Here is what our school lunch line looks like!
First off let me say that there are days that my 'lunch line' does not look this well put together. The kids always joke with me that I am their 'lunch lady' and I guess I technically am these days. ;-) For the most part though everything I serve is basically Paleo style cooking, or just generally healthy fare. Being a homeschooling mom of 3 requires that everything you do have some forethought in it, and cooking is no exception.
However I have found a few things like this that are super simple for me to put together. I think I prepped this entire meal in about 15 minutes & the burgers grilled for about 20 while the asparagus roasted in the oven for the same. Don't kid yourself if you think that it takes too long to eat healthy. It can be done because I do it every single day. Most of my prep work comes mid morning while the kids have started on their math assignments or are in the middle of their writing curriculum. I work the school schedule around my lunch prep requirements so that I don't feel super rushed to get 'something' on the plate for everyone at the last minute, and also so the kids can be doing more independent work while I am cooking.
Generally in the afternoons I can also throw together a bath of muffins, or bake a loaf of Paleo style bread while dinner is marinating in the fridge. I always used to love cooking .. then when I first became a homeschooling mom it became more of a burden. While we were eating just a gluten free diet (as if that is simple in itself) I found myself drawn to more of the ready made gluten free options for lunch. They were FINALLY available in the markets, and I became spoiled.
Now that I look back I am grateful for the move over to Paleo .. the food industry hasn't quite caught up to me yet (again!!) and I am back to where I was 10 years ago with gluten free .. making it myself. ;-) In doing so, I refuse to let it become a chore again. I am going to darn well enjoy the process of making it and eating it. I will not be rushed. Life is like that sometimes and I have to remember to .. slow down .. make time for the things I enjoy doing .. and find JOY in things that used to be just a chore.
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