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Pick Up This Book: Best Lunch Box Ever

Pick Up This Book: Best Lunch Box Ever

As any mom who has ever packed lunches for her kids--or even a single woman packing one for herself--knows, brown bagging takes some creativity to be flavorful, interesting, and even healthy day in and day out. But DIY lunchtime is in again, and Katie Sullivan Morford's new book, Best Lunch Box Ever, is coming to the rescue of sad lunch sacks everywhere.

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The subtitle of Morford's new book is "Ideas and Recipes for School Lunches Kids Will Love." But I have to be honest: This no-kid working woman loves the ideas, too. They're creative yet reasonable, ethnic but not esoteric. They're also simple and can be repeated Monday through Friday without much effort in your already-busy a.m. hours.

Recipes don't come with nutritional information, but they're all really reasonable. Her Six Steps to a Superb School Lunch are spot on: Start with the main course; add a fruit; add a vegetable; include a satisfying side or snack; don't forget a drink; and surprise them with an occasional sweet or loving touch. They're simple reminders for making your kids' lunches well rounded and fun.

I tried the Asian Lunch-Box Slaw (p. 56) for lunch this week and thoroughly enjoyed it. The homemade dressing is bright and vibrant; the combination of cabbage, bell pepper, green onions, and cilantro is crisp and fresh. It's better than most salads I bring to work, and I managed to make it from some leftovers, which eliminated food waste. A win-win!

Bring this book home, and let your kids flip through it to pick out a few lunches for them to try. Then send them on their way with something they'll love so much, they won't dare swap it for a plain ol' ham and cheese sandwich.

How do you keep your kids' lunches fun and flavorful?


12 Grades, 12 Lunches: 12 Parents on How They Pack Lunch for Every Age

Back to school means a new routine for packing school lunch for parents (and kids, too!). How you pack lunch for your second-grader certainly won’t be the same when they reach middle school — and we aren’t just talking about how much they eat.

What are the transitions like from year to year? How does school lunch change as your kid hits a new grade? We asked some of our favorite foodie parents what school lunch looks like for their kids, from first grade through high school, and the answers are so thoughtful.

Bonus Grade — Kindergarten

Since we are just getting started with all-day school, lunch packing is an exciting new thing for us. Our daughter’s excited to pick out a new lunch box, and now we just have to figure out what to put inside it! Of course I want to load up my daughter’s lunch box with smoked brisket, but that’s just not practical. Mini pulled pork or chicken sliders, on the other hand, will definitely be making an appearance!

We’re determined to pack healthy and nutritious lunches that she’ll actually eat, but we know that’s going to be a challenge! But we’re excited to take it on and learn a few things along the way. — Nick Coe, Smoked Meat Sunday


The Best Old-Fashioned Recipe Collection: 12 Cafeteria-Inspired Recipes

We all have those recipes that take us back to the good ole' days, y'know the days when we were still in grade school and eating school cafeteria lunches. Now, not every school lunch brings back happy memories, but there were definitely a few lunches that made us rush to the front of the line! We think you'll like taking a walk down memory lane with The Best Old-Fashioned Recipe Collection, which has so many tasty, cafeteria-inspired recipes for you to choose from. Who knows, you may find yourself making cafeteria food at home more often!

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Nothing that comes out of a box will compare to our comforting recipe for Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese. The little bit of extra effort to do it ourselves will reap such a big pay-off -- it's worth every moment!

This classic old-fashioned recipe is an all-American favorite that tastes so much better when made with your own fresh ingredients . Our Homestyle Sloppy Joes are sink-your-teeth-into-'em good!

Transport your taste buds back to the 50's with our Creamy Fruit Cocktail Mold. It's a jiggly treat that has plenty of creamy and fruity flavor. It's just as tasty today as it was in yesteryears!

There is no denying it. This is truly the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich. It disappeared so fast in our Test Kitchen it barely even had time to cool!

Crispy, crunchy, incredible. those are just a few of the words that come to mind after just one bite. Maybe you should make a double batch of this Buttermilk Fried Chicken 'cause it gets snatched up so quickly!

Can you guess some of the reasons we love this recipe so much? We love it not only because it's delicious, but also because it's no stress and no fuss! This No Fuss Salisbury Steak is easy and delicious- our kind of recipe!

By adding a few special mix-ins to instant chocolate pudding we've made an old-fashioned recipe that brings back some great childhood memories. We think Dirt Cups are always fun to eat, no matter what age you may be!

Why are these tacos so stress-free? Well, because your slow cooker does all the work for you and we think that's just great! After working hard all day, you don't want to stand over a hot stove to make dinner, so enjoy a delicious meal with no stress.

Our Potato Tot Nachos are smothered in seasoned ground beef , melty cheese, and other toppings before they're finished off with dollops of sour cream.

