Strawberry Chia Yogurt with Banana Zucchini Bread Nutella Sandwiches

lunch on 29 Aug 2014: strawberry chia yogurt with banana zucchini bread Nutella sandwiches
lunch on 29 Aug 2014: strawberry chia yogurt with banana zucchini bread Nutella sandwiches
lunch on 29 Aug 2014: strawberry chia yogurt with banana zucchini bread Nutella sandwiches

Here’s a sweet lunch to celebrate the end of the first week of school. I mixed some yogurt and sweetened strawberries with chia seeds to make a nice, thick yogurt pudding, and then I piled more strawberries on top. The other day when I made banana zucchini mini muffins, I also made a mini loaf of banana zucchini bread. I made little Nutella sandwiches with that delicious bread. This lunch also needed a few snacky things, so I included: dried apricots, plantain chips, candy coated sunflower seeds and almonds. Happy Weekend!

Sausage Panini with Carrots, Jicama and Crunchy Snacks

lunch on 28 Aug 2013: sausage panini with carrots, jicama, pretzels and crispy pea snacks
lunch on 28 Aug 2013: sausage panini with carrots, jicama, pretzels and crispy pea snacks
lunch on 28 Aug 2013: sausage panini with carrots, jicama, pretzels and crispy pea snacks

I made little sausage paninis on whole grain hot dog buns for today’s lunch. I put lots of dill pickle relish on the sandwiches, because the kiddos are pickle fiends. Crunchy snacks today include: carrots, jicama, pretzel sticks, crispy peas and a little almond trail mix.

Protein Power Snacky Lunch: Mini Zucchini Banana Muffins, Hard-boiled Egg, Carrot and Jicama Sticks, and Grapes

lunch on 27 August 2014: hard-boiled egg, mini zucchini banana muffins, cheese, veggies and grapes
lunch on 27 August 2014: hard-boiled egg, mini zucchini banana muffins, cheese, veggies and grapes
lunch on 27 August 2014: hard-boiled egg, mini zucchini banana muffins, cheese, veggies and grapes

The kiddos have been coming home from school pretty hungry for the last two days. They must be working up some serious appetites as they get back into the swing of the school routine. I decided to give them some protein power in today’s lunch: a hard-boiled egg with salt and pepper and two extra delicious kinds of cheese (Dubliner and smoked gouda). Yesterday, I also made a batch of mini zucchini banana muffins to use up some of that summer squash. For fruits and veggies, I threw in some carrot sticks, jicama sticks, grapes and a dried apricot. I just love this pretty, colorful lunch.

Second Day of School and It’s Carnitas, Purple Carrots, Garden Tomatoes and Tortilla Chips for Lunch

lunch on 26 August 2014: carnitas, carrots, garden tomatoes and tortilla chips
lunch on 26 August 2014: carnitas, carrots, garden tomatoes and tortilla chips
lunch on 26 August 2014: carnitas, carrots, garden tomatoes and tortilla chips

Last night was taco night and I made a big crock pot full of pork carnitas. That means my hungry first grader and fourth grader get to have some scrumptious carnitas for lunch. I decided to serve the carnitas with some awesome purple carrots (from Trader Joe’s), assorted little tomatoes (from our garden), and corn chips (not sure where these are from). I hope the second day of school goes well for my two little sweeties.

First Day of School

walking to school
walking to school

Well, and just like that: summer is over. It seems like I was just packing lunch for the last day of the school year, and, now, with no fanfare, I’m at it again.

first day back lunch: spinach pizza roll-up with fruit salad and crispy pea snacks
first day back lunch: spinach pizza roll-up with fruit salad and crispy pea snacks

I didn’t do anything elaborate for today’s lunch: just a nice fruit salad (strawberries, pineapple and cantaloupe) and a couple of spinach pizza roll-ups. The kiddos always love pizza roll-ups: just spread a whole grain tortilla with some marinara sauce, toppings of your choice and some shredded cheese, roll it up tightly and bake at 375ºF until crispy and golden. Yum. I should make this more often for my lunches when I go back to school.

Although I wasn’t motivated to make a fancy first day of school lunch today, I did make new lunch bags for the kiddos’ Planetboxes. This was a major sewing project with all sorts of complexity (insulation layer, lining, mixing and matching patterns, etc.), but the end result is totally worth it: cutest lunch bags ever.

this year's Mom-made lunch bags
this year’s Mom-made lunch bags
Mom-made lunch bags have fancy pockets.
Mom-made lunch bags have fancy pockets.