Lunch Wrap Up – Week of April 4th

Next week is spring break. The way I look right now I’m the poster child for spring break. I need sleep. I need a healthy child. I need a healthy husband. I need not to work until past 11 pm every night. I need to do some dishes.
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My son’s lunches
Monday
Leftover frittata, sliced apples, carrots, pineapples,
yogurt, pretzels in soccer-print bag

After I sent this lunch, I worried I didn’t include enough protein so I overcompensated the rest of the week. My husband bought a whole pineapple at the grocery store and he cut it while our son watched. The pineapple in our lunches was fresh. Daycare menu: Meat & cheese lasagna, pineapple bits, green beans with fruit and crackers and American cheese as snacks.

Tuesday
Chicken pesto sandwich, pineapple, carrot sticks,
smoked salmon cracker sandwiches, coconut milk yogurt, bar
We went out for dinner to a gluten-free restaurant not to far from our house. I sent the half of a chicken pesto sandwich we had leftover. Daycare menu: Ground beef, mashed potatoes, orange wedges, diced carrots with fruit and ice cream as snacks.
Wednesday
Mac and cheese with goat brie, sardines, broccoli,
yogurt, sliced apples

The kid was not that crazy about the pasta. Day care menu: Tuna with pasta, diced pears, peas with yogurt and fruit as snacks. 

Thursday
Fish sticks, roasted carrots and sweet potatos, green beans,
corn muffin, yogurt, sliced kiwi

That morning I was out of ideas. Day care menu: Cheese ravioli, strawberry yogurt, diced peaches, green beans with fruit and yogurt as snacks.

Friday
Mac and goat brie cheese with carrots, two hard-boiled eggs,
applesauce, muffin, sliced kiwi

I find that it’s very easy to hard boil eggs in the morning. Day care menu: Chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, applesauce, diced carrots with fruit and blueberry muffins for snacks.

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My lunches
Monday
Frittata, apple slices, coconut milk yogurt, KIND bar

Delicious!
Tuesday
Smoked salmon, glutino crackers,
spinach, pineapple, a carrot

I’m always trying to find a new twist on a “sandwich.” Here I used gluten free crackers for petite salmon and spinach sandwiches. Lots of salmon and sardines this week to help combat my vitamin D deficiency…actually I should probably see a doctor over break to make sure my levels have been going up.

Wednesday
Sardines, brown rice couscous with apricot, broccoli, apple 

Thursday
roasted veggies (yellow beets, carrots, sweet potatoes),
brown rice couscous, sardines, kiwi, KIND bar

I have always enjoyed sardines. To eat the kiwi, I packed a knife and spoon so I could cut it in half and then scoop out the yummy insides.

Friday
Roasted root veggies in pasta, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt

I’m loving these “rustic” lunches.
Because I’m going to be on vacation this coming week, I’m not going to photograph my lunches unless they are truly exceptional. I need a break. I’ll share this week’s lunches next weekend and we’ll be all caught up!
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12 Responses to Lunch Wrap Up – Week of April 4th

  1. Justine April 16, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    I never thought of cutting a kiwi and spoon it out! I should try that.

    Aw, I look forward to seeing the lunches. I really look forward to seeing your son's lunches. I hope one day I can pack my own kid yummy lunches.

    Just Better Together

  2. Anonymous April 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    I also look forward to your lunch pictures every week. They always look delicious and make me so hungry! You've inspired me to go buy some kiwi because I haven't had it in ages.

  3. Anonymous April 16, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    They make spifes for the very purpose of eating kiwi. If you can find one, let me know! I've been hunting for a while. My daughter loves eating kiwi this way.

  4. Anonymous April 17, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    Looking good! Don't worry too much about the protein–a toddler only needs about 16 grams per day, and since your son eats meat and eggs he should be fine. One whole egg has 6 grams of protein.

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  6. kim April 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    Fantastic! Now I don't feel alone. I'm fanatic about making my kids lunches healthy. Good to know there are mothers like you.

    Another great 'portable' food is sweet potatoes. Microwave 3-4 minutes depending on size. Take it with you and it peels so easily, tastes good cold or hot.

    My next big challenge, making lunches that is in season & travels less miles to Pittsburgh… (local-yo-cal)

  7. Anonymous April 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    Have you ever tried an egg cooker? If you think hard boiling eggs is easy, try an egg cooker. It is so easy! http://www.target.com/West-Bend-Egg-Cooker/dp/B00008IH9X

  8. Kam April 17, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    You know, you can eat the skin of a kiwi…You don't need a knife and spoon in that case. It's quite nice and the skin is hardly noticeable because kiwis are so darn juicy. I was hesitant at first, because I don't like fuzzy textures (peaches for example) but I tried it and it was great. Lots of fiber too. If you eat the skin though, you should try and get organic kiwis.

  9. Jill in Chicago April 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    I have never eaten sardines. They look 'whole' in your photos — do you eat them with the skin on and everything? Maybe we need a sardine tutorial!

  10. nohner girl April 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Where do you get the sardines that don't come in oil, mustard or hot sauce? That's all we have in our grocery.

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  12. Anonymous April 19, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    did you know the most healthy part of the kiwi is the skin? cut the ends off, shave it and eat the skin, not only does it taste good, but very good for you

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