March 29, 2012

Date night toddler lunch!!

So... we have lived in SoCal for nearly three months and we finally found a babysitter. That process is probably an entirely different post (How do you find a sitter when you don't know a single soul and your coworkers either don't have kids or have their parents living with them?!), but the point is we did find one, and we had our first mini-date Wednesday when we joined some kid-less coworkers at a hockey game. To stay on top of lunch-packing, I packed two lunches Tuesday night. Granted, one of them was a little less put together, and the title of this post is slightly misleading, since I actually forgot to take a picture of that particular meal, but let me tell you how grateful I was when out-of-practice me got home at 11 PM after having two glasses of wine... and felt hungover and exhausted the next morning. *sigh* My, how times have changed from the college days...

Anyway, back to the goods you came to see: what was in our toddler lunchbox this week?

(and scroll to the bottom for a very easy, veggie-filled Sausage and Rice recipe)

Lunch: Brown rice, rotisserie chicken, frozen peas, frozen (but cooked at this point) cubed butternut squash, strawberries, orange slice cubes.
Snack 1: canned (organic) green beans, steamed carrots, rise and shine zucchini carrot muffin (from this post)
Snack 2: kiwi and Yobaby blueberry yogurt
Lunch: leftover toppings from our nachos the night before (black and pinto beans, cheddar cheese, avocado, tomato, onion), pretzels, steamed carrots, shredded rotisserie chicken
Snack 1: rise and shine muffin (see above) and orange slices
Snack 2: yogurt and a cereal bar
(note the ice pack that I haven't previously mentioned. This was the only one I could find after looking at two grocery stores and two different Targets on a single weekend, when we first moved here and had to start packing lunches. Turns out its pretty cool, since its flexible, and we usually wrap it around his cup of milk.)
Lunch: leftover sausage and rice (see below), blueberries, mango, and kiwi
Snack 1: half a blood orange, rise and shine muffin
Snack 2: strawberry slices and yogurt 
Lunch: leftover Taco Salad toppings (beans, tomatoes, sauteed peppers and onions, ground beef, cheese!), pretzels, frozen organic peas
Snack 1: Rise and Shine Muffin and kiwi
Snack 2: strawberries and yogurt

Veggie-Filled Sausage and Rice:

1 cup white rice
2 cups water
1 package pork or turkey kielbasa, cut into 1/2 inch thick, half-rounds
1 broccoli crown
1 red pepper

Add rice, water and sausage to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to low. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop broccoli and dice the red pepper (discarding stems and seeds). At the 10 minute mark stir the rice, and add veggies on top, and re-cover. Continue to steam for 10 more minutes.

Stir and Serve!

You can swap our veggies for ones that make you happy. Experiment and tell us what your family likes!

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