Lunch Wrap Up: Week of May 16th (plus updates)

Brief updates:
1. Site redesign – I’m excited to announce that it’s coming soon. For those of you who subscribe via RSS, I’ll be giving you instructions on how to continue subscribing. Unfortunately this feed won’t automatically be redirected to the new URL, which is also forthcoming. Hang in there!
2. Daycare food update – Holy cow, the daycare is changing its entire menu. I’ll be sharing their survey results with you next week, but I’m already interested to see what they will add/change to the menu for June.
3. The book – I haven’t given you an update in ages, but this whole time I’ve been doing tons and tons of work that I haven’t talked about. I feel like I’m emerging from a haze. How have I done it? On the weekends of course! With my terrific husband watching our son. It’s so lovely to relax on the weekends again. By relax I mean doing laundry and cleaning, but still.
I don’t want to make any blanket statements about the book that vaguely describe how “great” it is. I’m just going to say how I feel about it this very moment. Proud. Satisfied that I wrote a book. And it’s one I would want to read because I created a page turner. You have been waiting so long. Thank you. It’s just a couple more months. There’s suspense in the book, but you will finally get all the answers to your questions. Every secret revealed. I can’t wait to be done with the anonymity thing. It’s been great and all, but I’m ready (almost).
Lunches after the jump…

My son’s lunches
Monday
(left to right) Hummus, pita, watermelon, chopped sausage, kiwi slices,
cornbread with honey for dipping, apple slices

Lots of little finger foods. I sent along honey with the cornbread because that’s how I like to eat cornbread. It can be dry. Day care menu: Ground beef, tater tots, applesauce, peas with fruit and cheese and crackers for snacks

Tuesday
Pizza slices with olives, yogurt, blueberries and peaches,
cranberry muffin, “yellow” smoothie

My son is crazy about olives to I added extra ones for him. Day care menu: Cod nuggets, blueberry muffins, pineapple, green beans with fruit and ice cream for snacks.

Wednesday
Salami sandwiches, yogurt, corn,
blueberries and peaches, crackers

This lunch looks small to me, but other times I think I overpack. Day care menu: Chicken nuggets, buttered rice, peaches, carrots, with yogurt and pretzels with cream cheese as snacks.

Thursday
Pancake, syrup, blueberries, yogurt,
green beans and peaches

My son has been begging for pancakes so I finally got my act together and sent one with him. Day care menu: Ham and beans, mandarin oranges, peas with fruit and yogurt as snacks.

Friday
Pork tenderloin, rice, strawberries, corn and yogurt

My husband packed this lunch for our son since I was out of town for BlogHer Food. He did a great job! I didn’t even ask him to take a picture but he did. I don’t talk too much about my husband, but I’m absolutely crazy about the guy. Thankfully it’s mutual. I’m really, really lucky to have him. Being a child of divorce, I work hard to make sure that my husband knows how much I appreciate him. I saw how my parents screwed up and I’m not doing that! Day care menu: Tuna with pasta, pineapple, green beans with fruit and mini blueberry muffins as snacks.

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My lunches
Monday
Salami, pita, spinach, hummus, watermelon and kiwi

On the small side, but it’s a simple, fulfilling lunch
Tuesday
Pizza halves, peach, blueberries

I made these little pita pizzas for dinner. They actually were a lot more filling than they look.

Wednesday
Salami and spinach sandwich, quinoa salad, kiwi,
blueberries and peaches with yogurt

I buy bread from a local gluten free bakery. It’s insanely expensive so it’s really something I don’t do very often. It’s really good though. The quinoa salad was from Whole Foods. I’m not a big yogurt person, but I’ve realized that I like it as a topping over fruit.

Thursday
Pasta and sauce, pepita seeds (little container),
hot dog with green beans, blueberries and yogurt

File under “ingredients matter.” I packed a hot dog, but it’s not just a regular frank. It’s one of the fancy kinds (no nitrites, free range beef, no fillers, gluten free) and also definitely a splurge at the store. But worth it every now and then.

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Giveaway post next week!

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4 Responses to Lunch Wrap Up: Week of May 16th (plus updates)

  1. lauren_015 May 29, 2011 at 4:17 am #

    The paragraph about your husband was so sweet. 🙂

  2. Chrissy May 29, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Lunch Wrap Up is my favorite post of the week! Are you going to keep it up during the summer? You are so good at packing a good variety. I am so excited to hear about the changes daycare is making. I am so glad that you took the time to write a letter, and that they took it seriously.

  3. Green(ish) Mommy May 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    I know that you're SO busy between school, home, the blog, the book, but have you considered making your own gluten free bread? My local grocery store offers gluten free flour and I'm sure a store near you offers it too! And honestly the longest part is measuring the ingredients and the initial mixing/kneading. After that it's just letting it sit to rise, baking it and then letting it cool! And if you do a double batch, you can freeze the extra loaves and be good for a while!

  4. The Undercover Cook May 30, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    I am constantly amazed at what is considered "good" and acceptable kid food. I am so impressed you got your daycare to change its menu! I am really interested to see what they come up with.

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