Spam Musubi: Thursday’s ‘Ono Lunch

lunch on 8 Sept 2016: Spam musubi, carrots, cucumbers, teriyaki tofu, apple, and Goldfish trail mix
lunch on 8 Sept 2016: Spam musubi, carrots, cucumbers, teriyaki tofu, apple, and Goldfish trail mix
lunch on 8 Sept 2016: Spam musubi, carrots, cucumbers, teriyaki tofu, apple, and Goldfish trail mix

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:

musubi press

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.

Snacky Lunch: Crackers with Assorted Meats, Cheese, Veggies and Fruit

lunch on 1 Sept 2016: crackers with cheese, ham, salami, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, a fig and an apple
lunch on 1 Sept 2016: crackers with cheese, ham, salami, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, a fig and an apple
lunch on 1 Sept 2016: crackers with cheese, ham, salami, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, a fig and an apple

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.

The Last Week on the School Year

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.

walkathon_lunch

lunch on 2 June 2016: fruit salad with Goldfish trail mix and crispy rice rolls
lunch on 2 June 2016: fruit salad with Goldfish trail mix and crispy rice rolls
lunch on 1 June 2016: peanut butter, Nutella and jam sandwich with fruit salad
lunch on 1 June 2016: peanut butter, Nutella and jam sandwich with fruit salad

Counting the Days

fruit salad with Nutella and strawberry jam sandwich and tapioca pudding

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.

yogurt with honey, chia seeds and strawberries, carrots, cherry tomatoes and applesauce
lunch on 19 May 2016: yogurt with honey, chia seeds and strawberries (Iain’s yogurt has peanut butter on top), carrots, cherry tomatoes and applesauce
cherries, grapes, applesauce, granola bar and tropical trail mix
lunch on 18 May 2016: cherries, grapes, applesauce, granola bar and tropical trail mix
pepperoni, cheese and crackers with fruit salad and applesauce
lunch on 17 May 2016: pepperoni, cheese and crackers with fruit salad and applesauce
fruit salad with Nutella and strawberry jam sandwich and tapioca pudding
lunch on 16 May 2016: fruit salad with Nutella and strawberry jam sandwich and tapioca pudding

Living Large: Sushi Rolls for Lunch

lunch on 22 Apr 2016: picnic lunch feast of California rolls, caterpillar rolls, edamame, apple slices, pear slices, grapes, and smokey almonds

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.

lunch on 22 Apr 2016: the family picnic with rolls from Yanagi Sushi
lunch on 22 Apr 2016: the family picnic with rolls from Yanagi Sushi
lunch on 22 Apr 2016: picnic lunch feast of California rolls, caterpillar rolls, edamame, apple slices, pear slices, grapes, and smokey almonds
lunch on 22 Apr 2016: picnic lunch feast of California rolls, caterpillar rolls, edamame, apple slices, pear slices, grapes, and smokehouse almonds

The Latest Lunch Craze: Baggie Lunches

kids making lunch
kids making lunch
kids making their baggie lunches

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:

lunch on 11 Apr 2016: peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches, sweet crunchy rice roll, pretzel thins, strawberries and carrots
lunch on 11 Apr 2016: peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches, sweet crunchy rice roll, pretzel thins, strawberries and carrots
lunch on 12 Apr 2016: fruit, yogurt with strawberry sauce, dried apricots, peanuts, honey wheat pretzels, cherry tomatoes and carrots
lunch on 12 Apr 2016: fruit, yogurt with strawberry sauce, dried apricots, peanuts, honey wheat pretzels, cherry tomatoes and carrots
lunch on 13 Apr 2016: yogurt with bananas, strawberry jam and chia seeds, mango, Goldfish, pretzel thins, tomatoes and carrots
lunch on 13 Apr 2016: yogurt with bananas, strawberry jam and chia seeds, mango, Goldfish, pretzel thins, tomatoes and carrots
lunch on 14 Apr 2016: bagel with strawberry yogurt, apple slices, Goldfish, carrots and tomatoes
lunch on 14 Apr 2016: bagel with strawberry cream cheese, apple slices, Goldfish, carrots and tomatoes

