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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

kids lunch




This isnt everything he gets but it is a focal point of his daily school lunch. I either pack it full of pasta or more regularly a soup. I have figured out my own 'campbells' way of doing things so that everything is perfectly al dente come lunch time. I take precooked chicken cut into cubes and that goes on the bottom, then a small handfull of egg noodles uncooked next, a dollop of chicken aspic from making broth and top it off with boiling hot chicken broth. I make this at 7:00 am and by the time his lunch break rolls around the noodles have cooked and everything is warm and ready to go. Add a sandwich, a fruit, dessert and water and this is a lunch anyone would enjoy.

24 comments:

Harmony said...

This is a great idea...a home cooked meal at school...AWESOME! Hmmm...I'll have to give this a try with my son.

Marjie said...

I do this for my boys, too. Sometimes they go on a field trip with the tiny (120 kids in pre-k thru 8) private school that the neighbor kids go to. I think they're invited so there will be more than 9 kids in the group. You can also freeze little bits of precooked rice, thaw it in the microwave and put it in the thermos.

Beef, frozen mixed veggies, canned diced tomatoes and some beef broth is also a winner.

In nice weather I always pack them a picnic lunch to they can have a break from school in the yard. In winter, sometimes I toss soup in a thermos if they're too feisty and tell them to picnic in a snow fort. Am I mean for that?

No Cornflake Chels said...

never in a million years would I have thought to be that clever.
You da man. Oh, and I so love the thermos. I want one.

Kitt said...

Speaking of bento! Looks delicious. Very clever. And I love the thermos.

Robin said...

I lived w/my Dad instead of my Mom. EVERY morning he got up and made my breakfast...eggs, bacon and toast, never failed. When I read your post it made me think of my Dad. I had a good Dad & seems like you are one too. It's not the soup or the eggs, it's just that you care so much for your kid:-)

Spin said...

What a great idea! Nice warm lunch for those cold days we're headed for.

doggybloggy said...

harmony: It couldnt be more easy

marjie: I knew you did something similar - my kid goes to a smallish alternative school

chels: well hullo there...well you better get creative because your little man is gonna be needin' this stuff real soon.

kitt: not cheap that thermos - thermos brand to boot. 16 bucks but I figured it was worth it for the lunch and the 5th grade cool factor.

robin: even though I am that dad your story was oddly touching to me as if I was an outsider listening in

spin: I couldnt get him to take a hot lunch last year and now I cant convince him not to.....

TavoLini said...

smart use of the egg noodles!

The Blonde Duck said...

That's brilliant! I love that everything cooks by noon!

Beth said...

dog, you are such a good dad...The Pup is so lucky to have you.

So....have you sent in your tape yet?? hmmmm??????

snugs said...

did you get my adoption papers yet, daddy?

HEY, that's it! Chef Daddy or Dad the Chef...not as sexy as the naked Chef, but ya know?

doggybloggy said...

tavolini: I had been getting those instant liptons when I realized economically a big bag of egg noodles would do the trick

the blonde duck: I get all my ideas from that show 'how its made'

beth: I did send one and I am working on the other

snugs: too cute - you realize that you will have a lot of 'chores' to do

Anette said...

If i show this to my kids, they will think I'm a bad mommy, with my sanwiches... Bet they would have loved a lunch like that!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

mmm, I guess this would work for office too simple and just the right lunch...

starrlife said...

My daughter loved homemade pea soup made with chix stock, carrots, potatoes, ham etc- real thick. I used to freeze it in ice cube trays and take it out as needed. I think she ate it an average of daily until she was 7! You're such a lovely Dad.

doggybloggy said...

anette: I am almost positive your kids eat great!

ramya: of course it would, pack yourself a hot soup you wont be sorry

starr: I wish I had icecube tray room because I would be icecube traying up a storm...thats a great way to individualize portions...YOU are a lovely mom!

doggybloggy said...

no one mentioned the schmutz on the lip of the thermos that has been bugging me all day!

buffalodick said...

Your kid will never get beaten up for lunch money- they'll kick his butt for the lunch!

doggybloggy said...

buff: thats funny but these little chicken nugget kids are grossed out by his lunch....

Mandi said...

WOW - thats better than what I get time for most days - well done, you continue to inspire!!!

Bina said...

I NEVER would have thought about this! What a great idea. But, my little girl only wants freaking bologna, every freaking day. I can't even convince her to have PB&J.

Joy said...

I wish I had someone to cook for me. Where did I go wrong?

You're amazing! And you cook well, too. ;-)

Michelle said...

This is such a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing it!

fairyflutters said...

I love this idea! My 6 y.o., however, can barely open her lemonade Capri Sun and yogurt tubes. I'm not sure if she could twist open a thermos. Lazy probably. I pack her lunch daily but it's boring, typical fare.

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