Friday, August 2, 2013

Mommy and Me Lunches

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Tuesday, 5/7/13 - Since Baby E had shown an interest in my salads (by horning in and snarfing down MY lunches!) I figured I'd see if she was still interested if she had her own. So I made us matching salads!

Mama's Lunch
Organic kiwi, ham and Pink Dip roll-up scraps; organic salad with lettuce,
red Savoy cabbage, micro greens, spinach, carrot and beet scraps, purple and green broccoli,
assorted raisins, hemp hearts, sunflower seeds, and Goddess dressing
I had tons of "ends" left over from the Pink Dip and ham with lettuce (gluten-free) tortilla roll-ups made for our Teacher Appreciation lunches that day, so I went ahead and packed some straight into my lunch!

I used my pre-prepped salad mix, and added a few stalks of purple broccoli, plus the dry toppings and dressing, since this was packed right before lunch, which I ate in the car while Baby napped during E's afternoon preschool.

Baby's Lunch
Smaller version of Mama's salad, organic apples, The Good Bean sea salt roasted chickpeas,
leftover BumbleBar bits, leftover cheese and GF Crunchmaster crackers, leftover ham flowers
I had gotten an assortment of GoPicnic meals when there was a Groupon-type deal for them online. I figured it couldn't hurt to have shelf-stable gluten-free artificial-free meals laying around, ready to grab in an emergency. The pepperoni one was part of the deal, although normally I wouldn't have chosen to buy it. Z and I aren't spicy fans, and I despise processed meats. 
Baby was entranced by these boxes with pictures of tantalizing foods on them, within reach since Mama hadn't yet found a space for them in the cupboards. And her Dadda is a sucker. So there were several days where she lived off of GoPicnic meals whenever he was home. Except she either didn't really like most of what was in them, or else it was a choking hazard and we wouldn't let her have it.

The cheese and Crunchmaster crackers were left over from a Pepperoni and Cheese GoPicnic meal. I had eaten the pepperoni, so it wouldn't just get thrown out, but I figured she might actually eat the cheese and crackers part.

I had gotten a box of BumbleBars to fill out an order to get the free shipping at or or something, and Baby was hooked on them! Her sucker Dadda let her feast on those at will as well. She had left some bits uneaten, so I saved them for her lunch.

Tuesday, 5/14/13 - I had some half-gnawed apples needing to get used up, and Big Sister is a little pickier about that kind of thing, so Baby and I shared the remnants of two apples, plus some peanut butter. And my salad, as it turns out...

Mama's Lunch
Crunchy PB, apple scraps (slightly chewed...) organic salad with lettuce, red Savoy cabbage, micro greens, spinach, carrot and beet scraps, assorted raisins, hemp hearts, sunflower seeds, and raspberry vinaigrette; Chobani Bite yogurt
As you can see, I had a little helper when I was cutting the apples. But I'm a mama, and I'm used to feasting on drool-covered, half-chewed, bites-missing foods.

Toddler Lunch
GF Crunchmaster crackers with PB, organic baby heirloom tomatoes, cereal mix of
puffed rice cereal with Enjoy Life chocolate granola, organic sugar snap peas and salvaged apples.
Baby doesn't usually eat her gluten-free bread, and I had been making PB or SunButter cracker sandwiches for Big Sis around that time too, so I tried some out to see if E would like them too. She licked the PB off, as per usual!

Another way to help her get her grains is through cereals. She had been cadging my puffed rice cereal (not rice flour mixed with other stuff then baked into little "puffs" - actual whole-grain puffed brown rice. Like popcorn. Poprice!) So I mixed some with a little bit of Enjoy Life chocolate granola to make it more enticing. The oval container it's in came from a dollar-type store, and has a flexible air-tight lid, so they could stay fresh and not get soggy. Plus to keep those little crunchies from flying around inside the lunch!

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1 comment:

  1. My almost-2 year old does the same thing with peanut butter. She'll take a few bites and then start putting her finger inside and trying to eat just the peanut butter (and make a HUGE mess)

    She eats more bread/cracker/tortilla and less peanut butter only when I make them rather than my husband -- I think because I put thinner layers of peanut butter on than he does.


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