Breakfast for lunch! We have eggs to use up , so I decided to make an omelet. Then I read this post about making your own instant oatmeal, so I whipped up some of that (I skipped the salt though). I haven't included oatmeal in a lunch before because we don't buy the instant kind, and cooking the regular kind can get messy in a microwave. Chip will just add some boiling water to this and be done with it! Once I had those two things made, I added the apple. And then I nearly drove myself insane trying to figure out what else I could pack. I begged Chip to take some mandarin oranges. "I hate those things." Come on, Chip! "Why? It's not hurting you." Um, yes it is hurting me.
Chip saved the day, however, when I asked him if he liked cherries. "Well, I like cherry pie." Done. We have tons of cherries from our CSA, and while I eat white cherries like candy (and have pit-spitting contests with my dad), I'm not so into the red ones. Though they are really beautiful. I looked up a quick and easy recipe for cherry pie filling, which confirmed that it's really basic and easy. So I pitted a bunch of cherries, then added a pinch of evaporated cane juice and some flour to thicken. He can either dip the bits of bagel in the cherries, or spread the cherries on the bagel. It's ridiculous how excited I get when I learn that Chip secretly likes a fruit or vegetable.
Oh, and because everyone always wants to know about the apples: I squeezed a little bit of fresh lime juice on these apple slices. They were beginning to turn brown within about 10 minutes of cutting them.
Homemade instant oatmeal with organic local oats, organic Sultana golden raisins, evaporated cane juice, and cinnamon, organic Pink Lady apple, organic locally-made bagel, CSA cherries, and an omelet with pastured eggs, Cheddar, and organic baby spinach.