When you're ready for a change from plain old pizza, make this "wow" Pizza Casserole . It's got all the tastes you love about pizza in a whole new form.

Sometimes there's nothing better than a "good ol' American hamburger." In this case, less is best! This is a classic hamburger recipe that you'll turn to time and time again!

These eye-popping chocolate chip cookies are too big for your cookie jar, but they're so good they won't last long anyhow! Our recipe for Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies is amazing!

If you like these old-fashioned recipes, then be sure to check out our collection of Southern comfort recipes, too! Just click here!


Steak Sandwich

Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

What You Need: Steak, arugula, pears, goat cheese, sprouted bread

It's the middle of the week and that steak from the weekend is still sitting in your fridge. Don't waste it! Place it on sprouted bread and layer with peppery arugula and sweet pears. Sprinkle a little goat cheese on top. When in need of cheese, think goat: it's lower in calories, and a little can go a long way. Take a knife and spread it out. With such a strong flavor, you'll be able to taste a bright bite of cheese in every bite. An added bonus: because goat milk proteins are smaller—and more easily digested—than cow milk proteins, goat cheese can be a lot gentler on your digestive tract compared to other cheeses.


Sandwich Free Lunch Box Ideas and Other Tips

Well, it is that time of year again. Lunch packing season. Admittedly, it is not my favorite job, but one that I deem important enough to do every Monday thru Friday. I think that it is important to send my kids to school with a lunch that I know that they will eat and sustain them throughout the really long school day.

Kids need brain food. Protein, healthy fats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. And an occasional treat for good measure. Since becoming a holistic nutritionist, I am even more aware of how important it is to nourish our baby’s bodies. Their bodies and brains are asked to do a lot during the school day (and if they play sports or have after school activities even more so) and as a parent, I try my best to support them. Packing lunch is a big part of that.

I’m not saying that school lunch is a bad thing, not at all! In fact, some school lunches are superior to the ones that I may pack. School lunch programs have come a long way and we should do everything that we can to support these efforts. (Write letters and call your school district to encourage, congratulate, and ask for what you want if you don’t like what you see on the menus – they will listen!) What I like about sending a lunch to school is the control that I have over what they eat. And I get to see if they actually ate what I sent.

I (and the littles) can get tired of the same lunch day after day. How many PB&Js can one kid eat? I like to change it up a little bit and think outside of the lunch box (lunch box, instead of box, get it? Never mind, that wasn’t funny) and today I have three different lunches that don’t even include a sandwich, but are still filling, nourishing, and full of energy. And a lot of other ideas too.

These were tested on 7 children and I am happy to report that they loved them, and ate everything I packed. They liked the colors and how fun they were to eat. This was an opinionated crowd, so I am going to count that as a triumph.

Also, I had every item packed on hand. I shopped my fridge and pantry only.

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Sargento Natural String Cheese Snacks (Sharp Cheddar and Mozzerella) wrapped with turkey and roast beef
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Graham Crackers for dipping

Caprese Sticks with Balsamic Dressing for dipping (cherry tomatoes, cut up Mozzarella stick, and basil leaves)
Pretzels
Raspberries

Hard Boiled Eggs with salt and pepper
Goldfish Crackers
Homemade Hummus and Salsa
Baked Tortilla Chips

I have been using the same lunch packing supplies for two school years now, and I cannot find a good reason to change. I love the containers, they are durable, easy to clean, and cheap enough to replace if they get lost or banged around. I use little sticks and picks just to make the boxes fun. They are more prone to eat the fruit if there is a cute little zebra fork or apple pick to use. I buy everything on Amazon, but you can find the picks at an Asian market.

I also have a few books that I really like to give me some fresh ideas and tips for making lunches ahead of time and how to pack them safely.

Some other sandwich-free ideas and recipes:

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What’s in Blueberry Muffins?

These moist blueberry muffins start with basic muffin ingredients that make a perfect crumb muffin. But, unlike a lot of muffin recipes, there’s no oil in this blueberry muffin recipe.

Here are the blueberry muffin ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • Fresh blueberries (I look for the biggest berries I can find)
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Eggs (organic pasture raised are best)
  • Melted butter (I use salted, but unsalted works too)
  • Milk (I use non-fat but you can use whole or even buttermilk if you like)
  • Kosher salt


Pasta salad recipes

Pasta needn't be served hot. Try one of our tasty ideas for lunches, picnics and sides.

