I have the what to make for lunch dilemma too. We usually end up with leftovers, sandwiches or quesadillas(which I am site I spelled incorrectly) or the pb&j(which we do not have when your crew are here ) . Maybe a Crockpot of soup?
Leftovers here too,as long as I make enough the night before! Soup in the crock is a good idea. Sometimes I make a big pot of soup at lunch and we eat it for dinner, too.
We do quesadillas a lot around here too. I used to be able to hide all kinds of things in them. They have ceased being oblivious. Grilled cheese and soup. What's for breakfast? Scrambled eggs are allowed anytime of the day (protein is the hardest thing to get into 2 of my 3). Mac n cheese with fruit. Sandwiches and chips.
My DD (8 to 9) loves what we call a snacky plate. I love it because it's easy & requires no thought. Typically it will have a mix of veggie sticks, cut up fruit, cheese, crackers or buttered bread, sliced ham/salami/etc... add whatever else they like (pickles, olives, dips, etc). On cold days you might want to add a small bowl of soup, beans, or cheese on toast. Make one platter for all kids to share if you want.
i sometimes do muffin tin meals: fill each muffin spot with something different. i'm also enlisting the help of my almost 9 year old. . . he can make pancakes now! ALL BY HIMSELF!
C beat me to it! Even my 12yo likes the muffin tin meals. We have done popcorn, raisins, cheese cubes, diced ham, apple cubes, banana chips, and pretty much anything small enough to fit several of into a muffin tin.
Love all the ideas. Here's one more...bagel pizzas...buy bagels on sale and let the kids add sauce and meat (if desired) and some cheese and then just brown them in the oven. My friend takes refrigerator biscuits and opens them and puts in some ham and cheese and closes them back to make home made hot pockets with leftover ham. Jennifer Bennett
Our family loves to do the same thing, only we just put sauce, pepperoni, and cheese on top of whole-wheat or white bread. We warm the "pizza sandwich" up in the microwave for a minute or two.