I was sorting through my pictures and found a few lonely lunch pictures floating around in my archive that hadn't been posted to the website. I thought I'd do a mini round-up of these fairly un-exciting stray lunches, because I'm sure they tasted good, even if they weren't very exciting to look at!
In the first lunch, Small Child had roast chicken and salad wraps (roast chicken, light mayo, red pepper and lettuce), some lightly steamed broccoli, raw carrot disks cut with a crinkle cutter, organix mini cheese crackers and some green grapes. The lunch was scattered with a few cute animal picks to decorate.
This next lunch had a bit of a fishy theme! Small Child had a couple of slices of leftover tuna empanada pie (recipe for this can be found here), decorated with some mini raw carrot fishes. On the side he had some more carrot fishes, cucumber slices with carrot fishes in the middle, and a Babybel Cheese with a fish cut from the wax to decorate.
I was amused when Small Child announced to his teacher at the classroom door that he had 'massive pie' for his lunch. 'Massive pie' is the family nickname for this pie, as it looks impressively large when it comes out of the oven!
I tried a new way of serving up a bagel in this lunch - oven baked bagel bites. I chopped the bagel into small slices and placed them on an oiled oven tray, brushed a little olive oil over each slice and baked in the oven on a medium heat for about 8 minutes. They went down very well with all the family - I thought that Small Child was lucky to get any in his lunch, after seeing the rate that they were disappearing whilst cooling!
In this lunch Small Child had a big pile of baked bagel bites, with some roulé garlic cheese to spread on them. On the side he had some organic mixed vine fruits, carrot flowers and red grapes, decorated with flower picks.
This last lunch was made on a childminding day for a different 'Small Child'. It had a ham sandwich, cut into a heart shape, a Babybel cheese with a heart cut from the wax to decorate, cucumber slices with heart cut-outs and raw red pepper strips, and some red grapes and blueberries for 'dessert'. I added a couple of flower picks to decorate, and she had great fun spearing the fruit with them!
Looking at this small selection of lunches, I'm pleased to see the good variety of foods that I manage to get into Small Child's lunchboxes. There are some foods that pop up time and time again (carrot being a prime example) but I think I manage to vary most of the contents quite a lot. I'm very grateful that Small Child is a relatively unfussy eater, as this makes my lunch-packing life somewhat easier.