Deli pasta salad

Simple storecupboard pasta salad with sunny Mediterranean flavours

Storecupboard pasta salad

This pasta salad makes a quick and healthy lunch, or is perfect prepared ahead for a picnic or lunchbox

Pick & mix pesto pasta salad bar

Put out all the ingredients for classic pasta salad with pesto dressing and let the kids pick whatever they like to stir in – it's great for fussy eaters

Scandi beetroot & salmon pasta

Eat well at work with this easy-to-prepare Scandinavian-inspired beetroot and salmon fusilli salad. It'll keep you going through the afternoon

Tortellini with pesto & broccoli

A speedy pasta salad with Mediterranean flavours - perfect for packed lunches

Greek pasta salad

For a fresh idea with pasta, try Greek salad

Pasta salad with pesto & prawns

This is a wonderful, zingy dish, perfect for a lunch out in the garden - use our recipe for homemade pesto to make it extra special

Pesto pasta salad

Enjoy this veggie pesto pasta salad with cucumber, peas, cherry tomatoes and basil for an easy family meal. It's great for a packed lunch or summery picnic


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Winter, summer, fall or spring: deli salads are delightful year-round. And there's never a shortage of deli-style salads when you have our collection of 56 Divine Deli Salad Recipes on hand! Pack these make ahead salads along for a picnic, or pair with any meal for lunch or dinner. This list features all your deli salad favorites: chicken salad recipes, pasta salad recipes, potato salad recipes, and many more!

Chicken Salad Recipes

These chicken salad recipes go perfectly on top of your favorite green salad, nestled between two slices of bread, or on their own. They're an easy and delicious way to use up leftover chicken from last night's dinner.


A quick and easy ploughman’s lunch

The leaves are turning and, following a household stand-off by the boiler, you have no doubt turned the heating on again in the past few weeks. Instead of counting down the days until you can break out your knitwear without breaking into a sweat, why not eke out the pleasure of picnic eating by packing an autumnal ploughman’s lunch? And, if you have the opportunity, sit outside while you still can.

The ploughman’s is a fine choice for the perpetually rushed, grab-and-go packed luncher. It involves little to no cooking, zero prep, and is all about the packing.

First, choose your bread. A roll is a traditional choice, but oatcakes are a dream with cheddar and come in convenient little packets. An eccles cake is an indulgent extra.

Next, select your meat. A big slice of ham will do nicely. If you are veggie, boil up a couple of eggs, which brings us to our next suggestion.

There is nothing more pleasing than opening your lunchbox and discovering a scotch egg. You can of course buy them, but there is something satisfying about making them yourself. (It’s a “them” job. No one ever made a solitary scotch egg.) If you want an ever-so-slightly soft yolk, boil your eggs for exactly 6½ minutes in properly boiling water. Combine minced pork or sausage meat with some finely chopped black pudding for a suitably rich and flavoursome autumn/winter casing. Coat with beaten egg and seasoned breadcrumbs before deep-frying in vegetable oil for around 8 minutes (or until the meat is cooked through).

Autumn fruits lend themselves to delicious chutneys. While shop-bought chutneys can be delicious, if you come across plum, or crab apple trees on your walks, pick what you can and make your own at home with spices such as cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper. Decant a little into a container to enjoy at work.

Finally, slice yourself a decent bit of cheese and grab some apples or muscat grapes – or even a couple of end-of-summer tomatoes – to enjoy alongside.

Caroline Craig and Sophie Missing are authors of The Little Book of Lunch (Square Peg)


Sesame chicken is a popular takeout item, and now it&rsquoll be your new favorite health food!

Prepare your chicken for a sesame spree in these sesame chicken bowls.

Sautee your veggies in the same sauce you prepare your chicken. Like magic, boring greens become flavorful and addicting!

Love your lunch with this veggie-packed protein power bowl waiting for you in your lunch box!


Lunch Games

We've got the games just like Mom used to make! Our Cooking Games will entertain you and teach you everything you need to know about the kitchen. There's no need for reservations because we've got a table waiting for you at our Restaurant Games! The best kind of pie is handmade and you'll find out exactly what you need for dough, sauce, and topping combinations in our Pizza Games, or make a five-course, five-star dinner for the whole family with our Meal Games!

If you've got more of a sweet-tooth, not to worry because we've got plenty of Ice Cream Games to satisfy your love for fudge! Or if you love Baking Games, we've got a whole list of Cake Games from carrot to cheese, pound to spice! If it has flour, eggs, and sugar, then we've got you covered!

With new recipes forming in kitchens all over the world, of course you can rely on us to deliver the latest recipes to you the way you want them with New Cooking Games collection coming out every week! We offer mouth-watering free cooking games in every category and flavor you could ever imagine! With all of the savory cooking games that we have, it's simple to adapt your own style and flair to each dish, and show off your new cooking skills. You choose what makes our most Popular Cooking Games list, so be sure to pick the most succulent games that all our fans can sample and enjoy.

So grab your spoon and spatula and start mixing, frying, and sauteing with Cooking Games!


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