Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I don't "do" lunch
I have a philosophy: Lunch is meant to be easy.
You can quote me on that. If you're smart, you will emulate my genius.
I rarely "cook" anything at lunch. 99% of the time it is something that can easily be taken out and put away by my children.
(disclaimer: I know some of you have children who are too young to help AT ALL with anything like this - do not hate me. Just put it in your back pocket as a "WHOA! That's in my future! This is the time on Sprockets when we dance!")
We do LOTS of Build-a-Salad. I like to keep a lot of things in mason jars (or repurposed jars from other things) so the kids can just pour, shake or sprinkle. This requires fewer utensils. I will say, "Boys, get out things to build a salad today. Girls put it up."
* spinach leaves * diced tomato * diced red onion * salad peppers * other diced veggies * sunflower seeds * dried cranberries * almond slivers * corn kernels * black beans * walnut chunks * flaxseed * you-name-it
This week is a dip fest:
* cherry tomatoes * celery * baby carrots * strawberries * jicama slices * spinach leaves * broccoli * matchstick pieces of red, green, orange and/or yellow peppers * diced apples * grapes * you-name-it
We are mixing and matching these things on different days and then putting out "dips":
* peanut sauce * vinaigrette dressing (whatever we have in the fridge) * hummus (my kids love roasted garlic and roasted red pepper) * almond butter * apple sauce * vegetarian refried beans * guacamole * you-name-it
With all of this, you can easily make multiple combination for several days. Then, you can throw it all out with some tortilla chips the next day and do Build-a-Salad.
Note, also, that these are guilt-free meals. Yesterday I watched two of my kids grab pieces or raw broccoli (who have always turned their noses to it) because another kid dipped theirs in almond butter and was speaking of it orgasmically. I have discovered, over the years, that keeping the options healthy but providing interesting choices seems to make it easier for the leery to step outside of their box.
Nothing makes me swoon more than to hear my healing kids say, "Pass me the flaxseed, please!" Healing the whole child. Nice.