Pine Tree Post | Food
Food continues to be a major topic of conversation, a major time consuming activity, and a major expense in the PUTP. Three hungry kids can sure put away an enormous amount of food, especially when it is delicious. And, if food makes them smile...who can blame the parents for consistently giving in and feeding their hungry mouths?
|Elli, powering up right before his hockey game - Gretzky style with a piece of apple pie|
The last few months of winter brought multiple colds, coughs, and the flu to the citizens of the PUTP, which is why this meal of simple chicken noodle soup (from a box) was 'cooked' up.
|Add pouch to 6 cups of boiling water. Simmer for 5 mins. Serve.|
The coldest winter in many years made hot soups and roasted meals taste even...tastier.
|French Onion Soup made an appearance|
|A bean filled vegetable warmed some souls|
|"P DINNER" - A roast pan full of porkchops, potatoes, pears, parsnips, lemons (Lolli's Favourite)|
|Cheesy pasta dishes always go over well...|
|...you can add roasted asparagus...|
|...or even chicken to make many different dishes|
|No, the PUTP is not going Paleo, this is a typical dinner.|
|Ruebens - broiled in the oven.|
|Can't beat a fresh loaf of banana bread.|
|Green is fresh.|
|Colourful fruit and multi-coloured wraps help cure some winter blahs|
|The bright papaya looked better than it tasted.|
This time of year lunches seem to fall into a repetitive routine, rotating through roughly five main ideas; sandwiches, pasta, cheese & crackers, and eggs. Fresh things are in short supply, or too pricey, to buy often. Apples, Oranges, and carrots make appearances daily in the lunchbox.
However, sometimes things gets changed up, for a bit of variety.
|Beans make a great snack|
|A separate container of granola keeps it from turning the yogurt into a pile of mush|
|Doesn't a little lettuce on a sandwich make it looks so much yummier?|
|Sunbutter is a school friendly substitute for peanut butter.|
Lunchbox Tip #341 - Soggy Sandwich Prevention
A container, such as the Lock & Locks used by the PUTP, which has multiple containers can become a bit of a mess when shaken around, say when put in the backpack of an active child. To prevent any wet foods from contaminating the sandwich a small barrier of cling wrap can be used. This small tip can save a lunch from becoming that 'soggy mess you sent me Dad!'
|Step 1 - place a small strip of plastic wrap in between the fruit and sandwich spot|
|Step 2 - arrange plastic over the sandwich to prevent moisture from causing sogginess.|
|Sugar, butter...more butter = yum|
|Berries + strudel mix = yum|
Many new products have found their ways into the cupboards of the PUTP, including a change in coffee.
|Smooth and tasty - a new fav coffee|
The coffee was originally bought as a short term substitute for our regular brew (President's Choice Great Canadian) because it was on sale ($2.50). The LavAzza became the new coffee of choice, at least for a couple of months.
Speaking of President's Choice...
The editors at the Place Under the Pine food post have noticed that a certain brand keeps popping up at the table - President's Choice (PC). This is not a recent trend, the PUTP has been using PC products for years.
There are some many old favourites.
|Not Kraft Dinner around here - White Cheddar instead|
|You've seen the lean Italian meatballs before|
And, recently a few new products have been added to the grocery list on a regular basis.
|The 'Free From' meat is a great substitute when the deli is closed at 10:45 pm and you need sandwich meat|
|The Maple Balsamic has been coating many salads lately|
|Even the PC pasta sauces are being emptied at a rapid pace...especially on days Matt cooks|
|Don't Joke about getting your hand caught in the mixer Elli!|