Late last night I got into a bento-making frenzy and packed lunches for my younger siblings to take to school.
Benjamin (age 7) got: carrot sticks, celery sticks, ranch dip, a slice of red pepper, strawberries, blueberries, corn niblets, white rice with soy sauce, and pepperoni slices.
Bridgette (age 11) got all the same things as her brother.
Tyler (age 14) is a burly teenager and quite picky about his vegetables, so he got black beans, white rice, corn niblets, sliced pepperoni, mashed potatoes with ketchup, a clementine, and some candy.
We have this huge collection of alphabet letter plastic cookie cutters that never get used, so I was excited to finally try them out! The cuts worked well, but the meat was very oily and made a mess. They’d work better with ham or cheese—or, you know, cookies.
This is by far the least nutritionally-balanced lunch I’ve packed so far this year, but you only get Thanksgiving once (well, twice counting leftovers).
1. Green bean casserole 2. canned cranberry jelly 3. cornbread stuffing 4. candied yams with pecans 5. fresh raspberries 6. garlic mashed potatoes.
I’ll be the first to admit that the textures of classic holiday food are uniform and quite unappealing, but they are some of the most comforting foods I know.