(what Lorelei wishes I served for lunch every day!)
I've never been a big fan of lunch. Breakfast food is something I could eat three meals a day, and I love experimenting with recipes at dinner and planning out just the right side dishes to balance out a main course. But lunch? Meh. I don't like sandwiches and I generally just feel uninspired by the typical lunchtime fare. I feel like meat eaters have it easier at lunch, too, to be honest. Mostly, I make bean + cheese nachos or heat up an Amy's spinach/feta wrap and call it a day.
And when it comes to creating interesting lunches for Lorelei, I admit total defeat. She gets hummus sandwiches, avocado sandwiches, cheese sandwiches, or some combination of the above most days of the week. I usually round it out with some chopped up fruit or a smoothie or maybe an Ella's Kitchen pouch (p.s. is "swede" another name for rutabaga?). String cheese, black beans, and peas often show up on her tray, too. So it's not surprising that she turns up her nose at what I offer on a fairly regular basis and that she gets really excited on days when I make something like Annie's macaroni and cheese.
So besides my struggle with being an uninspired lunch chef, I have food on the brain at the moment because several bloggers I know have been posting about toddler snacks and meals lately. Michelle has been writing all about her successes with finding healthy meals for her son, Jennifer posts regularly about what Chloe is eating, and now Margaux and Leah have started a link-up for snack ideas. Check them out -- and I hope you share some of your healthy meal and snack ideas for your tots, too!