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Lunch Box Menus

Lunch Menu #3

October 3, 2013

Bagel with cream cheese and cherry jam

Photo and text by Lindsey Johnson.

We’ve arrived at Menu #3 in our Lunchbox Series. This menu is pretty simple and something that I’m likely to put together in a hurry on our way out the door. It comes together quickly and doesn’t require much planning, and my girls love it. I started making cream cheese and jam sandwiches for my daughter when she was little and it has been her favorite sandwich ever since. We switch up the jam depending on what we have. For this sandwich, I used our favorite sour cherry jam, but we also like blueberry and peach.

- bagel with plain cream cheese and cherry (or your child’s favorite) jam
- veggie crisps (these are Inner Pea crisps from Trader Joe’s)
- fresh strawberries
- water

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Lunch Menu #2

October 1, 2013

tuna sandwich with pea shoots-2

Photo and text by Lindsey Johnson.

For Menu #2 in our Lunch Box Series, it’s all about the brown bag, baby! Everything in this lunch is recyclable or compostable — nothing to bring home. This is ideal for events like field trip days when students don’t always have their backpacks handy for carrying home lunchboxes. It also works great if you don’t happen to have reusable lunch gear on hand.

I kind of went old school with the tuna on wheat, but added a little twist that my oldest daughter loves — pea shoots, also called sprouts.  They are crunchy and fresh and taste like sweet, just-picked peas. If you can’t find the pea shoots, substitute baby spinach or another kind of sprout.

tuna sandwich with pea shoots

- Tuna sandwich on wheat bread with pea shoots/sprouts
- Cinnamon applesauce (no sugar added)
- Clementine
- Baby cheese wheel
- Snack size chocolate bar
- Bottled water

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Lunch Menu #1

September 26, 2013

turkey wrap with berries and cucumbers

Photo and text by Lindsey Johnson. Intro by Gabrielle.

INTRODUCTION: I am so excited to announce a new column here on Design Mom! Now that we’re back from France and making lunches is once again a big part of our morning routine, I thought it would be fun to share a series of lunch box menus. We’re only a month into school and I already need inspiration! Once the idea was hatched, I turned to Lindsey right away. Lindsey is the mother to three school-age kids, so she knows how challenging it can be to come up with ideas for packed lunches. And she’s a genius with both food and photography — a perfect fit for this column! In addition to menus, these posts will also feature lunch products we’re loving (like bento boxes or reusable snack bags). Without further ado, here’s Lindsey:

I have several goals in mind when I’m packing a lunch for my kids — it needs to be healthy, fun/interesting, and kid-friendly. My kids only have a few minutes to down their lunch before it’s time to head back to class. So for this first menu, I’ve added in some healthy favorites that are easy for little hands to hold and eat while they chat with their friends. No spoons or forks needed!


- Turkey Wrap – large  tortilla spread with a thin layer of cream cheese and a single layer of: deli turkey, baby spinach, sliced fresh tomato
- Fresh raspberries
- Cucumber “chips”
- Homemade granola bar (here’s a recipe link, or you could purchase some at the grocery store)
- Milk

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