A Bunch o'Lunches

Monday, November 27, 2006

Posted by bloglily




This is what lunch for three boys -- not all of whom like the same thing -- looks like.

Two of the boys are sandwich eaters. One has roast chicken, crusty bread, a bit of cheddar for his sandwich. The other is trying out tuna for the first time, mixed with a dab of mayonnaise. I had tuna every day of my life as a child, and I came to despise it. For him, it's a novelty. We'll see how that plays. The sandwich eaters both get satsumas, and carrots. Tiniest Tiffin likes his carrots with a little dressing, so that's in one of the containers. And they both like maple yogurt -- Tiffin Twin likes his with blueberries; Tiniest Tiffin is very fond of sprinkles. If the tuna doesn't work out, there's always the sprinkles.

And then, over there in the corner, in the thermos, is the other Tiffin Twin lunch. Homemade chicken soup, something that is very easy to do after you've had a roast chicken. You melt some shallots or onions and some carrots in a little oil. When they're soft, you add about four cups of water and a tablespoon of our favorite broth starter (it's organic and tastes remarkably good), let those boil and then simmer for a while, if you -- like the Tiffin Twin -- enjoy your soup veggies meltingly soft. And then you put in some buckwheat soba noodles that you've cooked separately. Add a little diced chicken from last night and just let it warm up. And that's the perfect lunch for a child who's a hot lunch guy: whole wheat grains in the soba, veggies in the carrots, protein in the chicken. All that's missing is a little bit of calcium, and so for his snack we'll have a big cup of hot chocolate. For lunch, they just have water.

Wishing you a fabulous week of good food and good fun.


This Post was written by BlogLily from the Tiffin Tin.

7 comments:

Looks like a great lunch for the boys. I packed Doug's first lunch using a cheap version of containers for a bento box. :)

Sue Crocker said...
November 28, 2006 at 3:52:00 AM GMT+1  

Wow! Great set of lunches there. Each one looks really cool and kudos to you for making something that each one will like and enjoy.

Meeta said...
November 28, 2006 at 8:12:00 AM GMT+1  

What a spread, lily. what is satsuma and how do u make maple yogurt?U have a wonderful way of showing love in ur lunches.

Anonymous said...
November 29, 2006 at 5:04:00 PM GMT+1  

Hi Shaheen -- A satsuma is a variety of tangerine that's both seedless and incredibly tangerine-y tasting. We like them so much my husband brought home two boxes last night to get us through the next week. The maple yogurt comes from the Straus Family Creamery, a local product, and a very good one. It's nonfat, but creamy and wonderful. (You can google them & see!)

bloglily said...
November 29, 2006 at 9:30:00 PM GMT+1  

Hey--I just found you over here. Maybe this will inspire me to pack myself some healthy lunches.

lucette said...
November 30, 2006 at 1:52:00 AM GMT+1  

My dear Lucette -- How nice to see you in this neighborhood. It's like running into a friend when you're on vacation in (oh wouldn't it be nice) Paris or Rome! xoxo, L

bloglily said...
November 30, 2006 at 8:23:00 PM GMT+1  

My dear Lucette -- How nice to see you in this neighborhood. It's like running into a friend when you're on vacation in (oh wouldn't it be nice) Paris or Rome! xoxo, L

bloglily said...
November 30, 2006 at 8:23:00 PM GMT+1  

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