Archive for August, 2013

Simple & Fresh Non-Sandwich Lunch

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

simple fresh lunch


While my little guy Evan, recovers from his tonsillectomy I am keeping things simple with food so I can focus on him. Evan unfortunately is thus far extremely uncomfortable and I hope with each passing day it will get better, please? In the meantime some members of the family still need packed lunch! This one was very simple to make and required very little effort! I was lucky to be gifted some small organic cucumbers so I started with that! The ham and cheese sushi rolls, originally inspired by Momables (affiliate link), is super easy to make. Just place your slice of ham (gluten-free variety used here) on your cutting board and spread on a little mayo. Then roll up around a cheese stick and slice. To convert this lunch to be completely gluten-free simply swap out the pretzel thins to a gluten-free variety of pretzel such as Glutino.

Packed in a Laptop Lunches (affiliate link) Bento Box this lunch contains:

  • Ham & cheese stick sushi rollups
  • Fresh organic cucumber
  • Orange slices
  • Pretzel thins

Forgive me for a short post but it is hard to think when you are sleep deprived! Today is day 5 post surgery and I am told days 5 and 6 can be the worst! Ack!



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Fruited Chicken Salad with Pesto Scrolls

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

fruited chicken salad

I decided to switch up my chicken salad and try something a little different. So I mixed together in a bowl: 1/4 cup greek yogurt, 2 teaspoons honey and 1 tablespoon of orange juice. I tossed the yogurt mixture with cooked chicken, cubed fresh peaches and red grapes sliced in half. I added a pinch of black pepper on top because honestly I love black pepper (you could skip this). This is really a pretty kid friendly salad since it has a lot of fruit and tastes somewhat sweet.

To pack this lunch I first threw in a handfull of lettuce in my Easylunchboxes (affiliate link) container. I then placed a square cookie cutter on top. I filled the cookie cutter with chicken salad and surrounded by sliced tomatoes. I then removed the cookie cutter to leave the square shape. Honestly I don’t care if it gets all tossed around because it will taste the same. I added 2 parmesan cream cheese pesto scrolls (instructions below) and some fresh raw green beans. A friend recently dropped off the green beans which were purchased at a local organic farm and I was excited to use them. Since I made the scrolls in advance this was a VERY fast, easy lunch to pack.

pesto parm scrolls


Simple Parmesan Cream Cheese Pesto Scrolls

  • Roll out 1 can of refrigerated crescent rolls (Immaculate Baking brand used here)
  • Spread a mixture of cream cheese and pesto on with a table knife or rubber spatula
  • Sprinkle cream cheese mixture with grated parmesan cheese
  • Roll the 2 long edges towards each other like a scroll
  • Cut into 1 inch approximate sections and lay flat on your cookie sheet
  • Bake as instructed on package until rolls are browning
  • (I sprinkled with black pepper before baking because… I love black pepper)

I prepared food including these scrolls in advance of Evan’s (my 2 year old) tonsil and adenoid removal surgery. I am glad I did so since he has been very crabby these first couple of days post surgery. I am told days 5 and 6 are the worst… oh no! Wish me luck!



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Surf’s up! Healthy Surfboard Bento Lunch {A Guest Post}

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

surf's up healthy bento lunch a

While I am taking care of Evan as he recovers from his tonsil and adenoid removal surgery, the wonderful, talented and oh so sweet Rebecca from Bentos on the Bayou graciously agreed to fill in for me! Thank you so much to Rebecca for pulling double duty writing for both her blog and mine so I can focus on my little guy! Be sure to visit her blog to see other creative and healthy lunches! Or if you prefer follow her Facebook Page! I’m a big fan in case you can’t tell ;) !




My name is Rebecca and my blog is Bentos on the Bayou.  I am incredibly honored and excited to be your guest blogger today!  I am a homeschool mom of a 12 year old daughter and a 4 year old son.  My son has severe food allergies, so all the lunches on my blog are peanut & tree nut free.  Deb’s lunches have always been some of my favorites, so when the opportunity presented itself for me to write a guest post for her, I was extremely humbled.  Deb and I share a passion for providing nutritious & natural meals for our families, which is one reason I was drawn to her blog in the first place.  I feel so blessed that through our shared passion, we have also become friends.

Today, I am sharing a simple but fun surfboard lunch (pictured above).  My daughter recently began learning to surf, so this lunch is to honor her and her passion for the ocean.  I know that Deb and her family also enjoy the beach, so it is a perfect lunch to share today.
What’s in the Box?
Bed of Steamed Brown Rice (mixed with a little white rice I had leftover)
Palm Tree – 1/2 Large Pretzel Stick with halved Snow Peas layered for the branches
Surfboards – Yellow Squash & Carrot
Also included:  Raw Broccoli, Red Leaf Lettuce, Carrot Sticks, Baby Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes, Tiger Stripe Fig, Smoked Turkey w/ Provolone Roll-Ups
Thank you for allowing me the pleasure of your company today!

Bentos on the Bayou


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