Celebrate spring break with carpaccio. And fudge.

Easy lunch ideas for kids: Bison carpaccio, mixed fresh berries and mini bell peppers with hummus

So today is the first day of Parker’s spring break. Which meant I didn’t need to pack a lunch today!!!

That is reason alone to celebrate.

But that doesn’t absolve me from lunch duty. It just means I didn’t need to pack it. And I didn’t need to sort it out this morning.

Instead of groggily struggling with his lunch first thing in the morning, I was able to delay to the more reasonable… lunch time. Crazy, I know.

Sadly, I’m not on vacation. So my little guy is having to be patient and entertain himself while I work.

So I decided he needed a treat. I made him his favorite meal — bison carpaccio with a side of berries. Not his favorite — a mini bell pepper split and filled with hummus.

And since he dutifully ate the whole thing — peppers and all — I treated him with a wedge of coffee fudge afterward.

It is, after all, vacation week.

And since today is Monday, don’t forget to check out more Lunch Box Blues over at Rachael Ray’s site!

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4 Responses to “Celebrate spring break with carpaccio. And fudge.”

  1. Kathy says:

    Just discovered your blog. Like the ideas for the most part. What I’m struggling with is your view. You say that all the things you offer your child are healthy, but all the meats you give him are very high in saturated fats. What is your view on this? How healthy do you believe children should be eating? I’m sorry if this seems rude, but I do enjoy this blog. Just wondering.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Good morning. Your question isn’t rude at all. It’s a very important one. And I want to give it a proper response, so please read tomorrow’s post (Wednesday) for my full take on this. For the moment, I’ll say that while I do include a fair amount of bacon and cheese, most of the red meats I select are lean. The carpaccio, for example, is made from bison steak, which has virtually no saturated fat. More broadly, our definition of what it means to eat healthy has changed dramatically during the past decade, particularly so for children. But I’ll get into that more tomorrow. Thanks for the great question.

  2. Meg Cronin says:

    I look forward to Wednesday’s post, too, for several reasons. I struggle with the healthy question, too, but mainly because I vacillate on the topic myself. As a “foodie,” a former vegetarian, and a parent/person focused on health, I want to pack and prepare very healthy meals. Often, I feel like I’m doing pretty well. But as a working parent and a mother of teenagers, I also have to be realistic. We eat prepared foods in small quantities–granola bars, breakfast cereal, etc–and my family eats beef. When a child is fussyish, one must pack cheese in lunch so she’ll have a protein (or the black bean-cakes will do, too). And my teens always want a treat–in addition to the blackberries. We’re a skinny family, but should we still be EXTRA-conscious about the fats? And what do I do about the 16-year-old Dorito boy? He drives; he cooks; he works; he runs (all the time). I can’t control his food intake; I can only hope I’ve guided him well as I continue to prepare healthy dinners. Sigh.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      HA! I love “Dorito boy.” Teens are tough. I just assume that as they get older no matter what we taught them, they will become teenagers. But I also think they come back after that period. Fingers crossed!