Peanut Butter and Pomegranate Jelly Sandwich and Assorted Yummies

lunch on 20 Nov 2014: peanut butter and jelly sandwich with carrots, pomegranate yogurt, Goldfish, and grapes
lunch on 20 Nov 2014: peanut butter and jelly sandwich with carrots, pomegranate yogurt, Goldfish, and grapes
lunch on 20 Nov 2014: peanut butter and jelly sandwich with carrots, pomegranate yogurt, Goldfish, and grapes

Today’s lunch is full of kid favorites: peanut butter and jelly sandwich (with pomegranate jelly from the farmers market—yum!), sweet yogurt, carrots, Parmesan Goldfish and grapes. This is actually the last lunch I have to pack until after Thanksgiving, because tomorrow is class party day and the kiddos have the entire week off for Thanksgiving holiday (craziness). So next week, I can devote my energy entirely to Thanksgiving preparations. I just love a big Thanksgiving feast!

Salmon and Tuna Salad Sandwich with Sweet Jalapeños and Pickles

lunch on 18 Nov 2014: salmon and tuna salad sandwich with Goldfish, peanuts, veggies and grapes
lunch on 18 Nov 2014: salmon and tuna salad sandwich with Goldfish, peanuts, veggies and grapes
lunch on 18 Nov 2014: salmon and tuna salad sandwich with Goldfish, peanuts, veggies and grapes

I made salmon and tuna salad sandwiches for both kid and grownup lunches today. I added chopped sweet jalapeños and cherry tomatoes from our garden, plus lots of sweet and dill pickle relish, and a little bit of mayo to a can of salmon and a can of tuna. The salmon and tuna combo makes for a great sandwich spread. For the grownup sandwiches, I also added a nice pile of salad greens. Some veggie sticks, Parmesan Goldfish, dry roasted peanuts and grapes finish off this lunch rather nicely.

Sweet Sandwich: Cookie Butter and Sliced Apples on a Bagel Thin

lunch on 18 Nov 2014: sliced apple and cookie butter bagel sandwich, carrots, grape tomatoes, small granola bar and tangerines
lunch on 18 Nov 2014: sliced apple and cookie butter bagel sandwich, carrots, grape tomatoes, small granola bar and tangerines
lunch on 18 Nov 2014: sliced apple and cookie butter bagel sandwich, carrots, grape tomatoes, small granola bar and tangerines

In the process of cleaning out my pantry, I found a jar of cookie butter hiding in the back of a cupboard—which reminded me of how delicious cooke butter is spread on apple slices. Hence, today’s lunch: a bagel thin sandwich with thinly slices tart apples and cookie butter. It’s downright decadent. Half a granola bar, some veggies and a sweet tangerine are the perfect accompaniment to a cookie butter apple bagel sandwich.

Peanut Butter and Nutella on Whole Grain Blueberry Pancakes

lunch 17 Nov 2014: peanut butter and Nutella on blueberry pancakes, carrots, celery, and apples
lunch 17 Nov 2014: peanut butter and Nutella on blueberry pancakes, carrots, celery, and apples

What’s better than blueberry pancakes? Blueberry pancakes turned into peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches. Enough said.

Friday Sammie: Ham, Cheese, Pickle Relish, Lettuce and Mustard

lunch on 14 Nov 2014: ham and cheese sandwich, pretzel thins and peanuts, apple slices
lunch on 14 Nov 2014: ham and cheese sandwich, pretzel thins and peanuts, apple slices

I do love me a good ham and cheese sammie. This one has some fancy gruyere + cheddar cheese from Trader Joe’s, lots of dill pickle relish, a little bit of mustard and crunchy leaves of romaine lettuce (I hope the lettuce is still crunchy after traveling to school in the lunch box). Sides today are pretzel thins, dry roasted peanuts, and two kinds of apples: Pink Lady and Fuji.

Corn Tortilla Quesadillas with Beans and Enchilada Sauce

lunch on 13 Nov 2014: corn tortilla quesadillas with pinto beans, carrots, celery, apple slices and tangerines
lunch on 13 Nov 2014: corn tortilla quesadillas with pinto beans, carrots, celery, apple slices and tangerines
lunch on 13 Nov 2014: corn tortilla quesadillas with pinto beans, carrots, celery, apple slices and tangerines

I whipped up a quick batch of flat enchiladas yesterday for dinner: corn tortillas dipped in enchilada sauce, layered with cheese and crock pot beans, and served with a fried egg on top. For today’s lunch, I made quesadillas filled with cheese, beans and a little smear of enchilada sauce. Yum! I used this quick and easy enchilada sauce recipe by Emeril Lagasse. It’s much tastier than canned and you can customize the spiciness—always important when cooking for kids.

