Today we met some friends at the park for lunch. My added challenge was to pack a lunch that would fill Dude’s belly after a 3 hour soccer camp, but tide everyone over until a late dinner since Bug had gymnastics after our park date. One of my kids’ favorite is sushi and today seemed like a good day for it.
The Contents: Tuna sushi rolls, kiwi bites, apple bites, a mini fruit kabob, carrots, green beans and chocolate goldfish.
The Details: So, the sushi…don’t get too excited or start thinking I’m all that crazy. One of our good friends introduced me to a fabulously easy and kid-friendly sushi filling – canned tuna. Bug and I add cucumber as well. The other funny thing about my kids is that they prefer plain rice to sushi rice and I’ve been experimenting with different combinations to try to get it just right. Today I tried one part brown rice, .75 parts white sticky rice and few splashes of sushi vinegar. Unfortunately, I added too much water and it ended up mushy. However, my primary goal was to switch over to brown rice and there were no complaints, so I plan to keep tweaking until I get it right.
The rolls on the top were done with an egg sheet instead of nori. The boys didn’t eat theirs, but Bug really liked it so I’ll do that again too. Egg sheets are a different post, on a different day.
Regarding the fruit kabob, I have learned that my boys will eat anything on a stick. What is it with boys and sticks? Since Dude claims to hate grape and blueberries, I opted to put them on sticks, and what do you know? They’re gone. Go figure.
Finally, one of my goals for these lunch boxes is to be as waste free as possible. Usually I don’t line the inserts, but my inserts were slightly damp so I did add a cupcake liner to try to keep the goldfish crunchy.
The Verdict: I got complaints about the mushy sushi, but it was eaten. Tomorrow I will post about why I love these particular lunch boxes so much. Today’s lunch is a good example.
(How’s that for a cliffhanger ending?)