Lunch Menu #18

November 25, 2013

linguine+marinara sauce

By Lindsey Johnson of Café Johnsonia for Design Mom.

For menu #18 of our Lunch Box Series I planned another pasta dish. A warm meal like this is so simple but satisfying — especially on a cold day. My kids are all smiles whenever they see me prepping the thermos for pasta!

LUNCH MENU #18
- linguine with marinara sauce
-cheese and garlic bread stick
- string cheese
-carrots with homemade dip
- squeezable fruit puree*
-water

TIPS
- To make the homemade dip stir 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1/2 cup sour cream together.
- Preheat the insulated bowl by adding boiling water to it, pouring it out and adding hot pasta and sauce. It really does stay warm for hours!

SOURCES
- Fit and Fresh container
- Thermos Bottle
- Thermos Funtainer

*Awhile back I received the fruit puree in the picture as part of a sample pack of new Earth’s Best products to try out. I think this pomegranate cranberry apple puree is actually for babies and toddlers, but my kids and I all love it, so into the lunch bag it goes! They will be available in stores in March 2014.

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1 Jessica @ Little Nesting Doll November 25, 2013 at 7:19 am

We actually just got thermoses for my kids as Christmas gifts, so we can’t use them quite yet, but I’m looking forward to being able to send them warm lunches. Especially when the weather is so cold…like the 16 degrees they faced this morning on the walk to school. :)

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2 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) November 25, 2013 at 7:35 am

They will love them, Jessica. And whoa! That’s so cold! I’m ready for spring already. :)

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3 Laura November 25, 2013 at 7:52 am

Are you liking the Thermos bottle? Does the straw leak?

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4 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) November 25, 2013 at 8:03 am

So far it’s been great! Much better than the Rubbermaid ones I had been buying.

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5 Emily November 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I tasted one of those purees when I was feeding the babies I nanny for (8 months) and was really pleasantly surprised. Sure, I definitely enjoy the texture of real food, but in a pinch or for a lunch on the go they were actually really good!

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6 Elaine November 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm

My girls have both of those Thermos containers, in the fun Hello Kitty design and we love them! The food is at least still warm at lunch time. I boil water in the microwave and pour it into the containers, put on the lid and have it heat up for at least five minutes before filling it with the hot food. I send chicken tenders, pasta, chicken and rice, quesadillas, whatever I can fit in there!

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