School Lunches 2014, week 1 - we're off and running!

School Lunches 2014, week 1 - we're off and running!

One of my goals for this year is to do a better job of regularly posting our school lunches.  I am planning on doing a weekly post with the lunches for each week.  So keep me honest - if you haven't seen them, feel free to pester me!  Last week was a short week with just 2 kids in school, so just a few lunches to share with you.  

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School Lunches: week 3

We had twins turn 6 over the weekend, and my mom visiting, and then I've had a nasty cold, so I'm a little behind.  But here are the school lunches from last week.  

Monday:  hmm.  not sure what happened to Monday.  I'm going to have to look back for that one.  Seems like a long time ago.

Tuesday: leftover fish sticks, garden tomatoes, edamame, apples, and a zucchini oatmeal raisin cookie.

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Wednesday: Breakfast for lunch day. French toast sticks with cream cheese and homemade jam for dipping, cheese, apple, "Puffins" cereal.  And a few rolled slices of salame, for the one who needs all the extra calories he can get.

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Thursday: she had been begging me for PB&J all week, so I gave in.  Sunbutter & homemade jam, orange bites, seaweed snacks.

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Friday: crackers, cheddar cheese, boiled egg, tomatoes, and fruit - two had banana, one had oranges, one had pineapple.  And the skinny boy also got some ham.

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School lunches - week 2

Week 2 of school for my two kindergarteners, and the first week for my two preschoolers!  So we are now into making 4 school lunches 3 days a week! Monday: according to my meal plan, Monday should be sandwich day.  But I was out of bread so I switched it up and they got crackers instead.  One has roast beef (Applegate Organic brand), and American cheese.  Yes, I have one child who will only eat American cheese - he's autistic and can be a little funny about textures, and cheese is a battle that I choose not to fight.  But I buy organic American cheese, so that at least makes me feel a little better.  The other one has cheddar cheese flowers with cherry tomatoes.   Also organic cantaloupe, and bites of pears picked from a friend's tree.

And if you're interested - these are the square cups we use in the lunch containers: Wilton Square Silicone Baking Cups, 12 Count

and here are the little forks: Animal Food Picks & Forks 8pcs (Bento Decoration) P-2815

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Tuesday: oranges, tomatoes from the garden, a rolled quesadilla with homemade 'refried' black beans, and some tortilla chips (in a bag because otherwise they get a little soft in the fridge overnight).

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Wednesday - lunch for four!  Wednesday is breakfast for lunch day.  They have a multigrain hot cereal with raisins, and sweetened with a little maple syrup.  A bran & raisin muffin, banana, grapes, and homemade pear sauce in a refillable squeezie.

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Thursday lunch wasn't made by me - they spent the night and Grandma made their lunches.

Friday: sunbutter & homemade fruit jam sandwiches, organic cheese stick, carrots, tomatoes, nectarine, and some Italian prune plums from a friend's tree.

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And this is what our lunch containers look like, stacked in the fridge the night before.  I love that they come with four different color lids, so each kid has their own color.

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School Lunches: Week 1

Yes!  They are in school! (should I feel guilty for being so excited about that?) My oldest two started kindergarten this week.  I have gotten so much more accomplished around the house this week while having "just" one set of twins at home.  Next week the other two start preschool - and I'll be making lunches for four! I really am going to try to keep up with posting the school lunches this year - please keep me honest if much time goes by and I haven't shared!

Day 1: Pasta with peas (one has sesame soy noodles, the other has organic mac & cheese - both were leftovers and I had one serving of each.  And it happens to be each of their favorite foods!), plus pumpkin seeds, dried apple slices and a zucchini oatmeal raisin cookie.  And of course a first day of school note from mom.  and water to drink.

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Day 2: one has leftover cheese pizza on wheat crust, the other has a avocado & cheese quesadilla.  Plus mini tomatoes, and a dried fruit mix.

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Day 3: by request: Sunflower seed butter & jam sandwich (homemade summer fruit jam), sliced apples, wheat & rice chex.

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If you're interested in the containers we use:

These are the water bottles (love them!  they do not leak!)

These are the lunch containers

And these are the bags