Friday, October 02, 2009

Quite awhile ago, I started reading a blog called Vegan Lunch Box and then later bought the book from the same author. She packs really great lunches for her son in super cute, compartmentalized (Is that a word?) little lunch boxes. Recently Mothering magazine had an article about moms packing healthy, cute, and waste-free lunches for their kids using this same style of lunch box.

I finally got around to ordering one - from Laptop Lunches - for Emma, and ever since I placed the order, I've been stalking the Laptop Lunches Flickr group, ogling all the pictures of lunches packed in this particular lunch box. The group has almost 1200 members who have posted 8,484 pictures of their lunch!

Emma's lunch box came last weekend and so far she loves it. (I do too, maybe even more than she does.) Every day I've been really excited to pack her lunch, which probably makes me a humongous dork.The first day I packed her some Chickpea Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, raspberries, a kiwi, and carrots with ranch dressing for dipping. Doesn't it all just look so appetizing in there?The second day she got White Bean Roasted Red Pepper Dip, multi-grain pita chips, and glazed carrots and green beans that were both leftover from dinner. I realize that these two lunches are a little redundant, but roasting red peppers is kind of a hassle so I like to get the most for my efforts. Plus, Emma is a huge fan of anything with red peppers in it, so she was happy with it anyway.

When I told my brother about the Flickr group, he totally scoffed not only at people who are lame enough to take pictures of their lunches, but also at people who are actually interested in looking at them, so I won't torture you with any more pictures. If, however, anyone reading this is just dying to see more pictures of Emma's lunches, just let me know and I'll be happy to oblige!

13 comments:

The Mama said...

I love seeing other people's lunches! We are out and about often at lunch time, so I'm not just packing kids lunches, but lunches for me too. I always need new ideas for food as well as ways to pack the lunch without creating a bunch of trash.

Do the laptop lunches come with a lunch bag? Or is there a spot to put an ice pack? I bought Amelia something similar, but now I can't find a way to keep it cold at school since it doesn't fit in her lunch box.

Sarah said...

There are insulated bags that you can order from the website, but they are very plain and Emma wanted something more "kid" looking. We ended up getting her one at Target. They had several options there that would fit the lunch box, an ice pack, and a drink.

Lisa said...

I love seeing lunch pictures and have actually gotten distracted for an embarrassingly long time on that flickr group. I think keep posting them.

The Mama said...

I must have bought the goofy bento box that doesn't fit in anything. THanks for the info. :-)

Mom said...

Those lunches are charm city! I love when you make me aware of trends. I read a recommendation of those darling lunchboxes in Woman's Day magazine last night,and felt very with-it!

David said...

Yes, it is a word.

Mary Beth said...

I love these little boxes too. Yummy looking lunches! I'm glad you're back, Sarah, I missed you!

Tom said...

In some places you can get beat up for packing such a lunch.

Pa

Anonymous said...

Was good to hear about the lunchboxes and I give you thumbs up for doing the lunches they look so healthy and its good to know there are things out there that don't contribute to the landfill. Keep posting your pictures and by the way glad to have you back.
LJ

Alberta said...

The lunches look beautiful. What happened to the days of peanut butter sandwiches? I'm so glad you are back blogging. How would I ever know about the new trends and see beautiful pictures of lunches and great grandchildren?

Hamons said...

Love the stories and pics. I'd happily look at more =)

We are not packing lunches here, but we do a muffin tin for Monday snacktime. We look forward to it.

Mom said...

How do you pack a muffin tin for snack time? Or is that a homeschooling idea? That sounds so cute!

Shawn said...

Finally reading blogs, thanks for the comment. It is so different this time being pregnant. Must be a boy :) I wanted to get one of those but Bethany had her heart set on a mickey mouse lunchbox (sigh.) It is fun packing her lunch. She LOVES tacos for lunch with black beans. So we try and do little themes and fun things. I'm so addicted to that site too. You're not alone and I think pics of the lunch boxes rock :)