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Weekly Lunch Wrap Up #20 (Catch Up #3)

Whew, the last catch up post is here! This one covers the last week of February. Next lunch post will be at its regularly scheduled day on Tuesday. And of course, since I haven’t mentioned it already (ha!) there are three big posts/announcements coming in March too! Keep checking the blog or drop your email in the “Follow” box at the right to stay updated.

Monday

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Kiddo1 hasn’t had a lettuce wrap in a long time! We had some leftover pork roast from Sunday night so I figured wrapping it up would be the best way to get him to eat it. There’s also diced cucumber in the wrap. On the right we have carrots sticks and a couple Enjoy Life chocolate chip cookies.

Tuesday

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Once again we were out of meat leftovers for Tuesday’s lunch (because Monday nights are meatless) but we do almost always have our back-up: ham! We buy Beeler’s uncured ham. Kiddo1 also had his usual carrots and cucumbers, plus a nice-sized little Pink Lady apple and a couple Enjoy Life chocolate chip cookies. It was a chocolate chip cookie week around here!

Wednesday

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No leftovers again on Wednesday, this time it was because we went out to eat on Tuesday night – something we rarely do anymore! But it was my birthday and the family wanted to celebrate, so we did a bunch of research to find a place where Kiddo1 could eat foods that he would both enjoy and wouldn’t give him tummy troubles. We found a place willing to make some plain chicken and french fries for him – it was so good we didn’t have any to take home for lunch the next day! So instead of more ham I cut up these meatsticks that everyone in the family loves. The are beef and organ – yes organ – meat, super good for you and you don’t even know it is in there! Kiddo1 was a little weirded out at first but he loves them – and loves freaking out his friends a little when they see the package. Kiddo1 also had a bunch of good-looking veggies and some more Enjoy Life chocolate chip cookies.

Thursday

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On Wednesday we had to have tacos (since we missed them on Tuesday night) – a week can’t go by without tacos! For Kiddo1 we had beef tacos again (two weeks in a row!), along with his favorite toppings, romaine and cucumber. He also had more carrots and cookies.

Friday

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On Friday, Kiddo1 had more sausage from the pork buy we got in February. Our whole freezer is full of nothing but pork right now, so we’ll be eating a lot of it! Completing this lunch are more carrots, cucumbers, another mandarin orange, and the rest of the Enjoy Life chocolate chip cookies.

See you with more lunches on Tuesday! Have a great weekend!

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Weekly Lunch Wrap Up #19 (Catch Up #2)

Here’s our second of three “catch up” lunch posts to get us back on track after a busy no-post February! There are also THREE big posts/announcements scheduled for March coming up too – and they aren’t involving lunch! But for now, let’s get to the wrap up – this post covers the third week of February (no posts for the second week because I was out of town).

Monday – no school, happy President’s Day!

Tuesday

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Kiddo1 had some leftover bits of pork chop on Tuesday with a side of bbq sauce. It’s been difficult finding good bbq sauce – one without corn syrup (or even without a ton of sugar), no artifical flavors/colors, etc. This one is the Woodstock brand and it is pretty tasty, plus organic and a decent ingredients list. Kiddo1 eats it with everything! He also had his usual carrots and cucumber, plus two Enjoy Life chocolate chip cookies.

Wednesday

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More leftover tacos! This week we had beef tacos, Kiddo1’s favorite. He also had his favorite applesauce and some carrots. And this week we had a good supply of cucumbers so no running out before Wednesday like last week.

Thursday

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Iin February we bought a half pig’s worth of pork and it came with a whole lot of the boys’ favorite – sausage! So you’ll see a few lunches with sausage over the next couple posts. Normally I’m not a huge fan of processed meats – we try to limit ham (but everyone loves it so we’re not too successful), but this sausage isn’t too bad because it is pretty “minimally processed,” if that’s a thing. We talked a lot to the butcher who processed our pork and he left the sausage uncured and kept the ingredients minimal and to our “clean eating” standards. So I can’t complain too much about this sausage! “Rounding out” this lunch – haha, notice all the round foods? – are carrot rounds, cucumber, slices of apple (they don’t brown too much if you keep them stacked up like this) and some slices of vegan dark chocolate truffle from Missionary Chocolates.

