Free lunch (box) Thursday and arugula with goat

Easy lunch box ideas: Rosemary-roasted goat leg; red beans, rice and andouille sausage; arugula salad tossed with balsamic vinaigrette; and blackberries

Do you think the oh-my-god-he’s-eating-salad! feeling will ever wear off?

Seeing him regularly eat arugula and green pepper salads tossed with vinaigrette and feta cheese at dinner almost… almost… makes the two weeks of veggie bootcamp pain and suffering we went through in August worth it. Almost.

It really was a pretty crappy two weeks.

But every time I see him clean the plate of greens, I kind of want to gush. Not that he particularly loves the experience. But he does it, and without complaint.

And every time I stuff one of those salads in his lunch box, I expect it to come home uneaten. And every afternoon when I unpack his lunch box, I’m always a little amazed that he has eaten it. Every single time.

And no, he’s not devious enough (yet!) to throw it away and not tell me. I’ve considered that.

So it was with great pleasure that I packed him another salad today. This time just arugula tossed with balsamic vinaigrette, flaked sea salt and pepper, and topped with feta. Fingers crossed that the winning streak doesn’t end.

I also packed the last of the rosemary roasted goat, which he happily devoured yesterday. I considered turning it into goat tacos for him, but lost steam as the morning went on.

Plus, I also warmed up some leftover red beans, rice and andouille sausage and popped that in a thermos. Tacos on top of that seemed a little overkill.

And now for free lunch (box) Thursday. I seriously love today’s gear, even though it technically isn’t the sort of stuff you’d pack for school. This assortment of four lunch trays is so cool. They all are commercial quality, dishwasher safe and would be so much fun for kids, especially younger ones or any who suffer from that very serious food-must-not-touch affliction. Thank goodness Parker never cared about that.

Anyway, the rules are the same — leave a comment here by midnight tonight and Parker will pick a winner before school tomorrow. Good luck!

Lunch gear giveaway

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43 Responses to “Free lunch (box) Thursday and arugula with goat”

  1. Elyse says:

    I hate food touching and am sort of neurotic about only eating one thing at a time (though I’m not a picky eater at all). Unfortunately, I think I’ve also passed this neuroses on to my son so these would be great to have around the house!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Isn’t it great how we sometimes seem to only pass on the things that annoy us about ourselves?

    • Devra says:

      I’m so happy to see that others like to separate their food too! Like you, I’m not a picky eater, but I like food spaced apart and eaten in a certain order.

  2. Erica says:

    My daughter used to eat tons of green stuff – now the only greens she eats are mixed into smoothies. I’m waiting (im)patiently for this phase to pass.Maybe she’d eat a bigger variety if she was filling up little boxes on a tray, though these may end up in her play kitchen…

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Been there, suffered through that. Parker was the same way. He devoured veggies, including spinach and other greens. Then they became evil. This summer I forced him to eat two veggies at every lunch and dinner for two weeks — a veg boot camp. It was miserable for all involved, but now he’s eating veggies. Keep at it. She’ll come back around (though I make no promises that the journey will be pleasant!).

  3. Daniela says:

    These are great!!! Could do some TV dinner nights.

  4. Kandace Lovejoy says:

    My kids would love this almost as much as they love their greens! :)

  5. RuthAnn says:

    those are so cute! they remind me of the trays we had in the Army; although the Army sticks with stainless steel, not fun colors!

  6. Alison says:

    These lunch trays rock! Kind of bento boxes for American size appetites.

  7. Hilary says:

    Those trays are great! We just redid our kitchen and added an island so those would be perfect for eating at the island and for movie dinners. My kids would absolutely go crazy for them.

  8. Anna says:

    Love the colorful lunch trays!

  9. Jillian Shamberger says:

    My house has two boys and two girls so these would be perfect!
    Thanks guys!

  10. Maria says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to win those. :)

  11. Linda says:

    IT’S A TRAP!!…er…tray.

  12. Kim H says:

    Super cute! I would eat my lunch on those any day (just as long as I don’t have to actually eat the cafeteria food- and I am a teacher so I have experience with cafeteria food).

  13. Ann Vaseliades says:

    I love those trays! They remind me of going to camp as a kid!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Ha! I was always too much of a wimp. Got nervous every time my parents tried to drop me off at camp…

  14. Corina says:

    I am totally smitten with the vintage cafeteria feel of these trays! I’m already thinking old school meatloaf and mashed potatoes would look right at home on those!

  15. Alex says:

    My son is going through the “I hate veggies, anything green or squishy (think squash)” stage too. It’s killing me! He used to eat up some spinach and all other flavors of vegetables. I keep hoping that he will come back to it willingly one day.

    These trays look awesome. He also hates anything touching. God forbid should his breakfast sausage touch his pear! 😉

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Ha! Check out my response to Erica. I’ve totally been there and suffered through that. It gets better. The journey probably will suck, but it does get better!

  16. Brittany R. says:

    I want to eat on those trays even though I’m a grown up!

  17. Alice says:

    Happy the boy feels better. Right back in the saddle with goat in a thermos! Brave man after a tummy-trouble-bug. You like living on the edge Dad!

  18. Mary says:

    I have just one of those “foods must not touch” people on my crew. He would love these!

  19. Christy says:

    Both my boys like lots of veggies, although the 10yo doesn’t like dressing on his salads. The 6yo would rather have veggies than most meats.

    Those trays would be so much fun! Neither of them are “food must not touch” kids, but I bet they would get a kick out of them.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Wow! I hear about kids like that. But my little carnivore wants nothing but meat. He tolerates everything else.

  20. Jaimee says:

    Ha ha…these are great

  21. Cat says:

    Well, I’m not sure if we’re beyond the food not touching issue, but I’m thinking those trays would be excellent for my 94-year old mother-in-law. It is difficult for her to see what’s what on a regular plate when everything runs together… but a tray like that would sort things out for her so she could figure out what she’s eating.

  22. Sharon says:

    I love the trays. The boys would be so happy not to use the Dora plates that keep all the food from touching.

    And, I wish mine ate arugula and mixed greens. We’ve worked up from iceburg to romaine.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      I’ve never really given Parker an opportunity to pick his greens. The only time we have romaine is when we have Caesar salad, probably his favorite salad variety. But I like arugula, so that’s what I buy. I also have been known to hold his meat hostage. I’ll load up his plate with veggies and tell him he can’t have his meat until he eats his vegetables. Because sometimes he’ll eat his meat, then linger painfully over the veggies. Meat blackmail!

  23. Yan says:

    I’m from Singapore where our school lunches were served in bowls with chopsticks. I’d love to experience eating from trays like these myself.

  24. Reynaul says:

    Those trays look great! What kind are they? I might have to buy some for my 17th mnth old since I’m late posting for the contest!

  25. Barbara says:

    Love these – great idea.

  26. Chris says:

    I love all those compartments…now every meal can be a buffet!