Welcome back to the school year! And with it, the volunteer activities and necessity to pack lunches and snacks.
Enter the preschool helper. The position of prestige in the eyes of my child. And a good place for a parent to see their child flourish amongst others.
Along with the helper part also comes the lunch part. (We take turns providing lunches for the classroom.) When it comes to feeding my kids all is well and anything (or just about anything) goes. But being a classroom of pint-sized people, many lunches have been a flop. Some parents have resorted to bringing in delivered pizza…yet I have persevered to find something healthy AND likeable. Not an easy feat. Especially when one of the considerations is that it is easy to prepare – remember this is a whole classroom. And as much as crackers and cheese seems to be a lunchtime staple, the lack of nutritional fruit and vegetables kinda drives me nuts (nuts – which we are also not allowed to bring.)
Now that it is the beginning of the school year I can finally say I have found the perfect snack, having worked at it all last year. And usually everyone finds something they like out of it.
Bring in the skewer! Toddler style (or rather pre-school style) with the sharp skewer ends clipped off and a colourful display of vegetables. This seems to be the best accepted, nutritional hit I’ve managed to conjure up. And it’s great to have a preschool helper to prepare it!
And speaking of conjuring…here was this weeks meal plan:
- Chickpea Stew with Naan bread
- Mushroom Broccoli Quisotto (think risotto, but with quinoa! And this dish can be fully ready in 20-30min…chopping time included!)
- Fried Tofu with Swiss Chard and Rice Yes this is really good. And really simple. AND the kids eat it up (really and truly, we all love this healthful dish!)
- Daal with Cauliflower yogurt and Naan bread
- Tomato Basil Pasta (with cashew cream sauce)