Thursday, May 19, 2011

Veggies In Their Lunch Box

Like every parent, I want my kid to have a well balanced diet.  Packing my kid's lunch seems to pose more challenges than the other meals of the day, but I've found a few good stand-by's that are well received.  (I know they are 'cause I often taste test them at the breakfast table)

- Leftovers are often the best.  You name it; broccoli (with a sprinkling of Parmesan & olive oil), yams, sauteed zucchini.

- Then there are the frozen options, which are super easy.  Just bring a cup of salted water to boil, toss in 1/4 cup of peas, or carrots, or veggie medley, drain and pack up.

- Raw options - carrot or celery sticks.  Ants on a log anyone?

- The one fresh option I go to the most is broccoli.  Just as with the frozen options, boil some salted water, chop the broccoli into little-finger sized pieces, boil just until tender (usually the time it takes to make a PB&J) and drain. 

There is a chance that your kiddo won't eat what you've sent, or trade it for something you would never serve them, but at least they will have the option.


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