Posts tagged ‘sandwich’

February 3, 2012

Five Under 5: Turkey and Pesto Sandwich

Remember the pesto from earlier this week? It’s making its appearance again—but in a sandwich, as a flavorful spread. I topped it with smoked turkey, spinach leaves and little grape tomatoes. In the blink of an eye, I used up my five ingredients. I think it’ll be yummy, but it did not photograph well. Toppings kept falling out while I was trying to get a good shot of the sorry-looking sandwich. Then, the sun kept rising with every shot I took, changing the light. Ack! In any case, lunch is done. With the sandwich, I included a banana and some seaweed.

I’m providing links to two interesting articles, one from last Saturday’s Wall Street Journal and the other from Wednesday’s issue of the New York Times. The first is about disgust and food, and how your rules for and responses to different foods can teach and trigger the emotion of disgust in your children. The author takes the reader on a fascinating trip around the world exploring foods that elicit the most visceral of reactions. I found out about the second article from one of my readers (also my father-in-law!). It’s a fun read on how one mom got her 10- and 14-year-olds to cook dinner. I think I’ll try some of her approaches at my house. Happy February!

You Eat That? – WSJ

My Sons, the Sous-Chefs – NY Times

January 12, 2012

Brie, Brie and More Brie!

S is going on a field trip today, so that means she needs a completely disposable lunch. That’s a struggle for us, because S typically prefers a hot lunch. But I have a surprise for her. And honestly, it was new to me, too. We had some leftover bagels in the freezer from the weekend, and then I remembered I had bought Brie at Trader Joe’s earlier this week. I usually steer clear of it because I can eat the whole creamy mess myself. This time, I put back the triple cream variety in favor of double cream. It was hard, but I do try to keep my children’s virgin arteries in mind. At my house, we call it “butter cheese.” It’s one of the few soft cheeses S loves (because she has a special relationship with butter), so I put it in my cart, hoping to come up with something creative for lunch.

When I was in England, I had more than my share of Brie and tomato sandwiches. But tomatoes don’t hold up so well in the lunchbox. On the other hand, apples do! And I have a bunch of them, thanks to my CSA. I lightly toasted the bagel, arranged pats of “butter cheese” on each half, followed by thin slices of apple. On one half, I even put a few slices of turkey. I’m sure I’ll get feedback from the peanut gallery later this afternoon.

I could have packed another turkey and avocado sandwich, but I have to come up with another 50 or so lunches before I get to 108. Help! I’m not even halfway there and we’re already past the halfway mark of the school year. If you have any ideas, please send them along. The Lunch Diva is starting to lose steam.

January 3, 2012

Pastrami and Avocado Sandwich

Happy new year! For 2012, I’ve resolved to convince S to eat more sandwiches—or at least get her to believe that sandwiches can be tasty. That’s why I’m starting the year with a simple pastrami sandwich. Less is more, so I decided to simply pair the pastrami with some avocado.

S tells me that her favorite sandwich bread is the gluten-free multigrain from Udi’s. It’s not my favorite, but if it gets her to eat a few more sandwiches a month, then I’m game. To round out her lunch, I also packed her some carrots and hummus, along with some rice and adzuki bean chips from Trader Joe’s. I needed an easy way to start the new year, because I certainly didn’t miss packing lunches.

Have a lunch that’s a winner with your kid? Send it along and share it with us.

November 30, 2011

The Simple BLT (&A)

I knew this day would come. I was just hoping that I’d have a couple more months. S is getting tired of the variety in her lunch.

“Can’t I eat the same thing more than once or twice?” she asked me yesterday.

I reminded her of my blog and my self-induced challenge to come up with 108 different lunches this year.

She groaned.

“It’s better than eating the same thing every single day, right?” I offered.

S did not respond.

To perk up her spirits, I decided to make her one of her favorite things today: bacon. Admittedly, it’s one of my favorite things, too. Pork fat. Yum. And I wonder why my jeans are so tight.

