Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Yes, I do comfort myself with food

Mah babies are at school! I miss them so. Time to distract myself with cooking, especially foods for them to enjoy in their lunchboxes.

Money Saving Mom is starting a lunchbox freezer cooking session, and Milk Allergy Mom is following along with some dairy-free versions of the recipes.

Alisa posted a great-looking curry chicken nuggets recipe at Attune Foods. I especially like the curry sauce.

Our friends just dropped off 5 pounds of Concord grapes, which means it's jelly time! I use the cooked jelly recipe from the Sure-Jell pectin recipe insert, but I freeze the jelly instead of canning it. I prep the grapes this way because I have a Foley food mill, and I follow the advice of this recipe that says I don't have to strain the grape juice.

On vacation one day we had eggplant Parmesan that contained dairy, so for Katherine's lunch, I made this:

Easy Eggplant Parmesan

2-3 small, thin eggplants
1 garlic clove
olive oil
Progresso Italian Panko Style Breadcrumbs

Slice the eggplants into 1/4 inch circles, salt lightly. Chop or press the garlic. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the eggplant and saute until slightly browned. Add the garlic, turn the heat to medium, and cook until eggplant is tender. Toss in a handful of breadcrumbs with a little more oil if needed and stir to combine. Serve with red sauce.

What do your kids like in their lunches?


  1. Peanut butter sandwiches. Almost every single day, with additions of apples, grapes, carrot sticks, cheese sticks, yogurt, granola bars, etc. Very boring, but easy. Occasionally she'll request a turkey sandwich or cheese and crackers instead of peanut butter, but not too often!

  2. I am so jealous of the concord grapes. I had a friend drop some off a few years ago and the smell of the grapes while I was making the jam was heavenly. I keep secretly hoping she'll drop off more this year :)

  3. My kids come home for lunch. The plus side is that I don't have to pack lunch, the minus is that I go back and forth to the school three times a day.

  4. I've gotta try eggplant...isn't that sad?! And grapes?! You are set for the sushi PBJ's! Thanks for the shout-out.

  5. Z is fairly simple with his lunches. PB&J (I've been using Trader Joe's PB with flax + my strawberry freezer jam = delicious combo!), or wraps (sometimes lunchmeat w/cheese & veggies; a fav is peanut butter & a whole banana wrapped up), and the latest is sub sandwiches. Turkey, salami, cheese, tomato, lettuce, mayo on a small sub bun. And I always throw in fresh fruit and veg. Fruit leather type thing for snack (love the Archer Farm varieties from Target). And sometimes goldfish crackers. Seems to work & it's all pretty simple to throw together in the mornings.

  6. Ooh, lots of delicious comfort food.

    Salt really is the main parmesan replacer :) Your daughter is so lucky - I didn't even know what eggplant was until I left home!

    thanks for the link!!