Little Lunchbox – Cats and Mac and Cheeze -for September 23, 2015

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Little Miss’s (3.5 yo) lunch – butternut squash mac and cheeze made with Oh She Glows recipe and zoo pasta, cat watermelon with Thomcord grapes, fava beans and black olives, and a dark chocolate covered graham cracker treat!

This lunch was pretty successful, both in the making and the eating.  Little Miss and I put it together after dinner, using the leftover mac and cheeze from our dinner.  She had already helped make dinner by stirring the sauce and the pasta and pouring measure ingredients in the pan.  The butternut squash mac is wonderful way to get some healthy veggies into a picky eater.

She loved using the cat cutter on the watermelon, and she kept trying them out on the extra pieces.  We used these cutters, and they are great, because they are small but sturdy and not too sharp for littles to use.  They worked well on the precut chunks of watermelon from the grocery store.

The Thomcord grapes are a fun change from the more commonly found green or red seedless grapes.  They are smaller and intensely flavored, and I had to stop myself from polishing off the pack before they made it to the lunchbox!

Black olives are a frequent addition to our meals, since they are one of Little Miss’s favorite foods, since she was around a year old!  What foods are you surprised that your children just adore?

Only the fava beans and a bite or two of pasta made it home.  When I asked her about lunch on the way home, Little Miss’s only comment was, “I ate my chocolate . . . yummy in my tummy!”

Little Man (15 months) went to preschool that day, too, and his lunch was similar to big sisters.  I used plain pasta for him, and of course, I chopped his olives and grapes up a bit.

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Little Lunchbox – Pattern Power – for September 16, 2015

Little Miss Peanut is obsessed with Team Umizoomi right now, so when we decided to create a pattern with her grapes and cherry tomatoes, it instantly became a “pattern power” lunchbox.

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In addition to the grapes and orange cherry tomatoes, she had tofu from the miso soup I made for dinner, black bean hummus, sunflower seed crackers, a CLIF Kids bar, and a thermos of rice milk.

Lunchbox came home with all of the tofu and crackers and most of the grapes and tomatoes eaten.  This hummus was not a favorite, since it pretty much all came home.  The CLIF bar was demolished!

We are struggling to find a plant based milk that she likes to take to school when she wants something other than water.  She is an almond milk girl through and through, and her preschool is peanut and tree nut free.  Rice milk was a bust, so we will be trying flax or coconut milk next.  What is your little one’s favorite drink?