By noontime, we are all starving and lunch is a full-on meal at our house. Granted, it is a meal usually built around leftovers, but it is something substantial like chicken curry, chicken cutlets, soup, hamburgers, pasta carbonara or burritos. The boys do eat their fair share of frozen fish sticks, and Vincent definitely eats his body weight in cold cuts every year. A ham and cheese sandwich with mayo (NOT mustard!) being his all-time favorite. My current favorite lunch is stir-fried veggies (usually zucchini and onions – thanks to my neighbor!) served on top of brown rice. I try to make a bunch of brown rice at one time. It freezes great and quickly defrosts under hot running water. Jude’s favorite lunch is “quick soup” – which is something completely different in his mind than “real” soup. “Quick” soup is made by taking out a little plastic container of frozen stock, a little plastic container of frozen lentils and cooking them on the stove with about a cup of water and a healthy dose of sea salt. Add cut up leftover chicken and leftover pasta – presto! “quick” soup.
What about at your house? What are you eating in the middle of the day? Classics like PB&J? Grilled cheese and tomato soup? Is lunch seasonal at your house? And does anyone else have a child who doesn’t eat sandwiches? Can you tell me what you do when you need a quick, portable mid-day meal?
PS Mama and the girls are having lunch with the Queen! She’s got some great ideas over there – royalty or not.
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