New Stuff: I was pleasantly surprised when the Laptop Lunch Bento 2.0 set (and extra containers) I ordered on Friday, arrived on Monday. The box, containers, and flatware seem to be really heavy-duty, and durable. I am excited to have some leak-proof containers for dips, sauces, and dressings. I hope Ava enjoys these new items, and that these containers are worth their price tag.
I read through the substantial user’s guide that came with our set. It is full of useful tips, recipes, and information about nutrition and waste-free lunches. Of particular interest to me was the estimate that an average school-age child using disposable (plastic, paper, individually wrap food items, beverage boxes/pouches/bottles, plastic utensils and paper napkins) lunch items generates 67 pounds of waste per school year. That makes me glad we have opted go with reusable containers, utensils, and cloth napkins.
Lunch #9: I decided to use the new Laptop Lunch containers and prepare a “build your own taco salad” meal. All organic items: corn chips, black bean and corn salsa, and sour cream were added to shredded lettuce, tomato wedges, and cheddar cubes. Rounding out the box are her favorite grapes. I’m hoping the new containers with lids will make this lunch and it’s wet/dry ingredients hold up.
Feedback from Lunch #8 (Monday, 8/30/10): During lunch time Ava ate everything I had packed for her except the wrap. She decided that she does not like the tortilla I used–I have been trying to use them up, because they were left over from dinner this past week (two bean burritos). Her disdain for the tortilla meant that she hadn’t even touched the wrap at school. However, she ended up eating it as an after school snack before we headed off to our eye appointments and her soccer practice.
What Ava Did NOT Have for Lunch Today: Those students purchasing lunch from the cafeteria today will have their choice of either Pizza Casserole & Garlic Bread or Fish Bites & Whole Wheat Bread, both served with Tossed Salad and Corn.
Just 166 more lunches to go…