Two Ways with Smoked Turkey

lunch on 18 Nov 2015: smoked turkey and cheese slider with carrots, tomatoes, cucumber slices, tangerine, apple slices and crunchy lentil curls
lunch on 18 Nov 2015: smoked turkey and cheese slider with carrots, tomatoes, cucumber slices, tangerine, apple slices and crunchy lentil curls
lunch on 18 Nov 2015: smoked turkey and cheese slider with carrots, tomatoes, cucumber slices, tangerine, apple slices and crunchy lentil curls

This cute and colorful lunch has a little bit of everything: different bites of fruits and veggies, crunchy snacks and a smoked turkey and cheese mini sandwich.

lunch on 19 Nov 2015: smoked turkey quesadilla with crunchy lentil curls, tangerine and carrots
lunch on 19 Nov 2015: smoked turkey quesadilla with crunchy lentil curls, tangerine and carrots

And here’s another variation on the smoked turkey theme: a quesadilla with mozzarella, cheddar and smoked turkey served with more crunchy snacks (lentil curls from Trader Joe’s—surprisingly yummy) a tangerine and some baby carrots.

Pizza Bread, Extra Cheesy

lunch on 17 Nov 2015: pizza bread with parmesan Goldfish, tomatoes, carrots, persimmon and apple slices
lunch on 17 Nov 2015: pizza bread with parmesan Goldfish, tomatoes, carrots, persimmon and apple slices
lunch on 17 Nov 2015: pizza bread with parmesan Goldfish, tomatoes, carrots, persimmon and apple slices

I just love pizza bread. It’s so satisfying, especially when made on little rosemary parmesan rolls. In keeping with the parmesan theme in this lunch, I also included the favorite Goldfish flavor of the house: parmesan, of course. Sides are particularly pretty fruits and veggies: sweet grape tomatoes, crunchy baby carrots, crisp persimmon slices and tart Pink Lady apples.

Festive Monday Lunch with Pumpkin Treats

lunch on 16 Nov 2015: pumpkin pancake sandwich with Nutella and peanut butter, mini pumpkin muffins, tangerine, apple, grape tomatoes and parmesan Goldfish
lunch on 16 Nov 2015: pumpkin pancake sandwich with Nutella and peanut butter, mini pumpkin muffins, tangerine, apple, grape tomatoes and parmesan Goldfish
lunch on 16 Nov 2015: pumpkin pancake sandwich with Nutella and peanut butter, mini pumpkin muffins, tangerine, apple, grape tomatoes and parmesan Goldfish

Today’s lunch has not one, but two pumpkin treats: pumpkin pancakes filled with Nutella and peanut butter and mini pumpkin muffins. I guess I was in a pumpkin mood yesterday. I also included a little tangerine, Pink Lady apple, tomatoes and some parmesan Goldfish in this lunch. Isn’t it pretty?

Friday Fun Lunch, Courtesy of Iain

lunch on 13 Nov 2015: British muffin with pumpkin cream cheese, fruit strip, olive oil potato chips, persimmons and carrots
lunch on 13 Nov 2015: British muffin with pumpkin cream cheese, fruit strip, olive oil potato chips, persimmons and carrots
lunch on 13 Nov 2015: British muffin with pumpkin cream cheese, fruit strip, olive oil potato chips, persimmons and carrots

Last night I asked Iain what he wanted for his fun Friday lunch. He picked a Trader Joe’s multigrain British muffin (not to be confused with an English muffin) filled with pumpkin cream cheese and Trader Joe’s insanely delicious olive oil potato chips. I added in the usual: some fruit (persimmons), veggies (baby carrots), and a treat (berry fruit strip).

Some Homemade Applesauce and a Sack Lunch

Lily's decorated sack lunch
lunch on 10 Nov 2015: pumpkin bagel with pumpkin cream cheese, homemade applesauce, baby carrots, grapes and peanut butter filled pretzels
lunch on 10 Nov 2015: pumpkin bagel with pumpkin cream cheese, homemade applesauce, baby carrots, grapes and peanut butter filled pretzels

Over the weekend, the kids really wanted to make an apple pie. I talked them into something a little smaller and easier, but no less delicious: an apple galette. I have one of those apple peeler slicer things that hooks onto a table and turns your apple into a perfect sliced spiral. Once you start slicing apples with this contraption, you can’t stop. Needless to say, I ended up with more apple slices than I needed for one little galette, so I made some applesauce, which the kids got to have in Tuesday’s lunch. And what’s perfect with a little fresh applesauce? A pumpkin bagel with pumpkin cream cheese, of course. And check out those [real] baby carrots. Aren’t they precious?

