Last week Small Child had his first day of school on a Tuesday, so yesterday was his first Monday at school, which for some reason felt quite significant to me, so I did my best to make him a special lunch to take for his first Monday.
I used his little bento box for this. Last week he didn’t eat all of his lunch at lunchtime, mainly I think because they have it so early (11.30), he is a very slow eater, and he talks a lot, all of the time in fact! When I picked him up at 3.20 he was starving, so he sat down to finish his lunch in the park on the way home. I was worried that he wouldn’t eat his dinner after that, but apparently school makes you very hungry! Anyway, I’m trying to make his lunches a little smaller, with the hope that he’ll manage to eat a bit more of it at lunch time rather than after school.
In the bottom tier of the bento box he had a sliced ham salad wrap (ham, a little houmous, lettuce and red pepper) topped with the word ‘YUM’ cut from red leicester cheese.
In the top tier he had sliced red pepper, some blackberries (picked by us the day before) and a carrot and courgette muffin, adapted from a recipe I found on the BBC website. I made the recipe x4, replaced the milk with soya milk to make it dairy free for my husband, substituted one of the eggs with some orange juice, and added cranberries as well as raisins. When I originally made the muffins I made a large batch and froze most of them for future lunchboxes etc, and they’re coming in handy now.
He also had a pot of organic yoghurt (not shown). When I picked him up I was delighted to find that he had managed to eat every last bit of this lunch, so the portion size must have been better this time. Very happy with that!
If you’d like some more lunch inspiration, click on the image above to see what other mums are putting in their children’s lunchboxes!