Lunch Wrap Up – Week of April 11th (Daddified)

While I was at Mom Congress last week, my husband was charged with making our son’s lunches two days in a row. I was a little worried about how that would go, but I tried not to let it show. Of course my husband reads me like a book. My husband confessed that he was a little nervous too, but mostly about having enough time to prepare lunch in the morning by himself.

My husband exceeded my wildest expectations.

For lunches click below…

My son’s lunches
Monday (made by Daddy)
Hard-boiled egg, mochi, yogurt,
spinach, banana, chicken, crackers with goat cheese

Impressive! The mochi (strange blob on the top) is something we picked up at Whole Foods. It’s Grainaissance Mochi (packaged, bake at home). I didn’t get a chance to taste it since I was out of town when he baked it, but if you are expecting authentic Japanese mochi, this is different according to my husband. My son liked it. A few years ago we were introduced to mochi after some friends visited Japan and told us of their many mochi binges. You can only find it at Asian food stores and so we don’t get it very often (now that I’m gluten free, not sure I can do them anymore). Mochi is to die for! So my husband did great here. He forgot fruit, but this is a great lunch. Day care menu: Soynut butter and jelly sandwich, mandarin oranges, peas with fruit and ice cream as snacks.

Tuesday (made by Daddy)
Lamburger, rice, strawberries, pineapple
chocolate coconut milk yogurt with chocolate chips

Another terrific lunch packed by Daddy. I love that you can see my husband’s plaid shirt on the bottom and some fun finger puppets. I know my hubby and little boy were having fun! Day care menu: Egg patty on bread, bananas, green beans with yogurt and pretzels with cream cheese as snacks.

Mini-turkey sandwiches, strawberries,
yogurt, applesauce, bar

He loves mini-sandwiches! Day care menu: Ground beef and rice, diced pears, diced carrots, with fruit and yogurt as snacks.

Gluten-free/dairy-free pasta with broccoli, salmon,
chocolate yogurt, strawberries, bar

This was a hit lunch with my son. Day care menu: Chicken patty on wheat bread, applesauce, peas with fruit and blueberry muffins (the mini-otis-spunkemeyer junk version) as snacks.

Broccoli, fish sticks, beef stew, yogurt,
applesauce, bag with sliced apples

For dinner the previous night we ate crockpot beef stew. It was a really cold night so it was perfect. Our son wasn’t that crazy about it so I didn’t want to give him too much in his lunch. Plus the menu item was “cod nuggets,” which he likes. So I sent a compromise lunch. Day care menu: Cod nuggets, chicken and rice soup, diced peaches, baked beans with yogurt and fruit as snacks.

My lunches
Turkey sandwich, sunflower seeds, strawberries,
yogurt, leftover baked squash

I sat here and puzzled over what was in that bag (top right) — I couldn’t remember. I literally sat here for ten minutes trying to remember what that was. It was baked squash! Just so you know, I didn’t eat it. I opened my lunch bag and tossed it. It was not appealing! 🙂 Thankfully everything else was good.

Two slices bread with peanut butter, strawberries,
sunflower seeds, KIND bar, banana

I know I need to do better in the veggie department. This whole lunch was thrown together in five minutes.

Crockpot beef stew, gluten-free pita, apple
Gimme some comfort food on a cold day!
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12 Responses to Lunch Wrap Up – Week of April 11th (Daddified)

  1. Anonymous April 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Daddy didn't forget fruit on Monday. There's a picture of a banana 🙂

  2. Allison April 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Where/what brand is that gluten free pita and is it good??

  3. Mrs. Q April 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    Anonymous — Ha ha! Thanks. I'm sort of brain dead right now!

    Allison — I buy them from a gluten free bakery!

  4. Liz April 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Those lunches are fantastic! Your husband did a great job! You are an inspiration; I feel I pack nutritious lunches for my son but yours are leaps and bounds ahead of mine. If I ever packed him spinach he might disown me.

  5. Anonymous April 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Way to go, Mr. Q!! You are so supportive!

  6. Basic Bento April 23, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    "Egg patty on bread" on the daycare menu?? What in the world…?
    I can't believe they have ice cream as a snack at a day care, either. I'm glad you're sending proper lunches for your son! Maybe if more parents reject unhealthy menus, the food will be improved to appeal to health-conscious families.

  7. Justine April 23, 2011 at 7:23 pm #


    Just Better Together

  8. Anonymous April 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Mochi are made from glutinous rice but they do not have gluten in them. Glutinous rice is a bit of a misnomer as the rice does not have gluten. It is called that because the rice sticks together well.

    I have never seen mochi with gluten in them….

  9. Rose April 24, 2011 at 12:53 am #

    Hi Mrs Q,

    I stumbled onto your blog yesterday via a link from Just Bento. Your project of 2010 was amazing, your dedication, your awareness raising and your advocacy for what kids need. I spent hours reading yesterday and finished off this morning, your blog is riveting.

    Here in Australia we don't have school lunches as you do in the US or UK. You take your own or order from a school canteen, the canteen choices are pretty good health-wise.

    Congrats on all you have done. I spent twenty five years teaching so I know some of the things you speak of. I hope you have a great spring break and come back refreshed.

  10. Anonymous April 25, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    *applauds Mr. Q*

    You've got such an awesome hubby! ^_^

  11. Anonymous April 26, 2011 at 1:50 am #

    Honestly, I wouldnt eat half of what is in that kids lunch box….a lot of it looks pretty gross. That piece of salmon looks horrid and I LOVE salmon, lamburger?….yikes!!

  12. Lizard April 26, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Good grief, Anonymous! For real? I'd let Mrs. Q pack my lunch any day.

    Mrs. Q- I ordered a lunch box from Laptop Lunches and it just came in! I am so excited that I totally might pack my lunch this summer, even though I'm not going to be working for a lot of it!

    I have absolutely loved reading your blog. I am 25 and it was fascinating to see things that occasionally resembled my own school lunches, and to see what has changed. Childhood nutrition is a huge passion of mine, because I am a nurse and I see how quickly you can ruin a perfectly good body on a daily basis. I am also incredibly thankful that my own mom was as intentional as she was about how she fed us, even though at the time I desperately wished for Pizza Lunchables haha.

    Anyway, thanks for doing this blog and your continued commitment to these issues.

    PS- I think your lunches look healthy, veggies or not. I just think of veggies as a dinner thing, even though I try to force them on myself for lunch too.

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