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Eggplant Lasagna; Lunchbox

Sorry, no pictures again.  We have a semi-regular tradition of sharing dinner with another family in our building every couple of weeks – it’s a great way to make a complete meal out of the odds & ends of two pantries at the end of the week.  Tonight my contribution was an eggplant lasagna, brought to you by the fact that I had 3 eggplant and a box of lasagna noodles to use up.  Crushed tomatoes in the pantry are a staple, so the only shopping was for the cheese.

I sliced the eggplant medium-thin, salted it and let it sit in the colander for about 20 minutes.  Then I layered it on a plate with some paper towels and microwaved it for 5 minutes (hat-tip to Cook’s Illustrated for the idea).  What this extra step does is suck a TON of the moisture out of the eggplant so it doesn’t make your lasagna watery.

For the sauce, I did a simple base of chopped onion and red pepper, salt, pepper, garlic, Italian herb blend, and a 28-oz can of crushed tomatoes.  I let that simmer while the eggplant drained.

Layered it up with some no-boil noodles and mozzarella cheese, grated parmesan on top, and into a 400 degree oven for 35 minutes.  Gorgeousness. Like an eggplant parmesan but without the hassle of breading and frying.  (Without the oil too, I guess, but I’m pretty sure there was enough extra cheese in the lasagna to wipe out that advantage.)

Lunchbox for Monday: Apple slices with peanut butter (peanut butter on the bottom of the container, apple slices vertical); salami & cheese mini-pita sandwiches; buttered green beans (hey, I can dream, right?)

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Lunchbox: Turkey & cheese pita sandwiches; grapes; granola bar

No picture (forgot to take one), so this is really just a record so I can remember what I sent. 2 mini-pitas from Whole Foods stuffed with turkey & cheddar cheese (they’re each about the size of a silver dollar, so 2 of them is the eequivalent to about a half-sandwich made on regular bread), red grapes, 1 homemade granola bar (almond, cashew, craisin, apricot, choc chip).

Yesterday was a salami & cheese sandwich cut into the shape of a stegasaurus, red grapes, and a container of strawberry yogurt.

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Lunchbox: Almond butter & jelly; dried apricots; crackers; Honey Nut Cheerios; chicken sausage

The apricots and crackers are leftovers from today’s lunch, the sandwich is almond butter because the little girl we nanny-share with is allergic to peanuts.  It’s in the shape of a D and a star.

 

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Lunchbox: Hard boiled egg, cheese sticks, pepperoni, edamame, apricots, crackers

Hard boiled egg, cheese sticks, pepperoni, edamame, apricots, crackers

Hard boiled egg, cheese sticks, pepperoni, edamame, apricots, crackers

Boy, this one has a lot of components, doesn’t it?  Don’t worry, I’m sure this level of detail won’t last.

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Lunch Box: Pizza sandwich; granola bar; carrot sticks

Half-day pre-K in NYC starts with 2 hourlong days with only half the class present (half the class comes in from 12:30-1:30, the other half from 1:50-2:50) and the parents staying in the room.  This means that even though Dylan sort of started school last week, tomorrow is his first day bringing lunch to school.

Pizza sandwich, granola bar, carrot sticks

Pizza sandwich, granola bar, carrot sticks

Pizza sandwich (whole wheat english muffin, pizza sauce, mozzarella, sandwich-size pepperoni), granola bar (from Smitten Kitchen‘s recipe), and carrot sticks with ketchup.   (Putting the dip in with the dippers instead of sending a separate container is a brilliant idea I got either from ParentHacks or The Kitchn – my Google-fu is weak at the moment.)

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Lunch Box Tech Rehearsal: Chicken sausage chunks,cheese squares, edamame, pb&j shapes

We spent most of today at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and since their museum cafe is one of the worst places in the known universe to get food, I packed lunches for all of us.  Which meant that Dylan got to test-drive his new lunchbox!

My inspiration for all things packed-lunch related come from Wendolonia, who packs the most beautiful bento lunchboxes I know of.  Mine aren’t nearly as pretty as hers, but I do get a lot of “oh hey, not just a sandwich!” ideas from reading her blog.

PB&J shapes; edamame; chicken sausage; cheese

PB&J shapes; edamame; chicken sausage; cheese

I also recently splurged on Amazon and bought this enormous set of cookie cutters so I could cut sandwiches into interesting shapes (that would also make them fit into this surprisingly narrow lunchbox).

So today’s lunch was one peanut butter & jelly sandwich cut into shapes (two stars, one 4 and one D), a little container of edamame, and a little container with some cut-up chunks of chicken-apple sausage and cheddar cheese.  And a water bottle.

Everything was a hit (“Oh, edamame my favorite green vegetable!  Oh, my sandwich is shaped like a STAR!)”, except that we were at the museum with a friend of his, and together they were too distracted to eat much of anything.  So out of this spread, we came home with most of it except for the pb&j, which was eaten because, dude, SHAPED LIKE A STAR.  (The sandwich shape thing…I’m so conflicted.  On the one hand, kids really do love things in fun shapes.  On the other hand, it wastes so much of the sandwich.  On the other other hand, how much of the wasted sandwich would have been eaten anyway?)

Tomorrow is Day One of packing a lunchbox to take to school.  Hopefully I’ll remember to take a picture tonight.

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