It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Menu Monday

You’ll recall that I’ve tweaked our eating patterns at Mary’s house. No more morning snack! Instead, snack is tacked on to the end of lunch, and called ‘dessert’. Our lunches now have three courses: vegetable, main, and dessert.

Vegetable: garden salad
Main: black bean soup and cornbread
Dessert: carrot-pineapple muffins

Vegetable: Kale cups
Main: Pasta with veggie meatballs and tomato sauce
Dessert: home-made applesauce

Vegetable: cucumber raita
Main: Falafels (in pita with vegetables and yogurt sauce)
Dessert: apple and pear slices

Vegetable: Lentil-beet salad
Main: Black bean enchilada bake
Dessert: banana with dark chocolate chips

Vegetable: carrot salad
Main: butter chicken, ginger-baked tofu, rice
Dessert: almond-chocolate macaroons

As always, if you want any recipe, just ask!

February 4, 2013 - Posted by | food | , ,


  1. Hi Mary! Great menu. I’d be really interested in the almond-chocolate macaroons recipe, sounds like they’d go really nice with a cup of tea in the afternoon. 😀

    Comment by Sheri | February 5, 2013 | Reply

  2. I am curious. How did the parents take the transition from no snack to desert?

    Well, it’s not exactly no snack to dessert. They are getting snack, the same one they’d always get, just after lunch instead of mid-morning.

    As to your question: Good question! The parents have said surprisingly little. That could mean pretty much anything, couldn’t it? Maybe their lack of extended conversation on this is because they trust me implicitly, or because they think it’s a good idea, or because they don’t think it really matters one way or the other, or because they’re horrified and afraid to say so. Certainly no one’s expressed concern, nor even implied concern with a bunch of anxious questions, so I’m assuming there isn’t any, or at the very least, any concerns they may have are not major.

    Their children are getting the same amount of food, after all, just organized differently. In fact, given that I’ve made lunch a 3-course event, they’re getting more food than they were before. It takes some pressure off the evening, knowing your child has had their main meal in the middle of the day. So in all, I’d say it’s a bonus.

    Even if they have unspoken concerns, they have often commented on the quality of the food the children get here, so I think, on balance, they’re willing to give me the benefit of the doubt on this.

    However, your comment and my response to it suggests to me that it would be a good idea, in another couple of weeks when the new pattern is well-established enough for me to have evaluated it, for me to have a direct and intentional conversation with the parents about it. I will do that!

    Comment by Anne | February 6, 2013 | Reply

  3. Kale is my new favorite food. How do you make kale cups?

    Comment by Neuro | February 6, 2013 | Reply

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