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What to put in the school lunch box is a realo struggle sometimes. Thank goodness I dont have to compete with this though... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16069217
OMG! And we think we lead pressured lives. But what do you put in lunch boxes. It really is a struggle. Rolls and cheese are the order of the day most days. Occasionally, soup in a Thermos flask is acceptable. One other idea that is a big hit with my kids is fried rice. Stir fry a couple of chopped shallots, minced garlic, add an egg and when partly cooked add left over brown rice ( works particularly well). Any other ideas, anyone?
2 hours to pack a kid's lunch box??! These women are obviously more dedicated mothers than I'd ever be!
After much morning trauma about what to pack, I hit upon a plan whereby my third grader and I make up the lunch menu for the week during the weekend and that has made the decision making easy - especially since I now have buy-in from my daughter. SHe cannot complain since she made the menu. My staples are soups and bread, soupy noodles, fish cutlets, sandwiches with lox, humus, tuna salad, pbb (peanut butter + bananas - a friday favorite), fried rice, beans thoran, carrot crushers from trader joe.
Wow tickety_boo! I wish my son ate half those things..Can I send ny kid to you to be trained? ;-)
Getting kids to try " new stuff" is really hard. I was reading about the way the French do it. They insist children try everything put on their plates at least once. That way the palate slowly gets used to new and complex tastes. I guess you need huge amounts of patience. And meal times can be really fraught.
Been there, done that Chiliburst - even tried to use Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham logic...he'll take a teensy weensy bite and before it can even touch his tongue he'll shake his head and say "I dont like it"! They're smarter than us.
Talking about lunch boxes, I'm reminded of my school lunches. Thinking nostalgically about the aluminium box packed with idlis, parathas, spicy veg sandwiches... We would sit in a wide circle on the grass and share and trade the food. In the meantime, there would be hawks circling waiting to snatch anything that looked interesting. I remember food being snatched from my hand by those vicious birds.
Michiko, yes and we also used to share so much food at lunch times. I find it quite amusing and that schools in the US discourage sharing reflecting our paranoid and germaphobic culture. Perhaps the seriousness of food allergies is part of it. I wish there was a workaround because sharing food is wonderfully nurturing and intimate and such a fun way to build trust.
What about other Asian countries or other western countries? Is food sharing in school considered unhealthy? What about high school? Do kids rebel and share? :)
Sign up your son for a summer cooking camp or something? I've noticed that the more kids participate and experience it, the better they absorb. And boys I guess are a different kettle of fish.
Eventually, I guess it is all a phase and they will learn to experience more complex flavors as they grow older
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