Lunch Ideas for Homeschool When You Don’t Have Time

1 July 2021 No Comments
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Lunch is probably my least favorite part of the homeschooling day!!

He is currently eating me out of house and home! He is 11 and will soon be taller than me (although as I am 5′ 9 and a half” luckily there is still a way to go!!).

So I thought I would create a list of lunch ideas for homeschool, for when we don’t have time to plan!!

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We have to be super careful in this house, as at the age of 10 Freddie was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy. The only reason I can assume we hadn’t already discovered it, is because we lived in England until he was 9, and we really don’t eat peanut butter!!!!

Everything in this house now has to be completely FREE from peanuts and tree nuts. We also don’t trust cross-contamination (which is nearly all chocolate, cookies, cakes, in fact, most nice things!!). So these lunch ideas for homeschool are COMPLETELY PEANUT AND TREE NUT FREE. But, if you do have a child with a nut allergy of course, please don’t take my word for it. Check the labels (as I know all too well that they change from time to time!)

Super Easy and Quick Lunch Ideas for Homeschool

I will start with what we normally eat, which is super easy, and then I will start adding things that take more than 2 minutes!! But honestly, this really is for homeschool moms who have ZERO time at lunchtime. I would love to be able to plan and prepare, and when we first started homeschooling I had lovely images of me cooking all day. But reality has set in and there is only so much I can do! I mean I cook a healthy dinner at night! I really don’t need to spent too much time on lunch as well.

lunch ideas for homeschool when you don't have time
  • Jam Sandwich – see I told you I was starting easy!
  • Hot Dogs – we get the Weiners so they microwave in 30 seconds!
  • Ravioli with tomato sauce – of course, we have to be really careful with this, but the Costco chicken one is really good
  • Leftover dinner from the night before.(This is one of my favorites, I nearly always cook too many vegetables, or cook too much pasta, so we can have it for lunch the following day.)
  • Pizza – we eat pizza far too much. But when we do there are always pieces left over, so I freeze them in separate bags and bring them out if I am feeling particularly lazy! (which is far too regularly!!)
  • Cheese and basil panini **
  • Classic grilled cheese sandwich **
  • Ham and cheese sliders **
  • Pasta with either tomato or cheese sauce **

** If you are wondering what the stars are, these are all recipes from the BEST KIDS COOKBOOK EVER!!! If you don’t own a copy of this amazing cookbook, you need to get it now! I really love Mary Berry, however, most meals I now cook come from this kid’s cookbook!!! The crispy oven-fried chicken and the apple cider glazed pork chops are just amazing.

What’s even better is, it actually encourages Freddie to cook too. Now don’t get me wrong, when it comes to lunchtime, unless he is in the mood (rarely) I still make his lunch. We have enough homeschool battles to deal with than fighting about food as well! But maybe every other week he will ask to make dinner from this cookbook! Or more often than not, he will prefer to make the chocolate sheet cake, or the cookies (we have to slightly adapt the recipe for his allergies).


I always make sure we have the following in the house, as he is ALWAYS HUNGRY!

  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Cookies (normally homemade due to the peanut allergy)
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cheerios (yes I know this is for breakfast. But if he needs a quick snack he has a dry bowl of these!)
  • Vanilla ice cream (again we have to be very careful about the brand)
  • Yogurt

I hope you find these super easy and quick lunch ideas for your homeschool helpful. Let me know in the comments what your kids are having for lunch.

lunch ideas for homeschool when you have no time

Last Updated on 21 July 2021 by homeschoolof1

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I am Clare, a homeschooling mom from the UK but now homeschooling in Florida with my 11 year old son.

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