Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The last school lunches of the year

We are already in the thick of our summer vacation, so no school lunches have been made in awhile. But I did have a few stray lunches that hadn't been posted yet, and here they are!

One of Ethan's last lunches of elementary school, ever. (Sob!!)...
Soft pretzel, carrots, grapes, cheddar cheese - EasyLunchboxes & Tomica bento
Packed in an EasyLunchbox container:
- soft pretzel roll
- cheddar cheese in a silicone muffin cup
- organic baby carrots
- grapes

Because this soft pretzel was unsalted I added a little car-topped shaker bottle holding pretzel salt for Ethan to add himself. This lunch is basically an exact replica of the Mickey Mouse pretzel lunch he had had the prior week. Because, why not? :)

One of Paige's last lunches of Kindergarten. Sniffle....
Pizza school lunch - Laptop Lunches for Kindergarten bento box
This lunch is packed in a Laptop Lunchbox:
- two slices of her favorite garlic parmesan chicken pizza
- a bounty of cucumber slices, cut with a flower shaped mini cookie cutter
- fruit: clementine, grapes, strawberry
- hummus in the small dipping container

I used the large container from a set of Laptop Lunch Bento Buddies to hold the large pizza slices. This container comes with a lid, which contained the loose parmesan bits from spreading over to the other side foods.

Interesting (to me) discovery: Paige did not eat the hummus. Despite being on a mega hummus kick. Why? I asked. She said, "I only love hummus on cucumbers if they have the crust on them. Without the cucumber crusts I like to eat them plain with nuffing on them. And I didn't have anything else to eat the hummus with." 
Well, okay then! Good to know. By "cucumber crusts" she means the skin, of course. :)

And lastly, a long time ago lunch of Ethan's...
Lock & Lock bento set lunch
This one is packed in a Lock & Lock Lunch Set.
- soft pretzel
- strawberries
- cheddar cheese 
- dry roasted chickpeas

I'm preeeety sure this concludes the last of the lunches from the 2012-2013 school year. Gosh this year flew by in a blur!

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randomness said... [Reply to comment]

The cucumber "crust" is the best bit, and all my kids eat it - was always a little surprised to see you trimmed it off :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

The "crust" on the cucumber made my day. I love how their little minds work.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

randomness, she used to eat the cucumber crusts all hunky dory until a year or so ago and then she was nibbling around it (and wasting a lot of non-crust in the process) or trying to pick it off with her fingernails (which really grossed me out). So I started trimming it off. And then she started eating it again but I didn't make the connection that she was eating the crust when there was hummus until she explained it all. ;)

Elisabeth - I just love those cute things kids say. Paige has always had a charming way with words. She's always making me giggle with her funny descriptions of things. :)

Joelle said... [Reply to comment]

So cute! Do you have a recipe for the garlic park pizza?

Joelle said... [Reply to comment]

Oops I meant Parm ...

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Joelle - it's super easy. It's California Pizza Kitchen, big yellow box in your grocer's freezer. ;)
I've tried to replicate it, but I can not get anything even close to their garlic sauce. And that really *makes* this pizza.

Catherine Hansen Peart said... [Reply to comment]

Just a quick question. Do your kids eat the pizza cold? Mine won't eat it cold so I often wonder when I see things like this for kids' lunch ideas.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Catherine! Ethan will not eat cold pizza, despite pizza being his favorite food! Paige will eat it cold, as long as it's not TOO cold (not straight from the fridge). Another option could be cutting the pizza into small pieces and putting in a thermos to stay warn. I've done that a couple times for Paige too. :)

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