School’s in. Time to resurrect the routine of simultaneously making daily breakfasts and brown-bag lunches.
Feeding a picky child can be tricky, but preparing a daily lunch that doesn’t require reheating and can survive on an ice pack for five hours can be a substantial challenge. And then, said child throws a curve ball: no more peanut butter sandwiches. Oy.
At the start of each school year, I’m always a little panicky when scanning the parent handbook, bracing myself for a new nut-free policy. Thankfully for my oldest child, whose main protein source is natural peanut butter, no such policy has been instated. (The school has nut-free tables instead.)
But the no-sandwich policy instated by my daughter throws me for a loop. So far, we’ve packed yogurt mixed with peanut butter, peanut butter balls (peanut butter mixed with coconut oil and rolled in Rice Krispies) and faux peanut butter sushi rolls (banana slices rolled in peanut butter and coated in Rice Krispies). Sense a theme?
Let’s commiserate. Anyone have brown-bag lunch ideas that don’t involve deli meat or sandwiches?
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog