Lunch Round-up: All About Variety

peanut butter and Nutella sandwiched between blueberry pancakes, pears, persimmons, and garden tomatoes

Here are some recent school lunches packed in my new favorite lunchboxes.

Iain was complaining recently that he was tired of peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches. Say what?! So, I decided to mix things up with a peanut butter and apple sandwich. I also drizzled on some honey and sprinkled some cinnamon on those apples to give the sandwich an extra burst of Fall flavor.

peanut butter, honey and apples on multigrain sourdough, brownie bite, sweet peppers, and carrots
peanut butter, honey and apples on multigrain sourdough, brownie bite, sweet peppers, and carrots

Leftover pancakes are always a kid-favorite lunch when spread with peanut butter and Nutella. Yes, that combo is okay when sandwiched between some blueberry pancakes.

peanut butter and Nutella sandwiched between blueberry pancakes, pears, persimmons, and garden tomatoes
peanut butter and Nutella sandwiched between blueberry pancakes, pears, persimmons, and garden tomatoes

This was an easy end of the week lunch: a little cheese pizza roll up with applesauce, carrots and chunks of Asian pear.

cheese pizza roll up with applesauce, carrots and pears
cheese pizza roll up with applesauce, carrots and pears

You could call this “Mom Has a Little Piece of Leftover Pie Crust and Is Feeling Motivated Lunch.” Yep, I actually made little apple pies for lunch last week. Now the kids want more apple pies for lunch.

apple hand pie, yogurt with honey, cinnamon and chia seeds, sweet red pepper
apple hand pie, yogurt with honey, cinnamon and chia seeds, sweet red pepper

And, finally, today’s lunch is a merry mixup of plain yogurt sweetened with marmalade and honey, a juicy kiwi, a granola bar, a mini sweet pepper, a mini cucumber, a Hebrew National hot dog (the only hot dog worth eating, in my opinion), and a Babybel gouda. Fancy!

yogurt with chia seeds, marmalade and honey, kiwi, hot dog, cucumber, sweet pepper, granola bar and Babybel gouda cheese
yogurt with chia seeds, marmalade and honey, kiwi, hot dog, cucumber, sweet pepper, granola bar and Babybel gouda cheese

Two Ways with King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

lunch on 17 Oct 2016: tuna salad on King's Hawaiian rolls with a sweet lipstick pepper, carrot, Goldfish, and grapes

Is there anything as satisfying as a King’s Hawaiian sweet roll? It’s like a soft little pillow of love. The kids go crazy for King’s Hawaiian bread, so we started the week with some delicious little tuna sandwiches:

lunch on 17 Oct 2016: tuna salad on King's Hawaiian rolls with a sweet lipstick pepper, carrot, Goldfish, and grapes
lunch on 17 Oct 2016: tuna salad on King’s Hawaiian rolls with a sweet lipstick pepper, carrot, Goldfish, and grapes

The second King’s Hawaiian sweet roll lunch has little slider pizzas (marinara sauce + mozzarella on a little roll, pop in a 350˚ oven for 10–15 minutes). Don’t those little pizzas look delicious?

lunch on 18 Oct 2016: pizza bread on King's Hawaiian sweet rolls, Goldfish, and persimmon slices
lunch on 18 Oct 2016: pizza bread on King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls, Goldfish, and persimmon slices

 

Lunches for Salami Lovers

lunch on 14 Oct 2016: focaccia sandwich with salami and pickles, applesauce, Parmesan Goldfish, persimmon slices and grapes

I have a couple of salami lovers in my house, and they were treated to some serious salami this week.

On Wednesday, it was salami, cheddar, and sweet pickle relish on a sesame bun.

lunch on 12 Oct 2016: salami, cheese and pickle relish on a sesame bun, carrots, banana chips (in the cute pink container), mini pumpkin muffins and grapes
lunch on 12 Oct 2016: salami, cheese and pickle relish on a sesame bun, carrots, banana chips (in the cute pink container), mini pumpkin muffins and grapes

On Thursday, some salty focaccia was paired with little salami sticks.

lunch on 13 Oct 2016: focaccia and salami sticks, sweet peppers, carrots, cantaloupe and grapes
lunch on 13 Oct 2016: focaccia and salami sticks, sweet peppers, carrots, cantaloupe and grapes

And Friday’s lunch has little focaccia sandwiches with thin pieces of salami, dill pickle relish, and butter.

lunch on 14 Oct 2016: focaccia sandwich with salami and pickles, applesauce, Parmesan Goldfish, persimmon slices and grapes
lunch on 14 Oct 2016: focaccia sandwich with salami and pickles, applesauce, Parmesan Goldfish, persimmon slices and grapes

Cucumber, Cream Cheese, and a Favorite Condiment

cucumber cream cheese roll
lunch on 11 Oct 2016: cucumber roll ups, fruit salad, granola bar and graham Goldfish
lunch on 11 Oct 2016: cucumber roll ups, fruit salad, granola bar and graham Goldfish

For today’s lunch, I made a fruit salad with cantaloupe, grapes, and pineapple. I also made some cucumber, cream cheese and furikake roll ups.

cucumber cream cheese roll
cucumber cream cheese roll

I’m crazy about furikake, which is a sweet and salty mix of little pieces of seaweed and sesame seeds.

