Back to the world of leftovers today.
Half of a hot dog, Green Salad with tomatoes and cucumbers with ranch and some green grapes.
Romaine Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Ranch Dressing (in little tin), Hot Dog on Bun, Green Grapes
This turned out to be the green lunch. I hadn’t intended it that way, it just kind of happened. We had salad last night for dinner, so I packed some leftovers here. In the little tin is ranch dressing. M can dip the lettuce and cucumbers in the dressing or top the lettuce with the cucumbers and pour the dressing on. So many ways to have fun with lunch. LOL! I added a kiwi and some Gingerbread Granola because it’s National Gingerbread Day today!
I promised you guys the recipe for Gingerbread Granola several weeks ago. I had to tweak the recipe a bit because, although it was good and the kids all loved it, it wasn’t quite flavorful enough for my standards. So, here is the new and improved version! Please see my other blog, Veggie Inspired Journey, for the recipe.
Green Leaf Lettuce, English Cucumber Slices, Ranch Dressing, Kiwi Slices, Gingerbread Granola
I don’t know about you, but I’m glad it’s Friday. For some reason, this week’s lunch packing has felt difficult. Maybe it’s because I didn’t send M with anything all too great. I was feeling uninspired. This lunch, however, is pretty decent. We had this stir fry for dinner last night and all the kids loved it. I think it’s the peanut sauce that makes it so kid friendly. The recipe is coming soon, but for now, here is a sneak peak.
Soba Noodle Stirfy, Organic Red Grapes, Kiwi Slices
I know salad might be a stretch for some kids, but you never know. Matthew has been eating salad since he was about 15 months old. I just got my 2.5 yr old twins to eat it for the first time 2 days ago. I think it’s a texture thing for most. Last night we had this giant salad for dinner and 2 out of the 3 kids scarfed down two big bowls. The third did eventually eat her whole bowl, but had to be coaxed….a lot….and it was not without tears. You win some, you lose some. She eventually ate it, so I consider that a win!
The salad contained kale, savoy cabbage, spinach, red onion, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. M ate it with ranch dressing. I try to buy the least processed dressing I can find, usually Annie’s. I generally make my own vinaigrettes, but M hasn’t liked the homemade ranch dressings that I’ve tried. Soooo, if it gets him to eat his salad, I let this one slide. Look at that long list of veggies that are in this salad!! I’d say that makes up for the oil and sugar in the dressing, don’t you agree? The girls and I ate it with a homemade vinaigrette. If your kid has a favorite dressing, use that if it gets him/her to eat this!
Also, included here is a Peanut Butter Muffin from Happy Herbivore. I can’t find this recipe anywhere online, unfortunately, and since I don’t have the permission to print it, I won’t be sharing it. However, she has a ton of muffin recipes on her blog and all her recipes are awesome, so go check it out! She has many cookbooks out there and this recipe came from Happy Herbivore Light and Lean. I highly recommend it if you are looking for quick and easy plant based recipes.
I rounded out the lunch with cantaloupe chunks, M’s favorite fruit!
Salad, Ranch Dressing (in tin), Peanut Butter Muffin, Cantaloupe