Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lunches: 4.18.14 - Easter Celebration Lunches

The kids are on Spring Break next week, and Easter is Sunday, so I figured I would steal borrow this idea for an Easter Egg lunch from Biting the Hand That Feeds You and make my own version, in my trusty Easylunchboxes. It did take some squishing and a rubber band to make the larger eggs fit into the Easylunchboxes, but I got it done..
Crackers: 5g, strawberries: 3g, sandwich roll-ups: 28g, apple slices: 8g

The Boy has an egg full of strawberries, with a couple other strawberries on the side, an egg with cheddar penguin crackers, two eggs with hummus, ham, and salami sandwich roll-ups, and two eggs with apple slices, all nestled in paper Easter grass.  His snack is a not-so-Eastery granola bar (not pictured, 34g).



The Girl has the same thing as The Boy - an egg full of strawberries, with a couple other strawberries on the side, an egg with cheddar penguin crackers, two eggs with hummus, ham, and salami sandwich roll-ups, and two eggs with apple slices, on a bed of paper Easter grass. Her snack is a granola bar and a banana (not pictured).

Hope that you have a Happy Easter, and stay tuned, because I have a couple fun reviews and giveaways coming your way soon!


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Lunches: 4.17.14

Pizza leftover day!
Pizza: 32g, apple slices: 8g, strawberries: 4g
The Boy has leftover personal pan pizza (he earned a Book-It! prize from Pizza Hut), apple slices, and strawberries.  His snack is a granola bar (not pictured: 34g).


The Girl has some leftover garlic parmesan pizza (from Pizza Hut, I can't really recommend it... I think the Girl will like it, but it was kind of bland.  The crust was delicious, but the sauce had almost no flavor.  Ugh.. I sprinkled some King Arthur Flour Pizza Seasoning on top, and that helped a bit).  She also has apple slices and strawberries.  Her snack is a granola bar and a banana (not pictured).


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lunches: 4.16.14

Got to love Vermont... it was 80 on Monday and it snowed last night.  I am so ready for a real spring, and the kids are as well.  We all want to go hiking (and we are not winter hiking people) - and this weather is making hiking season look far off.  Hoping it isn't that long..

Wrap: 37g, cheddar penguins: 10g, strawberries: 4g, apple slices: 8g
Anyhow, The Boy's Wednesday lunch is a chicken Caesar wrap (his tummy is feeling better, he said), along with some cheddar penguins, strawberries, and apple slices.  His snack is a granola bar (not pictured, 34g)


The Girl has sandwich pinwheels with hummus, Cabot cheddar, and ham.  She also has some romaine lettuce with parmesan cheese, strawberries, and apple slices.  Her snack is a granola bar (not pictured).

Think warm thoughts!


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Recipe: Fresh Pasta with Spring Vegetables

I have been wanting to make some fresh pasta for about a week now.  I didn't want to just make it with plain tomato sauce, so I decided to make it with fresh spring vegetables.  I can't wait to try this with all sorts of other vegetables.  It was delicious.

You could make it with store-bought pasta, but I do love making my own pasta.  It's so much fun.  I made it with plain all-purpose flour this time, but you could make it with your favorite whole wheat pasta if you want.

Fresh Pasta with Spring Vegetables

Pasta Dough
4 eggs
2 c all-purpose flour
salt for boiling

Vegetable Sauce
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
2 c cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 bag baby spinach
1 lb asparagus, woody ends snapped off and the rest cut into 2" pieces
1 small zucchini, cut into small chunks
1 small yellow squash, cut into small chunks
2 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 c chicken or vegetable broth
6 fresh basil leaves, torn
1/2 tsp dried oregano

Prepare pasta dough by kneading together the eggs and the flour until a dough forms.  I used my food processor and pulsed until well-combined.  If dough is too sticky, add more flour.  Pat into a disk and cover with plastic wrap.  Allow to rest for ~30 minutes.

To make the sauce, heat the oil in a large pot - mine was 5 quarts and that was a good size.  Saute onion and carrots over medium heat for about 10 minutes.  Add the remaining vegetables, along with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, broth and salt and pepper.  Combine well and reduce heat.  Simmer for about 30 minutes.

Vegetables cooking
Meanwhile, roll pasta dough out with a pasta machine (or by hand, if you want) and cut into linguine. Let dry for several minutes before cooking.


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta for about 2-3 minutes, until it is al dente.


Drain the pasta and combine with the sauce.  Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of Balsamic vinegar, if desired.


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Family Lunches: 4.15.14

The Boy is recovering from being a little under-the-weather this weekend, and yesterday's lunch was too big for him (though he really feels all better, he ended up coming home yesterday because his tummy hurt from the big sandwich.)  He asked for a lighter lunch today, and I obliged.

Roll-up: 4g each (24g total), mandarin oranges: 15g, pretzels: 6g, strawberries: 5g, cheddar penguins: 12g
He has strawberries, mandarin orange slices, cheddar penguin crackers (Price Chopper brand), a couple Spring yogurt pretzels, and a wrap with hummus, ham, romaine lettuce, and Muenster cheese.  He liked the idea of the pinwheels because he can decide before lunch how many he thinks he might want to eat and still get the right amount of insulin. Because they are lower in carbohydrates than the bread, if he only eats half of what he expects to, his insulin dosage shouldn't change.  Oh, the joys of a Type 1 Diabetic child...his snack is a granola bar (not pictured: 34g)


The Girl has strawberries, apple slices, cheddar penguins, a chicken Caesar salad wrap, and a couple Spring yogurt pretzels.  Her snack is a granola bar (not pictured).


My lunch is a chicken Caesar wrap, apple slices, strawberries, cheddar penguins, and carrot slices.





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Monday, April 14, 2014

Family Lunches: 4.14.14

Monday!

Sandwich: 45g, strawberries: 5g, pretzels: 15g
The Boy has a sandwich with hummus, ham, salami, and Muenster cheese, along with spring yogurt pretzels and strawberries.  His snack is a granola bar (not pictured: 34g)


The Girl has a sandwich with hummus, salami, ham, and Cabot Cheddar cheese, along with spring yogurt pretzels and strawberries.  Her snack is a granola bar and an apple (not pictured)


I have a sandwich with hummus, salami, ham, and Muenster cheese, with spring yogurt pretzels, and strawberries.

The weather is supposed to be amazing today - but with wind gusts of up to 40 mph.  I was really hoping to bike, but I don't want to be blown into the lake on my commute.. *sigh* soon enough.


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Lunches: 4.11.14

It's Friday, and what a glorious day it is here in Vermont.. finally really warm and feeling like it might stick around (... and now I've invariably doomed us to have a blizzard next week...)
Sandwich: 28g, "Deconstructed S'more": 18g, apple slices: 8g, carrots: 2g
Friday lunch for The Boy is a ham sandwich, a graham cracker with one marshmallow and a couple dark chocolate chips for a fun treat, apple slices, and carrots.  His snack is a granola bar (not pictured: 34g)


The Girl has a ham sandwich, a graham cracker, a marshmallow, and a couple dark chocolate chips, along with apple slices, and carrots.  Her snack is a banana (not pictured).


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