furikake seaweed seasoning
furikake seaweed seasoning

I pretty much sprinkle it on everything. My kids love it because it makes boring food taste like sushi.

open-faced sandwich with cream cheese, cucumbers, and furikake
open-faced sandwich with cream cheese, cucumbers, and furikake

It’s Yummy Sandwich Monday!

lunch on 10 Oct 2016: tuna salad sandwich with baby carrots, Goldfish and grapes
lunch on 10 Oct 2016: tuna salad sandwich with baby carrots, Goldfish and grapes
lunch on 10 Oct 2016: tuna salad sandwich with baby carrots, Goldfish and grapes

Today’s yummy sandwich is tuna salad with lots of pickle relish and butter lettuce on homemade egg bread. I also threw in some baby carrots, whole grain cheddar Goldfish and grapes. This sandwich looked so good that I made one for my own lunch. Happy Monday.

Two Ways with Peanut Butter and Nutella

lunch on 6 Oct 2016: peanut butter, Nutella and banana sandwich with carrots, sweet peppers, persimmon and pineapple slices
lunch on 6 Oct 2016: peanut butter, Nutella and banana sandwich with carrots, sweet peppers, persimmon and pineapple slices
lunch on 6 Oct 2016: peanut butter, Nutella and banana sandwich with carrots, sweet peppers, persimmon and pineapple slices

We’re finishing off the week with some peanut butter and Nutella. For Thursday’s lunch, I made a peanut butter, Nutella and banana sandwich on a nice, fluffy roll.

lunch on 7 Oct 2016: peanut butter and Nutella roll-ups, apples, carrot, GoGo Squeez, and shrimp chips
lunch on 7 Oct 2016: peanut butter and Nutella roll-ups, apples, carrot, GoGo Squeez, and shrimp chips

Today’s lunch has some little peanut butter and Nutella roll ups with lots of apples (sliced and GoGo Squeeze strawberry applesauce), a baby carrot and a small serving of delicious shrimp chips. And with that, another week of school lunches is crushed. Happy Weekend!

Leftovers for Lunch: Two Ways with Tortellini

lunch on 5 Oct 2016: tortellini, peanut butter filled pretzels, persimmon slices, pineapple, grapes, and baby carrot

Tortellini from last night’s dinner translates into some yummy lunches today. For the kiddos, I tossed the tortellini in a little olive oil with some grated parmesan. Tortellini always seems really filling to me, so I just gave the kids a small serving of the pasta. I also packed lots of fruit (pineapple, persimmon, and grapes), a baby carrot, and some peanut butter filled pretzels.

lunch on 5 Oct 2016: tortellini, peanut butter filled pretzels, persimmon slices, pineapple, grapes, and baby carrot
lunch on 5 Oct 2016: tortellini, peanut butter filled pretzels, persimmon slices, pineapple, grapes, and baby carrot

And here’s the grownup version of leftover tortellini for lunch:

Daddy lunch: tortellini and kale salad, pineapple chunks and grapes
Daddy lunch: tortellini and kale salad, pineapple chunks and grapes

I tossed the tortellini with some kale, shredded carrots, diced salami and balsamic vinaigrette to make a delicious and filling salad. Just call me master of leftovers. And, yes, I’m loving my EasyLunchboxes.

Cheese, Salami, Crackers, Veggies and Apples

lunch on 4 Oct 2016: apples, veggies, cheese, salami and crackers
lunch on 4 Oct 2016: apples, veggies, cheese, salami and crackers
lunch on 4 Oct 2016: apples, veggies, cheese, salami and crackers

All of the fruit and veggies in this lunch are from the farmers market: gorgeous crisp apples, baby carrots, sweet lipstick peppers, fennel for Iain and kale for Lily. I threw in the little slices of lime only because I had half a lime sitting on the kitchen counter after making guacamole last night. Plus, it looks pretty. The cheese is Lily’s favorite, Irish cheddar, and the meat is also Lily’s favorite: salami. The crackers are nothin’ fancy: whole grain Goldfish and Ritz. Although, I do love me a buttery Ritz cracker; I’ll take Ritz crackers over fancypants crackers any day.

Fancy Sandwiches with Grilled Lamb and Mint Jelly

lunch on 3 Oct 2016: lamb and mint jelly sandwich with a baby carrot, little grapes, and shrimp chips
lunch on 3 Oct 2016: lamb and mint jelly sandwich with a baby carrot, little grapes, and shrimp chips
lunch on 3 Oct 2016: lamb and mint jelly sandwich with a baby carrot, little grapes, and shrimp chips

My son Iain is obsessed with lamb. It’s his absolute favorite meat. My kids also love halibut, salmon, scallops, octopus, and oysters—pretty much anything that’s really expensive. Luckily, fancy meat and fish is cheaper at Costco than at a restaurant, so we tend to indulge for our Sunday barbecues. A delicious Sunday feast inevitably means a fancy Monday lunch, like today’s grilled lamb and mint jelly sandwiches.

sandwich fixin' with thinly sliced lamb and mint jelly
sandwich fixin’ with thinly sliced lamb and mint jelly

And just when you thought this lunch couldn’t any better, I threw in my all time favorite chips:

world's most delicious chips
world’s most delicious chips