lunch on 12 Nov 2015: peanut butter and lingonberry jam sandwich with grape tomatoes, grapes and baby carrots
lunch on 12 Nov 2015: peanut butter and lingonberry jam sandwich with grape tomatoes, grapes and baby carrots

Today, Lily has a field trip to the monarch butterfly grove in Pismo Beach. Since she needed a sack lunch, I went with peanut butter and jelly (in this case: lingonberry jam from IKEA)—the world’s easiest sack lunch sandwich. Lily did a bang-up job decorating her lunch sack with tropical plumerias:

Lily's decorated sack lunch
Lily’s decorated sack lunch

Iain’s Monday Sandwich: Ham and Hummus with Shredded Carrots and Lettuce

Iain's sandwich: hummus, ham, shredded carrots and lettuce
Iain's sandwich: hummus, ham, shredded carrots and lettuce
Iain’s sandwich: hummus, ham, shredded carrots and lettuce

I asked for Iain’s input when making lunch this morning. First he requested a smoked turkey sandwich. Sadly, we had no smoked turkey. Then he requested a BLT. Sadly, we had no bacon and even if we did, there was no time to add bacon cooking to the morning routine. I told him we had ham and hummus, though. That little sandwich genius came up with this combo: ham, hummus, shredded carrots and lettuce (yes, he actually requested lettuce). I used some pretty big slices of whole wheat bread, so each kid got half a sandwich. Doesn’t this lunch look delish?

lunch on 9 Nov 2015: ham and hummus sandwich with cheese crunchies and lentil curls, and grapes
lunch on 9 Nov 2015: ham and hummus sandwich with cheese crunchies and lentil curls, and grapes

Two Ways with Carbs

lunch on 4 Nov 2015: peanut butter, berry jam and Nutella sandwich, grapes, persimmons, bagel chips and carrots
lunch on 4 Nov 2015: peanut butter, berry jam and Nutella sandwich, grapes, persimmons, bagel chips and carrots
lunch on 4 Nov 2015: peanut butter, berry jam and Nutella sandwich, grapes, persimmons, bagel chips and carrots

Yesterday’s lunch had that all time fantastic sandwich combo: peanut butter, jam and Nutella. It’s hard to beat. On the side, I packed some fruit (grapes and slice persimmons), bagel chips and carrots. Lily reprimanded me for not including a treat. “I was the only one at lunch without a treat.” Such a catastrophe.

lunch on 5 Nov 2015: bagel pizza with apple and persimmon slices, peanut butter pretzels and A TREAT
lunch on 5 Nov 2015: bagel pizza with apple and persimmon slices, peanut butter pretzels and A TREAT

For lunch today, I made little bagel pizzas. And, I rectified the treat omission from yesterday by letting each kiddo pick out a candy from their bottomless Halloween bowl.

Sandwiches, Fruit, and Few Halloween Treats

lunch on 3 Nov 2015: pretzel bagel with pumpkin cream cheese, carrots, and fruit
lunch on 2 Nov 2015: ham and salami slider with chips and fruit
lunch on 2 Nov 2015: smoked turkey and salami slider with chips and fruit

Lunch this week began with mini sandwiches filled with salami, smoked turkey, cheddar cheese, and sweet pickle relish. The fruit tray contains apple slices, grapes, and pink lady apples—all from the farmers market. Treats are Trader Joe’s olive oil potato chips (so yummy!), and each kid got to pick one piece of Halloween candy.

lunch on 3 Nov 2015: pretzel bagel with pumpkin cream cheese, carrots, and fruit
lunch on 3 Nov 2015: pretzel bagel with pumpkin cream cheese, carrots, and fruit

Tuesday’s lunch had a nice assortment of fruit: persimmons, pineapple guavas, and half a banana. The kids requested a bagel with pumpkin cheese in this lunch, which is the easiest sandwich ever to make. And I relented with yet another Halloween candy treat (somewhat counter-balanced with some nice, crisp carrot sticks).

The Love in Love and Lunch: Halloween Style

Here at Love and Lunch we are crazy about Halloween. Some of our favorite moments from last weekend: