A Week of Lunch Inspiration

lunch on 10 May 2017: little turkey, cheese and dill pickle sandwiches with mini bell peppers, honeydew, Goldfish and pistachios

This was a pretty good week of lunches for the kiddos: lots of variety and plenty of delicious fruit. We got some particularly delicious mangoes and a big, sweet honeydew that the kids have enjoyed throughout the week.

Lily makes here lunch: pita with edamame hummus, purple carrots and grilled chicken, salami sticks, more carrots, orange slices and chunks of mango
Lily makes her lunch: pita with edamame hummus, purple carrots and grilled chicken, salami sticks, more carrots, orange slices and chunks of mango
lunch on 9 May 2017: pizza bread on King's Hawaiian sweet rolls, mango and carrots
lunch on 9 May 2017: pizza bread on King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls, mango and carrots
lunch on 10 May 2017: little turkey, cheese and dill pickle sandwiches with mini bell peppers, honeydew, Goldfish and pistachios
lunch on 10 May 2017: little turkey, cheese and dill pickle sandwiches with mini bell peppers, honeydew, Goldfish and pistachios
lunch on 11 May 2017: rice salad with ham, tofu, cherry tomatoes and butter lettuce with seaweed, honeydew and Goldfish trail mix
lunch on 11 May 2017: rice salad with ham, tofu, cherry tomatoes, edamame, and butter lettuce with seaweed, honeydew and Goldfish trail mix
lunch on 12 May 2017: peanut butter, Nutella and bananas on flat bread with mango and honeydew
lunch on 12 May 2017: peanut butter, Nutella and bananas on flat bread with mango and honeydew

Fun Halloween Food

lunch on Halloween 2016: little mummy pizzas on King's Hawaiian sweet rolls, persimmon slices and veggies

The only problem with Halloween: the kids never want it to end. They have requested Halloween-themed lunches for the rest of the week. Yesterday it was mini mummy pizza breads made with marinara, mozzarella and black olives on King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls.

lunch on Halloween 2016: little mummy pizzas on King's Hawaiian sweet rolls, persimmon slices and veggies
lunch on Halloween 2016: little mummy pizzas on King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls, persimmon slices and veggies

Today, I really should have made some skeletons, but these little pumpkin bagel ghouls and banana goblins were the best I could do after a wild night of trick or treating and candy consumption.

lunch on 1 Nov 2016: pumpkin bagel ghoul and banana goblin, Halloween Apple Jacks (with skeleton marshmallows!) and veggies
lunch on 1 Nov 2016: pumpkin bagel ghoul and banana goblin, Halloween Apple Jacks (with skeleton marshmallows!) and veggies

We also made assorted Halloween-themed treats for a little party we had last weekend. I did a woefully poor job of documenting the food, because I was too busy making and arranging it. Here are a few highlights:

hot dog spiders
hot dog spiders
owl hummus and veggie platter
owl hummus and veggie platter
revolting hot dog finger
revolting hot dog finger
individual mini mummy piñatas
individual mini mummy piñatas

Lunch Roundup: Fun Ways with Bread

lunch on 25 Apr 2016: banana bread, crispy rice roll, apples, carrots and strawberries

This quarter is getting the best of me and I haven’t managed to keep up with my lunch posts. In spite of work insanity, lunch must get made. Here is a roundup of lunches that feature a variety of delicious breads:

lunch on 25 Apr 2016: banana bread, crispy rice roll, apples, carrots and strawberries
lunch on 25 Apr 2016: banana bread, crispy rice roll, apples, carrots and strawberries
lunch on 26 Apr 2016: bagel with strawberry cream cheese, fruit strip and fruit salad
lunch on 26 Apr 2016: bagel with strawberry cream cheese, fruit strip and fruit salad
lunch on 27 Apr 2016: trio of pretzel bread sandwiches with jam, cream cheese and Nutella, cantaloupe, strawberries and carrots
lunch on 27 Apr 2016: trio of pretzel bread sandwiches with jam, cream cheese and Nutella, cantaloupe, strawberries and carrots
lunch on 28 Apr 2016: pizza bread, strawberries, carrots, pears and apples
lunch on 28 Apr 2016: pizza bread, strawberries, carrots, pears and apples
lunch on 29 Apr 2016: peanut butter and Nutella sandwich, apples, carrots, yogurt with honey and granola
lunch on 29 Apr 2016: peanut butter and Nutella sandwich on homemade French bread, apples, carrots, yogurt with honey and granola

Lunch Round-up: Surviving Week 1

lunch on 5 Jan 2016: pizza bread with tangerines, kiwi, pretzels and blackberries

We’re getting through the first week on the new year and surviving being back in the school/work routine. I’ve been mixing it up with the lunches this week: lots of variety. On Tuesday, it was pizza bread, Wednesday was loaded with fruit, and Thursday’s lunch has quesadillas because the kids like quesadillas and, we’re out of bread.

lunch on 5 Jan 2016: pizza bread with tangerines, kiwi, pretzels and blackberries
lunch on 5 Jan 2016: pizza bread with tangerines, kiwi, pretzels and blackberries
lunch on 6 Jan 2016: mixed berry yogurt with chia seeds, fruit salad, granola bar and trail mix
lunch on 6 Jan 2016: mixed berry yogurt with chia seeds, fruit salad, granola bar and trail mix
lunch on 7 Jan 2016: quesadilla with apple slices, cherry tomatoes and pretzels
lunch on 7 Jan 2016: quesadilla with apple slices, cherry tomatoes and pretzels

 

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.

