A) he has a horrible mother B) said mother is too lazy to pack him a nutritious lunch and C) this kid must be starving. I have resorted to packing only 2 things I know he will eat. I stack the lunchbox in my favor. [I just want something in his body!]
In hopes of becoming a better mother [sigh], I googled lunch ideas and viola! I came across a new blog. J.M. Hirsch, a food editor and dad, blogs about packing his son's lunch in Lunch Box Blues. I think I may be in love.
He tracks what he packs for lunch and I am astonished! He strives to pack his 7 year old son "real food" for lunch. What I love about this man is that while he packs out of this world lunches, he is also a realist. By admission, his son doesn't like vegetables and goes on PB&J benders.
You must check out http://www.lunchboxblues.com/ .
his March 2nd lunch
pan fried ravioli, edamame, strawberries, and homemade chia seed pudding
He also writes about cooking at home. His rule? One bite. You don't have to like it. You just have to try it.
He penned the cookbook, High Flavor, Low Labor Reinventing Weeknight Cooking [buy here from amazon]. Pretty sure I need it. He also writes a column on foodnetwork.com called Off the Beaten Aisle. Here is just one entry about using creme fraiche in Croque Monsieur. It looks simply divine.
his recipe for Croque Monsieur [here]
Read more about J.M. Hirsh at his website and find links to his Food Network columns. http://www.jmhirsch.com/
I hope you are as inspired as I am! [Inspired. Not guilt ridden!]