2009-02-06

Turkeyburger Lunchbox

This was an exceptionally quick lunch to pack, since it was just leftovers from one of The Kid's favorite meals the night before. I cooked an extra turkey burger at dinner and saved some sweet potato fries, which he is perfectly happy to eat cold. (I don't understand his liking for cold fries, but am perfectly willing to take advantage of it!) After spreading the bun with dairy free margarine, I grilled it on the skillet, which, in addition to being tasty and fattening, helps keep the bun from getting soggy. It was then spread with ketchup, The Kid's only condiment of choice. After cutting it in half, I wedged it into the lunchbox.
The burger and fries are accompanied by grapes, a bottle of apple juice mixed with water and a dolphin sticker. The lunch does not include any ketchup for dipping, even though The Kid would drink it straight from the bottle if I let him. I've learned that anything that requires him to open additional containers or needs assembly demands more time and concentration than my five year old has available in the noisy school cafeteria.
This lunch is being sent to Margo at Coffee and Vanilla for February's Wholesome Lunchbox event. Don't miss all the great lunches she posts every month on the fifteenth!

6 comments:

kelly said...

love the turkey burger idea. where do you get those snazzy lunchboxes?? i'd love to get them for my own kids!

Mary said...

Wow, you are a creative dedicated mom, way to go! My child is not yet school age, but I hope I have the energy to make fun lunches. I'm sure it'll make him feel a little special and like he's not missing out so much. One question....
what brand of dairy free margarine do you use? I've only found one brand, Fleishman's low salt. But it's not always carried in the regular grocery stores.

Mary-
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Allergy Mom said...

Kelly-the lunchbox came from the dollar section at Target several years ago. Another commenter found a look alike at Babylove.com

Mary-I use Earth Balance, both the spreadable and sticks. My grocery store carries the tubs, but I have to go to the health food store to get margarine for baking.

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Libby,
I'm soooo sorry for misplacing you entry! I just got back from our honeymoon in Jamaica and reading your message... I updated the round up post with your entry, again I'm very sorry...

Margot

Nicole said...

What kind of turkey burgers do you use/make?

Libby said...

Hi Nicole! I used to buy the prepared patties. Once I tried homemade, the taste was so much better I never looked back. Short version of my recipe: 1 lb ground turkey, 1/2 onion finely chopped, 2 Tbs dried parsley, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt, couple twists ground pepper, 1/4 C ground flax, 1/2 to 1 C fresh bread crumbs. Mix everything but bread crumbs, then stir in half cup. Keep adding crumbs until right consistency/moisture level reached. I use patty maker to mold, but hands work, too. Just don't make too thick, since pink middle is NOT ok for poultry. Should probably post this one sometime...