I packed gado gado for myself, husband, and both children. It was left from Sunday, so there was no additional prep to do. Gado gado is meant to be eaten at room temperature - perfect packed lunch! I put a layer of brown rice, roasted carrots, green beans with sesame salt, diced cucumbers, chopped red bell pepper, and bean sprouts with a dollop of peanut sauce on top. Dessert was a black bean brownie. Pretty, travels well, and nutritious.
Packed my husband's in a quart jar with the peanut sauce on top. By lunchtime, the peanut sauce has gone nicely throughout, and he ate it from the jar. I only had a very cutesy jar cozy for a quart-size jar, so I whipped up a plainer felt one that evening. I put a handle on it because the felt/jar combo was quite slippery.
Gado gado for the kids again: rice, broccoli, red peppers, bean sprouts, cilantro, peanut sauce. Wasabi peas on the side (the kids are currently in love with them). I rarely pack the same lunch in a row because we usually don't have that many leftovers - curious to see what they say.
Last week's shepherd's pie and an apple for my husband. In the tiffin. I picked this up at a local discount store for $11 a while back. It's great: doesn't leak, no plastic, and travels well.
I'm not telling you what I ate at home - I eat weird scraps and read novels, very happily, when I'm alone.
What happened with the same lunch for Genevieve on Tuesday is that she didn't eat it. So I gave her the choice of eating her gado gado for supper or Wednesday school lunch. She chose today. I'm not saying this is the ideal way to handle this, but we talk about how we don't waste food. Also, carrot cake muffin for her.
For Ben, hummus sandwich, grape tomatoes from the back yard, carrot cake muffin.
Kids: red beet egg, hummus sandwich, applesauce
Adults: red beet egg, sourdough bread, Swiss cheese, apple (and someone bought ice cream during her work day)
Children want to get school lunch pizza on Fridays. That's cool. For one day a week, I don't mind a break and the school-lunch crap.
Husband: leftover taco beans from taco salad supper; rest of rice from gado gado. Green salad with 1000 island (down the side!). Blueberry muffin from freezer. Apple.
Thanks to Carrie for the original idea of the week in meals! I thought a real snapshot of packed lunches would be helpful to us all. I'm going to try to write more about packed lunches on the blog - they're a big part of our week and we could all use ideas and tips.