The food editor for The Associated Press, J.M. Hirsch, is documenting what he sends his second-grade son for lunch every day in a blog. The blog is called “Lunch Box Blues: 180 days. 180 meals. Making it out … well fed.”
Hirsch describes himself as a dorky dad trying to feed his son a great dinner and pack him a lunch he’ll eat and one that Hirsch can feel good about. (That’s the goal – something they’ll eat that is actually good for them.) He has also has written a cookbook called “High Flavor, Low Labor: Reinventing Weeknight Cooking.”
Hirsch has some stringent guidelines for what he is willing to send his son.
“Because I refuse to send my son to school with a Lunchable. Or an Uncrustable. Or even a day-after-day-after-day homemade PB&J. Because I want my son’s lunch to be fun and nutritious, and I don’t think one must be sacrificed for the other. Because I don’t believe in “kid food” vs. “adult food,” just real food. And because I believe kids can enjoy and crave it.
Not that it’s easy. Or that my son is an eating angel. At the moment, nothing green goes past his lips. And red — especially tomatoes — is pretty suspect, too. Salad? I. Don’t. Think. So.
But I do my best. And most of the time we’re both pretty satisfied. Some days more than others.
This blog is a simple record of my son’s lunches. The good, bad and really ugly. Maybe it will inspire other parents. Probably it will inspire a bit of eye rolling.”
I really appreciate that Hirsch is thinking as hard as I am about what he is sending his child to eat. I am currently not achieving the variety that he is, but I think by reading his blog, I can get ideas. (He has photos of each day’s offering.)
His blog from Sept. 13 is particularly funny to me because he is complaining about having to pack two lunches one day. I pack three lunches, three days a week and two lunches, twice a week. That’s a grand total of 13 lunches a week.
I also like his entry on choosing just the right lunchbox. I didn’t have time to do as much investigating as he did, but I wish I had. Every morning I am muttering under my breath about the food not fitting in the lunch boxes.
I thought you guys would appreciate his thoughtful approach to feeding his son and might get some inspiration from it! I know I did!
How is your lunch packing going so far? Are they still taking or buying? (Walsh has convinced me that he should be allowed to buy once a month for brunch day. Rose agreed! They like the French toast sticks and tater tots that are supposed to be hash browns.) What do they like to find the most in their lunchboxes? What nutritious items have you been able to sneak into them?