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Up until recently Baby hasn't cared what shape her food is in, and the smaller and thinner scrappy sizes actually make it easier for her little tooth to chew through. (Once she started noticing the disparity between her lunch and her sister's, I've been able to just toss a few shapes that match Big Sister's on top of the scraps, and she's good. And I make more of an effort to pack the same foods, when possible.)
Tuesday, 3/12/13 - The bread, melon and quesadilla scraps came from Big Sister's Leprechaun Kitty lunch, which was prepped and packed at the same time. It looks like some of the cheese scraps came from that too, and more scraps from the classroom snack cheese ducks.
|Cheddar scraps, Udi's GF Cinnamon Raisin bread scraps, organic sugar snap peas, ham-and-cheese-scraps w/olives quesadilla scraps, galia melon scraps w/ organic raspberries, leftover GF macaroni and cheese with hemp hearts|
Wednesday, 3/20/13 - These ham and cheese scraps came from Z's Cute Piggy lunch made at the same time. The pear had been half-chewed or had started going soft in one spot or something, so I salvaged what I could.
|Organic grape tomatoes, uncured ham and cheese scraps, organic hummus, |
organic salvaged pear, rice and quinoa w/organic peas
Thursday, 3/21/13 - Z had a quickie ham and cheese sandwich, but the ham slices are larger than the gluten-free bread! Plus I go ahead and cut the crusts when I can, to save them for French Toast Casserole! So the uncured ham scraps went into Baby's lunch.
|GF toast w/PB, frozen organic peas, organic tomatoes, |
uncured ham scraps, cheese, leftover veggie curry
I make a large-batch dish every week or so, where I throw in any of our organic farm share veggies that have been sitting around for a bit. I like the curry one best, so I tend to do it more often. But Hubby gets tired of it, so I do change it up once in a while. My "curry" usually has strange root vegetables (parsnip, rutabaga, sunchokes, etc,) plus potatoes and carrots, maybe some greens or celery if I have some getting wilty, plus rice and beans or lentils and/or quinoa. Several tablespoons of assorted curry powders, some salt, a few cans of coconut milk and enough water so it almost hits the top. Then I bring to a boil, turn to low, cover, and let simmer for 30-40 minutes... stirring occasionally, so the rice doesn't burn to the bottom of Hubby's "good" pot... Doh!
Z doesn't like anything I make that didn't come out of a box, but Baby loves my "stewps." So sometimes I pack some in her lunch. They're messier when she throws them, so I don't include them as often.
Tuesday, 3/26/13 - The pizza scraps, mozzarella scraps, and extra olives came from Big Sister's Butterfly Pizza Skewers lunch.
|GF pizza and mozzarella scraps w/olives, organic sugar snap peas, organic orange and yellow carrot shreds, |
organic raspberries, TJ's brown rice treat roll, GF PB sandwich.
The brown rice roll thing was a mistake. Don't get me wrong - they're really good. Kind of like a Rice Krispie treat without that cloying sweetness and over-stickiness. These are more lightly sweetened, so I can feel comfortable allowing them pretty much any time, plus they use whole grain brown rice. The only problem is that they get sticky pretty fast when exposed to moist things... like raspberries and peanut butter sandwiches, apparently. And Z complains that she can't eat hers fast enough; that it gets sticky in her hand. My solution now is to break one in half and split it between them. To eat right away though. I'd need to pack them in something air tight if it were going to get eaten later.
Baby doesn't mind them sticky, but Mama minds the sticky fingers everywhere, and all the fuzzies from when she rubs it against things while she eats it.
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