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The First Full Week of School – Monday’s Lunch August 23, 2010

Lunch #3: For Monday’s lunch, I decided to prepare a cold cut wrap using the last of our Flatout Bread Wraps (Multi-grain with Flax), ham, cheddar, lettuce, carrot shavings, and a bit of mayo.  I held them together with the animal pics.  Ava loves yogurt with fruit, so I mixed some strawberry yogurt with mandarin orange slices.  I also added star shaped carrot cut-outs, some mozzarella cheese chunks, and a few whole grain goldfish crackers.  Two of her Auntie M’s homemade oatmeal chocolate chip pecan cookies (made with whole wheat flour) round out the box.

Feedback from Lunch #2 (see Friday, 8/20/10): Once again almost everything from the box was consumed from Friday’s lunch.  The exception being a tomato wedge, a couple of cucumbers, and a few pieces of fruit salad.  She went ahead and had those for after school snack with the remaining fruit salad and some yogurt.  Things seem to be working out nicely.  Ava even asked me earlier today if I was going to pack her lunch for tomorrow and exclaimed, “Goodie!  You make the best lunches EVER!”

Finally dear readers, I have joined Twitter just for the purpose of getting the word out about this blog.  Though I consider myself relatively technologically savvy, I am not entirely sure yet what that means, or exactly how Twitter works, but if you do you will find a Tweet button at the end of this post.  Have a great Monday!

What Ava Did NOT Eat for Lunch: Based on the school district menu, kids eating from the cafeteria were able to choose between Sloppy Joe on a Bun or Assorted Pizza–both served with Tossed Salad, and Carrots.

Just 172 more lunches to go…

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‘Twas the Night Before the First Day of Kindergarten… August 18, 2010

‘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…