How lucky are the kids today? They’ve got Spam musubi for lunch! Spam musubi is a surprisingly delicious Hawaiian snack food made with rice, Spam, and nori. They sell it everywhere in Hawaii—even at 7-Eleven. It’s basically Spam sushi. When I was in Hawaii a couple of years ago, I picked up a fantastic Double Size Musubi Maker:
I just love this contraption, because you can quickly make a giant brick of Spam musubi, which can then be cut into dainty little rolls. Because, let’s face it, a little Spam goes a long way. I’ve contemplated loading up the musubi press with healthier ingredients, but the teriyaki Spam is just so incredibly ‘ono that I always end up making it the classic island way.
This lunch looks deceptively small, but the container is actually pretty deep and loaded with goodies: two types of cheddar cheese, slices of ham and salami, cherry tomatoes, sugar snaps, crackers and a big fig from my neighbor’s tree. I also threw in a small apple. The kiddos tend to love finger foods and snacky lunches with lots of variety, so I’m sure they’ll enjoy this one.
Well, it has finally arrived: the last week of the school year. I don’t think anything academic is happening this week. The kids can now taste summer vacation it’s so close. Iain claims that he is going to be in charge of lunch making over the summer. We’ll see how that goes!
In the meantime, I’m making fruit-filled lunches for hot days. Last Friday I was able to go to the kids’ end of year family picnic and walk-a-thon (in 90˚ heat!). I packed a nice picnic of cold chicken slices, edamame, carrots, crackers, apricots and watermelon slices—good fuel for the walk/run-a-thon.
The kids are now counting the days until the end of school. They’re so ready for this year to be over. They don’t even bother making suggestions for their lunches. “What do you feel like having for lunch tomorrow?” “Uh, I dunno.” “How about a sandwich?” “Uh, we’ve been having kind of a lot of sandwiches lately?” It’s come to this: the kids have lost interest in lunch. Three more weeks of school left: we’ll just have to power through.
Today there was a family picnic at the kiddos’ school. Usually, I don’t get to go to family picnics because I almost always teach all day on Friday. Not this quarter, so, for once, I got to be fun mom who can visit school in the middle of the day. And what did the kiddo’s request for their picnic lunch? Why, sushi, of course. Those little fancy pants.
At the end of last week, the kids requested a baggie lunch for Friday. Huh? “You know: like a sack lunch with little baggies filled with snacks.” Hmm. So, we have all kinds of fancy lunch boxes, but now the kids are into “baggie lunches.” Well, whatever works, as long as they contribute to the lunch making effort.
Earlier in the week, we packed our usual lunches in Planetboxes:
I got a little spoiled last week when the kids had short days and packed their own little snacks. This week, it’s back to lunch packing and full days of school. We started the week with some sweet chia yogurt loaded with strawberries, bananas and honey. I also made peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches on homemade carrot spice bread.
For lunch today, I cut up loads of mango and packed assorted nibbles: a roll of ham, some Irish cheddar cheese, carrot sticks and peanut butter filled pretzels.
This week has been parent-teacher conference week at the kids’ school, so they’ve had early release days. When school gets out at 1:01pm, it seems ridiculous to pack a full lunch, so the kids have just been taking little snacks and eating lunch at home. Today, I was able to pick the kids up from school and take them out to lunch to celebrate some stellar report cards. We started with delicious sandwiches at Urbane Cafe and finished with big cups of frozen yogurt at Yogurtland.
On Wednesday night while I was making lunches, Lily proclaimed that she was tired of fruit salad. Iain, on the other hand, would eat fruit salad every day for lunch. For Thursday’s lunch I came up with a compromise: ham and hummus roll-ups served with more hummus and dippers (pretzels, tomatoes and carrots) and fruit on the side (grapes and blackberries).
For today’s lunch, the request was “mango”, so I made a mango yogurt bowl topped with honey. The kids picked out the cheese cracker sandwiches. I threw in the crunchy rice roll, tomatoes, and purple carrots.
As usual, the kids have been requesting “lots of fruit” in their lunches this week. Luckily, it’s citrus season here, so we’ve been eating tons of tangerines. Today’s lunch is a real treat: chocolate yogurt made by combining homemade yogurt with good ol’ Jello instant pudding. Crazy yummy! It’s chocolate pudding with a hint of yogurt sourness—a little mini celebration that Friday has come at last. We made it.
Last night the kids wanted to make their own lunches without any help. Well, I’m not going to argue with that. They raided assorted kitchen cabinets and came up with this delicious rice cake topped with Nutella and berries. As usual, they wanted a lunch with lots of fruit. I did have to help cut up a mango, because that’s a bit of an advanced cutting job. Otherwise, they did everything themselves.