As any homeschool mom will tell you, homeschool kids are always hungry. We eat every three hours from 9 AM to 6 PM and they still complain between meal times. Hobbit much? Anyway, keeping up with the kids’ insatiable hunger is no small task. Over the years, I’ve developed this simple homeschool meal routine to keep them from complaining (too much) and keep me from being in the kitchen all the time!
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Keep things simple
One tried and true trick (I love alliteration) I’ve learned is to keep the meals simple. We have the same breakfasts on the same days all week. The same goes for lunches.
I keep track of what we’re having for meals on my Google calendar. That way I can easily pull it up on my phone or laptop.
Here’s a screenshot of what May looks like for us.
As you can see we have the same thing every Monday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Sundays do vary. Sometimes the kids have homemade cereal (granola) or I might make oats or smoothies or something.
What about supper?
I plan our suppers monthly, planning to have each meal twice. So, really, I only have to plan for 8 different meals each month when it comes to suppers.
Does that make sense?
I either do one big day of freezer cooking where I get most of it done ahead of time OR I just cook double when I make supper. That way we have one to eat and one for another meal.
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Simple saves time, money, and sanity
By having this simple homeschool meal routine . . .
- grocery shopping is SO MUCH easier than it used to be
- the kids know what to expect, so there are no unwanted surprises (plus they thrive on routine)
- taking inventory is a breeze because I know exactly how much of everything I need
- meal planning has never been simpler
A few of my favorite time savers in the kitchen
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