2010-09-29

Banana Wrap Lunchbox


Last week I ran out of bread and fresh grapes for The Kid's lunchbox, because I was so busy getting my Project Food Blog post up that weekend, that I didn't have time to go grocery shopping.  (Spending more time on the food blog about feeding my allergic child than actually feeding him is NOT a good sign.)  The upside is that I can share another of my "nothing to pack" lunchboxes, which in the real world are probably more helpful than the cute ones.

In it you will find a tortilla spread with Sunbutter and rolled up with a banana inside then cut into slices, pretzels from a bag, mandarin oranges from a can, carrots (still not a garnish) from the bottom of the veg drawer in the fridge, a little box of raisins, a reusable juice box filled with  apple juice/water mixture and an iguanadon sticker.

My point (other than "Get off the computer and take care of your kid!") is that it pays to have a stash of nonperishables for those mornings when you forgot something, ran out of something or the hubs ate something that you thought was waiting to be packed for lunch.

I'd also like to thank everyone who helped vote me into the second round of Project Food Blog and ask you to help me make it into the third.  Voting closes tomorrow (Thursday the 30th) at 6pm Pacific Time, and I'd really appreciate it if you'd take the time to click on the "Vote for Me" button on my contestant badge in the right hand column.  I have something magical planned for The Kid and a few of his friends if we make it to the Challenge 3 dinner party!

Update:  I didn't make the third round, but many, many thanks to everyone who voted for me!

13 comments:

Victoria K. said...

This is adorable! Especially the little elephant on the mandarin oranges. My nephew is barely 2, and my sister takes care packing his lunch everyday, but he's not quite at the point of taking lunches with this much food and variety! I'm sure she'd love to see this, haha.

Diane said...

I love that idea! I am going to have to make that for myself.

Stretching My Imagination said...

So cute! I am gluten-free, lactose/casein free, and also allergic/off eggs, all meat, fish, seafood, poultry... the list goes on. I love reading your blog for ideas.
What kind of tortilla do you use? I keep hunting for a good one that is safe and tasty to eat, but no luck so far.

Libby said...

Victoria - the elephant is actually a little fork to eat the oranges with.

Diane - thanks!

Stretching - I use plain old flour tortillas from the grocery store. I've seen gf ones at my health food store, but don't know what brand/how good they are. You might be able to find naturally gf corn tortillas, the fresher, the better.

Libby said...

Stretching, I just saw this gf tortilla recipe:

http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=1551

Mother Rimmy said...

What a fun and healthy lunch box! I know a few parents who could learn from your example!

Elizabeth, blogging for SunButter said...

Hi again, Libby ~ Any trick to keeping the tortillas from unrolling. I've tried toothpicks but fear I may forget to take them out (like when I'm blogging during busy mornings ~ yikes). Thanks for another beautiful lunch lineup.

Libby said...

Hey Elizabeth, I'd just take a picture the next time I make one, but it may be a while, since I've just been advised by my son's teacher that the reason he is so enthusiastic about banana wraps is because the slices make excellent projectiles.

So, I hope the description makes sense: Lay the tortilla flat, then cover the entire area top to bottom with a very thin layer of Sunbutter. (I skip the far left and right sides.) Peel the banana, place it at the bottom edge, and carefully roll it away from you. Keep the wrap tight and gently press to eliminate the bend. If the entire tortilla has spread on then it should stay closed. I discard (or eat) the end slices.

Elizabeth, blogging for SunButter said...

Libby,
Perfect description! It worked. Now hopefully our daughter isn't as enterprising as your son on the alternative use of banana wraps. Or at least she doesn't get caught : )
Thanks. Have a lovely week.

Corliss said...

This post made me laugh right out loud. I often spend too much time on the computer talking about what I feed my family when I should be feeding them.

And my husband has on more than one occasion ate what I was planning on giving my daughter for lunch.

I am new to your blog so I'll have to check out your Project Food Blog.

EasyLunchboxes (Kelly Lester) said...

Total yum. Sharing it with my fans right now. Thanks for the great pic and yummy lunch idea!

tiffany said...

where do u find the picks that the kids eat their food with? never saw before. thanks.

Libby said...

Hi Tiffany, I am in the middle of writing the epic lunch packing post I've been threatening to put up for a few years, but have been too busy at back to school time to actually get it done. Hopefully it'll be up in the next day or two!