school lunch debates ::::
When Peach started kindergarten, she quickly went to the darkside … of food. The first few days, she was all about her princess lunch box, packing up the milk and crackers, fruit and pink spoon. She refused peanut butter and jelly. No hummus. No thanks on the boiled eggs. Then it occurred to her, seeing the hoards of students in the cafeteria poring over turkey and cheese sandwiches, brown rice, and public school issued pizzas, that THAT food was way more interesting than the turkey sandwich, brown rice, or mini pizza that I could make at home. I remember eschewing my mother’s lunches too, finding that wheat germ on yogurt and apples and peanut butter were fellow students’ fodder for jokes even though they tasted good. The greasy mat of pizza on Fridays was a big pull for many of my classmates. It was mine only after removing the pools of oil with an absorbent napkin.
Eat and I relented and signed her up for the hot lunch program, after I explained to Eat that surely school lunch quality has jumped leaps and bounds since we were children. Peach has been happy with this decision, and just as interested in food at home at the end of the day. She refused peanut butter and jelly, so I refurbished it, in a sense, in a granola bar. These PB&J no-bake oatmeal bars are great for breakfast or a snack. And maybe she’ll realize that a spongy square of pizza isn’t all that great, coming back to mom’s cooking, when she’s in college, no doubt, experiencing the darkside of college cafeteria food and subsequently turning vegan.
One year ago: white beans with onion confit
Two years ago: sage-mint tea
- ½ cup unsweetened peanut butter (I used crunchy)
- ¼ cup honey (use agave if you want to veganize)
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 cup oats
- ⅓ cup dried blueberries
- ⅓ cup toasted pepitas
- ⅓ cup unsweetened, dried coconut
- pinch salt
- Melt together peanut butter, honey and coconut oil.
- Remove from heat and add in oats.
- Add in remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Press into 8x8-inch pan lined with parchment paper.
- Chill for 2 hours then cut into bars.
- Store in the refrigerator for days. I like to eat these chilled better at room temperature.