As all of you know, I love food. I love different kinds of food. Dinner is a bit of a guessing game for my family each night because rarely do I repeat a recipe within a month or two. I just love trying new stuff. But I realize my kids need some consistency so I tend to keep their lunch menu pretty routine: plate of veggies, fruit, and cheese or the occasional box of Annie’s Mac n’ Cheese. Then I got an email from my friend Merrie, asking for lunch ideas for her little tikes, and I realized that my noontime offerings were getting a little mundane.
So for Merrie’s sake and mine, please tell us what you serve your family for lunch. While I am looking for kid-friendly options, I also want to know what quick fixes you make for yourself to steal away and eat while the kids are running through their homemade obstacle course on the living room furniture. Or if you don't have kiddos, what's your favorite lunchbox filler that you look forward to digging into during your break at work. I'm just after some new ideas here. However, I have two criteria that I'd like your suggestions to meet:
1. The meal needs to be mixed and fixed in 15 to 20 minutes. The window of opportunity to cook in the afternoon at the Smucker house is a very small one. Between before-naptime-meltdowns and the sudden drop in blood sugar levels resulting in records levels of whining, the conditions don’t lend themselves well to extended periods of time standing by a stove.
2. I’d like to keep it pretty healthy. Now, my definition of healthy may be slightly different than most. When I say healthy, I mean nothing artificial. Hamburger Helper is just not gonna fly here. On the other hand, if your recipe has full fat sour cream or butter, bring it on. I’m all about full fat. Heck, that’s why I work out every morning, to offset the yumminess of real cream and cheese.
Alright, have at it. I implore you: inspire me.