Mooooommmmm…come on….not the broccoli slaw!!!!

This is the phrase I hear from my son, Jon, yesterday morning after packing his lunch for school. Every morning he comes down from showering, asks me to make him breakfast and what I packed him for lunch. Usually it is the same type of thing….sandwich on GF bread, chips, applesauce, yogurt, drink, dessert (if I have made treats lately). Well yesterday I gave him the rest of the broccoli slaw that we had with dinner the other night. He really liked it and even mentioned how much the dressing tasted like his favorite dressing that I buy for him from a local restaurant. What he didn’t mention that he was only going to like this dish at home, not at school. Apparently now in addition to his gluten-free food restrictions there are also “coolness factor” restrictions. I guess it is bad enough that he has to bring his lunch to school when 97% of the kids buy, but then to show up with broccoli slaw, well, that is just SO UN-COOL! Now, when I pack his lunch in the AM, I normally aim for nutritionally balanced, not “coolness factor” balanced. This is where I have been getting it wrong. He tried to throw the slaw back into the fridge; I put it back in his lunch box. The container came home empty…anyone want to place bets on whether or not he actually ate it? My guess would be that once it showed up in plain view in his lunch box, he might as well have eaten it. Throwing it out at that point would have only served one purpose, to make me mad (and if I don’t know, how can I be mad?). Going hungry, or partially hungry is probably an option a 12-year old boy would choose over eating the broccoli slaw. So I brought this up to Aaron, who looked at me like I had 2 heads when I told him that I packed the broccoli slaw for Jon, and he couldn’t believe that I would pack it for him for school. He went on to say that I was calling attention to his already “different” needs, saying that it is bad enough he has to pack every day to eat safely, but then I had to throw in the good ole broccoli slaw on top of it. Okay, maybe the broccoli slaw was taking it a little too far. Who can blame a Mom for wanting to make sure her kids eat healthy? Apparently we will be sticking to applesauce or grapes for lunch and extra fruits & veggies at home for snacks and meals to make up for what he is missing at lunch. I do pack Lara Bars (they count as a fruit!), but he doesn’t always have room for one after his sandwich and other stuff. I make sure he has one every day in case he gets hungry, if he eats it, I replace it, if not it just stays in the lunchbox.

So, tomorrow, do I pack the roasted brussel sprouts or spinach salad for Jon for lunch? LOL! Just kidding.

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6 Responses

  1. My bet is that he ate it!

  2. He claims that he did. He even commented on how the container had been lying on its side and how all the dressing was on that one side so he had to keep scooping all the slaw over to that side. I asked why he didn’t stir it up; he said it was too hard. LOL!

  3. OMG! I have hope :) Those bagels, the pizza, your Kit Kat bars… all look to die for. I am literally salivating. Where do you get this Pamela’s mix? I do not have any health food type stores near me.

    Oh and I have to side with Jon on the coolness factor of broccoli slaw even though I think it’s yummy :P

  4. Nikki, I order the bread mix in bulk on Amazon. I believe that it is under $20 (when you subscribe to the subscription service) for 6 packs. Here is the link:

    This is the mix I use to bake with for the most part (though for my cookies, I use a blend of flours, I’ll post that for you too): Oh, we make pancakes out of this too.

    Lots of other Pamela’s Mixes..the chocolate cake rocks!!
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Dgrocery&field-keywords=pamelas&x=17&y=18

    My chocolate chip cookies….

    http://glutenfreeislife.wordpress.com/2008/08/18/c-is-for-cookie/

    Let me know if you need more info!! :)

    Kim

  5. Kim, thank you! thank you! thank you! Awesome :)

  6. No problem, Nikki. Good luck and let me know how it goes. :)

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