I’m already sick of packing my son’s lunch. September is not even over!
My son’s lunches
Banana bread muffin, pickled beets (farmer’s market), peaches (farmer’s market), omelette with sliced turkey and broccoli (CSA), applesauce, pepitas
I did not pickle those beets myself. I bought them from a stand at the farmer’s market already in jars. My son loved them. Child care menu: Salisbury steak (!), mashed potatoes, diced carrots, orange and wheat bread.
Applesauce, peaches (farmer’s market), pickles (farmer’s market), fish, spinach (CSA), potatoes (CSA), pepitas
That’s tilapia with a sweet red chile sauce (Thai Kitchen brand). It was a hit all around. Child care menu: BBQ chicken, rice, salad greens, pear and wheat dinner roll.
Chicken nuggets, peaches (farmer’s market), potatoes (CSA), spinach (CSA), cucumber muffin (CSA), crunchy green beans
I crumbled and sent chicken nuggets. I asked my son if he wanted leftover lamb or chicken nuggets in his lunch and big surprise — he wanted chicken nuggets. I shouldn’t have given him a choice. I had to dig out the gluten free, extra special ones from the freezer but still. What has it been? Chicken nuggets maybe twice in 2011? I feel like a hypocrite since I do rail on chicken nuggets. At least these ones are not 50% or more fillers. Sometimes I just feel bad for the kid, you know? At least he loves spinach. Child care menu: Chicken tenders, cheesy mashed potatoes, broccoli, applesauce, and rye bread.
Yogurt, pickles (farmer’s market), nachos with turkey, beans, and dairy-free cheese, peaches (farmer’s market), green beans (farmer’s market)
It was after this lunch that I was told that I’m not packing enough food for my little guy. So I’m trying to bulk up the lunches. Frankly, that shocks me because I pack more that I imagine he’ll actually eat. Portion-wise he might eat two of these containers at lunch. Child care menu: Cheese ravioli with meat sauce, cucumber slices with dip, and watermelon.
Yellow rice, hummus, pepitas, applesauce, pita (gluten free), two eggs, peaches (CSA), bar
Well, at least I won’t be accused of packing too little. Child care menu: Turkey hot dog, baked beans, salad and an apple.
Egg salad sandwich, pickles (farmer’s market), peach half (farmer’s market), spinach (CSA), pepitas, mini-KIND bar
I love egg salad. It’s so delicious.
Tilapia with potatoes (CSA) and pickles (farmer’s market), spinach (CSA), peaches (farmer’s market), mini-KIND bar
That fish was so good. The potatoes are an odd accompaniment, I know.
Lamb with “fried quinoa” and spinach, cucumber muffin (CSA), peaches (farmer’s market), mini-KIND bar
I decided that if you can do “fried rice,” that you must be able to do “fried quinoa” so I tried mixing up egg in the quinoa and I thought it turned out great. The true test is the husband and he thought the quinoa was good. He likes the plain quinoa, not the black quinoa (at least not straight), so I mixed them up.
Nachos with turkey and beans, peaches (farmer’s market), pickles (farmer’s market), and green beans (farmer’s market)
Nachos can be made healthy and delicious! I also want to note here that I have always hated pickles, but these “bread and butter” pickles I bought at the farmer’s market are to die for! Who knew?
Repeat with broccoli (CSA) and mini-KIND bars
By Friday I’m usually so sick of packing lunches. Luckily I could repeat the nachos again.