Lunch Menu #12

November 4, 2013

ham sandwich

By Lindsey Johnson of Café Johnsonia for Design Mom.

Today’s menu in our Lunch Box Series features another lunch menu classic: ham and cheese. The special thing about Lunch Menu #12 is that it doesn’t require an ice pack. Lots of crunchy finger foods too! If your school is nut-free, swap the almond butter for a little cup of caramel. You can usually find them near the apples in the produce section of grocery stores. You’ll find the individual packages of almond butter on the shelf near the other nut butters in grocery stores.

- ham and muenster sandwich with a little Dijon mustard (totally optional)
- baby carrots
- apple
- pretzels
- almond butter

- Hold the cut apple together with a rubber band, it helps prevent the apple from going entirely brown (it still does brown a little).

- Camelbak water bottle
- Lunchskins sandwich and snack bags
- Blue Avocado snack bag

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Karen November 4, 2013 at 9:42 am

We give our apples a little splash of diluted lemon juice and that does a great job of preventing the apples from turning brown.


2 Lindsey November 4, 2013 at 10:36 am

That works too! We also use fruit fresh powder mixed with a little water. But the kids do like the rubber band trick. Makes it kind of fun. :)


3 Pearl November 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Thanks for posting the rubber band and apple trick! My kids do not like the way lemon juice makes their apples taste so I’ve had to avoid putting apples in their lunch boxes. Thanks to lots of orthodontic devices they are unable to bite into a whole apple, so this trick will definitely come in handy.


4 Amy T November 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm

This is my favorite menu yet! But I have to ask — are you sure you shouldn’t use an ice pack with a ham and cheese sandwich? All of our deli ham packages say to refrigerate! Thoughts?


5 Lindsey November 5, 2013 at 6:28 am

I haven’t worried much about the ham sandwiches, but if it is a worry, throw an ice pack into the bag. Better to be safe than sorry. :)


6 Emily November 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm

The rubber band on the apple! Brilliant!


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