Bean and Potato Quesadillas

lunch on 29 Apr 2015: bean and potato quesadillas with carrots, apple and orange slices
lunch on 29 Apr 2015: bean and potato quesadillas with carrots, apple and orange slices

Todays lunch contains one of my world famous Throw Random Leftovers in a Tortilla with Cheese and You’ve Got a Meal quesadillas. In this case, whole wheat tortillas are filled with refried pinto beans, hash brown potatoes, sauteed kale, and salsa. Yummers. And check out that fancy “gourmet” marshmallow in the little treat compartment. Impressive, huh?

Straight Up Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly

lunch on 28 Apr 2015: peanut butter and grape jelly with raspberry yogurt, dried fruit, cashews and carrot sticks
lunch on 28 Apr 2015: peanut butter and grape jelly with raspberry yogurt, dried fruit, cashews and carrot sticks
lunch on 28 Apr 2015: peanut butter and grape jelly with raspberry yogurt, dried fruit, cashews and carrot sticks

This is lunch of total comfort food: peanut butter and grape jelly on whole grain buttermilk bread with raspberry yogurt, cashews, dried fruit (apricot, cranberries and mango), and colorful carrot sticks.

Leftovers Made to Order

Iain's lunch on 27 April 2015: cheese pizza with carrots and apples
Lily's lunch on 27 Apr 2015: fish, bean, cheese and rice taquitos with carrots and apples
Lily’s lunch on 27 Apr 2015: fish, bean, cheese and rice taquitos with carrots and apples

For lunch last Friday, I made leftover lunches to order. There was only one problem: I accidentally gave each kid the wrong lunch. That’s what happens on Thursday nights when all bets are off and my brain is fried. I was determined not to let that happen again. I made sure that Lily got the leftover fish taquitos she requested for her lunch and that Iain got the cheese pizza (leftover from his 10th birthday party!) he requested. Clearly my brain functions better on Sundays than on Thursdays.

Iain's lunch on 27 April 2015: cheese pizza with carrots and apples
Iain’s lunch on 27 April 2015: cheese pizza with carrots and apples

Rice and Edamame Two Ways

Iain's lunch on 24 Apr 2015: California rolls with edamame, etc.
lunch on 24 Apr 2015: black rice with seaweed salad and edamame, carrots and a banana
Lily’s lunch on 24 Apr 2015: black rice with seaweed salad and edamame, carrots and a banana

Last night we had rice bowls for dinner, so I had assorted leftovers available for the kiddos’ lunches today. Lily is a rice lover, so I packed her a little tin of black rice (it’s actually a combo of brown and black/forbidden rice) with seaweed salad and edamame.

Iain's lunch on 24 Apr 2015: California rolls with edamame, etc.
Iain’s lunch on 24 Apr 2015: California rolls with edamame, etc.

Iain, on the other hand, sometimes likes rice and sometimes is rather ambivalent about rice. But, he always likes sushi rolls. So he got the three leftover California rolls along with some edamame for his lunch today. Friday lunches to please everyone!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Deliciousness

lunch on 23 Apr 2015: peanut butter, Nutella and jelly sandwiches with honeydew melon and strawberries
lunch on 23 Apr 2015: peanut butter, Nutella and jelly sandwiches with honeydew melon and strawberries
lunch on 23 Apr 2015: peanut butter, Nutella and jelly sandwiches with an apricot fruit strip, honeydew melon, and strawberries

The only thing better than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a peanut butter, Nutella and jelly sandwich. The kiddos almost always eat every last bite of a PBN&J sandwich.

Double Wrapped Bean and Cheese Taquitos

lunch on 22 Apr 2015: double wrapped bean and cheese taquitos with fruit and carrots
lunch on 22 Apr 2015: double wrapped bean and cheese taquitos with fruit and carrots
lunch on 22 Apr 2015: double wrapped bean and cheese taquitos with fruit and carrots

For lunch today, I made cute little double wrapped bean (refried) and cheese taquitos. Why double wrapped? Well, I had a couple of corn tortillas that I wanted to use up, and corn tortillas tend to crack when you roll them up—unless you warm them up in a little oil. Because I didn’t want to deal with that, I just rolled up the corn tortilla taquitos in whole wheat tortillas. It seems like a Taco Bell type of thing: Now, for a limited time only, the Double Wrapped Gordita Chalupa Taquito! With fruit.

