I scurried around the kitchen last night, trying to figure out a good lunch for today, pre-assembling lunch items that can be put into the silicon muffin cups the night before. I usually put together items such as the beets, meatballs and broccoli rabe (sans seasoning) in her box and leave at an eye-level shelf in the refrigerator. This way I can grab it and finalize seasoning and adding the cooled rice in the morning.
I packed my daughter’s favorites:
Roasted organic beets
Steamed multigrain rice topped with my version of a Japanese ragu–ratatouille–babaghanoush-esque sauce made with organic ground turkey, minced organic garlic, minced organic celery, a drop of organic roasted butternut squash, and organic Japanese eggplant sauteed first in sesame oil, and then cooked down in organic chicken stock, seasoned with a little soy sauce, mirin, salt, pepper and organic red miso paste. Not visually appealing, but absolutely delicious.
Baked organic turkey meatballs – still leftover from the batch made for Monday’s lunch
Organic broccoli rabe tossed with a little soy sauce and katsuobushi
As I fanned the rice to cool before packing, I blankly watched the morning news. Depressing news about a famous hiker who was blown off a mountain and through a crevice, and plunged to his death, 700 ft below. My heart broke, thinking about his family left behind. I then came to my senses when I saw the clock hitting “crucial” up-and-go time, and went into full-blown, morning rush-hour mode. “Wake up wake up wake up!!”
Needless to say, after I dropped my girls off at daycare, hit less-than-usual traffic on the highway, I put two and two together, realizing today is Election Day. School is closed. No bento needed.
Oh well. Lesson learned!