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

 

Lunch, Courtesy of the Bread Machine

lunch on 29 Sept 2016: focaccia with salami sticks, grape tomatoes, carrots and apples

Remember when I bought a bread machine? Well, I love that thing. On average, we go through about two loaves of bread per week. I also make pizza and focaccia dough in the bread machine, and it turns out perfectly every time. What can I say? We’re a gluten-loving household.

lunch on 28 Sept 2016: peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwich with a baby carrot, grapes, raspberries and mini cheese filled crackers, and veggie sticks
lunch on 28 Sept 2016: peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwich with a baby carrot, grapes, raspberries and mini cheese filled crackers, and veggie sticks
lunch on 29 Sept 2016: focaccia with salami sticks, grape tomatoes, carrots and apples
lunch on 29 Sept 2016: focaccia with salami sticks, grape tomatoes, carrots and apples

A Muted Palette of Fruit and a Bright Black Bean Salad

lunch on 27 Sept 2016: raspberries, grapes, baby carrots, peanut butter and Nutella roll-ups, and veggie sticks
lunch on 27 Sept 2016: raspberries, grapes, baby carrots, peanut butter and Nutella roll-ups, and veggie sticks
lunch on 27 Sept 2016: raspberries, grapes, baby carrots, peanut butter and Nutella roll-ups, and veggie sticks

Aren’t the colors in this lunch so soft and pretty? I especially love the pale raspberries and the fancy little Riesling grapes that I got at the farmers market. Just like yesterday, the kiddos are suffering through a hot day at school: 107˚ the last I checked!! My plan for dinner on this wretched hot day is a nice black bean salad:

black bean salad
black bean salad

I piled all sorts of goodies into this big salad bowl: black beans that I cooked in the Crock-Pot yesterday, corn, peas, sweet red lipstick peppers, scallions, rice, and cilantro. The salad is dressed in a little olive oil and fresh lime juice with lots of lime zest. For spices, I used cumin, smoked paprika, chile powder, and a healthy sprinkling of salt + pepper. Yummers!

It’s a heat wave, so it’s fruit for lunch.

lunch on 26 Sept 2016: grapes, cantaloupe slices, mini Nutella and jam sandwiches, and cheese sandwich crackers
lunch on 26 Sept 2016: grapes, cantaloupe slices, mini Nutella and jam sandwiches, and cheese sandwich crackers
lunch on 26 Sept 2016: grapes, cantaloupe slices, mini Nutella and jam sandwiches, and cheese sandwich crackers

It’s been really, really, really hot here on the Central Coast, and today might be the worst day yet. The kids typically don’t eat much for lunch on super hot days, so I try to pack lighter fare with lots of fruit. Today, I threw in some little grapes from the farmers market and some nice, cool slices of cantaloupe.

lunch on 23 Sept 2016: fruit salad with strawberry chia yogurt and peanut butter filled pretzels
lunch on 23 Sept 2016: fruit salad with strawberry chia yogurt and peanut butter filled pretzels

On Friday, I made a fruit salad with cantaloupe, grapes, and green plums. For sides, I included a yummy mix of chia seeds, strawberry jam and plain yogurt with some peanut butter filled pretzels. We’ll be powering through the week with more fruit and crunchy snacks from Trader Joe’s.

A Pretzel Roll and Stuff

lunch on 21 Sept 2016: buttered pretzel roll, salami sticks, grapes, green plum, cheddar cheese, and sugar snaps
lunch on 21 Sept 2016: buttered pretzel roll, salami sticks, grapes, green plum, cheddar cheese, and sugar snaps
lunch on 21 Sept 2016: buttered pretzel roll, salami sticks, grapes, green plum, cheddar cheese, and sugar snaps

Today the kiddos have a rather European lunch with fancy cured meat and aged cheese: “Irresistible” salami sticks and New Zealand sharp cheddar, both from Trader Joe’s. Fruit and veggies are: grapes, a green plum and some sugar snap peas.

And, here’s a little peek into the grown-up lunch of the day:

leftover enchiladas with salad and sliced plums
leftover enchiladas with salad and sliced plums

My husband has been getting slightly better lunches since I got a set of EasyLunchboxes a few weeks ago. Normally, he grabs a random container of dinner leftovers for lunch, but I’ve been motivated to pack up those leftovers in a cute EasyLunchbox and that means side dishes! Fancy, huh? We both keep glass containers at work for any microwaving, because I try to never microwave anything in plastic after melting tons of Tupperware/plastic containers and finally realizing that I didn’t want to eat a side of plastic for lunch.

Variations on a Sandwich

lunch on 20 Sept 2016: ham and cheese roll-ups with veggies, fruit and Veggie Straws
lunch on 20 Sept 2016: ham and cheese roll-ups with veggies, fruit and Veggie Straws
lunch on 20 Sept 2016: ham and cheese roll-ups with veggies, fruit and Veggie Straws

We’re having one of those Central Coast September heat waves that I’ve come to dread. On hot days, the kiddos alway request lunches that aren’t so heavy. That means that big sandwiches are out and cute, dainty sandwiches are in—like these little ham, pub cheese and sweet pickle relish roll-ups. Some nice, crisp fruits and veggies round out this lunch: carrots, sugar snaps, grapes and green plums. And, of course, a salty treat and kid fav: Veggie Straws.

lunch on 19 Sept 2016: trio of pretzel bread sandwiches with banana, green plum, carrots and sugar snaps
lunch on 19 Sept 2016: trio of pretzel bread sandwiches with banana, green plum, carrots and sugar snaps

Yesterday, I made mini sandwiches out of sliced pretzel rolls filled with 1) Nutella and peanut butter 2) Nutella and jam, and 3) butter and jam. The kids really love these little sweet sandwiches. And I’m afraid those bananas look a bit dodgy. I like my bananas just on the other side of green, but it’s been so warm in my house that they seem to go from green to speckled and really ripe in a matter of hours.

Fun Friday Lunch of Snacks

lunch on 16 Sept 2016: veggies, applesauce, ham and cheese kabobs, and rice cracker trail mix
lunch on 16 Sept 2016: veggies, applesauce, ham and cheese kabobs, and rice cracker trail mix
lunch on 16 Sept 2016: veggies, applesauce, ham and cheese kabobs, and rice cracker trail mix

I got motivated last night to make a fun Friday lunch full of kid-approved snacks: mini ham and cheddar kabobs, rice cracker trail mix, carrots, lipstick peppers, cucumber and apple mango fruit crusher.

Peanut Butter + Nutella + Raspberry Jam = Yum!

lunch on 15 Sept 2016: peanut butter, Nutella and jam sandwich with granola bar, veggies and a little apple
lunch on 15 Sept 2016: peanut butter, Nutella and jam sandwich with granola bar, veggies and a little apple

Today’s lunch has another delicious sandwich in it: peanut butter, Nutella and raspberry jam. This lunch is similar to Monday’s except I threw in a Trader Joe’s Raises the Bar chewy granola bar and a few more veggies: carrots, lipstick peppers and sugar snap peas.