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Back To School 2014: What’s For Lunch?

Back to school 2014 What's for school lunch

No. Don’t even think it.

This is absolutely not the start of a daily “Here’s what I packed my kids for lunch at school today” series of cheery overachieving posts. I’m not nearly that committed…or creative. And certainly not that cheery. As my high school teachers, every single one of them, would attest, I am the classic underachiever. Plus, how many PB&J photos do you people want to see anyway!? Aaaaand THAT kinda segues perfectly into the version of this post I’d started writing a week prior…

One PB&J per week.

That was my rule, hard and fast, and for the longest time, I was successful in abiding by it. I was the model lunch-maker citizen. Then came the final third of the ’13-’14 school year and with it, a parade of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. On white bread. Made in seconds. I didn’t even bother to cut them into triangles. In the bat of an eye, I went from president of the imaginary lunchtime community association to the ex-treasurer caught embezzling funds to support his unyielding meth habit. Exactly how lazy had I gotten? I made all the PB&Js with strawberry jelly instead of apricot as the Bear likes best. Your answer then is THAT lazy. I was a shell of my former self. I never resorted to those frozen PB&Js, but make no mistake about it, I was a broken (homemaker) man. Did I mention the Ziploc bags? Oh yeah, I kept the countless reusable containers, vessels I’d have to clean at the end of the day, in the cabinets in favor transparent trash in a landfill. Pathetic I was, but no more.

No more I tell you!

I have entered the ’14-’15 school year with renewed vigor. And with some vim too. OK, to be honest, I have no idea what vim is but I’m certain I have at least a bit of it right now.

For the ceremonial first day of school lunch, I let the Bear and Mouse make their own main course which essentially meant twice as much work for me. How’s that happen exactly? The Bear opted for a pita sandwich with fresh mozzarella cheese, roasted red pepper hummus, heirloom tomatoes slices, and caramelized onions. Or, as I like to call it, NOT PB&J. The Mouse made a request for something as close as possible to a Thanksgiving wrap — turkey, mayo, cranberry sauce and corn — for her 1st day of 2nd grade. Oddly enough, her wonderful lunch also goes by the name NOT PB&J.

1 day of smashing school lunch prep success down, 199 to go.

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