A Yogurt Bowl and Loads of Mango

lunch on 14 Mar 2016: chia seed vanilla yogurt with bananas and strawberries, peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches, dried apricots and sweet rice roll
lunch on 14 Mar 2016: chia seed vanilla yogurt with bananas and strawberries, peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches, dried apricots and sweet rice roll
lunch on 14 Mar 2016: chia seed vanilla yogurt with bananas and strawberries, peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches, dried apricots and sweet rice roll

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.

lunch on 15 Mar 2016: mango with ham, cheese, carrots and peanut butter filled pretzels
lunch on 15 Mar 2016: mango with ham, cheese, carrots and peanut butter filled pretzels

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.

A Lunch Date

Iain enjoying a turkey club sandwich at Urbane Cafe
Iain enjoying a turkey club sandwich at Urbane Cafe
Iain enjoying a turkey club sandwich at Urbane Cafe

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.

Lily and her big cup of fro-yo
Lily and her big cup of fro-yo

Kids’ Euro Lunch: Crumpets with Nutella

lunch on 22 Feb 2016: crumpets with Nutella, tangerines, grapes and plum slices
lunch on 22 Feb 2016: crumpets with Nutella, tangerines, grapes and plum slices
lunch on 22 Feb 2016: crumpets with Nutella, tangerines, grapes and plum slices

The kids went quite Euro with today’s lunch: crumpets and Nutella with piles of fruits and a chunk of Toblerone.

Eclectic Lunches: A Little Savory, A Little Sweet

lunch on 11 Feb 2016: ham, hummus and pickle roll with pretzels, carrots, tomatoes and hummus dip, grapes, and blackberries
lunch on 11 Feb 2016: ham, hummus and pickle roll with pretzels, carrots, tomatoes and hummus dip, grapes, and blackberries
lunch on 11 Feb 2016: ham, hummus and pickle roll with pretzels, carrots, tomatoes and hummus dip, grapes, and blackberries

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).

lunch on 12 Feb 2015: yogurt with mango and honey, cheese sandwich crackers, sweet rice roll, carrots, and tomatoes
lunch on 12 Feb 2015: yogurt with mango and honey, cheese sandwich crackers, sweet rice roll, carrots, and tomatoes

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.

Lunches full of Fruit and Goodies

lunch on 5 Feb 2016: chocolate yogurt with bananas, crunchy rice roll, raspberry fig bar, tangerines, and pretzel fish
lunch on 3 Feb 2016: fruit with peanut butter and Nutella sandwich, tomatoes and pretzel
lunch on 3 Feb 2016: fruit with peanut butter and Nutella sandwich, tomatoes and pretzel fish
lunch on 4 Feb 2016: fruit salad with crunchy rice roll, raspberry fig bar, Goldfish and M&M mix, and carrots
lunch on 4 Feb 2016: fruit salad with crunchy rice roll, raspberry fig bar, Goldfish and M&M mix, and carrots
lunch on 5 Feb 2016: chocolate yogurt with bananas, crunchy rice roll, raspberry fig bar, tangerines, and pretzel fish
lunch on 5 Feb 2016: chocolate yogurt with bananas, crunchy rice roll, raspberry fig bar, tangerines, and pretzel fish

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.

Almost 100% Kid-made Lunches

Lily's lunch on 20 Jan 2016: rice cake with Nutella, rasberries and blackberries, dried tropical fruit, cheddar crackers, and mango
Iain's lunch on 20 Jan 2016: rice cake with Nutella and blackberries, tangerine slices, cheese crackers, and mango
Iain’s lunch on 20 Jan 2016: rice cake with Nutella and blackberries, tangerine slices, cheese crackers, and mango

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.

Lily's lunch on 20 Jan 2016: rice cake with Nutella, rasberries and blackberries, dried tropical fruit, cheddar crackers, and mango
Lily’s lunch on 20 Jan 2016: rice cake with Nutella, raspberries and blackberries, dried tropical fruit, cheddar crackers, and mango