For those of you new to the site, every Saturday I share the week of lunches that I pack for my son and for myself. I’m doing that at the readers’ request. I find packing lunches to be a pain because it is so time-consuming. But my son and I are both gluten and dairy free for health reasons and so we both don’t have another option.
I have to be more creative than I ever imagined. Sometimes I imitate the lunches provided by my son’s day care, sometimes I just use what we have on hand. When I use local produce, I’ll note it by indicating where I got it. I’ll write (CSA) for the community share box of veggies we are getting every other week. This is the first year we have done this and it’s been very fun. I also like to shop at the farmer’s market every Saturday. I use the Laptop Lunches system for both of us.
I didn’t pack lunches last week as the whole family was traveling. I’ve been running a little behind with my posts so here are our lunches from the week of September 26th:
Savory pancake (spinach greens and carrot puree from CSA), strawberries, hard-boiled eggs, syrup, applesauce, cucumber shapes (CSA)
I’m experimenting with savory (not sweet) pancakes. These turned out ok, not great. Also I used these egg molds to turn the eggs into fun shapes. Child care menu: Teriyaki chicken, pasta, peas & carrots, pineapple chunks.
BBQ chicken, strawberries, spiced rice, carrots, bar
The chicken was a big hit. All I did was put drumsticks in a pan and douse them in gf BBQ sauce and bake them. Too easy and they were delicious. Child care menu: Pasta with meat sauce, salad and dressing, “winter blend,” applesauce.
Bacon, apples, lettuce (CSA), sliced apples, lettuce (CSA) and shredded carrots, corn muffin, pepita seeds, bar
Someone commented that they were disappointed that I feed my son bacon. Well, it’s a big hit around here. If I buy the “good” stuff, is it really a bad thing? Child care menu: Asian chicken, rice, Italian blend, tropical fruit, dinner roll
Homemade chicken nuggets/fingers, pears, spaghetti sauce, corn noodles, lettuce (CSA) and shredded carrots, bar
It’s way too easy to bread chicken (I used gf bread crumbs and cornmeal) and pan fry it in the oil of your choice. Serve with spaghetti. Here I separated the sauce and the noodles for freshness. Child care menu: Meatballs, diced parsley potatoes, green beans, watermelon, wheat bread.
Fried tomatoes, carrots with ranch dip, noodles with chunks of
butter ghee, package of applesauce, breadsticks
I fried green and red tomatoes the night before. Only the red ones were leftover for lunch. Amazing! Child care menu: Chicken tenders, pasta, carrots/celery with ranch dip, mandarin oranges, wheat bun.
Savory pancakes (with spinach and carrot puree from the CSA), strawberries, eggs
I want to continue experimenting with sweet foods and turning them savory.
BBQ chicken drumstick, spiced rice, green beans (farmer’s market), pear, applesauce
I really like cooking drumsticks in the oven.
Turkey meat, gf pita, lettuce and tomato (CSA), apple, banana, bar
Homemade chicken fingers, pasta and sauce, lettuce (CSA) and shredded carrots, applesauce, bar.
Chili, pear, chips and daiya cheese, banana, bar
I just dumped the daiya cheese into the chili after I microwaved it at work. Then I used the chips to eat the chili.