This year my kids’ Spring Break was quite early, with spring not even officially beginning until next week. And it just so happens that our last day of break fell on Day Light Saving Time. Needless to say when Monday rolled around we were all missing that extra hour of sleep so very much. In order to brighten up my kids’ first week back from break, I decided to whip up a fun themed lunch for Saint Patrick’s Day (minus the corned beef). I am not typically a “themed lunch makin’ kind of mom,” but I’ll use any excuse to get those nutrient rich green foods into my kids!
I know what you’re thinking. Saint Paddy’s day is not until Friday. But, what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t give you some ideas beforehand?
The lunchroom teachers did get a kick out my 8 year old’s explanation of why their lunches were totally green 3 days before Saint Patrick’s Day.
“My mom isn’t confused, she just needed pictures for her food blog. You should check it out. It’s pretty cool. It’s called With Love and Veggies. I get to be in pictures sometimes.” And then she wrote out the web address on a scrap of paper. This kid has a knack for advertising.
For today’s all green lunch I decided to use our favorite Sistema cubes, though the Bentgo boxes would work perfectly as well. In the large compartment, I made my Broccoli Hemp Pesto pasta recipe with some gluten-free curly noodles, but substituted about half the broccoli for spinach, just to switch it up (I added the spinach raw to the food processor/blender along with the cooked broccoli and other ingredients). I cut a small slice off of a green bell pepper to look like a little clover.
In the smaller compartments, I put green grapes, sliced kiwi, and sliced green apple. I soaked the apple slices in some fresh orange juice to keep them from oxidizing. For the veggies, I sliced cucumbers, green bell peppers, celery, and added a few broccoli florets. The very well used green fork is from Ikea Kalas kids cutlery set.
For snacks, I added a Mamma Chia Squeeze pouch (in the Green Magic flavor) and a Pressed by KIND bar (in the Pineapple, Banana, Kale, Spinach flavor). The little green hat and bow tie were from our local dollar store and I plan on letting the kids wear them to school on Friday.
You know. So they don’t get pinched.
Do kids still do that if you’re not wearing green?
Do you plan on making a themed meal for yourself or your kids on Saint Patrick’s Day? Share with us in the comments below!
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