Friday

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On Friday, Kiddo1 said he wasn’t too hungry so we packed a fairly minimal lunch of ham sticks (we can’t ever get away from ham!), carrot sticks, a mandarin orange, and more vegan dark chocolate truffle from Missionary Chocolates.

Weekly Lunch Wrap Up #18 (Catch Up #1)

Yikes, we are waaaay behind on the lunch posts! February was just a crazy month around here. It started when I went away for a business trip and missed a Tuesday warp up post, then everything else in life got behind schedule too. I’m finally just now catching up so this week I’m going to marathon post all the lunches from February… except for those that I didn’t photograph while I was away.

Another reason lunch posts have been delayed is that I’m working on THREE big posts/announcements that I plan to share in March. So watch out for those as they’re posted this month. For now, on to the lunches of the first week of February!

Monday

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The first school day of February kicked off with our normal carrots and cucumber, plus some leftover chicken from Sunday night. For sweets, Kiddo1 had grapes and his favorite, applesauce.

Tuesday

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We changed up our veggies a bit on Tuesday, with broccoli instead of cucumber. Broccoli is still not Kiddo1’s favorite, but he will eat it if it’s given in small quantities. For protein he had ham, our go-to when there’s no leftover meat (because typically Monday nights are meatless). And rounding out the left side is a small mandarin orange and a chunk of vegan dark chocolate truffle from Missionary Chocolates.

Wednesday

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Wednesday is leftover taco day! This week we had turkey tacos on Tuesday night, so Kiddo1 gets a leftover one with a bit of lettuce. He usually takes cucumber on his tacos as well, but we ran out! Hence the servings of broccoli two days in a row. But we tried to compensate with more grapes and applesauce.

Thursday

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More chicken for lunch on Thursday, plus carrots and another mandarin orange (we must have still been out of cucumbers). More applesauce AND a vegan mint chocolate truffle from Missionary Chocolates. Must have been something special going on…

Friday

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Friday was Kiddo1’s 12th birthday! So he got something very special for lunch – a sandwich! He hasn’t had a sandwich for the whole school year. I usually make bread but it is more for toast, it’s not a real soft sandwich bread. And I haven’t made any bread since the New Year, mostly due to lack of motivation. But we found this amazing bread at the store from a company called New Cascadia. Their bread is pretty much just millet flour and yeast so we can eat it! And it is soft and wonderful. So Kiddo1 got a surprise birthday sandwich with ham, romaine, and cucumber slices. I think it looked pretty good! He also had some carrot sticks and a homemade birthday brownie.

Tomorrow we’ll catch up on the third week of February (skipping the second week because that’s when I was away). More to come!

Weekly Lunch Wrap Up #17

Welcome back to the weekly lunch posts! We took last week off since we were out of town and not making any school lunches. But now we’ve been back for a full week so we have lunches to share again! Let’s get right to it…

Monday – no school on Monday! A nice way to ease back in to the routine after vacation.

Tuesday

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Lots of sticks for Tuesday’s lunch! Ham, carrots, and cucumbers. The children have been obsessed with these little oranges, so Kiddo1 has been frequently getting them in his lunch. He also had some homemade brownies – yum!

Wednesday

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More carrots, brownies, and a little orange! Also leftover tacos, Kiddo1’s favorite.

Thursday

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Still more little oranges to use up! Kiddo1 also had a salad with ham, cucumber, and romaine lettuce. For dessert – vegan and gluten-free chocolate covered pretzels from Missionary Chocolates.

Friday

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Finally Friday – we made it through the week! Kiddo1 had some chunks of leftover chicken, more carrots and cucumber, red graps, and applesauce for dessert.

 

Weekly Lunch Wrap Up #16

Let’s get right to it!

Monday

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We don’t usually get sliced deli meat, but for some reason I picked up a pack over the weekend and made these ham and cucumber rolls. Kiddo1 loved them, like freaked out over them, so we had to make them again for a school lunch. I used a carrot peeler to get the thin slices of cucumber. A pretty easy and fun lunch! Rounding it out is some broccoli, carrots, and applesauce.

