Brown Baggin’ It
Do you “brown bag it” (take your lunch to work/school)? Brown bagging it is economical and invaluable when trying to assure a certain diet. But how do you prevent monotony?
When the kiddos first started school, I packed their lunches and off they went. Not being much of a visionary when it comes to food, the fare was rudimentary at best. Cheese sandwiches were the standard rotation – if you can have a rotation with only one item. It took a few attempts for me to introduce them to peanut butter and jelly… actually, it only took one sandwich to introduce them to PB&J, but quite a few months to get them to like it. Perseverance is a virtue.
As the years passed, they noticed that most of their classmates bought food at school. With this realization came the inevitable question, “how come we don’t buy lunch at school?” Trust me, this did not hurt my feelings. I was more than happy to be relieved of the monotony of daily sandwich making. Only one problem. They came back begging me to give them whatever I could because the cafeteria and school food were – to put it gently – not to their liking.
Okaaay, so we’ve established that bringing lunch is the way to go, but what do they bring? There is no microwave so cooked food has to be eaten cold. Yes, I’ve heard about the thermos and other lunchtime innovations. I just haven’t reached that level of sophistication yet.
Every once in a while I feel sorry for the lack of variety and try new things – often without much success. Innovative sandwiches go soggy, I’m told. PB&J with bananas or apples – they’re not interested. Luncheon meats? Those don’t apply here. Hummus? They don’t like the stuff. Flavored cream cheese? Not so much.
I have found that different types of bread go over well. Croissants, bagels, and potato rolls get rave reviews. Once in a while left over pizza or pasta make the rotation. Fresh fruit and salad tend to get warm and unappetizing by lunchtime. Maybe I should invest in some ice packs.
Now that the garage is in decent shape, maybe I should focus my innovative endeavors on lunch… or maybe not.
What’s this lunch lady to do?
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