Lunchables from Home

It was in February when I last posted photos of my little girl’s school lunches, my version of lunchables.  Preparing lunches from home  need not be time consuming and stressful.  A lot of times, I set aside a portion of the dish we’re having for dinner for the following day’s school lunch, specially if it’s a dish that my daughter really likes.  When that’s taken cared of, I need just 5 to 10 minutes to put a decent packed lunch together, which includes filling her water bottle, grabbing a snack for the afternoon from the pantry, slicing fruits and putting them in a container.  We can very well find 5-10 minutes to spare, whether we’re SAHMs or working moms juggling 3 jobs in Philadelphia or wherever.

Sometimes, however, I find myself summoning my inner iron chef to come up with a lunch that’s healthy yet satisfying but take only a fraction of time to prepare.  That usually happens when we get carried away during dinner and have no leftovers to speak of.  Hee hee.  There are very rare times when I let my daughter “enjoy” cafeteria food, but these days, specially after Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution started airing, I am more determined, now more than ever, to just pack lunches for my daughter.  I really have no excuse not to.  I’m a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and it’s not like there’s another child in the house who need my attention.

Here are four of her most recent school lunches I managed to take photos of:

#1 Penne Arrabiatta with Shrimps

Pasta lunches I usually cook fresh.  It’s easy to multi task when cooking pasta dishes.  So long as I have my favorite jars of pasta sauces and thawed pealed and deveined shrimps, I am good to go. :)

#2 (Chinese) Barbecue Pork with Rice

My daughter’s favorite food to eat at a Chinese restaurant is Barbecue Pork.  Any leftovers always end up in her lunch bag the following day.  These days, our rice is a mixture of white and brown, as in the photo.  And pretty soon, we’ll be consuming purely brown rice as my daughter has already gotten used to it.  By the way, the rice in the photo above was sprinkled with the Barbecue Pork sauce. :)   My lunchables always have a fruit component, which I sometimes have to put in a separate container.

#3 Ground Turkey and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce with Rice

This is one of my “go to” ground meat dishes.  I first fry diced potatoes just until they are almost fully cooked and then set it aside.  Then, I saute chopped onions and minced garlic, add the ground meat, season with salt, pepper, dried basil and rosemary.  I then add the tomato sauce and potatoes and let it all simmer until the potatoes are fully cooked.  Quick and simple.  My daughter loves dishes that are saucy or anything with soup.

#4 Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms

This has got to be one of the dullest looking lunchables ever to make their way to my daughter’s school. It obviously needs a splash of color.  Haha!  My daughter didn’t seem to mind though.  I posted an entry about these stuffed mushrooms very recently.  You can find it HERE.

That’s all the lunchables I have for you…for now.

Y’all have a great weekend!  Cheers!

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9 Responses to “Lunchables from Home”

  1. ces says:

    you’re so lucky abby gets to eat everything you prepare! tocino lang ata ang kakainin ng mga anak ko sa 4 na yan haha!, ok plus the pasta sans the shrimp pa:( picky picky eaters! haaay!
    .-= ces´s last blog ..bocconcini, olives and tomato skewers =-.


    munchkinmommy Reply:

    Hi Ces! I am lucky that Abby is turning out to be such a foodie at her age. :) Kasa-kasama kasi namin talaga siya sa pagkain kung saan-saan. Hee hee. :D


  2. Pinky says:

    Agree with Ces – Abby is a joy to feed! :D Marga’s staple lunch is egg and rice (my bad!) or any pasta dish without the meaty parts. She also goes for a variant of your #3 dish – sauteed ground chicken with tomato sauce :) Hope I manage to add variety to her lunches soon! Thanks for the great ideas as always!
    .-= Pinky´s last blog ..Din(n)er Dash! =-.


    munchkinmommy Reply:

    Hi Pinks! Yes, Abby is a joy to feed…most of the time. She has her moments, too. She likes hovering in the kitchen when I cook and always asks to taste what I’m cooking so she can give them her seal of approval before they even hit the dining table.


  3. Brian Asis says:

    I wonder how many lunchboxes your daughter has :D The Penne would have to be my pick :D
    .-= Brian Asis´s last blog ..Something new at Burger King =-.


    munchkinmommy Reply:

    Hi Brian! My daughter has about, 4 (or 5?) lunchboxes and a lot of food containers. :D


  4. Ara says:

    I say wooooowwww!!! Looks really delicious. If one member of the family has the skill of cooking that would be awesome because I can get to eat what he’ll/she’ll cook. =D By the way, you might like to try a stainless steel container for your packed lunch. Stainless steel containers doesn’t hold odors and stains like plastics do. It is also durable, safe and eco-friendly. Plus, in one single carrier you can store up to four different dishes, a pyramid party tiffin or an insulated tiffin bag.


  5. abby says:

    i always look forward to seeing your bento box creations. Since Elijah’s now going to daycare 4x a week, I stress over what to pack for his lunch and at his age, the choices are limited. though he has taken a liking to seasoned rice. i try to pack a healthy and tasteful lunch for him, pero nauubusan ako ng ideas!


    munchkinmommy Reply:

    Hi Abs! Tamang-tama, habang bata pa si Elijah, sanayin mo na sa pagkain ng mga healthy food. Oo nga, choices are rather limited for his age. But I’m sure you’ll come up with exciting lunches for him. Yung age niya siyempre, mahilig sa mga cute and colorful na food. ;)