Time For Mom: Mom Food

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saladbration timeEvery job needs its perks. For some it may be free tickets to a baseball game, for others it may be great healthcare insurance.

For Moms? Well, there are lots of perks – namely our children, and the privilege of escorting them from infancy to adulthood. To watch them grow and change and learn is an exciting thing. You will always be your children’s mom and that is a beautiful thing.

But, sometimes, amidst the mountains of dishes, laundry, and confusion of school papers, it’s hard to see that end result. Our days can get clouded with the oughtas and shouldas. And while the perks I’ve already mentioned are valuable and eternal, sometimes it’s helpful to throw in a few more tangible and immediate fun MOM things.

For me, it’s getting a break from “kid food.” Sure, I’ll eat cheese and crackers, chicken nuggets, PB&J, but a MOM lunch is a welcome change, particularly since the foods I love are not foods that my family would joyfully eat without a fuss. (Think quiche, creamy soups, exotic salads, funky pastas.)

Make a Mom’s Meal

Consider making a MOM meal sometime this week. It doesn’t need to be elaborate, just a little different than mac and cheese with hot dogs chopped in. While I love an Asiago Roast Beef sandwich and Broccoli Cheese Soup from Panera, that’s my once in awhile treat.

Instead, here’s my “usual”:

FishMama’s Favorite Lunch

  • 2 handfuls romaine lettuce or baby greens
  • 4-5 baby carrots
  • 1 handful cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 generous shake croutons
  • 1/2 cup cubed cheese, such as pepper jack or cheddar OR 2 T. freshly grated parmesan
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped (if available)
  • garbanzo beans
  • several cucumber slices
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, chopped
  • cooked chicken, grilled meat, or canned tuna (or Aldi’s chicken nuggets if I’m desperate)
  • homemade ranch or vinaigrette dressing

And don’t forget,

  • 1 Vanilla Coke over crushed ice with a straw

What’s your favorite break from Kid Food?

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  1. I agree–I love a great salad with “big people” ingredients! My latest favorite is a grilled chicken salad with lots of veggies & cheese, topped with hot homemade french fries and dressing of your choice. Well, I guess it’s not my “latest” favorite since it’s been a favorite for about 10 yrs! So yummy & filling, too!

  2. French fries sound yummy on a salad!

  3. Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart says:

    Yum! That practically made me drool. I frequently toss romaine or spinach in a bowl and add a cut- up salmon burger. I put salad dressing on it and sit down with the kiddos. I almost feel sorry for them and their cheese quesadillas when I have a MOM lunch.

    Great post.

  4. I totally agree about needing some “mom food” from time to time. My mom took me out to eat for my birthday, and I had a grilled mushroom with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on a toasted kaiser bun with homemade chips. So, so delish! Oh, and how about not having to worry about if someone is eating their food or not, lol. Love a great salad from time to time too.

  5. I have been craving a wonderful summer salad lately! Maybe I’ll try yours this week! I also love Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar soup and I’m right there with ya on the Vanilla Coke–all the way down to the crushed ice and straw! 🙂

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