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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.