As a working girl, I used to love lunch time. I would dream about the food I was going to buy all morning, or bring something tasty from home. Can you tell I like food? I loved wondering into Leeds popping in and out of shops and enjoying the sunshine in the summer. Since having children that vision of lunch time is a distant memory, and it’s the meal that has irritated me over the last few years.
I used to prepare separate lunches for the boys and I – things like soup, omelettes, scrambled eggs, beans, jacket potatoes and salad – then get stressed encouraging the boys to eat, but for the last year or so, we have eaten almost the same thing for lunch every day. I’ve realised that my boys prefer to eat a big breakfast and a big dinner, then nibble throughout the day. Once I accepted this it made my life so much easier.
Whenever I ask the boys what they want for lunch they always say: “Dip, dip”, which means anything from the fridge with either houmous or pesto, along with other bits and bobs from our cupboards. I just gather it all together on a bread board and they eat what they fancy. Lunch time is a relaxed affair and I let them eat as much (or as little) as they want to. I leave it out until the late afternoon so they can come back to it again and again.
We usually have a selection of these:
Dips: houmous or pesto
Veggies: carrots, cucumber, celery, tomatoes, pepper.
Nuts: cashews, pistachios.
Other bits to dip: pitta bread, oat cakes, rice cakes.
Extras: Yoghurt, dates, raisins, cheese and fruit.
‘Dip, dip’, is really easy to take out on a picnic, and Win always wants to take it to nursery with him too, so I try to recreate it in his lunch box. Now I find lunch time so much easier and I feel silly for getting stressed about it for so long!
What do your children like to eat for lunch? I’d love to know!