It may be Valentine’s Day, but I still refuse to be cutesy with Parker’s lunch.
I’m so glad some people find the time and energy to shape their children’s foods into hearts and cupids and to carve love notes into blocks of cheese. Seriously. People do this stuff. I’m also glad there’s an abundance of therapists to help them.
I just can’t muster the effort to do that.
But being the (sometimes) good daddy that I am, I also can’t completely ignore this most Hallmark of holidays. So my ever-so-slight nod to the Valentine’s Day machine is… chocolate-stuffed whole-wheat French toast.
OK, I’ll admit it. I wasn’t thinking about Valentine’s Day at all when I made this. I was thinking about the fact that earlier in the week I’d dug out the bread machine and made a not-too-bad loaf of whole wheat. I was thinking about the fact that we had a few slices left that needed using up. I was thinking about the fact that Parker has suddenly decided he likes French toast again. And I was thinking about the fact that adding a little chocolate to the mix would help ensure he didn’t suddenly (yet again) change his mind about that.
By the time I was done feeding him a slab for breakfast and jamming another into a thermos for his lunch (that should be fun for him to get out…), I realized the chocolate actually worked with the holiday theme.
So there we have it… My nod to the holiday.
The rest of the lunch was equally well planned. We’re in a bit of a refrigerator slump at the moment. Not much to pick from, but I’ve been reluctant to grocery shop. Next week we’re making our annual trip to Miami for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. So I don’t want to stock up only to fly away for a week.
So I assembled bits and pieces and called it good enough. But presumably he’s going to want some dinner tonight… So fingers crossed that I come up with something brilliant from the freezer and have leftovers to work with tomorrow.
Meanwhile, today is another free lunch (box) Thursday. Today’s gear giveaway is a very cool set of food containers. They are oval and are divided into four sections. I really liked these because they were good for divvying up all sorts of treats. And the center segment even has a removable cup with a lid for sauces and dips. I think I used these for build-your-own nachos in the book.
The rules are the same as always. Leave a comment here by midnight tonight. Parker will pick a winner in the morning! Good luck!