Lunch Menu #9

October 23, 2013

pesto grilled cheese + tomato soup

By Lindsey Johnson for Design Mom.

Sometimes you just feel like having a hot lunch, right? I know my kids feel like that sometimes too. For Menu #9 in our Lunch Box Series, we have a classic favorite: tomato soup with grilled cheese. At our house, grilled cheese is acceptable hot or room temperature, so I have no complaints about sending one in a packed lunch. The thing that makes this sandwich special is a layer of basil pesto inside. Yum! Of course, it’s optional, but I think once you try it that way, you’ll never go back to plain cheese. : )

- tomato soup
- grilled cheese (with optional smear of pesto)
- grapes
- sugar snap peas
- bunny cookies

- To keep the sandwich from getting too soggy (a little sogginess is inevitable) I layer the inside of the sandwich box with a paper towel. It also absorbs any of the excess butter and helps curb greasy fingers, though I suppose those are always inevitable too.
- Before putting the soup into the insulated container, make sure it’s piping hot. You can also pour boiling water into the container and pour it out before adding the soup. Sort of a preheating kind of method.
- Our favorite way to make quick homemade tomato soup is to puree a large can of tomatoes, add a little water or broth to thin it out, add a little Italian seasoning, pinch of sugar, salt and pepper. You can also add a bouillon cube instead of salt.

- Thermos water bottle
- Thermos funtainer
-Lunch bag from IKEA (available in-store only in US)
-Lunch blox

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1 Katie October 23, 2013 at 7:27 am

Forget the kids. That’s what I want for lunch! :)


2 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) October 23, 2013 at 7:51 am

Katie, that’s exactly what my husband said! I ended up making him the same thing. Ha!


3 Kimberly October 23, 2013 at 7:59 am

I”ve said this before, but it bears repeating: I use these ideas for the lunches I’ve started to pack for my husband and me. Thank you!


4 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) October 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I love it! You can say it as often as you want! My husband and I used to work together (pre-kids) and it was fun to make our lunches and then eat them together. Except for the time when I was pregnant and only wanted to eat canned ravioli. haha (I can’t even think of it now without feeling a little sick to my stomach!)


5 Laura October 23, 2013 at 9:04 am

I have to say that one of my favorite things about this series is that the lunches are real and doable. They don’t involve shaping or cutting all of the food into fancy shapes or designs, don’t take an hour to make, and they are lunches that most kids will really eat. Thanks again for putting this together and I’m looking forward to seeing more!


6 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) October 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Thanks, Laura! That is just what we’ve been hoping for with this series. :)


7 nicole i October 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm

try a savory jam…like fig jam in with the cheese. super delish. or berry jam and fresh mozza!


8 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) October 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Yes! Fig jam is my very favorite. I haven’t thought of doing jam with fresh mozzarella! Brilliant!


9 Molly October 24, 2013 at 11:45 am

Yum, love the idea of adding pesto to my grilled cheese! So glad you got the Thermos water bottle, they really are the best you won’t be disappointed!


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