VeganMoFo 2013 is over! I got 13 of the 20 posts in and I’ll say I’m quite pleased with myself. Perhaps next year I can get all 20 in. That would be exciting.
To continue a bit with my somewhat theme this post is about Reno’s school lunches again. These types of post will be winding down soon since I’m sure to run out different foods that she will eat. She definitely has been more open to trying new foods this year so I got a lot farther then I wanted to with this mini theme.
The most exciting thing about her lunchbox this week has been the 1/2 cupcake I’ve put in yesterday and today. Her delight at the thought of eating a cupcake at lunch thrilled her to no end.
I’ve gotten her to eat burritos lately which makes a nice change from just plain old rice and beans even though it’s just plain old rice and beans in the burrito. She thinks she’s eating something different and it keeps her willing to try new things.
While at Whole Foods the other day I found these delightful pumpkin tortilla chips by a company called Laurel Hill. They are delicious and went perfectly with some packed hummus for her lunch. They are savory with a touch of sweetness. We are all fans! I’m looking forward to trying some of their other chips.
Chicken Fried Seitan, Mashed Potatoes and 40 Cloves Chickpea and Broccoli
This post is part dinner part school lunch.
Last night was not the perfect night to make a big dinner with 3 different parts to it. It was a Monday. Reno had school, homework and dance which we didn’t get home until 6:30. Miles didn’t nap. I made the Chickpeas and Broccoli earlier in the day and that was going to be our dinner with some type of potatoes. When we got home from dance I decided to make some mashed potatoes and use up the rest of my homemade seitan. It was a longer process then I really want to do on a busy Monday night but it was worth it in the end. It was a lovely meal and I got my now picky eating son to eat the seitan!!! I was so excited. I was sure he was just going to eat the broccoli for dinner and nothing else. He won’t even eat mashed potatoes anymore and this is coming from a kid who would shove handfuls of kale into his mouth. Oh well.
Last nights dinner turned into today’s lunch for my daughter. She was so excited about the mashed potatoes that I gave her that as her “main” food group for lunch today. Along with a few pieced of the seitan with way to much ketchup to dip them in. Some really amazing nectarine slices and green grapes which we really need to use up. I think I need to work the rest of the grapes into dinner tonight. They gotta go!
My wrestling match last night with an uncooperative pizza dough was my daughters gain for lunch today. I don’t know what was going on with me and that dough that was meant for dinner last night but it did not want to stretch at all! I was able to rip off small pieces of it and shape it semi properly but that wouldn’t have worked out for us with dinner last night. So I made 4 approx 4 inch pizza’s for Reno’s lunch! Topped them with a nut free pesto and finely grated some Follow Your Heart vegan mozzarella cheese. I have to say that cheese ain’t 1/2 bad. As you know I don’t like Daiya so I bought some of the Follow Your Heart cheese for Reno’s birthday party where I made pizza’s. It was very well received by Daiya dislikers!
I packed 2 of the 4 pizza’s for todays lunch with some grapes, more dried apricots, pretzels and 1 not 2 chocolate chocolate covered pretzels. Not shown is a reusable bottle of water.
Some news on my end. If you happen to be going to the Bethlehem VegFest in PA tomorrow me and Dianne over at VeggieGirl will be doing a cooking demo together. We will be making seitan or tempeh tacos with a chipotle aioli. Samples will be available. Come up and say hi to us!
Somehow my daughter is old enough to start Kindergarten. I have no idea how that happened! This means I’ll be packing her a lunch everyday for school. My plan is to post about her weeks worth of lunches every Friday. I’m hoping to inspire other parents to pack a lunch for their child (have you ever looked up the hashtag #schoollunch on instagram? Its scary what kids are served). I’m also hoping by keeping a record it will inspire me and my daughter to make and try new things. We purchased an awesome lunch box called a Planet Box. I’ll write a review of it once we’ve used it for awhile. The best thing about the Planet Box is that my daughter will pretty much eat everything that is packed in it. Occasionally a cookie might be left. So welcome to what I hope will be a regular weekly post!
THURSDAY’S LUNCH: Hummus Sandwich, Organic Strawberries, leftover Dry Sauteed String Beans from Veggie Heaven, 2 365 Sandwich Cookies. Thermos of water. Snack (not pictured) Pretzels and more water.
I knew she would choose a Hummus Sandwich for her first day of lunch. She is obsessed with hummus. The big surprise was her asking if she could take the leftover string beans from our dinner at Veggie Heaven. We asked her to try one while we were eating in the restaurant and she refused, then she tried one and said it was “icky” and made an assortment of faces. A few minutes later my husband stepped outside for a few minutes with our son and she ate another one and said she really did like them and she wanted to save the rest for lunch. How could I say no? The kid wants to pack a vegetable for her first day of school lunch! Everything was eaten except one of the cookies. She ate that on the walk home from school.
FRIDAY’S LUNCH: Rice and Beans with hidden zucchini and carrots, Organic Strawberries, Annie’s Bunny Graham’s, Annie’s “squishy” Bunnies. Thermos of water. Snack (not pictured): pretzels and more water.
We used up some of our leftover dinner of rice and beans and for a treat I opened up a small pouch of “squishy” bunnies which she loves. There is quite a bit of sweet in this lunch but the beans have a big serving of veggies in it.