It’s really what’s inside the box that matters most. Am I right?
I guess times have changed a little. Probably more than a little.
When I was in elementary school I had a bag (or boxed) lunch every day. The contents of that bag were not a mystery. It was more like a poorly kept government secret. The odds were pretty great that inside that bag or box would be either:
A) PB & J (on white)
B) Baloney (on white)
C) American cheese (on white)
I don’t really fault my Mom. Most kids lunches had the same basic contents. You could also count on a half filled Baggie of potato chips and possibly a couple of cookies. A napkin was a fifty fifty proposition. If you were living in a health conscience family, substitute the cookie for an apple. (FYI – most kids traded that apple for some cookies).
That’s all history. Kate McMillian and Sarah Putman Clegg’s soon to be released book (January 31, 2012), The Lunch Box: Packed with Fun, Healthy Meals that Keep them Smiling proves that point. “Healthy meals that keep them smiling”. WOW, that was a foreign concept back in my household. And, from the looks of my friends lunches, theirs too.
Kate and Sarah are really reaching for the lunch box grand prize with their collection of noontime meals. Philly Cheesesteak Rolls, the Italian Meat Lovers Sandwich, Creamy Waldorf Salad (I didn’t even know what a Waldorf Salad was when I was in fourth grade) and lastly, Mini Ham and Cheese Quiches. That reads like a menu board from some popular downtown lunch spot rather than the contents your child’s vintage Beatles lunch box or brown bag.
This book is a fun, delicious and healthy way to keep your kids motor running smoothly. I’m sure that todays lunch table wouldn’t bat an eye if you whipped out a Steak and Salsa Verde Burrito. But, back in my grade school days, something like that would have caused wide eyes and questions that you might not be fully prepared to answer.