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Kindergarten Snack Box 2: She Did It Herself

6 Sep

Today’s Snack Box was 100% designed and implemented by my almost-4-year-old!

As soon as we got home from home care after her first day of school (!!!) we headed straight to the kitchen. She helped me wash out her Planet Box and then opened the fridge and cupboard and selected the contents of tomorrow’s box. The whole thing took about 15 minutes, and it was a great opportunity to spend a little bit of quality time together after her super busy day.

Lunch Box Contents:

Hard Boiled Egg Whites – today she decided she “doesn’t like the yellow part”, so she peeled the eggs (I sliced them in half) and popped out the yolks (I ate one and shared the other one with the dogs)
Strawberries – She even cut the stems off, with my help
Baby Cucumber – again, she insists they taste better whole; these baby cucumbers have taken the place of granola bars in our household…they’re not terribly filling (but neither are grain-laden granola bars), but they really are satisfying to crunch away at when water won’t cut it!
Rice Crackers & Raisins – for a reminder as to why my mostly-Paleo kid gets rice crackers, read this post 

I have a feeling the raisins are here to stay for a while. I’m hoping to find a way to ‘sneak’ egg yolks into her diet soon. That’s my next research project :).

Sausage for Breakfast On-the-Go!

5 Jan

The cucumber sandwiches have returned! Hurrah!

This lunch box will serve a dual purpose. I have class 8:30-11:30 then head directly to my 1pm Crossfit class. Very excited to try the sausages cold dipped in a sugar and additive-free marinara sauce!

Lunch Box Contents:

Two all-natural, nitrate and gluten-free sausages, chopped up
in closed container: sugar and additive free marinara sauce from my local farm store (same store I got my sausages!)
two squares of 80% dark chocolate
Cucumber and goat cheese mini-sandwiches
Egg sandwiches made with homemade Paleo mayo and Paleo bread

 

Lunch Box 13: Shawarma and Tzatziki

29 Nov

My top secret ingredient? Sunday night take-out đŸ˜‰

I think I have a new best friend: the delicious, Paleo-friendly Greek place that catered my daughter’s family birthday dinner last night. Huge portions. All-Paleo (well, Primal, given the dairy in the tzatziki) options that satisfied the non-Paleo family members. And did I mention the huge portions, which meant HUGE LEFTOVERS!!!??

Today’s Lunch Box Contents:

Leftover Chicken Shawarma (large container) & Tzatziki (small container)
A few slices of gluten-free pepperoni (leftover from last week’s paleo pizza recipe!)
Cucumber & Goat Cheese mini-sandwiches (now that the farmer’s market is over I no longer have access to my local goat’s milk cream cheese, so this is just plain goat’s cheese)
Local Marble Cheddar wrapped in Nitrate-Free Ham

Lunch Box 9: Big Fat Hamburger

28 Sep

You know what sucks? Starbucks USED to carry the most delicious lightly salted cashews. They were the only even remotely Paleo food item they carried, and I swore by them. A grande green tea and a bag of those delicious cashews got me through many a study session last year during my prep course for my current program. Alas, not so long ago I discovered that all my local Starbucks’ ditched the cashews and now carry boring old almonds. Boring old almonds are everywhere. Starbucks was my cashew salvation. And now it’s just another almond-carrying let-down.

But anyways…I write the above cashew/almond rant because I have big plans for a good solid 4+ hour study session at a Starbucks tomorrow after class, and because they now carry NOTHING Paleo (aside from those boring old almonds) I need to make sure I’ve packed enough food to get me through class AND the study session.

Juicy hamburger and...shrimp?! Random!

Lunch Box Contents:

Handful of frozen cooked shrimp
Leftover Buttery Pumpkin Mash 
Cucumber & goat’s cream cheese mini-sandwiches
Boring Old Almonds
A giant, juicy hamburger made by the husband in the kitchen just a few minutes ago.

Lunch Box 8: Buttery Pumpkin Mash & Grass-Fed Beef Cold Stir-Fry

27 Sep

It’s FALL! It’s FALL! My Farmer’s Market was just screaming with fall deliciousness. Sweet potatoes, a spaghetti squash and a Sweet pumpkin (the green kind, not the jack-o-lantern kind) came home with us.  And made it into tomorrow’s lunch box. I have also been experimenting with ‘meal’ type foods that can be eaten cold, as I do not have access to a microwave on my long days. I think we have a winner, and it’s in this lunch box.

Pumpkin-y goodness

Lunch Box Contents:

Mini-cucumber & goat’s milk cream cheese sandwiches
Farmer’s Market (nitrate-free, naturally raised, etc.) summer sausage & pepperoni stick
Pumpkin Mash*
Grass-fed ‘good when it’s cold’ beef, cilantro and veggie stir-fry

* Chop top off pumpkin, remove seeds and throw pumpkin in the oven at 350 for an hour
Pull the orange guts out of the pumpkin and mash them up in a big bowl. Add a generous amount of butter and a heaping teaspoon of cinnamon
Transfer to a pot on the stove, turn stove to medium. Add some heavy cream and more butter and a bit of coconut oil if you choose and stir until all melty and delicious.
Eat. Love. Yum.