Pablo’s weekly menu, and a cool lunchbox!

From the Ojai Farmer’s Market
I feel like I’m settling back into my world of food like one settles into a comfortable armchair. Getting back to reading food blogs, being inspired by other people’s work, browsing cookbooks, browsing Pinterest, noticing how the light hits the fruit bowl, walking through the Farmer’s market. The beauty of fresh produce. All this is a quiet kind of inspiration. When we are in crisis mode, our mind focalizes on survival, and closes itself to the beauty out there. We don’t even think to look at it, we have tunnel vision. Making the transition from the intensity of crisis to the peaceful brewing that life mostly is, can be so challenging, that re-opening of our mind, free of pressure or fear, to the world.  But the world beckons my attention again, and looking outward again, I feel grateful.
Speaking of grateful, I also wanted to take this opportunity to talk about and feature Pablo’s new lunchbox, which we discovered thanks to the kindness of the people at Yumbox. Pablo now goes to daycare three mornings a week, and this lunchbox is really perfect for us. The bento box format with compartments is perfect for a lunch in “courses”, it is also very good for portion control, and Pablo just loves it. We have been using it for the past couple of months, and I definitely recommend it. If you are interested in finding more about it or purchasing it, you can find it here.
I am posting pictures of Pablo’s Yumboxes on Facebook regularly in case it can spark some ideas. You should also check out Yumbox’s Facebook page for lots of ideas, and I always welcome your suggestions and ideas too!
French-style grated carrots, cold leg of lamb, mild mustard on the side, white beans, Sheep’s milk cheese, pineapple
Now on to the week’s menu.
Cheeses of the week: Following French tradition, I always offer a little bit of cheese at the end of every meal, between the main course and dessert. Rotation this week: Camembert (cow), goat gouda, mimolette, Italian blue, Petit Basque (sheep’s milk).
Desserts: At lunch, I offer a fruit yogurt (or plain yogurt with fresh fruit), but at night, I prefer sticking to plain yogurt (regular homemade* whole milk, sheep’s milk, goat’s milk and Greek yogurt for extra protein) to avoid too much sugar before bedtime.


Pablo’s Lunchbox: 
Cauliflower & potato in vinaigrette, skirt steak, Pecorino cheese, apple

Goûter (4pm snack) – Speculoos cookie

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Butter lettuce with vinaigrette
Main course: Chicken Basquaise


Pablo’s Lunchbox:
Tomato cucumber salad, hard boiled egg, rice, Petit Basque sheep’s milk cheese, strawberries.

Goûter – Kiwi

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Butternut leek soup from Cannelle & Vanille
Main course: Pan-fried lamb chops with flageolets beans à la française


Lunch at the beach (Pablo loves the fish tacos, with sides avocado and black beans and a few sweet potato fries)

Goûter – Pear

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Leftover butternut leek soup
Main course: Ham, green beans with parsley and garlic


Appetizer / Finger Foods: 1/2 avocado with vinaigrette
Main course: Sardines with leftover flageolets 

Goûter – 

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Watermelon radish (with butter and salt)
Main course: Roasted chicken with bell peppers and onions, fresh fettucini Alfredo (trying this recipe)


Pablo’s Lunchbox: 
French-style grated carrots, smoked salmon, tzatziki with pita, goat gouda, tangerine

Goûter – Tangerine

Appetizer / Finger FoodsPea salad
Main course: This lovely Carrot Risotto from Food Loves Writing


Lunch out

Goûter – Mango

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Green bean cauliflower salad
Main course: Oven roasted pork ribs with multicolored potatoes & butter lettuce.


Appetizer / Finger Foods: Lentil shallot salad
Main course: Prosciutto & avocado

Goûter – Almond Galette des Rois

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Broccoli watercress soup
Main course: Tofu, coconut quinoa

4 thoughts on “Pablo’s weekly menu, and a cool lunchbox!

  1. Love this blog so much! We too are in the Los Angeles area (I have a 2 1/2 year old and 2 month old), and we often go to the beach. When you mention going to the beach and having fish tacos is that at a restaurant? We are always looking for a new place to get fresh fish and grab a bite. Currently we go to the Reel Inn in Malibu.

    1. Thank you 🙂 We like to go to the Beach Cafe at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica. It's adequate and reasonable. I usually share an order of fish tacos with my son with rice and black beans, and order a side of avocado and sweet potato fries to share. He loves that lunch 🙂 Plus the restaurant is in the sand, which is great. We'll have to try the Reel Inn next time we're in Malibu.

  2. This is a very interesting lunch box! I’m glad your son eats such a nutritious meal at a young age. With vegetables like carrots and potatoes, mixed with fine choices of fruits such as pineapple and strawberries along with a good portion of lamb meat and fish, your son’s lunch boxes contain very well-balanced meals. Thanks for sharing your lunch box ideas!

    Mae Tyler @ St Andrew Poultry

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