This post is sponsored by El Monterey®. The opinions and text are all mine.
This fall looks a little different than normal. Our four kids are home with my wife and I. We are all working on different things at different times. It’s been awesome having everyone home, as we’ve had more time to get outside and spend time doing the things that we love.
The only thing that is hard is keeping everyone on a schedule that works. Kids have called at different times throughout the day, which means lunch isn’t exactly scheduled anymore. When the kids were home for summer before school started back up, we had lunch around 11:30 every day. This gave us time to get outside before it got too hot, get in some biking or swimming, and be home to meet up for lunch before we started on our afternoons.
This year, we are eating anywhere from 11:00 to 2:00, depending on who is on a call. Bring on the LIFE SKILLS lesson of our school year! Haha! Our hungry kids love to eat… and cook, but some of them just aren’t ready to make from-scratch meals alone yet. We’ve found some great alternatives!
Becky and I have used this opportunity to teach the kids about stepping up and stepping out – trying new things & learning new skills and recipes. They have already been making things like PB&J’s or quick sandwiches, but if you have teenage boys, you know this isn’t always going to cut it. We needed something with protein and the power to keep them full & focused. They can eat you out of the house & home!
It’s time to up their lunch game and let them take control. We went to Publix and bought everything that we needed to stock the fridge with things to make salads, fruit and vegetable smoothies, and meals. We bought a bunch of El Monterey® single serve quesadilla and enchilada meals because they are all made with real ingredients and you can keep them in the freezer. They also contain more than 20 grams of protein per serving, so they will keep you full. They are on sale right now at Publix, two for $6, now through 10/9/20. You can find them in the single-serve area of the freezer section.
As the dad of four hungry kids, with two of them being teenage boys, we always keep these frozen single serve El Monterey Meals on hand.
We used to make them for dinner when we were in the mood for an authentic, great tasting Mexican dish… and we wanted to have it in the comfort of our home. It’s like a short-cut to a home-cooked meal. Plus, El Monterey’s meals are made from family recipes. The kids liked the beef enchiladas and chicken quesadillas so much that now they have them for lunch, too.
With fall being so busy and the kids all being on different school schedules, El Monterey Quesadillas have become a favorite go-to meal for our teens for lunch. When they come into the kitchen, hungry for lunch, they can easily make the quesadillas themselves. They turn out great every time. We also taught them how to make an easy coleslaw recipe. They also learned how to make guacamole. If you think we now have two chefs in the house… you’d be pretty accurate. They have been cooking new things all month long.