Sunday, January 24, 2016

Lunch for the Kids

If I'm prepared for lunch, it's ready at the precise moment when the kids realize they are absolutely starving.  It's a healthy and delicious mix of foods that they eat in their entirety and give them energy for the rest of the day.

Other days, we walk in late.  They both start rummaging through the pantry for snacks while I'm trying to get lunch ready.  James is hungry and tired and clings to me like a baby monkey, so I'm trying to do everything with one hand.  Lunch is a random assortment of things I pull out of the fridge and pantry.  We're all usually back in the kitchen hungry a few hours later.

Not this week, though.  This week I'm on top of things.  Nothing groundbreaking, but we're trying a few things we haven't had in a while to avoid the boredom of getting into a rut, and I'm armed with plenty of fresh fruit to round it out.

Mini Pizzas
Whole wheat sandwich thins
Tomato Sauce
Mozzarella cheese

Heat under the broiler until cheese is melted and edges are crispy.

Pumpkin Muffins 
Recipe from 100 Days of Real Food (which has great lunch ideas).

Peanut Butter with Cinnamon Apples and Pretzels
This was after a birthday party, so no one was very hungry because they'd filled up on treats and snacks.

We can't go a week without this one - Grilled Cheese.
On James' plate, you can see that I offered him some of my greek yogurt with spinach and artichokes.  He was not impressed.


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