Something Sweet and Something Savory

lunch on 21 Apr 2015: quesadillas with carrots, apple Fig Bar and strawberries
lunch on 20 Apr 2014: peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich with carrots, strawberries and cantaloupe
lunch on 20 Apr 2014: peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich with carrots, strawberries and cantaloupe

Monday’s lunch was sweet and yummy: a classic peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich with some baby carrots, strawberries, and cantaloupe.

lunch on 21 Apr 2015: quesadillas with carrots, apple Fig Bar and strawberries
lunch on 21 Apr 2015: quesadillas with carrots, apple Fig Bar and strawberries

Yesterday, I picked up a package of corn tortillas, so the kiddos got golden quesadillas (cheese + a little enchilada sauce) for lunch today. I also included an apple Fig Bar, baby carrots, and strawberries.

Lunch Roundup

lunch on 15 Apr 2015: strawberries with rhubarb yogurt, carrots, tea biscuits and fruit roll.

Last week is all a blur. I vaguely remember making these lunches:

lunch on 15 Apr 2015: strawberries with rhubarb yogurt, carrots, tea biscuits and fruit roll.
lunch on 15 Apr 2015: strawberries with rhubarb yogurt, carrots, tea biscuits and fruit roll.
lunch on 16 Apr 2015: cheese pizza bread with carrots and strawberries
lunch on 16 Apr 2015: cheese pizza bread with carrots and strawberries
lunch on 17 Apr 2015: quesadilla with Goldfish and strawberries
lunch on 17 Apr 2015: quesadilla with Goldfish and strawberries

Back into the Lunch Routine

lunch on 13 Apr 2015: peanut butter, Nutella and banana sandwich with apples, carrots, and tangerines
lunch on 13 Apr 2015: peanut butter, Nutella and banana sandwich with apples, carrots, and tangerines
lunch on 13 Apr 2015: peanut butter, Nutella and banana sandwich with apples, carrots, and tangerines

After a blissful week in which the kids were on spring break—no lunch packing, no homework folders, no reading logs, no parent envelopes, no rat race in the mornings—we are all getting back into the school routine. On Monday, I started the week off with peanut butter, Nutella and banana sandwiches, which Lily helped to make.

lunch on 14 Apr 2015: quesadilla with egg, carrots and apples
lunch on 14 Apr 2015: quesadilla with egg and tomatoes, carrots and apples

For lunch today, I made quesadillas with fried egg and chopped tomatoes. I got a bag of gorgeous organic multi-colored carrots at the grocery store on Sunday, so you’ll be seeing purple carrots in more lunches this week.

More Strawberries and Sweet Roll-ups

lunch on 1 April 2015: strawberries, cantaloupe, eggadilla, and trail mix
lunch on 1 April 2015: strawberries, cantaloupe, eggadilla, and trail mix
lunch on 1 April 2015: strawberries, cantaloupe, eggadilla, and trail mix

Yesterday’s lunch featured another nice bowl of strawberries and cantaloupe, served with mini fried egg quesadillas, and Goldfish/mixed nut trail mix.

lunch on 2 April 2015: sweet tortilla roll-ups with applesauce, carrots, strawberries and cantaloupe
lunch on 2 April 2015: sweet tortilla roll-ups with applesauce, carrots, strawberries and cantaloupe

This is the last lunch of week, because the kids’ spring break starts tomorrow. Yeah for them! For today’s lunch, I made sweet tortilla roll-ups. The big one has labne (yogurt cheese—super yummy) and grape jelly, and the two little ones are filled with Nutella and grape jelly. These might get a little sticky and messy at lunch, but I think the kiddos will like them. I also packed a little applesauce, baby carrot slices, and the last of the big batch of strawberries and cantaloupe we’ve been eating all week.

Mmm, Strawberries, Glorious, Strawberries

lunch on 30 Mar 2015: strawberries and yogurt, animal crackers and apples
lunch on 30 Mar 2015: strawberries and yogurt, animal crackers and apples
lunch on 30 Mar 2015: strawberries and yogurt, animal crackers, cheese stick, and apples

Every week, Central Coast strawberries just keep getting better and better. For lunch on Monday, I chopped up a bunch of strawberries to put on top of plain yogurt with a sprinkling of coconut sugar.

lunch on 31 Mar 2015: strawberries and cantaloupe, ham and cheese mini sandwiches, carrots, and crackers
lunch on 31 Mar 2015: strawberries and cantaloupe, ham and cheese mini sandwiches, carrots, and crackers

For today’s lunch, I combined strawberries with cantaloupe for a cool, refreshing fruit course. I also made little sandwiches filled with ham, sharp cheddar, mustard and lots of dill pickle relish.