Packing school lunches is a whole new challenge at our house. After six weeks, these protein-packed treats have become a lunchbox favorite. Any nut butter will do, though sunflower butter makes them allergy-friendly. They’re so easy to make that they’re a great hands-on activity to do with a new kindergartener, and they never come home at the end of the day (unlike those poor rejected baby carrots).
This homemade version of the Americanized Chinese food classic is fool-proof enough for a harried weeknight and delicious enough to make you happy you’re making the effort of cooking. Kids and adults wolf down the tender chicken, bite-sized chunks of bell pepper, cashews, and delicious sauce.
We’ve fallen in love with the soy-marinated boiled eggs found at ramen shops and the festivals at Leo’s school, and they’re so easy to make at home. We use medium-boiled eggs (though the little dude likes them hard-boiled), and soak them in a solution of soy sauce, sherry vinegar, and sugar.
This honey-soy salmon is prepared under the broiler, which gives it a blackened char that appeals to our volcano-obsessed preschooler.
Serve with Volcano Noodles, a rainbow salad that includes purplish black rice noodles, for a visually spectacular and delicious dinner. (Prepare the marinade and the dressing for the salad first – they’re similar, and you can prepare the veggies for the salad while the salmon marinates.)