During the past couple months I have been lucky (and often overwhelmed) to accumulate many very cool lunch box items. It’s a long story why, and I’ll explain that another time. But since I have but one child who — even with his monster appetite — can eat just one lunch per day, I’m going to give them away.
So in time for the holidays, I plan to start doing regular lunch gear giveaways. Because there seriously is a TON of this stuff. And it’s all very cool — great bento boxes, awesome insulated lunch bags, containers, thermoses, you name it.
So please spread the word! Starting in early December, there will be great giveaways here. And tons of them. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, today’s lunch is pretty much meat and carbs.
I was feeling pretty guilty about this as I packed it. Then I remember that he ate — and did so without complaining — a bunch of butternut squash and onions as part of a chicken curry I made for dinner last night.
For those of you who have followed along since the summer vegetable boot camp, you know this remains significant.
And I do plan to pack some of the leftover curry in his lunch tomorrow. I’d have given him some today, but the sausage and chicken needed using up.
Because as much as I’m a fan of pressing leftovers into lunch service — and of getting my kid to eat more vegetables — neither is worth risking food poisoning.
So today, a sweet Italian pork sausage left over from a couple nights ago (they were braised in a pepper-tomato sauce), got wrapped in a whole-wheat tortilla. I considered adding a dipping sauce, but realized Parker probably wouldn’t care one way or another. It’s meat? He’s happy.
I also had some leftover chicken cutlets from chicken picatta. At breakfast today he left behind half an onion bagel. So I cut the half into halves, then made a sandwich with that.
Add a couple kiwis and some strangely green whole-grain tortilla chips, and that’s fine for a Wednesday.
Tonight’s dinner is a steak-and-cheese frittata. Yet more meat for my little carnivore.