Lunch Wrap Up: Week of May 30th

This week First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! Child Care (covered in the Washington Post). I’m excited about the focus on early nutrition in a place where many kids spend most of their day, including my son. The First Lady and I are doing the two-step — I started in eating school lunch every day in January 2010, which was later that same month that she announced the Let’s Move! campaign. Then, I finally got around to doing something about the food at my son’s day care center and here she is advocating similar changes to day cares across the country. How cool!
You’ll see menu changes from the day care if you follow what they provide. I’m going to have to work a little harder as the month goes on…
Lunches after the jump…

My son’s lunches
Monday — Memorial Day
No packed lunch!
Tuesday
Potatoes, carrots, lentils with cilantro; kiwis and oranges;
wraps with salami, spinach, goat cheese; coconut milk yogurt with strawberries

My kid likes these little wraps. They look cute, but are hard for him to pick up and when they start to fall apart before he can bite them, he starts freaking out. He wasn’t crazy about the lentils when my husband served them (the night before), but I threw them in anyway. Day care menu: ground beef, mashed potatoes, orange wedges, diced carrots with fruit and yogurt as snacks.
 

Wednesday
Brown rice curry cous cous with sliced olives, broccoli;
sliced apples and oranges;
two eggs; chocolate, ginger, cranberry muffin; bar

Definitely a fav meal of his! Day care menu: scrambled eggs, mozzarella slice, pinto beans, watermelon with mandarin oranges and blueberry muffin as snacks.
Thursday
Mac and chreese with salami and peas; chocolate yogurt;
sliced apples; crackers

I took a risk giving him a lot of one thing, but I think it went alright. However, he told me he picked out all the peas! Gah! I thought I had him trained! (that’s a joke by the way) Day care menu: battered cod, pasta with alfredo sauce, peas, diced peaches with shredded cheddar and strawberry frozen yogurt as snacks.
 

Friday
Sliced lamb and sliced roasted portobella mushroom;
nooodles with boiled red/blue cabbage;
pancake with syrup; yogurt; sliced apples
He requested pancakes so I put one from the fridge in there. I’m sort of flying blind as I really don’t know what he is eating at day care and what is getting thrown out. I think they rinse everything before sending it home so that his laptop lunch bag doesn’t stink up the room when it’s placed in his cubby after lunch. The purple noOodles started out white, but when I mixed them with boiled cabbage (and sweet red chili sauce), they changed colors! So fun for him! They tasted so good, but there was only enough for his lunch and not mine. I was disappointed! Day care menu: cheese ravioli, wheat bread, green beans, pineapple with banana pudding and hummus with crackers as snacks.
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My lunches
Tuesday
Wrap with salami, spinach, goat cheese; strawberries and kiwis;
lentils and cilantro; bar

I can eat limited goat cheese now. This stuff tasted so amazing to me and that surprised me as I really have never been much of a goat cheese kinda person. I think I’m just desperate. My husband made the lentils from a recipe in an Indian cookbook. I think I mentioned before that he went to the library and checked out books on Indian cooking months ago. Then he photocopied the recipes he liked and put them plastic protectors in a binder. This guy is serious!

Wednesday
Broccoli; eggs; brown rice curry cous cous with olives;
oranges; bar; apple
One of my favorite lunches!

Thursdsay
Mac and chreese with salami and peas; chocolate yogurt with strawberries;
salad with dressing; bar; apple

Delicious. I craved more!

Friday
Pasta repeat; salad;
lamb with roasted portobella mushrooms; yogurt with apple slices

The lamb was terrific, but the roasted portobellas??! They blew my mind. I never did that before, but I will be doing it again. I just googled “roasted portobellas” and found this recipe. I knew that my vegetarian friends liked portobella mushrooms prepared that way so I thought I’d try it. Gimme more!
Have a terrific weekend!
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9 Responses to Lunch Wrap Up: Week of May 30th

  1. MemeGRL June 12, 2011 at 4:23 am #

    Thanks for the mushroom link–I love them grilled but hadn't thought of roasting. Dinner tomorrow solved!

  2. BusyChica June 12, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    The portabello mushrooms sounds delicious, I am definately going to try the recipe!

    Love seeing your son's and your lunches. I especially loved the blue noodles, they look fun!

  3. Gina June 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Never roasted my portobellos either, I will this week though!

  4. MeredithDuck June 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    brown rice curry cous cous with olives? Sounds fantastic! Care to share that recipe?

  5. Avalon June 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Impossible to get bored with your lunch ideas! Tuesday and Wednesday are my favorite days this week 🙂

  6. Krisfromparis! June 14, 2011 at 1:45 am #

    everything looks so appetizing!!!

  7. agrigirl June 14, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    Awesome! After having a lunchroom demise last year (which I think you remember) and a few other bad experiences, I changed my son's school to a place where there is no cafeteria. All the kids bring their lunch and the school has standards – "no rubbish" is what the school principal says. I'm loving it and you have some amazing ideas here that I will definitely be trying.

  8. Marie June 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    Yes – brown rice curry cous cous with olives recipe please!

    Hard boiled eggs… geat idea. My son will love that!

    If I remember correctly (I don't get time to read much of the blog), your son's preschool will heat things up, won't they? I need to send cold things only…

  9. fitforreallife.com June 15, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    Oh! I will be trying that portobello recipe soon!! Looks amazing! I must say, you have come SO far in your creativity for you and your sons lunches! I smile looking in his lunchbox at the variety of food, ample veggies, a solid protein at every meal, and FUN!, no boring foods in there!

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