I took a picture of Wyatt’s snack on Monday (tofu and mandarin oranges) but I didn’t have a memory card in the camera so I don’t have a picture of it. I can assure you it was truly, truly stunning.
On Tuesday, Wyatt’s lunch/snack combo had pita crackers, a Babybel cheese, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, grapes, a hard-boiled egg and strawberry jam sandwiches cut into the shape of little guys.
He noticed the food markers for the first time ever (?!) and was dying to use them, so I happily let him decorate his own egg. Both of us were thrilled with the result!
Augie’s lunch had corn, a hard-boiled egg decorated with a food-safe marker, a few peas to fill the little gap above the egg, grapes that I cut into quarters and a serving a Baby Bolognese.
I made a big batch of the pasta on Monday to have on hand for day care lunches and meals where Augie can’t eat what we’re having. Have I mentioned that he’s sensitive (or possibly even allergic) to dairy? The recipe made a huge amount of food so I froze it in my silicon baking cups in single serve portions and I’m looking forward to using it for easy meals.
So, I’m not really a St. Patrick’s Day person. I’ll usually put on a green shirt or something, and I’ll put the kids in something green too, but that’s mostly just so we don’t get pinched. But on Wednesday, I got the urge to do a little something for Wyatt’s lunch, so I packed this special bento box. I put in sugar snap peas for some green. Then I drew a rainbow and a pot of gold on Wyatt’s tofu with food markers. I also drew a leprechaun on a hard boiled egg and then I filled the rest of the box with a mandarin orange, some pita crackers and some whole wheat pretzel sticks.
When Wyatt saw it, he asked me why there was a man with a scraggly beard on his egg, so I had to explain about leprechauns and gold and the rainbow and everything. And then he wanted to know who St. Patrick was and what a saint is. And then we started talking about where all the snakes in Ireland went. It really drove home to me how little I know about St. Patrick’s day. I was pretty thankful he didn’t ask what the leprechauns have to do with St. Patrick because I honestly don’t have a clue. I guess that’s what Wikipedia is for, right?
For his snack, I grabbed some pre-packaged items, so I didn’t take a picture. I think it was yogurt and applesauce, but I’m not positive.
The toddler’s lunch doesn’t have much of anything St. Patrick-y about it. I packed it with some of the first beautiful, organic strawberries of the year that I got at the farmer’s market on Tuesday morning. (I felt bad because I packed these the night before and didn’t remember to put any in Wyatt’s lunch until it was already full.) I also put in some frozen peas and corn, diced chicken and some leftover pasta with lemon, asparagus, red bell pepper and spinach from Tuesday’s dinner.
I remembered to pack some of those nice strawberries in Thursday’s lunch. I also put in some mandarins, baked tofu, and some oyster crackers.
Snack was more pre-packaged stuff — probably more yogurt and applesauce.
Friday’s snack was a half a carrot muffin and some mandarins. I bought the muffins at Trader Joes at the beginning of the week and then totally forgot about them until Thursday night when Zach mentioned them. I was glad to get them out and used before they went bad.