Monday, September 15, 2014

Family Lunches: 9.16.14

The kids are still both fighting sniffles and such, but not enough to keep them home from school.  For Tuesday, we have simple lunches.
Sandwich: 22g, cheese stick: 1g, apple cinnamon sticks: 6g, watermelon: 5g, blueberries: 5g
The Boy has a sandwich with hummus, ham, and pea shoots, along with a cheese stick, apple cinnamon snack sticks, blueberries, and watermelon.  He has a granola bar for snack (not pictured, 23g)


The Girl has the same lunch - hummus, ham, and pea shoot sandwich, with a cheese stick, apple cinnamon snack sticks, blueberries, and watermelon.  She also has a granola bar for snack (not pictured).

I have a bigger sandwich than the kids, but also with hummus, ham, and pea shoots, along with blueberries and watermelon.




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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lunches: 9.15.14

The Boy isn't feeling that well this Sunday evening, but I packed lunch for him for tomorrow, in hopes that a good night's sleep will revive his spirits.  We went out to dinner, and he didn't finish his Caesar salad... so we knew he was under the weather.
Salad: 12g, apple slices: 8g
I packed his leftover Caesar in his lunch, with the caveat that I will take a look at it in the morning to see how it looks before sending it to school with him.  Pre-dressed salad doesn't always fare that well the day after... so this post may be edited in the morning with a quickly made redo lunch!  He has his salad, and a whole apple, sliced up, for lunch.  Its a pretty low carb lunch, so hopefully it will tide him (and his blood sugar!) over.  His snack will be a granola bar (not pictured, 23g).


The Girl also has restaurant leftovers for lunch - chicken alfredo.  I packed her a peach and some jackfruit crisps to go with it.  Her snack is also a granola bar (not pictured).

Happy Monday, one and all!


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Recipe Round-up: Food for a 30th Anniversary Party!

A friend asked me if I would make cocktail hour food for her parents' surprise 30th anniversary party.  I made food for the cocktail hour of her wedding last year, and she said her mom had been raving about it all year... I was only too happy to do it!  Making food for people who let me cook what I have been wanting to cook for a while, and give me pretty much free reign over what I make?  Sounds like heaven to me.

So, I delved through the wonderful world of Pinterest.  I asked friends for suggestions.  I spoke with my friend who hired me (of course).  I checked what was available at the store and fresh.



It went over swimmingly, although I probably made twice as much food as I really needed to... better too much than too little, though, right?

I wanted to share with you the dishes I made.

Here's the menu:



Sundried tomato spread - This is originally a recipe from a friend of my sister's, and it has become one of my staples.  It was specifically requested by my friend.


Caramelized peach and brie quesadillas with gingered honey - I modified this recipe a bit, mostly in the use of gingered honey, something that a coworker told me about. If you put some peeled fresh ginger in honey and let it sit, the honey will absorb water from the ginger and turn it into a less viscous liquid, and also infuse it with flavor. I knew that the ginger would be a delicious addition to the peaches, thyme, red onion, and brie in this recipe.... and now I have a nice jar of gingered honey, which will be amazing in tea, or used to soothe a sore throat!



Potatoes with sour cream, bacon, and chives - For this recipe, I omitted the cheese and added in delicious bacon.  I also used a medley of red, blue, and yellow potatoes.  The blue potatoes were such a bright blue after boiling, they added a festive air to the platter!



Dates with chevre and pecans - Instead of spicing up my own pecans, I used some spicy & sweet pecans from Trader Joe's.  I admit, I'm a little obsessed with these.




Pears with truffled gouda, arugula, and prosciutto - Instead of blue cheese in the recipe, I used a gouda with truffles.  Wonderful!


Stuffed brussells sprouts - AMAZING!!!  I can't stop talking about these... such a fun way to serve a highly under-appreciated vegetable.



Caprese pops - So simple and so beautiful - simply skewer a cherry tomato, a leaf of basil, and marinated mini mozzerella balls, and drizzle with a balsamic glaze.

Mini burger skewers - I spread little squares of sandwich thins with bruschetta topping, then skewered with half a small meatball, a small slice of cheddar cheese, and then the other half of the "bun."  They are inspired by this picture..


Garlic stuffed olives with sharp cheddar cheese - This is a very simple appetizer.  I got some garlic stuffed green olives, and then skewered them onto little cubes of cheese.


Gorgonzola and walnut spread - I'm not sure if I would make this again, as it was not a huge hit at the party, and I bet it would have been nicer hot - gorgonzola cheese mixed with a little cream cheese and chopped walnuts.