Tuesday

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More ham, because again we lacked leftovers, but I guess that just means we’re getting our fill at dinnertime! This time our ham came from a local farmer – we usually get a chunk of Beeler’s uncured ham. This ham is cured, but it’s really, really local and there’s nothing artificial in the curing ingredients. We can’t complain I guess. Also accompanying this lunch is more broccoli, carrots, and cucumber, plus a little orange.

Wednesday

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Leftover taco day, of course! This week we had chicken tacos, which Kiddo1 said aren’t his favorite (his favorite are beef tacos) but he still likes them because…. tacos. He had another orange and a special treat – vegan, gluten free chocolate-covered pretzels from Missionary Chocolates.

Thursday

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Kiddo1 hasn’t had a lettuce wrap in his lunch for awhile, and I had some leftover pork that needed a little something extra, so lettuce wrap it was! Of course in the wrap we have cucumber, because that’s all I’m allowed to put in there. More carrots and a rare winter visit from our friend, cantelope. A couple small slices of Missionary Chocolates truffles finish out this yummy lunch.

Friday

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Leftover chicken! Another favorite. With carrots and broccoli, another small orange, and more Missionary Chocolate truffle slices. It was a good week of lunches!

No wrap up next week – we’re off visiting family and playing hookie from school. We’ll be eating yummy lunches with them I’m sure, just not posting about them. Have a great week!

 

Weekly Lunch Wrap Up #15

Kiddo1 is back in school after a long holiday break and we’ve got lunches! It took me the week to get back into the swing of things, both because our routine got all disrupted and I got a horrible cold that got worse as the week went on. So of course I neglected to take one picture, but I think that isn’t too bad considering how awful the cold was. Anyway, here are our lunches!

Monday

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Once again I’ve been relying on ham a bit too much because we haven’t had a lot of leftovers lately. Luckily Kiddo1 does not complain at all about receiving ham, even though I’m not the biggest fan of serving the processed meat more than a couple times a week. But what are you going to do some days? I am grateful to have it as my back-up meat. Along with his ham, Kiddo1 had cucumbers, carrots, applesauce and some homemade chocolate chip cookies – not Enjoy Life ones for once! Win!

Tuesday

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More ham but this time in a salad with cucumbers, which Kiddo1 actually eats so that’s great. He also had more applesauce and a little orange.

Wednesday

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Leftover tacos! These were beef with shredded romaine and cucumber. We use organic corn tortillas too. Kiddo1 also had carrots and a chunk of vegan truffle from Missionary Chocolates.

Thursday

Sick day for me! Mr. Handsome made lunch and I was too sleepy to ask for a picture. Oh well! Still very happy that Kiddo1 had a yummy lunch, whatever it was.

Friday

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Leftover orange chicken (I just discovered this recipe and we’re all obsessed with it), with carrots, another orange, and I found some peppermint bark from Christmas in the back of the fridge, so Kiddo1 got a surprise treat there. We thought it was all gone! And now of course he wants me to make more.

Not a bad first week back!

Weekly Lunch Wrap Up #14

Lunch time! Here’s what Kiddo1 ate for (most of) last week…

Monday

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Leftover beef meatballs. We’re still working through the ground beef of a quarter cow we got this fall. We still have like 8 pounds of ground beef left!

Tuesday

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We cheated a bit in the previous night’s “Meatless Monday” and added a little sausage to our spaghetti squash. We had this last month on Mr. Handsome’s birthday and it was so good I thought it was worthy of a cheat. Kiddo1 will even eat squash this way… as long as the meat-to-squash ratio leans carnivore.

Wednesday

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Leftover chicken tacos and peas. I’m just happy I remembered to take the Wednesday picture this week!

Thursday

…because I forgot the Thursday picture! Two weeks in a row that I’ve forgotten one! I believe Kiddo1 had a lettuce wrap with pork and cucumber, but I can’t remember for sure. He ate, though, that’s for sure!

Friday

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A fun theme lunch with stick-shaped foods! And Kiddo1’s latest favorite – the tiny oranges. Mmmmm, small fruit.

If you’re reading this post I hope it is helping to inspire healthy lunches for you! Thanks for viewing!