Since having 4 little ones, 2 which are in school, I feel like I really have to prep for the week to keep my sanity and not feel like it is absolute chaos! What has really helped me is on Sundays I prep snacks and easy lunches and sometimes breakfast, to get through the week. So I thought I would put together a small post of what I make!
Freezer Peanut Butter and Jelly
I’ve thought of buying the pre made uncrustables but it is pretty expensive for some thing that can be really inexpensive to make. So what I do is take a whole loaf of bread (or whatever I have left) lay all the bread out and put peanut butter on all of them, it helps the bread from getting soggy with the jelly! I also put the whole jar of peanut butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds, depending on how much is in the jar, so that it spreads faster, and easier. Then I put jelly on one side and put the two pieces together. I put them each in a sandwich bag, then I put all the sandwiches back into the loaf bag and put it in the freezer. It not only makes them easier to find but then they all stay together and aren’t dropping to the back of the freezer. If one morning we are in a rush and I don’t have time to put together a lunch for Sophie, I just throw one in her lunch box and it thaws out by the time she has lunch!
Ham and Cheese Sandwhich
Another favorite is ham and cheese sandwiches on dinner rolls. For some reason the kids never really liked ham and cheese on regular bread but seem to love them on these dinner rolls from the bakery. These ones I don’t freeze, I just make about 6 for the week. They are really simple and easy to make. Mostly the boys will eat them at home but sometimes I send them in Sophies lunch with a little packet of mayo.
Breakfast Protein Muffins
I don’t usually like to buy the packaged muffins or cereal bars since they have so much sugar and it seems like the kids don’t stay full very long. So I like to use the protein Kodiak pancake mix and make them tiny muffins that we use for snacks or to eat with breakfast. One serving usually makes about 24 small muffins so I bag them by 12 and freeze one bag just so they stay fresh for the full week. You can also freeze them and will thaw out in about an hour!
Bean Burritos (not pictured)
The kids also like bean burritos so about once a month I will make a big crockpot of beans and make a bunch of bean and cheese burritos. I put them together and roll them up then put the burritos fold down on a cast iron skillet so it cooks the tortilla together. then I just shove them into freezer bags. With these you need to take them out the day before for them to defrost all the way. Or sometimes I will just put them in the microwave or oven and warm them up that way. My husband also takes these to work too so sometimes I make some with red chile too.
I also have a bin in our pantry that I let the kids get their own snack during the day. It makes it easier since they are constantly asking for snacks, they can get them on their own. I let them each pick one snack at the store, which usually consists of crackers, chips, popcorn or pretzels. Then I buy small snack bags and fill them all up for a variety of different snacks, this also saves money since pre packaged crackers are usually pretty expensive when you are constantly buying them and I also think that they usually have way more then my kids eat for a snack. Then we don’t buy any other snacks until the snacks in the bin are gone! Then they pick new ones!
Kids Fruit Yogurt (not pictured)
Mostly during the summer I will pre make yogurts for breakfast (not pictured). I have a bunch of small mason jars with the white twist on lids. I put frozen fruit first then the kids favorite yogurt (greek honey vanilla yogurt from sams club) put the lids on and leave them in the fridge. In the morning I dump them in bowls (since they are glass we have had a few casualties) then I top them off with granola for Sophia and the boys like cheerios on theirs!
We also always have string cheese, go gurts that we freeze and vegetables.
I do meal prep for me also on Sundays so usually I will make a bunch of boiled eggs, cut up vegetables and boil chicken, so somedays I will just let Sophia pick out a few different snacks to take for a little lunch medley!
It does take some time to do it all but it makes a huge difference during the week when we are in a rush!
Hope this helped give you some ideas and will make your morning a little easier!