What’s in the Lunchbox Wednesday – 12-19-12

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The Bug started pre-school this year, so I am packing lunches for the first time. I actually packed my lunch for most of junior high and high school, as well as for work, since I was never a fan of cafeteria food. Well, except in college. And no, I am not showing you the photos of the consequences of that. But, this is the first time I am packing lunch for my own child. I like to try to keep giving him the same variety as I would give him at home, when most days I repurpose leftovers into something different. The one challenge I have is that the pre-school he goes to is actually housed in a Jewish Temple, so one of the mandates is that all meals consumed on the premises adhere to Kosher rules (laws? Sorry if my terminology is bad. I am not Jewish.). Since kosher meals cannot have meat or dairy together, for simplicity, rather than worrying about if one kid’s meal conflicts with another kid’s, the rule is that all meals must be meatless. This is a challenge since we are decidedly NOT vegetarian. But I am totally in favor of some meals being vegetarian, so I actually love this. Luckily, we do not have to be nut-free, though I do try to minimize sending in nut-based items, simply for safety. So this has led to me getting quite creative.

Since packing lunches is something that many of us parents have to do, I thought I would start sharing with you what I pack for The Bug. I’ll give you links and recipes when they are available, and let you know what went over well, and what he was not a fan of. I’d love for you to share ideas, photos, and links in the comments, on Facebook, or Twitter every Wednesday. I think we could all help each other give our kids a variety of nutritious lunches! I know I am always looking for new items to pack. Plus, it is fun to be a little bit of a voyeur, right?! I will tell you, the photos aren’t up to the same quality as my recipe photos – I just take a quick shot with my iPhone while I am assembling lunch.

So here goes:

Wednesday 12/12 – One Day Fun Day (kids prepared lunch at school)

Friday 12/14

 What I Sent: Apple and cashew butter on a whole wheat hot dog roll (I had leftovers), steamed carrots, clementines.

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 What Came Home: A little of the carrots.

Monday 12/17

What I Sent: Flatbread with white bean spread (simply pureed canned white beans and olive oil), steamed carrots, pineapple.

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What Came Home: A little of the sandwich, a little of the carrots.

Share your ideas, recipes, links photos here, or on Facebook or Twitter. I know lots of mamas (and dads, too) who would love some lunchbox inspiration!!

Also, I wanted to let you all know that I will be participating in Cookies & Crafts for Sandy Hook. Find out more about it HERE, where you can find links to make a donation to Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc., as well as links to businesses and Etsy shops that are donating a portion of their proceeds to the victims. If you have a blog, you can participate by writing a post sharing a cookie or craft, and a tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary School. If you don’t have a blog, you can still share something – take a picture and post it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Google+, using the hashtag #BloggersforSandyHook.

Please spread the word about this united effort wherever you can!

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