Coming up with lunch ideas that are healthy, easy to make, as well as, nutritious is not an easy task for me. I tend to find something that works, then stick to that. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. That gets boring, so I’ve been trying to come up with some different ideas.
This past summer, Bens friend, Alex came over to play. A thunder storm came along bringing with it a pelting rain mingled with flashes of lightning. I knew the boys were a little scared of all the noise. It’s easy to tell them a story about why there is such a loud noise coming from the sky. Sometimes it’s easier than trying to explain the real reason for something. I have always had a very good imagination, my son has one also. That said, sometimes the funny stories conjure up a different image for an inexperienced child. My favorite story was, why the mountains would have smoke curling up towards the sky, after the rain. Mom told us that the bunnys were baking bread. Well, that explained forest fires. I love that story, I do tell my son that one. I adored the idea of little bunny chefs, in little bunny holes baking up warm yummy bunny bread. Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh-baked bread!
I told them, the reason for thunder, I was always told, was that the angels were bowling in heaven. Now that’s a cute story, we’ll all agree. However, I did wonder a little anxiously, what if the Angel threw a gutter ball, would it land down here? I hoped it wouldn’t land on my head. Therefore, I try not to make up a reason why something behaves in a certain manner. Every book I read about childhood development says a childs “foundation” is developed with the first 5 years. Therefore I simply try to explain it on his level. Even the “Bunny bread” phenomena. When he started being a little wary of thunder, I told him that thunder is just warm air and cold air bumping into each other. The warm air says, “Oh excuse me!” while the cold air says, “No, excuse ME” and then (clap hands together) BOOM, thunder. He laughs so hard when I tell him that. It doesn’t always comfort him, however it lightens his mood.
On this day, it wasn’t doing a lot to comfort either of them, 3 years olds boys together equals more imagination. We needed some comfort food, special food that only gets made during Thunder storms. I fixed bread with peanut butter, and marshmallow creme toasted in the oven. They were called Thunder Boomer sandwiches. That did the trick, by the time they’d finished their Thunder Boomer sandwiches, the storm was over. That didn’t help me today, during the winter, when there is no thunder. I couldn’t exactly make a Thunder Boomer, if there was no thunder booming.
I was reading in a magazine, that said, mini bagels are an excellent breakfast choice for toddlers since they are small and easy to handle. Why not use them for lunch too, after all, it’s just bread. When I was little, we use to love to fix toast and as soon as the toast popped up, spread peanut butter over it. It melted and tasted so good. My little one loves peanut butter, he loves bread, he loves marshmallows. Just like that, the Roasty Toasty was born. It was delicious. I served it with fresh orange slices and cottage cheese. It was very good to see him eat well again. He’s been sick with a chest cold, that took his appetite away. Thank the Lord he’s feeling better and his appetite is back.
I had some leftover gingerbread marshmallows in gingerbread man shapes. Good way to use them up and add a little special touch to lunch.
creamy peanut butter
Fun shaped marshmallows, or small regular marshmallows
Turn oven broiler on low
Halve the bagels
Spread peanut butter on each half
Put marshmallows on top
Place on a cookie sheet in pre heated oven Watch carefully, don’t burn the marshmallows!
When the top of the mallow gets golden and a little smoky take out of oven immediately
Smush the mallows down and into the warmed peanut butter
Cut in four, bite size pieces making sure that the peanut butter and marshmallows are not too hot for your little one to eat.
If anyone has any fun lunch items to share, feel free! Have a super day.