Quick Lunch Ideas For The Family + Printable Weekly Lunch Planner

This post is sponsored by El Monterey®. The opinions and text are all mine.

One of the strangest things about our kids going back to school virtually has been trying to keep up with lunchtime. Although we are all eating at home, during the week we eat at three different times following school schedules. Lunch has to be quick, easy and filling. El Monterey® single-serve meals are a delicious solution. To help keep our family organized I also created a printable weekly lunch planner.

El Monterey Entree

To make our lunches even more complicated, our middle schooler’s lunchtime changes during the week depending on her block schedule. Some days she eats as early as 10:20 am and she’s in school until 3:55, so lunch has to fill her up. With 20g of protein per serving, El Monterey frozen single-serve enchilada and quesadilla meals give her the energy she needs to get through school. And because they heat up in the microwave in just a few minutes, she has plenty of time to make her lunch and eat it before she returns to class. That means the rest of us don’t have to think about lunch that early.

Quick Easy Lunch

El Monterey Single-Serve Meals

Since my family loves authentic Mexican food, El Monterey meals are a perfect quick lunch option for everyone. Made with fresh-baked tortillas and real ingredients, the single-serve meals are great because each family member can choose their own lunch and prepare it during their lunchtime.

El Monterey Chicken Quesadilla

My family’s favorite El Monterey meals are the chicken quesadilla and the beef enchiladas, but my daughter told me that she wants to try the chicken enchiladas next time. El Monterey single-serve meals come in seven varieties:

  • Chicken Quesadilla
  • Beef Enchiladas
  • Three Cheese Quesadilla
  • Cheese Enchiladas
  • Chicken Enchiladas
  • Slow-Cooked Shredded Beef
  • Shrimp Salsa Roja Bowl

Each yummy entree comes with a side of Mexican rice making it a full meal.

Through October 9, you can find El Monterey entrees on sale at Publix 2 for $6. So, now’s a great time to stock up on your family’s favorites or try a new flavor. Look for them in the freezer section with the other single-serve meal options.

El Monterey Publix

Weekly Lunch Planner

Since my kids are old enough to have their own opinions about what they want for lunch each day, the weekly lunch planner helps with grocery shopping and helping everyone remember what they are eating each day. We fill it out one week at a time so everyone can choose what they want to eat each week and mix it up as they see fit.

Free Printable Lunch Planner

Each week before we go grocery shopping, the kids plan out their lunches for the week so I know what to buy. Then at lunchtime, I don’t have to stop what I am doing to help with lunch, the older girls can look at the lunch planner to see what the plan is for lunch.

Pro Mom Tip – We’ve even assigned each family member a color so everyone can tell at a glance who is eating what for lunch because the kids never seem to agree on what they want for lunch. Luckily for them, keeping this weekly lunch planner hanging in our pantry helps keep mom organized so they can choose whatever they want to eat.

Download the Weekly Lunch Planner HERE.

Even before we were eating lunch at home all of the time, we used a weekly lunch planner to keep track of who was going to eat what. But those weekly plans also included the hot lunches served at school. These days, the hot lunches served at home include El Monterey.

Printable Weekly Lunch Menu

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