Monday, October 4, 2010

lock & lock bento lunch: hello chicken!!

Exciting lunch development underway at headquarters!!! My 8-year-old son, Ethan, otherwise known as Mr. Picky Pants, has made a serious breakthrough. Yeehaw!

Here's the deal with Ethan: he is excruciatingly sensitive about the temperatures of his food. He LOVES grilled chicken. It's one of his favorites. But he likes it warm. Despite many practice runs with putting chicken in our Thermos Funtainers over summer, I just couldn't get the boy to not turn his nose up at it in a packed lunch. It's been a point of big frustration for me. The fact that his lunches are usually lacking in protein is not lost on me. ;-)

Then last week I caught him at just the right moment (hungry, but not TOO hungry, and in a good mood, not unusual highly agreeable sort of mood) and I suggested he try a piece of grilled chicken that was leftover from dinner the night before. Cold leftover chicken. He agreed. He tried it. He liked it. He ASKED for it in his lunch the next day. YES!!!!

Lock and Lock chicken

With much joy I share Ethan's lunch...I think this was Friday. Could have been Thursday. Packed in our 4 square Lock and Lock box...

- grilled chicken, cut into cubes and put on picks
- mini saltines and cheddar cheese
- baby carrots and grapes
- pickles

Woot! So happy here. It's been a long battle to get to this point, but totally worth it. Don't give up on your picky eaters! Baby's slow going, but you'll get there eventually. :)
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EP said... [Reply to comment]

Nice job. Working with kiddos on introing new foods, and WAYS to eat the same foods, is one of my favorite things.

Awesome job to you and Ethan on this :)


Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

My husband and I were just saying last night that we love our Lock & Lock boxes and we wished we had some more. I am definately going to Amazon to buy these sectional ones!

kirsten said... [Reply to comment]

oh, i KNOW what a big deal this is! Congrats!!!!

sherimiya said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats! Funnily enough, when my 3yo sees me take out leftovers at lunchtime she'll sometimes scream "No! Don't heat it up!" What?! Kids!

kris in larryville said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats! I had a breakthrough with Audrey this week as well. Must be a good week for trying new things!

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said... [Reply to comment]

Awesome!! I'm glad he was willing to try :D

Ludicrous Mama said... [Reply to comment]

I don't like cold chicken either (fresh from the fridge.) I don't mind COOL chicken though (after sitting in my lunch box for a few hours.)
My silly freakshow child will try whole fried shrimp (with shell. She likes to crunch the legs,) fish eggs (on sushi,) squid nigiri, calamari, little mini-octopus-looking squid tentacle clusters, and - get this - FROG'S LEGS, but refused to try marshmallow or sugar-coated churro. What a nutjob.

Mommyof2girlz said... [Reply to comment]

YAY score one for mom! Love it when the girls ask for their lunches. This looks super yummy!!

Paris said... [Reply to comment]

I just love your blog and your creativity! You have an award on my blog! :)

KM @ This Plate is Full said... [Reply to comment]

AHHH- I simply LOVE this!! & your blog!!

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