‘Twas the night before the first day of kindergarten, and the only creature stirring was me. Having just completed the first of 175 lunches for this school year, I find myself hoping the next lunch box is a little better than what I threw together tonight.
My whole plan for the evening was thrown off by an untimely trip to the ER. Everything ended up being okay–I just have to put my leg on ice and stay off of it. Therefore, my first crack at making the bento lunch cute and special was a bit clumsy.
I quickly threw together a simple fruit salad that I’d planned on making earlier this evening. Then busted out a PB & J on whole grain bread, and cut it into shapes (hearts and flowers). I also peeled, sliced, and then cut a carrot into fun flower shapes, then added a few of Ava’s favorite whole grain goldfish crackers, almonds, and a piece of cheese to the box. Some silicone cups and cute little fork/toothpicks will hopefully bump up the fun factor and make this lunch more of a hit than a miss.
Overall, I’m just happy to be making sure that Ava will get a good healthy lunch without any high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) tomorrow. As a novice to the bento scene, I’m going to need a better plan. For example, I’m not sure how good I feel about tossing the scraps of the sandwich that were left behind from the cut-outs. I don’t like to waste anything, so I’m going to have to rethink doing those again. At least the carrot scraps can and will be saved for when we make chicken stock later.
It will be interesting to see what comes back in the box, and to get some feedback from Ava.
What Ava Did NOT Eat for Lunch: According to the school district lunch menu, kids eating from the school cafeteria were offered Chicken Nuggets & Roll, Tossed Salad, and Green Beans.
Only 174 more lunches to go…