In mid-June, the Tiny Kitchen Assistant will be starting a new child care program, one that’s based on the campus of his soon-to-be kindergarten. This presents a new set of lunch challenges.
- There are no microwaves. For the first time in his life, we won’t be able to heat up last night’s leftovers.
- Nuts are forbidden because of allergy fears.
- All lunches must meet the strict “healthy lunch” guidelines of the program.
I’m not terribly worried about #3, because his lunches tend to be reasonably healthy anyway (leftover chicken fingers from weekend lunches notwithstanding). I’m a little bit stymied about what to send. So far, I’ve come up with the following TKA-approved lunches:
- Yogurt, fruit and Puffins cereal (“Puffins are good for munching on without milk”)
- Cheese, crackers and fruit
- Rolled-up deli ham (“it tastes better rolled into tubes”) and fruit
… and that’s pretty much where I get stuck. The good news is that he likes fruit. The bad news is that I don’t really know what to do about protein sources that taste good cold.
Any thoughts from my readers?