Today the boys took the same lunch as it was all vegetarian! Veggies, plum, nectarine, home-made yoghurt with fermented strawberries (you just have to try these!) and blueberries. They made zucchini pizzas for me last night so they got those alongside a jacket potato. I added butter and sour cream to the potato in the thermos. Shame there's not enough for me to have the same ....
Lentils are one of those foods that just don't present well. They can taste absolutely fabulous but have very little plate appeal ... Not that my boys care when eating them as they taste great and are a really good, filling addition to the lunchbox. But when I'm photographing them I'm not enthused about the "look". I am however, delighted to serve them - especially to Max. Now he's not eating meat lentils are a simple way to provide protein and help keep him full too. I have noticed he seems to be eating more so his body is probably missing the satiating meat portion he would normally have.
Today he has chopped veg (a given), corn, apple, plum, a piece of kumara quiche and a big portion of lentils. I cooked a big batch last night and spent time thinking how I could infuse flavour into Max's without adding any meat stock/meat. I was delighted as his actually tasted better than the other one I did which I slow cooked with some lamb!
The kumara (sweet potato) quiche I baked yesterday for Max was well received and of course makes the perfect lunch fare. Here he's taking a big chunk of the quiche and some baked cauli tots in the thermos. He also has his standard chopped veggies, a piece of fresh corn, home-made yoghurt with fermented strawberries and blueberries and cherries and watermelon. No prizes for guessing what season we're in!
Joe's lunchbox today. Chopped veggies (of course), corn, plum, nectarine, home-made yoghurt with fermented strawberries and blueberries. To go in the thermos a marinated chicken wing, a zucchini fritter and some potato wedges. As Max is vegetarian he had the same but with a broccoli burger and melted cheese instead of the chicken wing. The broccoli burgers rock!
So my lovely Max has just started at Intermediate School. It's a big step up in terms of maturity and responsibility. Now he needs to leave a lot earlier for school, catch the train to and fro and generally be more independent. It's been such a positive move for him and he's loving it all. Mon night he came home from school and asked whether he could go vegetarian. We discussed his reasons for choosing to do this and he explained what he was thinking and what he had researched. I said that it wasn't a problem but a little more warning may have been helpful. To which he replied "we eat so many veggies anyway it's not exactly going to be a huge difference!" True ....
I'm getting into my stride now so today for lunch he has corn, a nectarine, a plum, mixed chopped veg, veggie nori rolls (no rice just veggies) and to go in the thermos a jacket potato and cheese).
So (and the irony is not wasted on me) the lady who spends countless happy hours creating food art from fruit and veg prepares very bog standard looking lunchboxes!
I do not have the pretty boxes with all the little compartments to beautifully present every last morsel. But what I do have is:
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