Wednesday, September 9, 2009


So, this week is mostly leftovers...leftover pasta from the freezer, leftover chili. I did make a veggie frittata (saute onions, peppers, thawed and drained frozen chopped spinach. Mix with beaten eggs and milk. Add feta and olives. Bake at 350F until it looks done...) This was quite tasty...a little bit of leftovers still. Not a lot of "new" cooking, but making a lot of side dishes. I am pretty good at mastering the art of the to have JUST ENOUGH for lunches and dinners, but not let anything go to waste. It's harder now that my son is at school...I need leftovers that don't need to be heated for him.

I've been trying to figure out how much to pack for his lunch at school now (daycare provided lunch). Half of it gets sent home, regardless of how much I send. If he eats none of his fruits and veggies, it's what he eats for dinner. That's been pretty standard the last two weeks. He hasn't been eating much of his lunch, but they do provide breakfast (after he eats it at home), and snacks.

My son, apparently, is starting a growth spurt. Today, he ate most of his lunch - an apple, plus most of his broccoli, some olives, and a bit of the pasta.

We went to the farmer's market at his school when I picked him up. We bought apples, grapes, and strawberries. He proceeded to eat a few grapes, about 1/3 of the pint of strawberries on the drive up the hill and when we got home. Then he ate another 1/2 cup or so of grapes. THEN he begged for a whole banana (he got 1/2). Then some vegan chili. Then his tummy hurt. He seems to be better now.

Nothing's cuter than a 3 year old with a face full of strawberry juice.


Amy B said...


Have you read about the Bento lunch box craze? All these over achieving moms making cute lunches for their kids...kind of intimidating.

Marcia said...

Ah, I am going to fess up that I own FOUR laptop lunch boxes. I bought three a couple of years ago (they were great for our airplane trips). And I bought a newer one in honor of starting preschool (it has aliens on it).

My lunches aren't cute though. No faces, themes...just a main, a fruit, and a veggie...

Amy B said...

You don't carve the apple slices to look like bunnies?

Actually, when I was a kid my mom was into carving roses out of radishes for awhile, and I found that fascinating, although I don't think it inspired me to eat more vegetables, but maybe I would have if she's tucked them into a really cute Bento box instead of the cavernous metal, egg salad smelling box I carried to school! To this day, waxed paper makes me feel kind of sad. :)

I bet your son loves his aliens lunch box.