Day 4 was leftover pasta from my one pot wonder (which A didn't eat the night before). He didn't eat much, but everything else was gone. It's hard for me to tell how much I'm packing in the thermos. Maybe I should start measuring?
Day 5, I'm taking it easy. Ham & cheese sandwich and fruit. I'm betting the carrots come back but everything else will be gone. Am I jinxing myself?
Update: after... I have to say I'm a bit surprised!
Snack: cup of grapes and some veggie sticks & oat cereal
Verdict: success! Everything was eaten. :)
Tonight's dinner was inspired by Damn Delicious' one pot wonders <http://damndelicious.net/2014/05/16/one-pot-pasta/>. It actually was quite tasty. This picture, I realize, doesn't seem so. :(
One pot wonder
1 lb ground beef
1/2 onion, diced
1 small eggplant, cubed
1 c carrots, diced
1 lb mushrooms, sliced
1 26 oz jar marinara or spaghetti sauce
1/2 lb pasta
1 1/2 c water
Brown ground beef. Drain excess fat. Add onions, cook until translucent. Add veggies. I used what I had on hand - eggplant, carrots, and mushrooms. Add 1 jar of marinara or spaghetti sauce, 1/2 lb of pasta, and 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until pasta is to desired softness.
Chicken soup with square crackers (aka saltines), 6 tater tots, and a Pluto (no, pluot! DYAC)
I even drew an arrow on the thermos to help A know which way to turn and open. I thought that was pretty clever.
Verdict: Bust! For snack, I sent a container of grapes, and stuck in the remainder of his breakfast, probably about a third of a whole wheat cinnamon roll with sunbutter. I guess he ate all of that at 11:00 for snack so when lunch rolled around and 12:30, he wasn't all that hungry. The soup was virtually untouched, the crackers had been added to the soup for a lovely congealed mess, but the tater tots were gone as well as half of the pluot. Tragically, A did not close his thermos all the way so it leaked out all over his lunchbox and into his backpack. Ugh.
So now I'm rethinking, maybe it is good to send a hearty snack and a lighter lunch. I'll have to think about that.