Happy Friday Froggy Lunch

Yesssss! We made it to Friday! I made a froggy lunch for my Bigs, to round out Pond Week.

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Oddly enough, the kids are learning about turtles tomorrow (had a turtle lunch today) and learned about frogs today. I made a googly eyed PB&J frog. He’s sitting like a boss upon his crusty lilly pad. I decorated his pad with a few flower sprinkles, affixed with PB glue. I also packed grapes, honey wheat pretzels, and some marshmallows “flies” for dessert.

Ribbit.

Kristin

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Thursday Lunches

In continuing with Pond Week, I made another turtle lunch for my Bigs. I like how this one came out better than the other.

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This little guy has a bit more personality. It’s a PB&J. I also packed honey wheat pretzels, assorted raisins, one date, strawberries, an organic yogurt squeeze, and a homemade dark red velvet cookie. It was big so I cut it in half. I also stuck a few turtle sprinkles on it. Because, sprinkles.

For my Smalls:

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He requested pancakes this time, so I made three little PB sandwiches. Under one of those is a red velvet cookie. I also packed a few purple carrots, honey wheat pretzels, grapes, a few raisins, and one date.

And since I’ll be Co-op parent tomorrow, I made a lunch for me too:

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I packed purple carrot slices, beet hummus, plain hummus, raisins, strawberries, nuts, dates, and some plain Greek yogurt, mixed with a little bit of maple sizzurp.

Happy (almost) Friday Eve,

Kristin

Pond Week – Duck VPK School Lunch

To continue Pond Week, I made a duck-themed lunch. Let’s hope the duck and the gator from yesterday don’t end up in the same pond!

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I made a duck shaped ham, cheese, and mayo sandwich. The sweet little duck is floating on his bread crust pond. The pond is also hiding some honey wheat pretzel sticks. I also packed strawberries, grapes, an organic yogurt squeeze, and a homemade dark red velvet cookie.

Quack,

Kristin

Pond Week – Gator VPK School Lunch

This next week starts the lessons on animals found in ponds. Since we live in Florida, we know that gators can be found in any ponds (even though we are hoping they aren’t there).

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I made a PB&J gator (my Smalls ate the scraps). I also packed a few honey wheat pretzel sticks, grapes, strawberries, unsweetened applesauce, and a few tiny shortbread cookies.

See you later alligator,

Kristin

Pet Week – Dog VPK School Lunch

Tomorrow is the last day for Pet Week. My Bigs has had a blast! They learned about veterinarians, pet groomers, and different kinds of pets. They made little floats, on which they’ll place a stuffed animal of their choice from home (Bigs picked a warthog that he named “Piggy Pig”, and parade them around in a “Pet Parade (I can’t wait to stay and watch this!). It’s been a good week.

I ended the Pet Week lunches with a dog themed lunch.

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I made a dog shaped PB&J “puzzle” (he can take out the dog and put him back in, if he felt so inclined). I also packed colby jack cheese, grapes, a few pretzel nuggets, and one homemade dark red velvet cookie.

Woof.

Kristin

Honey Garlic Chicken & Quinoa Fried “Rice”

You know what I love? British stuff. You probably already know that. I love how British people say “take away” instead of “take out”. I also love “take away”, as in the food that has been taken away (to my house). I made a fun Chinese Take Away for dinner tonight – Honey Garlic Chicken & Quinoa Fried “Rice”.

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Juicy, tender chicken, glazed with a sweet and tangy garlic sauce, and Asian spiced quinoa, filled with vegetables, scrambled egg, and black sesame seeds.

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It was so good and so easy!

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Honey Garlic Chicken & Quinoa Fried “Rice”

Serves 4 adults (or 2 adults, 2 kids, and leftovers)

For Chicken

3 large boneless/skinless chicken breasts

4 T tamari sauce (or soy sauce)

2 T Worcestershire sauce

1-2 fresh garlic cloves

1 t sesame oil

2 T vinegar (I used a mixture of rice wine and apple cider)

1 squirt lemon juice

2-3 T honey

1 shake of 5 spice powder

1 shake of wasabi powder

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients, except for chicken, together. Set aside. Sear your chicken in olive oil for about 3 minutes on each side. Place on a pan in your preheated oven. Bake for about 20 minutes or until juices run clear.

Once the chicken is done baking and has rested for about 5-10 minutes, slice. Pour your sauce mixture into your pan, over medium heat. Allow it to come to a slow boil (it will reduce). Add your sliced chicken.

For Quinoa

2 1/2 C water

1 1/4 C quinoa

2 carrots, sliced

1 small onion, chopped

1/2 C frozen corn

1/2 C frozen peas

1 egg, beaten

S&P

sesame seeds (optional)

Cook your quinoa, as directed. While it is boiling, saute your carrots and onions. Add your peas and corn. Remove from heat. Scramble your egg. Add the vegetable mix and egg to the cooked quinoa, mix together, and turn your heat up. Add a swirl of olive oil and let your quinoa get brown. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

SERVE, EAT.

It’s so good! Try it (worth all the dishes)!!

Kristin

Pet Week – Kitty Cat VPK School Lunch

You know how sometimes your kids say things the wrong way and you don’t want to correct them because it’s so cute? I have many words like that. I want to relish those sweet little made up or wrong words as long as I can. We still refer to “ice cream” as “cup cup” in our house, occasionally, because that is how my Bigs chose to say it when he was around one. And he’d say that a kitty would say “haaaaaa oooooooo” instead of “meow” and my Smalls would call them “cree crats” and say they would meow like “wah wah”. I love it. I love going through the notebooks I’ve got for each one, reading their fun moments and words.

Anyways. While I wipe my tears (caused by knowing they are getting bigger and saying words correctly), look at Bigs’ school lunch for tomorrow:

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I made a PB&J “cree crat” with a rather large face. He’s sitting snuggly atop his crusty blankets. I also packed some pretzel nuggets, strawberries, grapes, an organic yogurt squeeze, and a homemade GF DF PB&J cookie.

Haaaaa ooooooooo.

And for my little “cree crat” loving Smalls:

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He requested hummus and carrots, so that’s what he got. I trimmed down a beautiful organic blood orange colored carrot and put it with olive hummus. I also packed grapes, a few pretzel nuggets, dried cranberries, a mozzarella cheese stick, and a PB&J cookie. He’ll probably eat the cheese stick for snack, along with the applesauce I’ll also pack.

Wah wah.

Kristin