Now that school has started I’m back to making lunches for the kids because let’s face it cafeteria food is…well cafeteria food! My children have never been picky eaters because we’ve never dumbed down their food. What we eat they eat! This ol’ gal doesn’t do multiple meals. Because of that our kids are much more open to trying things most of their contemporaries won’t touch and quite honestly it makes my life much easier. I do have to be honest with you though. Our food philosophy has created borderline food snobs, but hey, worse things could happen ya know?!
Food snob #2, we’ll just call her the 7yr. old loves her little Bento boxes. I think it’s a combination of having something different than her friends or the fact that her food is generally colorful and a surprise. Either way, she’s happy so I’m happy.
I know, by this point you’re saying, “Lisa, what’s your point?” Well my point is I’m going to try very hard to share with y’all as many of the 7yr. old’s Bento box lunches with the hope that maybe you’ll give it a try and surprise your little tax deductions with fun, colorful, nutritious lunches.
I forgot to take a picture of Monday’s box but in this post I will include both Wednesday and Thursday.
The 7yr. old requested salad for lunch tomorrow and since I had made chicken for dinner this was a no brainer.
Romaine lettuce, leftover chicken, English cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, with dressing on the side and blueberries for dessert.
Quick, easy colorful meals to keep energy up and junk intake down!
In South Texas, almost every school age child has Mexican food on Wednesday. It may even be statewide but definitely in South TX. Our girls love Mexican food but I don’t love the nutritionally lacking cafeteria food so to make all of us happy this Wednesday’s bento boxes fill the bill for nutrition and tradition.
The picture truly doesn’t do these justice! Beef, bean, quinoa, lettuce, and cheese burritos with fresh pineapples and strawberries (the berries were frozen when I packed these which is why they look “frosty”). Super simple, super quick. Choose the flavored Bountiful Baskets wrap of your choice and fill with whatever ingredients you know they’ll like. Fold and slice if necessary, BAM… lunch is made!
I’m pretty sure that there isn’t a kid alive that doesn’t like those little prepackaged food like products that are chock full o’preservatives and ingredients that most people have to read twice to try to pronounce. I’m also sure that most parents, such as myself, DON’T like them. Yes, they are convenient but sometimes convenience is not always a good thing. Little food snob #2 asked me if I would pick up one of those packages of yuck and I promptly told her “no way”. She then replied that she knew the answer was no but thought she’d try anyway. Instead, I created a little homemade version for her that I have no doubt will bring a smile to her face.
Nitrate free lunchmeat (ham and turkey), crackers, organic cheese, sliced boiled egg, carrots, pineapple chunks, and homemade chunky applesauce.