And last but not least -


Rainbow Carrot Leek Tart with Almond Parmesan Crust- this one deserves a post all of it's own.  (I'll link here when I get the recipe written up)


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Lunches for 9.12.14 - Roald Dahl Day Blog Hop

Tomorrow is Roald Dahl's birthday, and because it is a weekend with no school, the Bento Bloggers & Friends decided to celebrate early with a blog hop.

As a note, I have to post earlier than the others, due to the fact that The Boy's school nurse needs the carb counts for his lunch first thing in the morning. When you click on the button to go on to Bent On Better Lunches, there will be a place holder (and Link Party for Roald Dahl Lunches!) until the other blogs go live, at 10 AM (EST).


We love Roald Dahl in our house and have read most of his books together.  On our recent trip to NYC, we listened to Matilda on audiobook on the drive down.

It's one of my favorite Roald Dahl books.  I love how strong and brilliant Matilda is, and how she doesn't let the horrible people in her life get her down.  Her cleverness and resilience are to be admired.

For the kids' lunches, I recreated a couple moments from the book on tortillas.

"Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it.  Be outrageous." - Roald Dahl, Matilda

Matilda tortilla sandwich: 20g, lettuce and ranch: 2g, rainbow carrots: 2g, fruit leather books: 23g, watermelon: 5g
The Boy's lunch features Matilda enjoying a book, in the form of a tortilla sandwich with hummus, rosemary ham, and cheese.  The tortilla is on a bed of lettuce, with a little cup of ranch dressing, along with rainbow carrots and some books made out of fruit leather sandwiching over cheddar cheese, and some watermelon in the pink container.  His snack is an Un-Roald-Dahl-ish granola bar (not pictured, 23g)

The Girl has a scene with Matilda and Miss Honey, on the same tortilla sandwich, that I originally made too large to fit into the Easylunchbox.  Oops.
"All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen." Roald Dahl, Matilda


I cut it down to fit and put it over a bed of lettuce, along with a cup of ranch dressing, some rainbow carrots, and books made with fruit leather and cheddar.  Her snack is a granola bar (not pictured).


Now, why don't you head on over to Bent On Better Lunches and see what she has in store for you, and if it is past 10 AM EST, hop on through the Bento Bloggers & Friends and see what everyone else has come up with!

What's your favorite Roald Dahl book?


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lunches: 9.11.14

I am not working today, and The Hubby keeps forgetting his Easylunchboxes at work, so he asked me not to send a lunch today.. so, I've only packed for the kids.

Sandwich: 30g, ABC cookies: 7g, blueberries: 2g, watermelon: 5g, 

The Boy has a sandwich with hummus, cheddar, rosemary ham, and pea shoots.  He also has some blueberries, cinnamon schoolbook cookies, watermelon, and goldfish crackers.  His snack is a granola bar (not pictured, 23g)


The Girl has a sandwich with hummus, cheddar, rosemary ham, and pea shoots.  She also has blueberries, jackfruit crisps, a strawberry applesauce squisher, and goldfish crackers.


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Family Lunches: 9.10.14

We had Indian for dinner on Tuesday, so there are some Indian leftovers in lunches for most of us.  The Boy declined an offer of leftovers, so he has a more standard lunch.

Pita sandwiches: 20g, carrots and ranch: 2g, Goldfish crackers: 10g, apple slices: 8g
The Boy's lunch is a pita with hummus, pea shoots, and rosemary ham, along with carrots and ranch, apple slices, and Goldfish crackers.  His snack is a granola bar (not pictured, 23g)


The Girl has leftover basmati & vegetable rice, some Indian chickpeas, a beef stick cut up, apple slices, and jackfruit crisps.

The Hubby has leftover Indian food, apple slices, and Goldfish crackers.

I have leftover Indian food, apple slices, and blueberries.


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Family Lunches: 9.9.14

It's Picture Day for The Girl this Tuesday, so I have a little nod to it in her lunch.

I am trying out pea shoots in our pitas.  I love sprouts, but have never tried them on the kids.  I think they will like them.  Let's see.

Pita sandwich: 20g, blueberries: 5g, Goldfish: 6g, plantain chips: 7g, berry applesauce: 19g
The Boy has a pita with hummus, pea shoots, rosemary ham, and cheddar, along with blueberries, Goldfish crackers, berry applesauce, and plantain chips.  His snack is a granola bar (not pictured, 22g)


The Girl has a pita with hummus, pea shoots, rosemary ham, and cheddar, along with some blueberries, Goldfish crackers, berry applesauce, and plantain chips.  She also has a granola bar for snack (not pictured).

I also have the same lunch as the kids - think I set up assembly-line style to make them? ;)  No granola bar for me, though.


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