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Meal Planning Ideas (Breakfast/Lunch)

So no doubt you read today’s post tile and thought hmm.. Erin’s going to teach us how to meal plan?  Riiiiight.  :)  If you’ve read my blog for more than two minutes then you know that all things dealing with cooking and meal planning are NOT my strong suit.  In fact, one of the first posts I ever wrote for this blog over four years ago when my girls were little was called “cooking is for the birds” and pretty much sums up how I still to this day feel about cooking.  But I do have a family.  And I am the mom.  And much to my dismay, they are all hungry and want to eat from time to time.  So one of my main goals once we move into our new house and get settled is to be better about meal planning.  (Along with my other goal to lose the 5 lbs I gained this year from stress eating.  Wish me luck achieving those two goals at the same time – ha!)

If you’re newish to my blog I want you to meet Koni.  One of my best friends who I’ve been thick as thieves with since junior high.  Quick flashback so you can understand all we’ve been through together…

Sorry Koni.  I had to go there.  We’ve had too much fun in our past not to share it.  I’ve got three scrapbooks full of pics of the two of us acting like idiots.  Good times for sure.  :)  Anyway – now that you’ve met Koni and can see that she is as dorky entertaining as I am, let me tell you something else about her.  She is AMAZING at cooking and meal planning and preparing healthy food for her family.  People used to always tease us that we shared a brain so I keep hoping that her cooking and meal planning skills will somehow magically rub off.  It hasn’t happened yet but I’m not giving up hope.  Koni has four kids with one on the way and decided she wanted to be more organized with breakfast and school lunches.  She also wanted to make sure she was feeding her kids a good variety of healthy foods (you know – instead of feeding her kids Cheerios for breakfast every single morning like some people she knows… ahem).  So she made a list of breakfast food ideas and another list of lunch food ideas.  Then she put together a two week breakfast and lunch menu so she always knows what to buy and prepare.  Every two weeks she starts over.  I think this is BRILLIANT!  I’m sharing her lists and menus with you today in case something like this might work for you.  OR in case you just need some ideas for healthy breakfasts and lunches.  I’d love to try this.  My menu won’t be nearly as impressive, but at least we might be able to get out of our Cheerio rut.  Maybe Cheerios on Mon, Wed, Fri and on Tues, Thurs I’ll get wild and whip up some waffles?  Baby steps.  :)

Breakfast Ideas

Fruit Smoothies
Green Smoothies
PB Smoothies
Oatmeal with Berries
Oatmeal with Bananas
Cream of Wheat with PB
Cold Cereal
Baked Oatmeal
Baked Goods:             Toppings:
Pancakes                    Syrup
Waffles                       Applesauce
French Toasts            Yogurt
Crepes                                    Honey/Powdered Sugar
Muffins                       Whipped Cream
German Pancakes
Avocado Toast
Cut up Fruit
Scrambled Eggs
David Eggs
Egg & Toast
Fruits (not a part of the lunch menu)

Lunch Ideas
Meat: (Turkey/Ham, Wheat Bread, Avocado, Mustard, Tomato, Pickle, Lettuce, Cheese?)
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Peanut Butter & Honey with Bananas
Tuna Fish in Pita Pocket
Meat Wrap: (Tortilla, Shredded Chicken/sliced deli meat,
Other Grains:
Rice Cakes
Granola Bar
Trail Mix (Pretzels, Cranberries, M&M’s, Nuts)
Apples (Pink Lady or Yellow)
Clementine Oranges (small ones)
Kiwi (peeled, but leave whole)
Banana (don’t peel)
Pears (don’t peel or cut)
Pineapple (canned or fresh)
Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew)
Oranges (cut in small quarter pieces or peeled)
Applesauce cups
Mandarin oranges (in the cups)
Peppers (all colors)
Cucumbers (no peeling)
Sugar Snap Peas
Grape Tomatoes
Pickles (mini variety)
Hard Boiled Eggs

Breakfast Menu
Day 1
Berry Smoothie
Half of a Bagel with Butter and Honey
Day 2
Scrambled Eggs
2-3 Sausages
Day 3
Oatmeal with Berries or frozen peaches, no bananas
Day 4
Peanut Butter Smoothie
1 Avocado Toast
Day 5
Pancakes w/yogurt (light syrup)
Berries or strawberries cut up on top
Day 6
Green Smoothie with mixed fruit bag
Half of a Bagel with butter and jelly
Day 7
David Eggs
2-3 Bacons
Pineapple (fresh or frozen)
Day 8
Cream of Wheat with Peanut Butter
Day 9
Waffles w/applesauce (light syrup)
Banana Slices
Day 10
Peach Smoothie
1 Avocado Toast

French Toast
German Pancakes
Baked Oatmeal
Cold Cereal
Egg & Toast
Orange Juice
Strawberry Shakes

Lunch Menu
Day 1
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Vegetable: Carrots
Fruit: Apples
Day 2
Tortilla Wrap (Tortilla, deli slices, mustard, avocado spread, lettuce, cheese?)- cut in half
Fruit: Pear
Day 3
1 muffin
I yogurt/spoon
Fruit: Banana
Trail Mix (Nuts, Cranberries, M&Ms)
Day 4
2 Hard Boiled Eggs, cut in half, sprinkle with salt and pepper
Vegetable: Cucumbers
Fruit: Oranges (fresh or in a cup/spoon)
Rice Cake
Day 5
Tuna Fish Sandwich in Pita Pocket w/lettuce and pickles
Vegetable: Grape Tomatoes   (can make into a skewer)
Fruit: Grapes
Day 6
Peanut Butter, Honey, Banana Sandwich
Vegetable: Peppers
Trail Mix (Pretzels, M&Ms, Raisins)
Day 7
1 muffin
1 yogurt/spoon
Vegetable: Sugar Snap Peas
Fruit: Cherries or Strawberries
Day 8
Meat Sandwich (Wheat bread, deli slices, mustard, avocado, lettuce, tomato)
Fruit: Applesauce Cup/spoon
Day 9
Bagel, cut in half, spread jelly on the insides
Celery and Peanut Butter with a few cranberries
Fruit: Kiwi or Plums or Apricots
{So impressive Koni!  Almost as cool as your Batman impression.  :)  Love you.}

Happy breakfast and lunch planning everyone!  

xoxo, Erin
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13 thoughts on “Meal Planning Ideas (Breakfast/Lunch)

  1. I want to know if all her kids will eat all those things, that’s the problem I run into around here. A lot of good ideas there though!

    Not sure if I gave you this or not, but I changed my blog address. (that’s an L not a one).

    I know you don’t have a lot of time to read, but that’s the new address.

    Tell koni “hi”, I have such good college memories from you two!!

  2. Thanks Cathy and Hanna!

    Sarah – so fun to hear from you! I’ve got some pretty good pics with you in them too! Ha ha… :)

    Sue and Julie – I have no clue! I’ll ask her!

    Kim – my kids are the same way. They wouldn’t eat half of that stuff. But part of that is probably my fault for not feeding enough of it to them! And you are SPOT ON with the pics! Go class of 95!! :)

    Thanks Lindsey! Same to you!

  3. I noticed Koni’s use of avocado for many breakfast meals. I love avocadoes, but the ones we can buy in the midwest are probably tiny compared to the ones you have in California. They sell for about $1.00 each here in Missouri and are small. What are they like in California?

    I love Koni’s breakfast ideas!!! Thank you so much for posting!

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