If necessity is the mother of invention, desperation is the mother of Friday lunchboxes. This morning I stared at the fridge thinking I had nothing to pack, then saw two eggs staring back at me: tamagoyaki it is! Just Hungry has a great tutorial with pictures. Along with some purple sweet potatoes, honeydew, and the last apple in the fruit bowl, what seemed like nothing became a mini feast. (There’s a life lesson somewhere in this.)
Lunch is packed in a Steeltainers snack container (top) and a Sten Lock container, a brand made in Korea that I picked up in a local Korean grocery store. Both are stainless steel and have locking lids that my kindergartener can easily handle.
This tangram train is quick and easy thanks to cookie and fondant cutters you can find at Michael’s or Joann’s. Make sure to browse the kitchen section of your local dollar store too, since I’ve seen cute cookie cutters pop up there often. My kids happily gobbled up this creation–all except for the persimmon wheels. I used to hate persimmon as a kid, much to my grandmother’s chagrin–but I love it now and perk up when I see it at the market. It’s a good reminder for me not to stress out too much about my kids’ eating habits; they’ll grow into their palates soon enough.