I’m having one of those days. Can I just feed the kids some twigs? Really, I’m not channeling Kim Jong-il, but what I’d really like to do is send S to school with a bag of trail mix and be done with thinking about and packing lunch. I’m feeling uninspired and tired. I’ve also realized that I’m not going to make it to my goal of making 108 different lunches this school year. Bummer.
After pulling together scraps from my rather bare pantry and fridge, I’m making a version of twigs: Ants on a Log and Caterpillars in the Sand. For the Ants on a Log, I filled two celery sticks (and, yes, it’s worth buying organic when it comes to celery) with sunflower seed butter and topped them with raisins. It’s pretty much your traditional version of Ants on a Log. For the Caterpillars in the Sand, I spread cream cheese in two other celery sticks and topped them with cashews. Nuts must be one of earth’s most perfect food. That and avocados. But I’m digressing. To go with her meager lunch, I packed a bowl of sliced apples and strawberries, plus some sweet potato chips and Trader Joe’s Crunchy Curls (made from lentils and potatoes).