I'm a worrier. I am. I come from a whole family of worriers. So, when it's back-to-school time, I worry about whether the kids will have friends in their classes, whether they will have nice teachers and whether they will manage to overcome their dislike of French class.
I think that I'm more worried than the kids are - but, just in case, we try to make things a little more fun around here at this pivotal time of year. For our family of four, the quest for more fun tends to lead to a sushi party. Any reason to have a sushi party is a good reason.
While the boys went to pick up the vegetarian sushi, my little gal and I decorated the table with candles and fake rose petals. She also created a platter of appetizers all on her own - with carrots, grapes, cucumber and apple slices.
Before we dug into the sushi, we toasted to a happy and successful new school year. (The kids had ginger ale while Mom and Dad enjoyed rum and cokes.)
I made a banana chocolate pie from "The China Study Cookbook" for dessert. My husband and I enjoyed it - the kids not so much.
With school starting up again, we'll once again be enjoying after-school fruit platters, like this one my son and I shared for a snack the other day.
Also enjoyed recently: quesadillas with my husband's easy guacamole and pasta sauteed in olive oil, Bragg's and minced garlic.
On Labour Day Monday, we had another celebration of sorts - any time you have pizza and pasta I consider it a celebration! That's my broccoli pizza in the foreground. The boys had panzerotti while my daughter had cheese pizza. We all shared penne with Yves' fake meatballs.
And now for my impromptu Tuesday menu. Usually my kids take the school bus, but it was the first day of school so I went with them to find their new teachers. I didn't feel like eating so early in the morning so I took one of these delicious Envirokidz Peanut Choco Crispy Rice bars with me and ate it after I left the school.
After a brief shopping trip, I came home and ate some watermelon. When I cut the watermelon up for school lunches the night before, I decided to cut some for me too. Otherwise I probably wouldn't bother doing it the next day.
My husband called to tell me he had accidentally taken my leftover broccoli pizza to work. I was not happy. But I fried up mixed frozen veggies and Gardein faux chick'n in olive oil, minced garlic and Bragg's and then stirred in leftover penne. I also had grapefruit Italian soda.
We took the kids out to Tim Hortons after school to hear stories about their first day. By the time we got home I didn't feel like cooking so I defrosted lentils and rice (yes, you can freeze it!) and sauteed Gardein chick'n strips. They come with a tasty teriyaki sauce. As you can see, I was too lazy to even prepare veggies!
I may have also consumed half a bag of dark chocolate covered almonds while watching The Vampire Diaries later in the evening too. The Archer Farms dark chocolate covered almonds (from Target) are addictively delicious, and they don't have milk in them. I almost wish I had not discovered them...almost.
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