After a very full weekend I barely have the strength to even think about making lunch. But, I refuse to give Molly a lunch ticket to what a lot of my parent friends call "carb load Monday." Every Monday, the school serves Papa John's pizza, tossed salad, "vegetable", chilled fruit and a soft pretzel that is the size of Molly's face. 934 calories! No wonder there is such a high rate of childhood obesity. I am going to muster up the strength to make something nutritionally sound so that my child will make it through the school day without a lump of dough in her stomach.
Our main entrée is a ham and American cheese sandwich on home made herbed bread. We bought the Tastefully Simple Bountiful Beer Bread mix a few weeks ago and took one of their many suggestions on how to enhance it by adding their Spinach and Herb Dip Mix. We highly recommend keeping a few packages of the Bountiful Beer Bread mix in your pantry. http://www.tastefullysimple.com/ You can order straight from the web site and they'll send it right to your house. My good friend Shelley Schutzman is a wonderful consultant for Tastefully Simple, so if you are in need of some great products from a great person, look her up.
Our fruit side consists of some yummy prune plums. Molly and her sister would eat these every day. They are nice and small with a very sweet flesh. *Note, these prune plums were lovingly purchased by Molly's Grammy. ☺
Our vegetables are thinly sliced cucumbers and sugar snap peas. These are both very and crunchy and still juicy.
For dessert, we have some Ginger Cat cookies from Trader Joe's. Its the beginning of cold and flu season and ginger has almost a dozen antiviral compounds and has been proven to prevent, as well as, treat colds. We might as well give Molly a leg up and try to prevent her from catching whatever little bug is flying around her school this week.