Tuesday, September 09, 2008

more lunch

First of all, I promise we're not going to go all food all the time here.

For those of you who asked, bento is a Japanese style of boxed meal. And of course the Japanese always do everything beautifully, so a boxed meal is a somewhat elaborate production with various compartments and a wide assortment of items included. But it doesn't always include a pink rice pig or Madeleine figure.

So here is day #1: applesauce with maraschino cherry, sticky rice star with prosciutto and broccoli and swiss chard sticks, carrots with white beets, and hot dog with cucumber. The sticky rice and broccoli came home again. And I heard that a classmate ate the white beets.

And day #2: raspberries and blueberries, sticky rice bear with edamame and broccoli, grape tomatoes with cheddar, and hummus with pita. The edamame, sticky rice, and tomatoes came home. And she told me she gave the broccoli to a classmate.

So I guess I should be happy about the things that were eaten, rather than dwelling on the items that weren't.

It's been surprisingly easy to pack the lunches this way; I assemble them while I'm preparing dinner, and I prepare several days' worth of some items at once. I think it won't be too much work, really. Ask me about that in a couple of months.

Tomorrow I've been told not to send edamame. She wants bits of green from Greenland (peas) like Charlie and Lola eat. Which is fine, especially if she actually eats them. She said she wants her Green to be round, not shaped like edamame.

Now I promise: no more on lunches.

14 comments:

  1. I love it! I've been trying to pack yummy, nutritious lunches for E, and now I'm inspired to step up the presentation factor. I love that another kid asked for her beets and broccoli.

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  2. I think it's great that your daughter will actually tell you what she ate and didn't!

    I always tossed what I didn't eat, and my Mom used to pack carrots every single day. It got rrrreally old. I would keep them and feed them to the rabbit at my after school day care. =)

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  3. that is the cutest lunch i've ever seen! i wish you could make one for me.

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  4. these are great and inspiring! we have been doing the same thing round these parts with the laptop lunch system.

    already after only 4 weeks i am running out of ideas. so keep 'em coming.

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  5. You can totally post more about lunches. I love it!

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  6. you're such a good mom!

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  7. I love it! How cute the conversation you had.

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  8. i love the lunch posts!

    i feel defeated when my kid comes home with uneaten food. your lunch entries encourage me to be more creative when i pack my son's lunch.

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  9. I love the lunches! Do think I could get away with packing lunches this way for my teenagers? Hmm..

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  10. Amazing! Where do I sign up?! And I could never do this, although you might inspire me to get a cute flower cookie cutter for veggies and cheese. Definately focus on what she does eat and she is honest with you about what she eats. I try to give my kids healthy lunches then hear about the twinkies and cookies they trade for, argh!

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  11. I never thought of cutting out cheese using cookie cutters. FUN. I think I might skip the peanut butter sandwich this week and go for something a bit more colorful.

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  12. Good for you! I hope that I encourage healthy and nutritious lunches like you!

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  13. lol! I loved that her classmates are eating the food. It is so pretty who wouldn't want to eat it. So sweet. I have been packing lunches for 11 years now and I am so inspired by your bento boxes. I will have to stop by our Japanese grocery store and pick some up for my girls. I think the teenagers might really like this idea.

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  14. Oh no! More lunches, please!!!! You are my hero sending such thoughtful meals along with your kids. Don't be discouraged about the things that come back. They never WILL try them unless they HAVE them, right?

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