once upon a time (this spring) i went to the hospital cafeteria for a take-out sabbath lunch
it was delicious. i loved it. i eventually ate every bite. i was by myself. i didn't have to do the dishes.
taking my own lunch
--a short(ish) history--
- i think my mom packed my lunches up until 4th grade - it was then that i discovered i only wanted to eat hot lunch - specifically haystack, burger, and pizza days - or any other day that involved ranch dressing (my love affair began young)
- i ate lunch at home (homeschool perk) until high school. after some quality time eating at the boarding school cafeteria (mostly buttered toast with brewer's yeast + pb, jelly, and applesauce on toast -- the bread was homemade) i was back at day school where the next two years consisted of -- not packing a lunch (i just realized that not once did i eat in that high school's cafe) and a lot of taco bell runs...though there was those two short months my junior year when i was obsessed with jack-in-the-box (oh. my. word. help.)
- college - lunch? what's that -- between a full load and two-four jobs -- lunch?
- 6 months of teaching school - hello t.v. dinners - i had a serious stash in my fridge - i tried all the vegetarian ones ever made at that time - school cafeteria - sometimes - on desperate days.
- 2 years ago. began consistently packing a lunch on a daily basis. the kind with salad and vegetables.
- this last year - i can't live without my packed lunch. i bring my own dinner to staff meeting. i have created a brown bag monster (joking joking -- i still order out sometimes --)
- summer - i make jon a lunch most mornings - as it has to withstand the heat - we are still working on adding creativity--- it usually consists of : pb+j, granola and protein bars, apple, carrots, any other random fruit we have around, juice boxes (he. is. obsessed. no joke.) - extra shake bottles of lemonade or gatorade mix and sometimes chips...
- p.s. - every morning when i make jon's sandwich, i instantly want to eat one too -- i heart pb+j
now that your head is filled with our lunch history...
let's brown bag it and you can tell me...
there has been a lot of chatter about lunches lately
(back to school will do it every time)
here are some lunch box links
- blisstree: reasons to brown bag it - you probably already know, but reminders are always good
- vegetarian times: break for lunch - 21 day challenge + recipes - need help getting started? like a plan?
- vegetarian times: a+ after school snacks - fun for kids+adults
- peta: pack a lunch with a punch - quite a few quick+easy vegetarian ideas using scratch+convenience foods
- country living: the great lunch makeover - "fresh takes on the standard brown-bag meal."
- blisstree: meatless monday: 10 vegetarian recipes for easy brown bag lunch - try some new recipes?
- martha stewart: brown bag lunches - a gallery of 50 sandwich, salad, and dessert recipes
- martha stewart: kid friendly lunches - not your standard pb+j
- martha stewart: 25 after-school snacks - "ants on a log" included
aren't you excited now