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I was reading back on some blogs, and a certain post by Christine reminded me how packing the equivalent of school lunches has become a cherished tradition in my home. I'd be writing about this even if it wasn't for the giveaway, because now life is different.
First of all, all the kids are in school, so the restrictions by the gan (a sandwich and a piece of fruit! No bananas! Nothing that needs to be peeled! How dare you send in a tuna sandwich, that's messy!) are gone. At last.
At this point my kids get a hot lunch at school, and they stay in school/daycare till 4 p.m. 5 days out of the 6 schooldays. (Fridays are half days.) That means, at least for the twins, two snacks to pack: one mid-morning snack they eat at 10 a.m. and one mid afternoon one they eat around 3.
This is where it gets tricky: my kids have to prepare their snacks themselves, and they have to be kosher. So every evening when they get home we check what lunch will be the next day, and depending on that, they pack dairy or meat, or, preferrably pareve (neither dairy nor meat) sandwiches or other goodies.
Because the turkey-ham-and-fake-cheese sandwiches get boring fast, we just decided on introducing the kids to bento style meals. Tomorrow, for example, all three of my kids are packing away Shabbat dinner leftovers: a chicken wing each, cookies, green peas, humus (ok, so only Justin is taking hunus), toasted challah pieces, pieces of chicken breast, bean snacks, pickles and some brown rice with more beans. Matthew also made a hard boiled egg, so he is taking that, cut in four. I'm sending home made iced tea with them and Craig bought a can of cola yesterday, so he is taking that.
Now Monday will be a lot more difficult. I can kinda see the twins making Jewish eggs without the liver to make sandwiches--possibly using some of the can of smoked sprats to go in the sandwiches and then asking me for Tic Tac. Yeah, those things are delicious, but should be eaten next to an open window.
So here is the question: What are some kid friendly, easy foods that my sons could learn to fix themselves (with assistance from the adults in the family) that might actually be kosher? Would love to hear some suggestions!