And Just Like That, It’s Another School Year

lunch on 24 Aug 2017: ham and guacamole pocket with pea sprouts and red pepper, peanut butter filled pretzels, plums and apples

I can’t believe that the lazy days of summer are over and the kids have been in school for a full week. I am full of optimism for this new school year. I now have a 4th grader and a 7th grader (first time middle schooler!), so I feel like an old pro at lunch making.

Here is how the first week went:

lunch on 21 Aug 2017: peanut butter, Nutella and banana sandwich with carrots, lipstick peppers, and an apple
lunch on 21 Aug 2017: peanut butter, Nutella and banana sandwich with carrots, lipstick peppers, and an apple

I’ll admit that the first day of school snuck up on me. It was the day after my daughter’s dance recital and it coincided with the epic solar eclipse (which wasn’t so epic here), so there was a lot going on. For lunch, I stuck to a classic combination: peanut butter, Nutella and banana (quite possibly the greatest sandwich ever) with some crunchy veggies and a little farmers market apple.

lunch on 22 Aug 2017: ham, cheese and sprouts sandwich with carrots and plums
lunch on 22 Aug 2017: ham, cheese and sprouts sandwich with carrots and plums

On Tuesday, my son actually tried school lunch for the first time ever. He was underwhelmed by the “street tacos” so I’m not sure if he will by buying lunch at the middle school too often. For Lily’s lunch, I made a ham and cheese sandwich with butter and pea sprouts.

lunch on 23 Aug 2017: edamame hummus and sprouts sandwich with salami, lipstick pepper, plums, nectarines, Goldfish and almonds.
lunch on 23 Aug 2017: edamame hummus and sprouts sandwich with salami, lipstick pepper, plums, nectarines, Goldfish and almonds

My kids are crazy about these salami sticks that come in two-pack at Trader Joe’s, so I typically throw them into a lunch at least once a week. On Wednesday, I also included a little sandwich with edamame and hummus, half a super sweet lipstick pepper, some plums and nectarines and parmesan Goldfish with almonds.

lunch on 24 Aug 2017: ham and guacamole pocket with pea sprouts and red pepper, peanut butter filled pretzels, plums and apples
lunch on 24 Aug 2017: ham and guacamole pocket with pea sprouts and red pepper, peanut butter filled pretzels, plums and apples

I was motivated to try something a little different for lunch on Thursday. I folded a tortilla around some sliced ham and guacamole to make a little pocket of yumminess (a little cheese glues the edges together). These were a big hit with the kids, so I think I’ll be making more tortilla pockets in the future.

lunch on 25 Aug 2017: pretzel bread with sprouts and grilled fish, carrots, plums, Goldfish and almonds
lunch on 25 Aug 2017: pretzel bread with sprouts and grilled fish, carrots, plums, Goldfish and almonds

On Friday, the lucky kiddos got sandwiches made on pretzel breadĀ filled with leftover grilled cod fish and sprouts. How yummy does that sound? Whew, we survived the first week of school.

 

Lunch Roundup: Fun Ways with Bread

lunch on 25 Apr 2016: banana bread, crispy rice roll, apples, carrots and strawberries

This quarter is getting the best of me and I haven’t managed to keep up with my lunch posts. In spite of work insanity, lunch must get made. Here is a roundup of lunches that feature a variety of delicious breads:

lunch on 25 Apr 2016: banana bread, crispy rice roll, apples, carrots and strawberries
lunch on 25 Apr 2016: banana bread, crispy rice roll, apples, carrots and strawberries
lunch on 26 Apr 2016: bagel with strawberry cream cheese, fruit strip and fruit salad
lunch on 26 Apr 2016: bagel with strawberry cream cheese, fruit strip and fruit salad
lunch on 27 Apr 2016: trio of pretzel bread sandwiches with jam, cream cheese and Nutella, cantaloupe, strawberries and carrots
lunch on 27 Apr 2016: trio of pretzel bread sandwiches with jam, cream cheese and Nutella, cantaloupe, strawberries and carrots
lunch on 28 Apr 2016: pizza bread, strawberries, carrots, pears and apples
lunch on 28 Apr 2016: pizza bread, strawberries, carrots, pears and apples
lunch on 29 Apr 2016: peanut butter and Nutella sandwich, apples, carrots, yogurt with honey and granola
lunch on 29 Apr 2016: peanut butter and Nutella sandwich on homemade French bread, apples, carrots, yogurt with honey and granola

Tropical Fruit Lunches

lunch on 9 Feb 2016: fruit salad with peanut butter and jelly on cinnamon raisin bread, tomatoes, and pretzel fish mix
lunch on 9 Feb 2016: fruit salad with peanut butter and jelly on cinnamon raisin bread, tomatoes, and pretzel fish mix
lunch on 9 Feb 2016: fruit salad with peanut butter and jelly on cinnamon raisin bread, tomatoes, and pretzel fish mix

We’ve been having some pretty tropical weather of late, so it’s appropriate that the kids keep requesting fruit like mango and pineapple for lunch. On Tuesday, I made a fruit salad out of pineapple, mango and blackberries. Isn’t it pretty? I also made a little peanut butter and jelly sandwich on cinnamon raisin bread. The trail mix, if you can call it that, is a random mix of stuff we had in the snack drawer: pretzel fish, original Goldfish, M&Ms, and Nilla Wafers.

lunch on 10 Feb 2016: fruit with a peanut butter, banana and Nutella slider, peanut butter filled pretzels, and tomatoes
lunch on 10 Feb 2016: fruit with a peanut butter, banana and Nutella slider, peanut butter filled pretzels, and tomatoes

And for lunch today, I went with more mango and pineapple plus some apple slices and grapes. I also made a little mini peanut butter, Nutella, and banana sandwich on a sweet roll.