Work has been very busy and the kids have been keeping me on my toes! I have not had time in the mornings to make the really creative lunches or blog them daily, so I’m bringing you a roundup of four very lazy lunches from the last few school days.
All four lunches are packed in EasyLunchBoxes. These are lunches that should take less than 5 minutes to throw together, using minimal special tools. Read on for descriptions of each:
Above are MOMables Egg Salad Sandwiches for both kids. Girlie’s was cut with a Flower Lunch Punch and the center was stuffed with grape tomatoes. Dude’s was cut with a Millennium Falcon sandwich cutter and since he is more Halloween obsessed than Star Wars crazed, I added a cheddar cheese jack-o-lantern to the top of his sandwich. They both have cheddar cheese, plums, and pomegranate seeds. Girlie also has some carrots with a mini egg salad sandwich from the flower cut-out. Little Dude has pirate booty.
Below is a lunchbox of leftover pizza (Dude loves to eat cold pizza), oranges, and kiwi. He also has a side of cheerios with craisins. The EasyLunchbox on the right contains PB&J pinwheels, a babybel cheese (with a little fish cut into the wax), goldfish, grapes, and apple slices. Simple, but full of Little Dude’s favorite foods.
This week I also tested out a new lunchbox that I bought at Daiso Japan in San Francisco last month (for $1.50!) and a sandwich box that came in my most recent BOC from woot.com. Check out the new gear inside and out:
Girlie has her orange vanilla Chobani Campions for protein and calcium. She has the happy face sandwich box (which she’s been begging to use) with a fairy Sand*Wishes LunchPunch made of SunButter & Jam. I colored the fairy’s face with food markers. She has the small bento box stuffed with a plum, some carrots, and sugar snap peas. This was a good sized lunch for her and she was excited about her new containers. The new bento says “Clapping march picnic” and features some animals marching off to a picnic. It also says “Have you prepared to go on a picnic? It’s fine! Let’s go out!” It is just too cute!
Finally, I have a grown-up lunch to show off, too! It was a rainy day yesterday and I made a crockpot full of chicken curry for our home’s sole carnivore. The rain continued, so I made him a nice hot lunch to take with him to work today.
The chicken smelled great, even to us vegetarians! It was just perfect comfort food for fall. I did not follow a recipe, but here is how I made the dish: Place a couple of frozen chicken breasts into the crockpot with a jar of simmer sauce (I used Trader Joe’s Masala Curry) and set for 8 hours. Five hours later, stir and add some other chopped veggies. I added garlic, onion, red bell pepper, chard, and some Garbanzo beans. One hour before serving time, I used forks to shred the chicken inside in the crockpot so they’d soak up some more of the cooking juice. Then I just let it cook a while longer. At dinnertime, I warmed some frozen Garlic naan from Trader Joe’s and served those together. It looked and smelled delicious!
For leftovers, I placed the hot chicken in Little Dude’s Superman thermos (he was kind enough to loan that to his dad) and served with a Lock & Lock box full of celery, laughing cow lite cheese, and a plum. I am sure Nate will be thrilled to have a hot lunch today.
Do your kids eat leftovers in their lunchboxes? I’d love some new ideas for vegetarian dinners that can easily be re-purposed into lunches the next day. My kids are such adventurous eaters, but I am a lazy chef, especially when 6pm rolls around and I’m wiped out from work and out of ideas. If you have any good suggestions, I’d love to hear them!
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