I opted for the classic BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato) sandwich today, but decided to swap out the mayonnaise for some avocado. If you have access to it, I highly recommend Niman Ranch’s applewood-smoked uncured bacon. It is out of this world. Not only does it taste fantastic, it’s also free of nitrates and nitrites, hormones and antibiotics. Yes, bacon isn’t exactly low in fat, but I like to tell myself that S is also getting lettuce, tomato and avocado with her lunch—all good stuff. Plus, I loaded her up on fruit, lots of yummy grapes and clementines. It’s all about balance. But that delicate balance may get upset if I have to dedicate an entire category to bacon to get S and me through the school year.

Update:  When I unpacked S’s lunchbox that afternoon, I noticed she had only eaten two bites of her sandwich. What?! Her explanation: “The lettuce was disgusting!”

Um, okay. I actually kind of believed her, because typically S likes lettuce. But my adult brain wanted to scream, “Why didn’t you just take the lettuce off then? The rest of the sandwich was perfectly good.”

Instead, I simply made a mental note that BLTs would not be in her future.  Then, I gave the leftover bacon to my sweet German Shepherd.

November 10, 2011

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Sandwich

Let me apologize upfront: this was yesterday’s lunch, and it was a crazy morning. I had to take S to school, and haul C with me, and look presentable because I was going to watch a performance that S and her classmates were putting on. I was wondering if I even had time to pack S a lunch, but I really wanted to, because of all the food I have in my fridge. Plus, I wanted to make her a sandwich that was inspired by our trip to Portugal. Not to mention, school lunch can be so very bleak.

With all that said, I’m apologizing because lunch looks like a train wreck today. If you ever wondered what it would look like if smoked salmon got in a fist fight with cream cheese, you’re about to find out. I’m almost embarrassed to post it, but it is what it is. And it represents the truth for many of us, which is a harried mom frantically packing lunch and trying to get everyone to school on time.

I grabbed a whole wheat English muffin (I would’ve preferred a little a baguette, but didn’t have one), lightly toasted it and then spread some cream cheese on both sides. I piled some smoked salmon on one side and really, really wished I could put some thinly sliced cucumbers on top, but alas, I didn’t have any. I knew we had some baby spinach leaves, so I grabbed a small handful and put it on top of the salmon. This was risky, because S doesn’t like spinach. But I couldn’t let the sandwich go to school without some greens on it. I was betting that S would eat the spinach because she wouldn’t want to go to the trouble of picking it off. So was I right? Did S eat the spinach?

When I picked her up after school, she told me she was starving. Uh-oh. I asked her, “Did you eat your lunch?”

“Yep, everything but the Cuties,” she said. “I think I’ll eat those now.”

“Did you eat the spinach on the sandwich?” I asked.

“Why wouldn’t I?” she responded matter of factly. “I liked the sandwich. Can you make it for me again?”

That just goes to show you: we should never assume we know what our kids will or won’t eat. It’s always worth a try. After all, they just might surprise us.

September 19, 2011

Buh-Bye, PB&J; Hello, SB&B

Is anything more American than the peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Can you imagine the hundreds of thousands of PB&J’s that show up each day in lunch boxes throughout the country? From New York to Florida to Iowa to California, it’s a staple. And for most kids, it’s a hit.

But, of course, S does not like them. But I’ve been experimenting. I’ve tried almond butter (which is my favorite!), homemade raspberry jelly, honey, agave nectar, you name it. Despite all the attempts, I have not been successful. I’m hoping that will change today.

For lunch, I put together a sunflower seed butter and banana sandwich, and cut it into the shape of a heart with a cookie cutter. Maybe the extra love is just what S needs to appreciate this slight twist on the classic kids’ sandwich.

I used organic multigrain with omega-3 bread from Costco and sunflower seed butter from Trader Joe’s. There’s already some evaporated cane juice in the butter, so there’s no reason to add honey. Some Veggie Booty accompanied the sandwich, as did some grape tomatoes. I also included a cup of blueberry-flavored coconut milk yogurt from So Delicious.

And if this doesn’t change S’s mind, I’ll have to go the way of Elvis—frying it all in butter.

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