Kid-Approved Sandwich: Peanut Butter, Nutella and Jam on Potato Bread

lunch on 12 Nov 2013: peanut butter, Nutella and apricot jam sandwich with celery, carrots, tangerines and persimmon slices
lunch on 12 Nov 2013: peanut butter, Nutella and apricot jam sandwich with celery, carrots, tangerines and persimmon slices
lunch on 12 Nov 2013: peanut butter, Nutella and apricot jam sandwich with celery, carrots, tangerines and persimmon slices

This is comfort food all the way: a peanut butter, Nutella, and apricot jam sandwich on soft and slightly sweet potato bread. Yummers. Fruits and veggies today are: celery sticks, purple carrots, sliced persimmon and tangerines.

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

lunch on 7 Nov 2014: chocolate peanut butter chia pudding, fruit/veggie strip, cereal, apple, kiwi and smoky almonds
lunch on 7 Nov 2014: chocolate peanut butter chia pudding, fruit/veggie strip, cereal, apple, kiwi and smoky almonds
lunch on 7 Nov 2014: chocolate peanut butter chia pudding, fruit/veggie strip, cereal, apple, kiwi and smoky almonds

I made a quick, easy and relatively healthy chocolate peanut butter chia pudding for today’s lunch, which also has a cereal mix, fruit + veggie strips cut into bite-sized pieces, apple slices, half a kiwi and some smoky almonds. I get a brief break from lunch packing, because the kids have a four-day weekend for my birthday—no, wait, I mean for Veteran’s Day (which, as luck would have it, coincides with my birthday). We’ll be celebrating with a mini holiday to Disneyland. Even though we live within driving distance to Disneyland, we have never taken the kids to experience this important cultural touchstone of childhood. Disney princesses, here we come!

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding
  • 1-1/4 cup milk (I used almond milk, but any milk will work)
  • 2 tablespoons carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds

Mix all ingredients together except the chia seeds. I find that carob and cocoa powder are difficult to mix without using a blender or an immersion blender. Once everything is blended together, stir in the chia seeds and let rest in the fridge overnight. The next day, voilá: thick, rich, reasonably healthy chocolate chia pudding.

Yogurt: Big + Small

lunch on 6 Nov 2014: yogurt with apricot jam, blueberries and granola, cheese, crackers, purple carrots and kiwi
lunch on 5 Nov 2014: cheesy sourdough bread with ham and salami, yogurt with blueberries and honey, sweet peppers, apples and persimmons
lunch on 5 Nov 2014: cheesy sourdough bread with ham and salami, yogurt with blueberries and honey, sweet peppers, apples and persimmons

Yesterday’s lunch had a small helping of blueberry honey yogurt with cheesy bread, sweet pepper slices, apples and persimmons.

lunch on 6 Nov 2014: yogurt with apricot jam, blueberries and granola, cheese, crackers, purple carrots and kiwi
lunch on 6 Nov 2014: yogurt with apricot jam, blueberries and granola, cheese, crackers, purple carrots and kiwi

Today’s lunch has a big portion of yogurt which I loaded up with homemade apricot jam, blueberries and granola. Those dark little carrots between the cheese and crackers are little purple baby carrots that I got at the farmers market. Purple carrots?! Who knew?

Two Little Cheese Sandwiches with Assorted Yummies

lunch on 4 Nov 2014: salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh mozzarella, and salami, mini cheese sandwich, pretzels, apple and persimmon slices
lunch on 3 Nov 2014: beef tri tip, mini cheese sandwich, purple carrots, smoky almonds, persimmon and tangerine slices
lunch on 3 Nov 2014: beef tri tip, mini cheese sandwich, purple carrots, smoky almonds, persimmon and tangerine slices

Lunch on Monday was a colorful extravaganza with purple carrots, persimmon slices and little tangerines. I had some leftover beef tri tip from dinner, which I chopped up and put in the small compartment. The kid-approved little cheese sandwich is Dubliner Irish cheddar on King’s Hawaiian sweet bread.

lunch on 4 Nov 2014: salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh mozzarella, and salami, mini cheese sandwich, pretzels, apple and persimmon slices
lunch on 4 Nov 2014: salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh mozzarella, and salami, mini cheese sandwich, pretzels, apple and persimmon slices

I made a little caprese-esque salad—tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh mozzarella, and salami with a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper—for today’s lunch. I also make another little cheese sandwich, this time using fresh-baked whole wheat challah, which I made while working at home yesterday (mmm, bread).