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Pack Work Lunches for Two

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

scramble work lunches for two

In all honesty I am usually packing at least 5 lunches each day but this usually includes 2 adult work lunches, 1 for my husband and 1 for me. It is actually just as easy to pack 2 lunches as it is to pack 1. After all, I already have all the ingredients and items out to pack 1 lunch, why wouldn’t I just pack 2? Five however? That is a whole different story lol. Most days my husband and I have identical lunches although sometimes I mix up the sides as I have done here. If I wasn’t packing for someone else, packing lunch for “2″ would give me 2 days worth of lunches for pretty much the effort of 1! Mixing up the sides will help keep the lunch interesting on the second day. I think the time saving benefit is pretty clear!

So you can pack lunch for two people or two days!

The lunch in today’s post is a simple, meatless, breakfast scramble. I scrambled onions, spinach, seasonings and eggs in cooking spray, then mixed in some cheese before I pulled them off the burner. I tossed a generous handful of raw spinach arugula mix into my Easylunchboxes container before adding my scramble mix. I topped with diced raw tomatoes. When the lunch is reheated the spinach arugula mix and tomatoes will par cook.  I finished off each with half a slice of buttered toast. We actually use real butter in moderation as opposed to a butter substitute. You could totally add a meat if you prefer, I just felt the eggs were enough protein for us on this day!

Each lunch contains similar sides.

  • My husband’s has pretzels (Snyder’s Gluten-Free) and strawberries.
  • Mine has strawberries, blackberries, carrots and sugar snap peas.

Gluten-free? Simply leave out the toast or swap for a gluten-free bread!

Sincerely,
Deb

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Simple Southwestern Salad

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

simple southwestern salad

We’ve had a change to our schedule with our little guy Evan recently starting developmental preschool 3 mornings per week. My wonderful husband, who has a bit more flexibility with his schedule that I, now waits for Evan to finish morning preschool before going to work. As a result he now gets home well after dinner time on those particular nights. Now add in the beginning of Little League season for my 12 year old and it has become evident to me that our dinner time schedule will need to be a little more casual on many nights. Which means a lot more simple! It doesn’t make sense after all to prepare a big family meal on nights when everyone is eating on a different schedule!

This was the first week I really shopped to our new schedule buying things that are meant to be eaten cold or that can be prepared in small portions or even individually portioned. The idea of simple dinner salads and sandwiches that can be thrown together quickly was the approach I decided to take. Given that the weather is finally warming up in these parts it is not a bad time to start eating lighter! These items can also be made in advance and easily packed if we have to run straight out to the baseball field!

Today’s Easylunchboxes container includes:

  • Southwestern salad: sliced medley of tomatoes, spinach, arugula, chicken, blackbeans and corn (a southwestern salad dressing will be included)
  • Plums, kiwi and green grapes
  • salt & pepper bagel chips

If you are an avocado fan be sure to include some in your salad. Although I don’t hate avocado, I don’t really love it either! It would have been just perfect here however with a slice of lime! This will be great for dinner and of course lunch!

Sincerely,
Deb

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Rainbow Fruit Salad & Simple St. Patrick’s Day Lunches

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

rainbow fruit salad collage

Here in New England we are finally starting to see glimmers of spring arriving, faint glimmers but they are there! I’ll take what I can get! Heck enough snow has melted now that we can actually reach the grill on our deck! Now that is progress! Let’s not get too excited however, it is still only 28 degrees out today.

With St. Patrick’s Day upon us though I thought, why not manufacture a little sunshine and rainbows for myself now? Why wait? I think this dish does just that. Sunshine, rainbows and a subtle nod to St. Patrick’s Day all in one colorful bowl! So full of rainbow color in fact, I want to search for the pot of gold at the end!

 

RAINBOW FRUIT SALAD

Strawberries
Oranges
Mango
Kiwi
Blueberries

 

I used my rainbow fruit salad in the 2 lunches below to evoke a subtle nod to St. Patrick’s Day. Although I have added a special touch with a clover in each lunch, I believe that each lunch would still give you that hint of the Irish holiday without the obvious detail just by the colors alone!

 

st Patrick's day lunch

Lunch One: Packed in an Easylunchboxes container this lunch features the rainbow fruit salad as well as Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop popcorn. Also included are steamed broccoli and a pepperoni, broccoli, bagel pizza. I used a mini heart cookie cutter to make my clover. You could place your pepperoni however you like or skip it altogether. No clover shape is required although it is very easy to do!

st. Patrick's Day Lunch Two

Lunch Two: Packed in an Easylunchboxes container this lunch also includes the rainbow fruit salad and the steamed broccoli. Alongside is a chicken and swiss sandwich. I made a clover impression on the bread by first covering the bread with cling wrap then pressing down with a clover stamp I found in a dollar bin at the craft store. I have never actually used the stamp for crafting. You could skip this altogether or use a clover cupcake pick or ring instead.

This fruit salad filled out 5 lunch boxes in total (not all shown here). If any were left however, the fruit can easily be frozen to be used later in smoothies or frozen pops. I also tried to keep my lunch packing efficient by using the same ingredients more than once; fruit salad, broccoli and lettuce all make an appearance in both lunches pictured as well as in the ones not pictured.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

Sincerely,
Deb

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