What does one do when everyone is hungry for lunch and you are completely out of sandwich bread and tortillas/wraps? After being away with my girlfriends for the weekend I wasn’t surprised to find a somewhat empty fridge and pantry upon my return. So after putting a little thought into it…we came up with peanut butter and jelly on crackers! I have raved about Triscuits over and over again, but there is another box of crackers that we also love to buy: 100% Whole-Wheat Matzos (be careful because they sell Matzos made from white flour, too). They are in the International section of my regular (non-health food) grocery store and only contain two ingredients: unbleached whole-wheat flour and water. So as far as the health of the cracker goes, these are probably even one step above Triscuits since they don’t contain any oil or salt. I love to make a little breakfast dish for my girls with Matzos crackers too…more on that later though!
So anyway, everyone survived our bread-less lunch. I actually ended up eating some whole-wheat pretzels (that I recently found at Earthfare) and cucumbers dipped in hummus along with some leftover homemade cabbage/beef soup and rice that my husband had defrosted from our freezer while I was gone. It ended up being more than enough food for everyone.
On a completely different note, I experienced a little bit of a surprising incident at the grocery store the other day. We were just minding our own business while shopping at our regular local store. Both of my girls were pushing their own little kid-sized carts, and I was leading the way through the aisles with my list in hand. Along came another little girl (who must have been the same age as my 5-year-old) with her own little shopping cart. It almost felt like it happened in slow motion when I saw my kids look right at her cart full of processed foods as she pushed it right by them (at their eye level of course). Then the dreaded words started to come out of my 5-year-old’s mouth…”Mom, her cart reminded me that…” I seriously held my breath, but then she said “…I wanted to get one of those cups that she had.”
I was in shock and after getting her to clarify her request (since it was so hard for me to believe) I said “I will absolutely buy you one of those $3 plastic cups” …let’s go pick one out! I explained to her later that I bought her the cup because I was so proud of her for not asking me for (or even wanting) any of the items that were in the girl’s cart. I honestly didn’t even notice the cup and instead only saw two different kinds of Fruit Roll Ups, two packages of Lunchables, and a box of white croissants from the bakery. (I need to take a moment here to stress to the readers that don’t know us personally…things were not always like this with my daughter!). Not too long ago, both of our daughters ate just like any other child including the very same Lunchables and plenty of candy and other highly processed treats after meals. My point is that even though it hasn’t been easy at times, we have managed to change their mindsets, and sometimes I still can’t believe how well my children are handling our new food choices.
So I must follow up this story about how good my daughter was at the store with one about how much both of our daughters hated what we made for dinner tonight. Even though you know it is inevitable, it is always such a bummer when everyone can’t just sit down and eat the same darn thing. I was incredibly inspired by all of the fabulous food we ate in New York City and decided to try to emulate a lunch dish that I had at Le Pain. So my husband and I worked away to make black bean hummus (I have added this to my list of Food Illusion recipes to post soon!), roasted red bell peppers, and a spicy tahini sauce. We served it with avocado on an open-faced sandwich (a.k.a. tartine) along with some roasted potatoes and mango. Our daughters absolutely HATED the sandwich and made gagging faces while they ate the few required bites. Then I had to give them something else. Don’t you just love it when that happens? On the contrary, my husband and I thought the sandwiches were quite delicious!