftover from chicken tacos on Wednesday night dinner), apple sauce, carrots, tortilla chips; and for snack, a ceral bar.
Friday: Sunflower butter & jelly sandwich, yogurt & granola, red peppers & sugar snap peas, popcorn & craisins trail mix and finally for snack, a cheese stick.
I post the schedule on the fridge, so whichever parent is doing lunches can easily know what to pack. Viola! It almost looks too pretty to eat.
Happy Not Rut Lunching!!
–Kim Fletcher, Parenting Program Volunteer

1 Response to “Get Out of Your Lunch Rut”


  1. 1 Anonymous September 12, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Creative and outside the lunch box thinking. Love this idea! Thanks, Kim! Deanna


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