Thursday Taquitos

lunch on 15 Oct 2015: taquitos with apples, strawberries, and a Joe Joe cookie (TJ's Oreo)
lunch on 15 Oct 2015: taquitos with apples, strawberries, and a Joe Joe cookie (TJ's Oreo)
lunch on 15 Oct 2015: taquitos with apples, strawberries, and a Joe Joe cookie (TJ’s Oreo)

Taquitos are the perfect vehicle for leftovers. In this case, they are filled with refried beans, turkey taco meat, cheese and kale. Clean out the fridge wrapped in a crispy tortilla. Yum!

Friday Pizza Bites

lunch on 2 Oct 2015: pizza bites with salad, apple and a sweet treat
lunch on 2 Oct 2015: pizza bites with salad, apple and a sweet treat
lunch on 2 Oct 2015: pizza bites with salad, apple and a sweet treat

This Friday’s fun lunch contains pizza bites made on whole wheat sandwich buns, a side salad with cucumbers, corn and carrots, and apple slices. The sweet treat is a big marshmallow and some candy corn.

Veggie Burger in a Tortilla

lunch on 1 Oct 2015: veggie quesadilla with lipstick pepper slices, half a banana and cinnamon graham crackers
lunch on 1 Oct 2015: veggie quesadilla with lipstick pepper slices, half a banana and cinnamon graham crackers
lunch on 1 Oct 2015: veggie quesadilla with lipstick pepper slices, half a banana and cinnamon graham crackers

Today’s lunch features leftover veggie burgers re-packaged as veggie quesadillas. The kids can’t quite eat a whole veggie burger and half a veggie burger isn’t quite enough, so that leaves little quarter chunks of veggie burgers on their plates. And since I hate waste, I mash up those little veggie burger pieces and stuff them in quesadillas for lunch. Quick, easy and yummy!

Kid Favorites: Pizza Bread and Applesauce

lunch on 30 Sept 2015: cheese pizza bread with applesauce, carrots and a fruit strip
lunch on 30 Sept 2015: cheese pizza bread with applesauce, carrots and a fruit strip
lunch on 30 Sept 2015: cheese pizza bread with applesauce, carrots and a fruit strip

The lunch has all the kid favorites: pizza bread, applesauce, baby carrots and a fruit strip. And guess what’s on the pizza bread? Yesterday’s Crock-Pot bolognese of course.

It’s Pizza Friday

lunch on 25 Sept 2015: flatbread cheese pizza with kiwifruit, cucumbers and carrots
lunch on 25 Sept 2015: flatbread cheese pizza with kiwifruit, cucumbers and carrots
lunch on 25 Sept 2015: flatbread cheese pizza with kiwifruit, cucumbers and carrots

This morning, Iain claimed: “Lunch looks good today.” Ah, a thumbs up from my toughest critic. And, what’s not to love: flatbread pizza with a golden kiwifruit and some crisp veggies. Happy Friday.

Fruit Salad + Savory Masa Corn Cakes

lunch on 15 Sept 2015: fruit salad with quesadillas, carrots and Parmesan Goldfish
lunch on 15 Sept 2015: fruit salad with quesadillas, carrots and Parmesan Goldfish
lunch on 15 Sept 2015: fruit salad with quesadillas, carrots and Parmesan Goldfish

Yesterday’s lunch contained four of the kiddos’ favorite things: fruit salad, quesadillas, Parmesan Goldfish (definitely the finest flavor of Goldfish), and a marshmallow.

lunch on 16 Sept 2015: savory masa corn cakes with red bell pepper slices, carrots, and apples
lunch on 16 Sept 2015: savory masa corn cakes with red bell pepper slices, carrots, and apples

Today’s lunch was a leftover special: savory masa corn cakes with cheese and cilantro. I made the corn cakes to go with a big pot of black beans that cooked in the crock pot all day. Yum! For lunch, each kiddo got two corn cakes and sliced carrots, red peppers and apples. I found the recipe for the masa corn cakes on Food52 and I highly recommend that you make them as soon as possible. They come together quickly and are quite delicious.

A Couple of Quick and Easy Lunches

lunch on 14 Sept 2015: pizza bread bites with Goldfish and strawberries
lunch on 11 Sept 2015: peanut butter and Nutella sandwich with carrots and strawberries
lunch on 11 Sept 2015: peanut butter and Nutella sandwich with carrots and strawberries

I decided to go old school on Friday and bring back the Planetbox. Iain had a field trip, so he got a sack lunch with a peanut butter and Nutella sandwich (no refrigeration required on a sweltering day). Lily got the same sandwich on homemade honey wheat bread with carrots and apples on the side.

lunch on 14 Sept 2015: pizza bread bites with Goldfish and strawberries
lunch on 14 Sept 2015: pizza bread bites with Goldfish and strawberries

For lunch today, I made the kid-favorite pizza bread bites served with the kid-favorite Goldfish mix (parmesan and cheddar). Strawberries are plentiful and cheap at the farmers market now, so we’ve been eating them like crazy.

Back by Popular Demand: Cheese Pizza Bread Bites

lunch on 4 Sept 2015: cheese pizza bread bites with peaches, strawberries and cinnamon graham fish
lunch on 4 Sept 2015: cheese pizza bread bites with peaches, strawberries and cinnamon graham fish

The kiddos loved their lunches yesterday and ate every last bite. They requested more pizza bread bites for today’s lunch, and I was happy to make this for them since it required no end of the week lunch creativity on my part.

Cheese Pizza Bread Bites and Colorful Fruit

lunch on 3 Sept 2015: cheese pizza bread with peaches and raspberries
lunch on 3 Sept 2015: cheese pizza bread with peaches and raspberries
lunch on 3 Sept 2015: cheese pizza bread with peaches and raspberries

For Thursday’s lunch, I made some little cheese pizza bread bites. My little Lily has lost so many front teeth that I have to cut up anything hard or crunchy into bite-sized pieces. I think she’ll have no problem with the fruit: juicy chunks of yellow peach and sweet tart raspberries. For a treat today: a marshmallow and a chocolate powerberry.

First Day of School

lunch on the first day of school: bean and cheese quesadillas, strawberries, grapes and carrot sticks
lunch on the first day of school: bean and cheese quesadillas, strawberries, grapes and carrot sticks
lunch on the first day of school: bean and cheese quesadillas, strawberries, grapes and carrot sticks

And, just like that: it’s another school year. After many years of packing lunches in PlanetBox lunchboxes, I decided to change things up this year. The kiddos are getting big; they are now 2nd and 5th graders, and they ride their bikes to school almost everyday. I love the PlanetBox lunchboxes (stainless steel, all one compartment, a good size, easy to clean, etc.), but they are heavy—especially when packed inside a backpack full of school supplies. So, the kids and I looked at lunch containers at Target and decided to give the Fuel Bento Box a try. It has two separate containers that fit into a larger container, so it’s not as simple as the PlanetBox, but it can be stacked in the fridge in different ways (which is nice, when your fridge is ridiculously packed like mine always seems to be). I’m not sure if the individual containers are leak-proof—that remains to be seen. I didn’t want any potential messes on the first day of school, so I went with a simple lunch of bean and cheese quesadillas (on both flour and corn tortillas), strawberries, grapes and carrot sticks.

Iain and Liliana, first day of school
ready for the first day of school
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Iain and Liliana, first day of school

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!

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).