Posts Tagged ‘Salad’

Back to Business…

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

I certainly enjoyed the long Labor Day weekend and I hope everyone else did as well. I definitely took a break from work!

I blogged less, ok not at all! I took less photos and posted less on Instagram. I tweeted less, well ok I don’t tweet much anyway! I did less laundry… ok got me again, the washing machine broke, new one is coming tomorrow. I also did not pack lunch! Oh the horror!

We did have some fun at a friend’s BBQ. I did bake Peanut Butter, Banana, Chocolate Chips muffins (add more milk if you make them and be careful not to over bake). I did make Kale chips… they were surprisingly delicious. I did go grocery shopping and also took my daughter to the eye doctor. Wait this is starting to sound like labor again ;) ! Seriously it was a great weekend!

SO now I am back to business!

I have some exciting things coming up:

  • If you enjoyed my Mario World lunch you will be glad to know I have another themed lunch coming up in the new few weeks so stayed tuned for more information about that.
  • We received a good sized jar of honey from a friend who keeps bees so I will be exploring and sharing recipes using honey.
  • I also will discuss how to make lunches throughout a week using the same basic ingredients. Lunch on a budget!
  • Finally I would love to take reader requests for topics! Put me to work for you! Ask questions, suggest topics and I will go to work! Feel free to leave a comment below, email me at or catch me on Twitter or Facebook!
  • OK maybe I’ll have some other surprises too! ;)
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This lunch (in Easylunchboxes container) includes:
  • A Tuna Sandwich
  • A strawberry
  • Green Bean Chips
  • One of those muffins mentioned above
  • A tomato, mozzarella and zucchini salad in balsamic vinaigrette







Tomorrow’s the Big Day…

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

3 words, BACK TO SCHOOL!

Yes, tomorrow… am I ready for it? NO! The thought of wrangling 2 more kids out the door in the morning doesn’t thrill me. I have to be honest! However, I really am happy they are going back. I think they need that part of their life back. They need to be mentally challenged, to reconnect with school friends and quite frankly spend more time out of the house and less time wanting to kill each other! Anyone else know what I mean? Siblings!

This year my oldest Bailee is going off to high school leaving me to cope with my age! I do hope she has the best freshman year ever. My second, Brendan, is heading out to 5th grade, his last year at elementary school. It is hard to believe I won’t have a child gracing those hallways for a couple of years after this school year (we’ll be back though when the littles get bigger lol).

It’s all very exciting. Tonight we’ll have a kid’s choice takeout dinner (probably pizza and not my homemade pizza shucks lol). We’ll lay out their clothes for tomorrow, put out the backpacks, we’ll set alarms and get to bed early…. of course we’ll pack lunch. It’s what I do! It will make me feel better to know they have a piece of me with them!

So tune in tomorrow for the reveal of Brendan’s special back to school lunch! If you have been following on Facebook or Instagram you have been seeing some of my practice sessions so you know I have been working hard!

In the meantime…

Grown Up Lunch of the Day:
Ham and cheese on wheat roll up sandwich, with Sweets and Carrots Terra Chips, strawberry hearts and tomato mozzarella salad (tomatoes from our very own container garden)!




Toddler Lunch of the Day:
Hot dogs, cheese stick, red pepper strips, blueberries and a banana (sliced up back for peeling).

The Sandwich and Beyond…

Monday, August 27th, 2012

I think it is pretty common to pack a sandwich in a school lunch bag, right? Most school age children have no way to heat up their lunch so the sandwich is the ultimate cold lunch fare. The problem is the sandwich quickly turns into blah… ham, bologna or the staple PB&J are as boring as it gets. It’s hard to think beyond that and we all believe that is the only thing our kids will eat.

So let’s brain storm. How can we change that and make it less blah?

We could change up the fillers:

  • Egg Salad, Tuna Salad or chicken salad
  • Nutella (or other nut butters) with sliced Banana or strawberries
  • Cream Cheese with Jams or sliced fruit
  • Sliced BBQ chicken with greens
  • Add fruit to cold cuts i.e. ham with pineapple or apple slices, turkey with cranberry sauce, grapes or preserves
  • Veggie only combinations like tomato mozzarella, portabella mushroom, bean salads, avocado, tomato with peaches and sprouts or a Rainbow wrap
  • Mix up the spreads by using Salsa, hummus, soft spreadable cheeses, dips and dressings


We could change up the breads:

  • Croissants
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Wraps
  • Rolls & Buns (bulky rolls, dinner rolls, hot dog rolls etc)
  • Waffles or pancakes
  • Bagels or English Muffins
  • Focacia
  • Pockets


We could change up the appearance beyond the bread:


Or we could move beyond the sandwich:

Still looking for more ideas or want to see more graphics for these? Head over to my Pinterest board and follow along! I have just scratched the surface and there are lots more great examples out there!

Let’s do this!



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So what is my family eating today?

Toddler Lunch of the Day:
Nutella heart shaped sandwich, Pirate Booty, Tomato Cucumber and cheese salad and frozen blueberry Greek yogurt which should thaw out before lunch!

Grown Up Lunch of the Day:
Fish taco with lettuce, tomato and lime sour cream sauce, and also stuffed mushroom, strawberry and green bean and carrot chips.


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