Actually, this is one case where Parker embraces vegetables. Zucchini bread!
It helps that the zucchini has been shredded and baked into a quick bread studded with chopped dates and that the whole thing tastes more like a cake than something green and healthy… but I’ll take it where I can get it. Plus, the bread is half whole wheat!
So the leftovers from yesterday’s zucchini bread photo shoot were an easy place to start today’s lunch.
For breakfast today, Parker as usual requested bacon. I’ve been a little indulgent with that lately because at his last checkup he’d actually lost weight (he’s tall and skinny and I suspect a growth spurt is to blame). So the doctor suggested adding some fat to his diet.
“Does that mean I can eat more bacon?” my guy quickly chirped up.
Anyway, so I indulged this morning with some candied bacon. It really is so simple. I fill a plastic storage bag with 1/2 cup of brown sugar and some black pepper. Then I toss in some strips of bacon and shake it violently until everything is well coated.
I line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, then set a metal rack over it. Then I just spread the bacon on the rack and bake at 400 F for about 10 minutes, or until crisp and yummy. Done.
And I always make extra.
Since Parker is back at his regular summer camp this week, I can pack peanut butter again. So I decided to combine peanut butter, leftover bacon, a stray hot dog roll and — and banana! — to make an Elvis dog.
For the rest of the lunch, I filled a couple mini bell pepper halves with cream cheese (and wedges of bacon) and added some raspberries.
By the way, the Buy Lunch, Get Dinner Free! book giveaway is going great. Still about 10 free books left, so there’s still time to nab one. For all the details on the giveaway (basically, preorder “Beating the Lunch Box Blues” from Amazon and get my last book free), check out last week’s post.
Also, I apologize that I haven’t responded to the emails sent for the giveaway. Between the broken fingers and a clumsy interface to access that account, I’ve been kind of slow on that. But fear not — if you’ve sent you preorder confirmation, you got the giveaway!
And many, many thanks!