It’s Labor Day! Shout out to all moms giving birth today! KIDDING!!! Hee hee. Because it’s a holiday, we got to sleep in and I didn’t have to pack a school lunch for the first grader. ;)
Last week’s lunchables, save for one, were a resounding success. You have no clue just how happy it makes me when the lunch containers come back empty. I involve my first grader in the menu planning. After all, she’s the one who’s going to be eating whatever’s been packed in the lunch bags. Doing so also saves me from the heartache of receiving still half-filled lunch containers when the 6-year old comes home from school.
Here are the lunchables from last week, the 2nd week of school…
Turkey Siu mai Bento – My daughter has been requesting for siu mai/siomai since the first day of school. I made these the night before (Sunday) and prepared just enough for Monday lunch. I kept what’s left of the mixture in the fridge. The melon balls were also prepared the night before. All I did on Monday morning was steam the shumai and put everything together, including the soy sauce in the cute bottle. Everything came back empty, except for the soy sauce bottle. Hee hee. Success! ;)
You can find the Turkey Siu Mai recipe HERE.
TURKEY DUMPLINGS BENTO – Tuesday’s lunchables was practically an instant replay of Monday’s. My first grader wanted shumai again! I “clothed” the turkey mixture I kept in the fridge dumpling style. That way, it didn’t look too much that my daughter had the same lunch…kinda like wearing your clothes 2 ways. Hee hee. I also threw in a slice of banana. There are 8 pieces of dumplings with half-a-tablespoon sized filling. All that came back home, at the end of the day, was half the banana. Success!
The turkey dumplings and turkey siu mai share the same recipe. They are just wrapped a little differently from each other. ;)
TERIYAKI NOODLES AND DUMPLINGS BENTO – Hubby and I didn’t dare touch any of the dumplings I made ahead of time and kept safely in the freezer. It was pretty obvious our daughter loved them so much. I was out of Asian noodles (or so I thought!) so I used whole wheat thin spaghetti, tossed ’em in homemade teriyaki sauce with MSG free imitation crabsticks and homemade star-shaped steamed fish paste cakes. The school girl ate everything…except for the noodles and half the grapes. I’m beginning to think she’s got carbs issues. :D Half success!
The homemade teriyaki sauce recipe can be found HERE. Just reduce the sauce and toss the noodles in it. ;)
SEAFOOD AND DUMPLING SOBA NOODLE SOUP – I was a short-order cook on Thursday. My daughter wanted noodle soup. I found an unopened pack of soba (buckwheat) noodles in the pantry so her wish was granted. I decided to personally deliver this lunch. I brought another container with extra soup and more crab sticks, fish cake and another dumpling. Am I glad I brought the extras! I came home with only the soup and no more of the proteins. :) Oh, the fruit cup came back home with me, too. Success! :)
PENNE ALFREDO BENTO – It looks like a lot of work but this only took 20-30 minutes to make. The alfredo sauce is homemade and had some chopped spinach in it. Like me, my daughter loves cream sauce with her pasta. She devoured everything. She didn’t touch the beef hotdogs and only ate half the fruit. Today, she was anti-protein. Hee hee. Still, I consider this to be a success! You can find the recipe for the homemade alfredo sauce HERE.
It was another good week for home-prepared lunchables. Why do I go through all the work, you might ask? Simply because I have no excuse not to. It’s not like it’s electronics I’m dealing with, which is more hubby’s thing. Plus, PBJ (peanut butter and jelly) just doesn’t cut it for us. It’s a cultural thing, I dare say. :)
Have a great week ahead, y’all! Eat well and eat healthy! Cheers!