Rather than talk about the election (I’m still formulating my thoughts) I wanted to post more photos of some of the school lunches I’ve been sending with Rabbit, and answer a couple of questions I’ve received from readers.
The lunch box and containers were a gift from a reader last spring, and can be found online at Easy Lunchboxes. You get a set of four of the divided plastic containers for a very reasonable price, and we also have a pink insulated carrier that perfectly fits her plastic lunch container, a drink, and ice pack and a napkin. In fact, we can stack two of the plastic containers in the carrier with a little extra room for a cold pack and have done that for a car trip before. Recently, I bought myself a carrier and occasionally take my lunch to work.
I got the little animal shaped picks on Amazon.com, as well as some food cutters I use for making star or flower shapes out of cheese or tortillas. Just today, I got (also from Amazon) a set of sandwich cutters in fun shapes called “Lunch Punch” and a set of tiny lidded containers to put inside the plastic lunch container, perfect for holding dip, or pudding or raisins. I’ve also been using silicone cupcake baking cups as food holders in the plastic lunch container.
Rabbit has taken hot lunch at school about four times so far and only once did she enjoy the meal (corn dogs). The rest of the time she finds it abhorrent.
Here are the remaining lunches I packed for the month of September.
9/13/12: Meatballs with cane’s dipping sauce, crackers, string cheese, peanuts, apple/strawberry fruit leather, cucumber slices and cherry tomatoes, and a box of Jumex strawberry banana nectar.
9/17: Leftover grilled chicken breast, French green beans (also left over), string cheese pulled apart to look like pasta, raisins, cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices, two fig newton cookies and a yoohoo.
September 18: devilled egg, cucumber slices, a plum, cheddar cheese and crackers, toasted coconut cookies, raisins and two small juice boxes.
September 19th: meatloaf sandwiches (!!!), Trader Joe’s jalapeno cheese puffs, peanut butter sandwich cookies, sliced fresh pear, celery with peanut butter and a carton of apple juice.
September 20th: peanut butter and jelly on flattened organic white bread, chips and salsa, string cheese cut into sticks, carrot curls, dried apple/banana fruit leather, half a plum and Trader Joe’s white grape juice.
September 21: mini meatloaf sandwiches on flattened organic white bread, cucumber salad, leftover roasted teeny tiny potatoes, cottage cheese with strawberries, a little container with two Trader Joes chocolate cat cookies and some TJ’s power berries candy and a carton of Yoohoo.
September 24: turkey and cheese on whole wheat, jicama sticks with paprika, half a plum and sliced kiwi fruit, Trader Joe’s chocolate cat cookies and power berries and Jumex strawberry banana nectar. She is NOT, apparently, a fan of jicama.
September 25: three meatballs with cane’s dipping sauce, homemade hummus and crackers, carrot sticks, half a plum and sliced kiwi fruit, a fig newton and grape juice to drink.
September 26: ham and cream cheese rollups, strawberry Greek yogurt with a container of granola to stir in, grapes and a Babybel cheese made to look like a ladybug, kale chips, crackers with Trader Joes cocoa almond spread, and Jumex strawberry banana nectar to drink.
September 27: Corn chips and nacho dip, carrot sticks, raisins, kiwi fruit and plum slices, peanut butter sandwich cookies and Jumex strawberry banana nectar.
September 28: cream cheese filled pepperoni, celery with peanut butter and raisins, Trader Joes blueberry cereal bar, string cheese, plum slices, toasted coconut cookies, a note from mommy and apple juice to drink.