28 June 2010
Hurray hurray… On day one the lunch box came back home empty. I am soooo happy. I thank all my blogmates for your valuable suggestions. I started this as a breakfast discussion as we would have time constraint for breakfast and I was much worried about getting ready to school on time but based on the suggestions and discussions I understood that it is better to keep the breakfast simple. So, it has mostly become a combo of cereals and milk or bread and milk.
Moving on to lunch I have planned to update this space with everyday’s menu until I run out of option.
Pictures – coming soon… After all this is the first week so we are not tuned enough to spend the valuable(!!!) five minutes for picture taking in the morning.
green – 90 – 100% empty
amber/yellow – 50 – 90% empty
red – less than 50% empty
Day 1 – Egg and cheese sandwich with baby carrots – 100% emptied
Day 2 – Veggie rice with scrambled egg
(pressure cooked rice for 10 mins along with cut veggies, pinches of jira powder/turmeric powder/salt – cut veggies include carrots/green peas/lima beans/stirng beans/corn)
Day 3 – mac n cheese with scrambled egg
Day 4 – raddish sambar rice with vendakkai (okra) poriyal – 100% emptied
Day 5 – chicken nugget sandwich with grated cheese – 100% emptied
Picture will look same as egg sandwich (day 1 menu)
Day 6 – 4th of July holiday – mommy had a mini break and have to think fresh from tomorrow
Day 7 – veg noodles (spaghetti) with baby carrots – 100% emptied
Day 8 – green(spinach cooked with moong dal and smashed in blender) rice with scrambled egg and appalam – 3-4 spoons of rice came back home claiming her tummy was already full.
Day 9 – grated carrot rice with rice chips (color appalam) – 100% emptied
Day 10 – chicken nugget sandwich with grated cheese – 100% emptied
Day 11 – mac n cheese with scrambled egg – 100% emptied – this has become my fallback menu now
Day 12 – lemon rice with vendakkai (okra) poriyal – 100% emptied
Day 13 – pasta with baby carrots – Its is a flop. I don’t think I will pack this again.
Day 14 – raddish sambar with potatoes
Day 15 – egg sandwich with grated cheese
kit kat break as the kiddo is spending time with ammachi and thatha.
To be continued soon
Update on 12 Aug 2010
Couple of additions to above list are
1. Poha with cashews/potatoes
2. Curd rice with a veg poriyal and appalam
3. Mini idlis/dosas with chutney or maple syrup
Otherwise I was packing one from above list every day. Lunch packing will continue till Aug 20th as the summer camp ends on that day. Then, she will go to near by daycare until the school reopens. For regular school lunch pack is optional. I am planning to leave it to Adi’s choice. If she likes I will pack or else she can have the food at school. Now that I am comfortable with packing lunch I can pack it any day for her.
If anyone has some other ideas please leave a comment. I will try that and will add it to this list.
I know photos are pending. I have not taken one yet. Will try my best to take a few and post them here.
Uploaded photos on 10 Sep 2010. There might be minor variations between the photo and menu desc…
Updates on 19 Apr 2012
Chapathi egg pizza – step by step procedure can be found here
French toast – The bread can be cut in different shapes. I cut them as either 3 rectangles or squares or triangles.
Method – Whisk 1 egg, 2 spoons of milk and 1 spoon of sugar together. Dip bread in this mix, place the bread in a pre-heated pan, add butter if needed and allow it to cook for 2-3 mins on both sides. Once cooked take the bread off the pan , cut into desired shape and sprinkle some sugar (powdered sugar preferable) on top.
23 Apr 2012
Corn rice – Saute mustard, split urad dal, jeera, corn, salt in same order for couple of mins. Then, add cooked rice.