I got my hands on the June menu and there is more variety. Ice cream is out, frozen yogurt is in. Hummus, hard boiled eggs, vegetable soup, pinto beans, etc are on the menu. I’m one week delayed with posting of our lunches so when I get to June, you’ll be able to read what they are offering now. I’m pleased.
I made sure to thank one of the people at the front desk the day after the new menu was distributed. She responded, “Well, we’ll see if the kids like it. If they don’t, there will be some changes.” Not sure what to make of that comment.
When I tweeted about the menu changes, someone replied to me “What’s wrong with ice cream?” Well, nothing in moderation. My son has had ice cream at home twice over the past week. We had ice cream on two hot days. But getting ice cream once or twice a week in January? I think of ice cream as a seasonal food. Hot days? Yes. January before I pick him up and take him out in 17 degree weather? Um, no.
Secondly, maybe I have control issues, but I want to be the one deciding when he gets ice cream. Also, these days I need to know what’s on the ingredient list so it’s not simple.
I know many of you think of me as the food police, but my husband is actually more strict than I am. Sometimes I give my son a cookie or a cupcake when my husband isn’t around. I often feel like my little guy gets “deprived” because of his food allergies and try to make up for it. My husband disagrees and says, “This kid is not deprived at all. Look at how much good food he gets.”
I just want you to know that I didn’t eat good lunches like this before the project. I was eating haphazard leftovers and the occasional microwave meal (with their paragraphs of ingredients). I never put this kind of time into lunch preparation including when I actually had time before my son was born. I never really cared that much about lunch. How things change!
Lunches below the break …
(Giveaway winner to be announced Sunday or Monday!)
He wanted mashed potatoes. I sent the jello to compete against the ice cream. Day care menu: Ground beef, hash browns, diced pears, diced carrots, with fruit and ice cream as snacks.
Nothing much to say here. Day care menu: Cod nuggets, mac & cheese, applesauce, peas, with yogurt and fruit as snacks.
My kid loves cilantro. The rest of his lunch is pretty bland. Day care menu: Diced hame with buttered pasta, bananas, green beans, with fruit and yogurt as snacks.
Nothing much to say here. I sliced the corn off the cob this time. Day care menu: Scrambled eggs, tater tots, mandarin oranges, diced carrots, with fruit and blueberry muffins as snacks.
My kid loves mint. He also likes these breadsticks, which I only offer with soup. It seemed odd to me that soup was offered in May, but that Friday was chilly and rainy so I was happy he had soup. Day care menu: American cheese sandwich, chicekn with rice soup, diced pears, peas with yogurt and crackers with soy nut butter as snacks.
This was definitely not enough for lunch. I was running super late that morning. I had no choice.