Summer Camp Meal Prep
I don’t have kids but I’m always looking for fun ways to break up the monotony that comes with meal prepping — especially if you are someone who gets bored easily! And who gets bored more often than kids…. I’ve been a nanny before. I know meal time can be the biggest battle during the day!
We are smack dab in the middle of summer and if you have busy kids, you have probably used up all of your meal ideas for summer cap. Never fear — I put together five quick and easy meal ideas that will make even your pickiest little camper happy! Plus they are all incredibly easy and most can be prepped ahead of time and can even make an easy transition into the school year.
Bananas in a Blanket
I love Kodiak Cakes. They are protein pancakes that I was introduced to by friends at the gym and they have become a staple in my life. My favorite way to eat them? With a little peanut butter and banana, rolled up like a Pig in a Blanket. Hence… Bananas in a Blanket.
Kodiak Cakes are a great option for sneaking in protein and can be made ahead of time. I’ll make up a giant batch on Sunday and wrap them up in parchment paper to use throughout the week. They are an especially perfect addition when it comes to traveling — they make a healthy, easy breakfast or can be used as a snack when your healthy options are limited.
I gotta confess something here. I never thought about slicing apples like this until my boyfriend took over kitchen duties on Mother’s Day. We were putting together a charcuterie board and I don’t know, my mind was blown. Apples sliced like bread? Oh, the possibilities!
Apple sammies are the perfect option for anyone looking to cut out gluten while upping their fiber intake. And they can be changed up depending on personal preference! Apples with peanut butter, apples with a little cheese and meat. You could even whip up a quick chicken salad — a little shredded chicken, avocado — and use the apple slices as chips.
Got a good hand? You can easily use a knife to cut up your apples. Personally, I like using a mandoline slicer. Easier, more consistent and it is less likely I’ll cut myself.
This might be my new favorite non-sandwich option. I used a mandonline slicer to get a nice, even slice and filled it up with avocado chicken salad.
Cucumber bites are a great option for families dealing with allergies or food insensitivities. Plus they are a great way to to sneak in veggies for picky eaters! I can’t wait to get creative with fillings — egg salad, turkey and cheese, BLT, tuna salad. The options are pretty much endless!
Chicken salad recipe? I bought a rotisserie chicken at the store, shredded it up and mixed up a little chicken with ripe avocado, a little garlic salt and onion powder. It doesn’t have to be complicated!
You’ve likely enjoyed a pickle roll-up at a potluck but why not throw it into your meal rotation? I did not use cream cheese — just a slice of pepperjack cheese, then wrapped it all up with a slice of ham.
Not a fan of pickles? Use a slice of avocado instead! And you could easily cut out the cheese or swap up the lunch meat to fit your personal preferences!
Avocados are a great source of healthy fat and can give an added kick to an otherwise boring meal — especially if you are making sandwich sans the bread!
Alright. This is the easiest meal prep idea in the world and after it becomes a hit, you’ll be kicking yourself for not thinking of it sooner. Plus, you can make your kids do all of the work!
No need to soak these skewers ahead of time! Just come up with delicious items for your kids to enjoy. Think meat, cheese, fruit, veggies. You could even add cooked pasta, like tortellini!