Were you trying to poison me?

Easy lunch box ideas for kids

So Parker turned out to not be a fan of the cream cheese and pancetta-stuffed fried jalapenos.

Admittedly, I’d meant to warn him Friday and tell him what I’d put into his lunch. I find he does better with things if he knows in advance. But in the morning rush, I kind of forgot to tell him.

“Were you trying to poison me?” he yelled across the field when I picked him up at summer camp Friday afternoon.

Hmm… OK. Perhaps I’ll hold off on any more jalapenos, fried, stuffed or otherwise.

Today, I decided to play it safe. We had steaks for dinner last night and I made sure to cook up a little extra so he could have steak tacos for lunch today. Normally, I would heat the steak and pack it in a hot thermos. But on a day that’s reaching close to 100 F, that just seemed wrong.

So cold steak tacos it is. That, some fruit and a peanut butter and banana on whole-wheat bun and we’re good.

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10 Responses to “Were you trying to poison me?”

  1. MR says:

    What kind of whole-wheat tortillas do you use? They look so nice and thin. I picked up a bag this weekend to make pulled chicken tacos and they were excessively thick, doughy and “whole grainy.” Not so good.

    Thank you!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      That’s the trouble with a lot of the whole-grain tortillas — too thick. I like Boghosian Valley Bread Lavash (so it’s technically more flatbread than tortilla, but there isn’t a whole lot of difference).

  2. That is too funny! Poor Parker.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Ha! Gives him something (or should I say, yet another thing) to complain about…

  3. RS says:

    Will he eat cold beef? I can’t do that!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Oh yes! As long as it’s on the rare side, he’ll gobble it up at any temperature.

  4. SinoSoul says:

    Was it too spicy? We’re training out toddler to get started on spicy food. So far, fresh black peppers are OK. Anything more, he freaks. I’m hoping by pre-school he’ll be carrying kimchi to school in the lunchbots.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Good luck. It’s funny, because when Parker was a toddler he gladly gobbled anything spicy, including wasabi peas and hot peppers. Now, not so much. I’m confident he’ll come back around. I think these things go in cycles with kids.

  5. Ha! So funny, I guess the cream cheese didn’t do much to cut the spicy hot! My daughter likes spicier food than her father does. I think I started her off with well seasoned foods when she was little.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      You know, I did that, too. But then he kind of cycled out of it. Not sure why he suddenly became sensitive to spicy foods. He used to eat wasabi peas. I think it’s just a phase. He certainly loves heavily seasoned foods.