Kid Favorites: Pizza Bread and Applesauce

lunch on 30 Sept 2015: cheese pizza bread with applesauce, carrots and a fruit strip
lunch on 30 Sept 2015: cheese pizza bread with applesauce, carrots and a fruit strip
lunch on 30 Sept 2015: cheese pizza bread with applesauce, carrots and a fruit strip

The lunch has all the kid favorites: pizza bread, applesauce, baby carrots and a fruit strip. And guess what’s on the pizza bread? Yesterday’s Crock-Pot bolognese of course.

Back by Popular Demand: Cheese Pizza Bread Bites

lunch on 4 Sept 2015: cheese pizza bread bites with peaches, strawberries and cinnamon graham fish
lunch on 4 Sept 2015: cheese pizza bread bites with peaches, strawberries and cinnamon graham fish

The kiddos loved their lunches yesterday and ate every last bite. They requested more pizza bread bites for today’s lunch, and I was happy to make this for them since it required no end of the week lunch creativity on my part.

Cheese Pizza Bread Bites and Colorful Fruit

lunch on 3 Sept 2015: cheese pizza bread with peaches and raspberries
lunch on 3 Sept 2015: cheese pizza bread with peaches and raspberries
lunch on 3 Sept 2015: cheese pizza bread with peaches and raspberries

For Thursday’s lunch, I made some little cheese pizza bread bites. My little Lily has lost so many front teeth that I have to cut up anything hard or crunchy into bite-sized pieces. I think she’ll have no problem with the fruit: juicy chunks of yellow peach and sweet tart raspberries. For a treat today: a marshmallow and a chocolate powerberry.

Two Ways with Melted Cheese

lunch on 3 June 2015: pizza bread with veggie chips, strawberries and plums
lunch on 3 June 2015: pizza bread with veggie chips, strawberries and plums
lunch on 3 June 2015: pizza bread with veggie chips, strawberries and plums

This lunch contains that classic favorite—pizza bread—made even better by using pretzel rolls. Salty crunchy snacks are veggie chips and pretzel Goldfish. I stocked up on fruit at the Tuesday farmers market, so I included sweet strawberries and tart green plums in this lunch.

lunch on 4 June 2015: grilled ham and cheese sandwich with sweet pickle relish, veggie chips, nectarines and strawberries
lunch on 4 June 2015: grilled ham and cheese sandwich with sweet pickle relish, veggie chips, nectarines and strawberries

I made another melty cheese thing for today’s lunch: grilled ham and cheese with sweet pickle relish. Lily ate a little section of this sandwich for her post-dinner snack. That gal is going through a growth spurt: I can barely keep up with her hunger. Good thing school is almost over, so she can spend all day eating.

Pizza Bread and My New Favorite Potato Salad

lunch on 20 May 2015: pizza bread with potato salad and fruit salad
lunch on 20 May 2015: pizza bread with potato salad and fruit salad
lunch on 20 May 2015: pizza bread with potato salad and fruit salad

For today’s lunch, I made pizza bread with peppered salami on a brioche bun—fancy! I also included two salads: a fruit salad with stone fruit and strawberries, and my new favorite potato salad.

spring salad with fingerling potatoes
spring salad with fingerling potatoes

Doesn’t this potato salad look delish? I’m always experimenting with potato salad, because I’m not a big fan of traditional American potato salad, which is basically boiled potatoes slathered in mayonnaise with celery and raw onions (both of which I hate). It never made sense to me: you take something heavy and starchy and mix it up with something heavy and fatty. Plus, potato salad is picnic/pot luck food, and mayo at picnics is a total no no. Food safety, people. So, yesterday, during my relatively calm office hours, I went searching for a new potato salad recipe. I stumbled upon this beauty by Deb Perlman. Her spring salad with potatoes contains spring onions, radishes and asparagus. I had none of those ingredients, but Deb encourages substitutions, so I made quick pickled carrots for my zippy pickled component. I had some precious little haricot verts, so I threw those in during the last few minutes of boiling the potatoes. I also thought a little protein would be nice, so I added a can of kidney beans. It turned out amazing. This is my new go-to potato salad. I’ll be making it for picnics at the beach this summer.

Lunch Roundup

lunch on 15 Apr 2015: strawberries with rhubarb yogurt, carrots, tea biscuits and fruit roll.

Last week is all a blur. I vaguely remember making these lunches:

lunch on 15 Apr 2015: strawberries with rhubarb yogurt, carrots, tea biscuits and fruit roll.
lunch on 15 Apr 2015: strawberries with rhubarb yogurt, carrots, tea biscuits and fruit roll.
lunch on 16 Apr 2015: cheese pizza bread with carrots and strawberries
lunch on 16 Apr 2015: cheese pizza bread with carrots and strawberries
lunch on 17 Apr 2015: quesadilla with Goldfish and strawberries
lunch on 17 Apr 2015: quesadilla with Goldfish and strawberries

Two Lunches with Some Gorgeous Strawberries and Other Yummies

lunch on 23 Mar 2015: yogurt with strawberries, honey and granola, trail mix, strawberry fig bar and tomatoes
lunch on 23 Mar 2015: yogurt with strawberries, honey and granola, trail mix, strawberry fig bar and tomatoes

Monday’s lunch was sweet, salty and crunchy. I packed a tin of fresh strawberries with yogurt, honey and granola. The trail mix has cheese crackers, pretzels and mixed nuts. I also included a couple of small tomatoes and a strawberry fig bar.

lunch on 24 Mar 2015: pizza bread with strawberries and carrots
lunch on 24 Mar 2015: pizza bread with strawberries and carrots

For lunch today I made the always popular pizza bread with marinara sauce and fresh mozzarella. I used a whole grain hot dog bun, because, of course, I was left with two sad buns after a grilling a pack of smoked sausages. Why do sausages come in quantities of five or six, but hot buns always come in packs of eight? Annoying.