Archive for October, 2012

October 31, 2012

School lunch, day 38: Happy Halloween!


Open-“face” Jack-o-lantern sandwich (shredded carrots mixed with cream cheese with raisins for features and a lettuce “stem/leaves”) in a “field” of shredded lettuce; “creepy” purple layered yogurt (blended mixed berries on top of plain yogurt); Halloween candy (from trick-or-treating at the mall) for lunch.

Banana & granola bar for snack.

Update: so, this lunch was an epic fail. What KG ate: tootsie roll. Evidently, the lettuce got on the sandwich and made them both inedible. *headdesk* She didn’t eat the snack b/c they had a Halloween party at school (which I can understand) but I was annoyed about spending 15 minutes making a special Halloween lunch that she didn’t touch. Argh.

October 30, 2012

School lunch, day 37


Cream cheese and blueberry sandwich; fishy jello jigglers; yogurt; chocolate for lunch.

Carrots, veggie chips for snack.

October 29, 2012

School lunch, day 36


Ham and cream cheese sandwich; grapes; frozen mixed berry & spinach yogurt (in my new spiffy silicone “GoGurt” maker); chocolate for lunch.

Pear, goldfish and water for snack.

Updated: Yogurt was a huge hit, although she was sad that it didn’t stay frozen until lunch (darn those laws of thermodynamics). Sadly, it was such a huge hit that she only ate half her sandwich. Ah well.

October 25, 2012

School lunch, day 35


Peanut butter and apple butter roll-up on a whole-wheat, multi-grain tortilla; nectarine; string cheese and chocolate for lunch.

Goldfish and raisins for snack.

October 24, 2012

School lunch, day 34


Better to post late than never!

Ham sandwich on a hamburger bun (halved and stacked to fit in the box); “Fishy” jell-o jigglers (from the princess cookbook, the Ariel section, shockingly); frozen blueberries; string cheese and a chocolate for lunch.

Pretzels and homemade applesauce for snack (I very carefully showed it to KG and explained what it was, so hopefully she won’t reject the “weird brown applesauce” – I used red apples to make it).

Updated: She didn’t eat the homemade applesauce because she said it was too sweet (note: it was unsweetened and I had put lemon juice in it). W, who wanted to show up his big sister, promptly said he wanted to have some of that applesauce at dinner. KG couldn’t stand for that, of course, so they both had some homemade applesauce at dinner and cleaned their bowls, which made me feel slightly better about having to toss the serving that she had brought home. The rest of her lunch was eaten 🙂

October 23, 2012

Recipe review: Sauteed Shrimp with Baby Spinach and Tomatoes – Food on the Table

Tonight for dinner we made Sauteed shrimp with baby spinach and tomatoes from Food on the Table. I used some of the heirloom tomatoes from the garden instead of cherry tomatoes. We had this over some spinach fettucini.

This was a delicious, super-fast, easy and healthy dinner! Sadly, the kids didn’t enjoy it as much as I did, so I don’t think we will be making it again for a while. I’m liking the ease of these Food on the Table recipes – short ingredient lists, but all “real food.”

October 22, 2012

School lunch, day 33


Leftover naan pizza from tonight’s dinner (naan with hummus and feta), sugar snap peas, grapes, chocolate for lunch.

Applesauce and Terra chips for snack. (She said today’s snack – granola bar – was too little and she was still hungry. Not hungry enough to eat her leftover carrots from lunch, however. Ha.)

October 21, 2012

School lunch, day 32


Fast and easy Sunday night prep. Mini pita with hummus, feta, carrots to make sandwiches or just dip; grapes and a chocolate for lunch. Granola bar for snack (I let her pick a snack item at the grocery store today).

October 20, 2012

Recipe review: Food on the Table’s Sausage and Tortellini Soup


We’ve been continuing to try out the recipes on Food on the Table. Up for today: Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup. This dish cost a bit more than we normally spend on a dinner (I think it was about $20 all told, including the bread we had on the side) but we all ate until we were full at dinner and had about 2 quarts left over, so it was decent (although not great) on the price. It was, however, 20 minutes from start to table – which is awesome in my book.

W ate the sausage and pasta; KG did as well, plus a little bit of the broth. We did the veggies as “add your own” – you’ll note we modified the recipe a bit and used mixed frozen veggies instead of green beans. We also added some fresh spinach, chopped roughly to make it more spoon-sized; used the 20-ounce package of fresh tortellini from the refrigerator section of the grocery store; and added about 4 cups water plus 3 teaspoons chicken broth granules. Oh, and we used poultry sausage instead of pork (although that wasn’t specified in the recipe).

Will we make this again? Definitely. Will we probably swap out some ingredients to make it a little more budget-friendly? Absolutely.

October 20, 2012

Recipe review: Apple Pancake Rings


We made these Apple Pancake Rings for breakfast this morning – I cheated and used Krusteaz pancake mix instead of making my own batter. For about 1.5 cups of Krusteaz, I used 1 cup water and three sliced apples. The apples were Empires, from our apple picking trip, and worked really well – they softened up nicely in the cooking time for the pancakes.

We had these with a little maple syrup, and they were delicious! A definite win and will make again, especially while we still have plenty of apples. I lost count of how many pancakes the kids ate 🙂