What’s for lunch?


As an oilfield mom, time is not my friend when I’m pulling single parent duty while my Hot Oil Man is away. Especially at meal time, the easier and better!  I do quick and simple breakfasts – hot cereal or bagels with fresh fruit – for the kids.  If I’m really on the ball I might bake muffins the night before for breakfast the following day.  On Sundays, I usually do a big home cooked meal of bacon and eggs, or pancakes, or biscuits and gravy, etc. For the most part, breakfast is under control.

I also have a nice little list of easy suppers I make for the kids and I while dad is gone.  I prefer home-cooked meals, but occasionally we have frozen food if I am out of time (and energy).  Corn-dogs and chicken patties on buns (which we call chicken burgers) are our two back-up meals.  My kids are really picky so I don’t like to cook many big meals while my Hot Oil Man is gone.  There is no point in cooking something if I’m the only one that is going to eat it.  There are several casseroles they eat, along with spaghetti, tacos, sloppy joes, quesadillas, and chicken. It’s not too exciting, but we rotate through their favorites. If I’m prepared and have some free time, I might even get something in the crock pot earlier in the day which really helps out when supper time rolls around. I don’t care for fast food and we try not to eat out very often, but there is the occasional evening when we are out and about and have no choice but to grab something on the run, especially with extracurricular activities starting up for fall.

Meal times are pretty simple when Dad is gone, and although they lack variety, we do have our little routine and things go pretty smoothly…except for lunch.  I have a pretty good handle on breakfasts and suppers while it’s just the 3 of us, but I just don’t have good ideas for lunch. They have sandwiches almost every day. Especially during the school year, lunch needs to be something quick because I don’t have time to stop and cook during the school day while I’m also teaching school (we homeschool). Overall lunch is pretty boring and repetitive for  my kids.  I make them turkey sandwiches or peanut butter and jelly.  A LOT.  The most exciting thing I do is switch up the bread. Sometimes they have their sandwiches in a pita, sometimes on a roll, and sometimes in a tortilla. Other than that, lunch is pretty lame. I don’t have good ideas for make ahead meals.

I would love to hear some other busy oilfield mom’s lunch ideas!! Shout out what you do to keep lunch simple (but edible) while dad is gone…..

About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.

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