Last Lunch of the School Year!

lunch on 11 June 2015: stone fruit melange with cheese, chia bar, and veggie chips
lunch on 11 June 2015: stone fruit melange with cheese, chia bar, and veggie chips
lunch on 11 June 2015: stone fruit melange with cheese, chia bar, and veggie chips

At long last, that glorious day has arrived: the last day of the school year! I knew the kiddos would be having class parties, so I kept the lunches light today: a mix of stone fruit with colby jack cheese, a chia bar, and some veggie chips. Happy Summer!

Liliana's fabulous Last Day of 1st Grade outfit
Liliana’s fabulous Last Day of 1st Grade outfit
Big guy Iain riding home on the last day of 4th grade
Big guy Iain riding home on the last day of 4th grade

Loaded Quesadillas with Refried Pinto Beans, Spinach, Corn and Cheese

lunch on 10 June 2015: quesadillas filled with beans, spinach, corn and cheese with fruit salad
lunch on 10 June 2015: quesadillas filled with beans, spinach, corn and cheese with fruit salad
lunch on 10 June 2015: quesadillas filled with beans, spinach, corn and cheese with fruit salad

Yesterday I got it in my head that I just had to make pupusas. I first discovered pupusas when visiting my amazing and glamorous college roommate in El Salvador. There were several El Salvadorans who lived in my dorm and they were all incredibly smart, gorgeous, sweet, fit, and well dressed. But, I digress. Back to pupusas: which are little fried masa patties filled with cheese, beans, and all sorts of yummies. On the way home from work (while procrastinating from my end of the quarter grading), I picked up a bag of masa and a bag of pintos. A few hours later, I was stuffing little masa balls with a filling of beans, spinach, corn, cheese and cilantro. That delicious filling was repurposed for today’s lunch in the form of little quesadilla triangles. I made a fruit salad with nectarines, pluots and blueberries to go with the quesadillas. Yum!

Loaded Protein Pancakes with Banana, Blueberries, Coconut, Spinach and Chocolate Chips

lunch on 9 June 2015: protein pancakes with Nutella, fruit salad, chia bar and mixed nuts
lunch on 9 June 2015: protein pancakes with Nutella, fruit salad, chia bar and mixed nuts
lunch on 9 June 2015: protein pancakes with Nutella, fruit salad, chia bar and mixed nuts

Last night, we had pancakes for dinner. Don’t tell. I made the protein pancakes I’ve been obsessed with lately: 2 cups of oats, a container of cottage cheese and a small carton of egg whites. Blend it all up in the Vitamix and you have the easiest pancake batter ever. This time, I made the pancakes even more delicious by adding in a super ripe (pretty much black) banana, a big handful of spinach, another big handful of shredded coconut, and some cinnamon and vanilla extract. I thought these pancakes were perfection, but then the kids complained that there were no blueberries and chocolate chips. So, with the second half of the batter, I stirred in those goodies. A couple of leftover pancakes made their way into today’s lunches—along with some fruit salad, mixed nuts (in the little chick container), and a chia bar.

Hummus, Chicken and Clover Sprouts on Flatbread

lunch on 8 June 2015: hummus, chicken and sprouts on flat bread, cherries, blueberries, plums, apricots, carrots and celery
lunch on 8 June 2015: hummus, chicken and sprouts on flat bread, cherries, blueberries, plums, apricots, carrots and celery
lunch on 8 June 2015: hummus, chicken and sprouts on flat bread, cherries, blueberries, plums, apricots, carrots and celery

It’s the last Monday of the school year and I made a pretty fruit-filled lunch to celebrate the occasion. The cherries, blueberries, green plums and apricots are all from the farmers market. It’s a fruit extravaganza! The little sandwich is filled with hummus, grilled chicken and clover sprouts (from Lily’s favorite sprouts vendor at the market).

Final Friday Lunch of the School Year: Tostadas

lunch on 5 June 2015: tostada triangles with carrots, celery, strawberries and white peaches
lunch on 5 June 2015: tostada triangles with carrots, celery, strawberries and white peaches
lunch on 5 June 2015: tostada triangles with carrots, celery, strawberries and white peaches

I can’t believe it, but today is the final Friday of the school year. Next week is the last week of school and the kids are done on Thursday. Next week is also finals week at Cal Poly, so the kids and I will be finishing our academic years at the same time. What a relief! I’ve only got four more lunches to pack this school year. For lunch today, I packed little tostada triangles topped with refried beans, salsa and cheese. Some of the tostadas also have guacamole. These little goodies are left over from last night’s Slacker Mom Tostada Dinner. I love that tostadas are basically yummy fillings on top of a gigantic corn tortilla chip. I tend to have little containers of pinto beans, shredded pork and such in the freezer for whenever I need a Slacker Mom Dinner Night (usually on the dreaded Thursday empty fridge nights).

Two Ways with Melted Cheese

lunch on 3 June 2015: pizza bread with veggie chips, strawberries and plums
lunch on 3 June 2015: pizza bread with veggie chips, strawberries and plums
lunch on 3 June 2015: pizza bread with veggie chips, strawberries and plums

This lunch contains that classic favorite—pizza bread—made even better by using pretzel rolls. Salty crunchy snacks are veggie chips and pretzel Goldfish. I stocked up on fruit at the Tuesday farmers market, so I included sweet strawberries and tart green plums in this lunch.

lunch on 4 June 2015: grilled ham and cheese sandwich with sweet pickle relish, veggie chips, nectarines and strawberries
lunch on 4 June 2015: grilled ham and cheese sandwich with sweet pickle relish, veggie chips, nectarines and strawberries

I made another melty cheese thing for today’s lunch: grilled ham and cheese with sweet pickle relish. Lily ate a little section of this sandwich for her post-dinner snack. That gal is going through a growth spurt: I can barely keep up with her hunger. Good thing school is almost over, so she can spend all day eating.

Fruit Salad, Fruit Salad, and More Fruit Salad

lunch on 2 June 2015: fruit salad, peanut butter and marmalade sandwich, carrots, and trail mix
lunch on 1 June 2015: fruit salad, pretzel bread, sharp cheddar cheese and veggie chips
lunch on 1 June 2015: fruit salad, pretzel bread, sharp cheddar cheese and veggie chips

Lately, the kiddos have gone bonkers for fruit salad. So much good stuff is in season right now: strawberries, cherries, apricots, plums, nectarines, peaches… And it all tastes amazing. For lunch on Monday, Iain requested fruit salad with fruit salad and more fruit salad. I did make fruit salad, but I also threw in some pretzel bread, cheese and crunchy veggie chips.

lunch on 2 June 2015: fruit salad, peanut butter and marmalade sandwich, carrots, and trail mix
lunch on 2 June 2015: fruit salad, peanut butter and marmalade sandwich, carrots, and trail mix

For lunch today, the kids wanted more fruit salad, so I got chopping and pitting and slicing. I decided a peanut butter and orange marmalade sandwich would pair perfectly with the fruit salad. Isn’t that fruit gorgeous? I had to go the farmers market today to stock up on more fruit.