Wednesday, January 29, 2014

we all live in a yellow submarine

As this year has worn on, I've learned that what we as adults would find boring - the same lunch every day for weeks on end - is actually comforting to kids. We may not like packing the same dull lunches day after day, but they like eating them.

And so, my kids have settled into a routine:

Monday - ham or turkey & cheese sandwich with baby spinach, yoghurt or cheesestring, banana, one other fruit or vegetable
Tuesday - see above
Wednesday - replace "apple" with "bag of plain popcorn for school fundraiser"
Thursday - pizza from school, snacks from home
Friday - egg salad for 5 year old, ham or turkey & cheese for 8 year old

It's easy to plan for. I have my fun mixing up the fruit / veggies they get based on what's on sale or tasting especially nice in a given week. And they come home with empty lunchbags, so either they're feeding seagulls or I've hit on a winning formula.


This week, store-made sub buns were on sale at my favourite grocery store, so I decided to give it a try. Mix things up a bit. I bought the buns and asked the boys if they'd like subs for a change this week.

"WOW!" said 8 year old. "Like from Subway?"

"I LOVE Subway!" proclaimed 5 year old.

Here's the funny thing. The toppings on their subs are exactly the same as what they've been having on their sandwiches. Turkey or ham, cheese, baby spinach, mayo, little bit of spicy mustard.

But they are on a SUB. This is COOL. The other kids in the class are, apparently, ENVIOUS.

We have a winner, folks.

Is it any less boring for me? A little, actually. It's nice to hear "mom, that lunch was delicious! Can we have it again?" Now I'm trying to think of ways to repackage other favourites. I guess it's all in the presentation.

1 comment:

  1. So, I love all kinds of food, but I also seem to have a remarkable tolerance for eating the same things day after day at work for lunch. For some reason work lunch has devolved mainly into simply fueling myself with something reasonably nutritious, inexpensive, and capable of being eaten at my desk with little preparation. I think Oldest feels the same way about school lunch (ok he couldn't care less if it's reasonably nutritious) - he just wants something he can eat relatively quickly with little fuss while talking to friends so he can get to recess as soon as possible. For that reason (as well as the fact that I cannot be arsed to put out the effort) I will never make him cute, fun lunches cut into interesting shapes or forming a scene. He wouldn't notice and certainly wouldn't appreciate it as much as I'd like for that level of effort ;-)