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