I’ve always wanted to be one of those moms that make super cool school lunches. You know what I’m talking about? The cucumber becomes a crocodile. The cheese is cut out in little star shapes. There are usually toothpicks.
Don’t know what I’m talking about? Well, check out this very small sample:
I know, right?!?!
Well, despite my desire to be a mom who makes my kid’s sandwiches into fish or arranges his orange slices into flowers, I am not.
We do pack my son’s lunch (my daughter’s preschool serves her lunch, thank goodness, so I don’t have to pack one for her) in a bento box. We use a laptop lunchbox, strongly recommended by a neighbor of ours when my son was getting ready to start kindergarten. We pretty much love it. It has held up really well and, just as the trays we use for every day meals force me to make sure the kids are eating a variety of foods (see here), the separate containers in this bento-style lunchbox do the same. The only downside is having to wash it out every night.
I usually pack my son’s lunch at around 5:00 in the morning. Right after I wake up and meander into the kitchen to get the coffee brewing. And at 5:00 in the morning, I don’t have patience for cookie cutters and toothpicks and cuteness. So, I just start digging around and filling out the containers. I try to give him healthy food, hit most of the major food groups, and not send him with the same lunch each day (which would be so easy and, truth be told, I’m not sure that he’d mind all that terribly). I also try to limit the amount of processed or pre-packaged food I sent with him which is not always easy when I’m being as lazy as I usually am about packing lunches.
I thought this week I’d give you a little sample of the sorts of things I send in my son’s lunches. These are extremely easy options that, for the most part, don’t even require any assembling. Sometimes, at 5:00 in the morning, even a peanut butter and jelly sandwich seems complicated. (Although, of course, I can’t send him with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich because there is some kid in his class that has a nut allergy…. and I don’t want my son to be personally responsible for that kid’s demise.)
So here is what this lazy mom is sending off for lunch today.
Salami, a “cheese circle” (as we affectionately call it in my abode), some grapes, some popcorn, and a box of milk. That’s it. Nothing is cut in small or cute shapes. There aren’t any kabobs of any sort – with or without fruit. Not a toothpick in sight, people. It was hard enough to pull the darn grapes off of the stem. Seriously. The rolled up slices of salami? That’s about as fancy as I get with school lunches.