Here's a lunch menu inspired by my brilliant friend Linda, who packs wonderful lunches like these for her lucky daughter. It's "Build A Taco" -- Taco Smart Ground and black beans stay warm in the thermos; at lunchtime you spoon the taco filling into the corn taco shells. Linda's daughter even sprinkles hers with shredded lettuce, but shmoo won't go there. The veggie and fruit of the day are jicama and honeydew, which are really fun to say together. For dessert, one fresh-baked gingerbread cookie for a little dose of iron-rich blackstrap molasses.
Verdict: First I was worried that the hard taco shells wouldn't fit in the lunch box, but they fit perfectly and didn't break! Then I was worried that Little shmoo would be unable to manage filling the taco shells without making a mess, but my goodness, he must have maneuvered that taco filling with the dexterity of a brain surgeon. Every bit was scooped out of the thermos and not a trace was left in the lunch box. Only a few slices of honeydew remained. 5 stars. Thanks, Linda!