I read a LOT of other mommy blogs, and I’ve noticed something. We’re always sharing our kid’s cute lunches, but not our lunches. Mommas deserve cute lunches, too!
Honestly, all of these items were purchased with Flora’s preschool lunches in mind. After everything came to the house I realized that they would be great for Momma’s lunches, too! We are working on living within a fairly strict budget (see this upcoming Tuesday’s tutorial for more on that!) so I will definitely be having more home packed lunches. What am I using?
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I’ll start with the bento-type boxes from EasyLunchBoxes.com (find them here: http://amzn.to/2xsoTdW). They have three roomy compartments, yet are still small enough to fit inside a standard lunch box. The big compartment is large enough to hold a sandwich or an adult sized portion of an entree. The two smaller compartments are generously sized and fantastic for either garnishes or side items.
Next, I have a set of silicone cupcake liners from Mango Spot (found here: http://amzn.to/2y2ppTk). They come in six fun colors. I can fit up to four of these in the large compartment of one of the bento boxes. These are great for when three compartments just won’t do!
My final can’t-make-lunch-without it item is the set of four slim Cool Cooler cold packs from Fit & Fresh (find them here: http://amzn.to/2wPWKvE). These fit SO much better in the lunchbox with the bento box than the old school ice pack that I
stole borrowed from my parents.
Now that you are familiar with my chosen tools of the trade, let’s get onto the important part. Lunch. My diet has been hideous lately so I am trying to eat a bit healthier. I’m trying to get the feel of a coffee shop protein box with this lunch. I’ve packed chicken salad, peanut butter, a light string cheese, whole grain crackers, and roasted winter veggies.
Since you have been so kind as to read this far, I’d like to share the easiest chicken salad recipe (EVER!) with you. It is perfect for those of us with somewhat weird picky palates who won’t eat raw onions. Here it is:
- 1 large can chicken breast, drained
- 1-2 celery stalks, diced
- 10-12 grapes, quartered
- 2-3 T nuts of your choice
- 1 T Mayo
- 2 T Sour Cream
- salt and pepper, to taste
Start by combining the first 4 ingredients in a bowl.
Dress the salad with the mayo and sour cream. Season with salt and pepper and you are good to go!
Do you pack lunch for work? What are some of your favorites?