Category Lunchbox

Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs with Roasted Brussels Sprouts over Farro

Growing up I proudly professed the unique fact that my parents, brother, and I all had birthdays that fell on holidays.  Each year I celebrate my birthday on July 4th, my brother was born on Mother’s day, and my father’s birthday occasionally lands on Thanksgiving.  As this story came up at dinner parties my mother […]

Green Chicken Salad

We’ve all gotten to that point in the middle of the day when you are famished but realize that you didn’t pack a lunch!  For teachers that this means that you likely won’t eat until the school day is over because, let’s be honest, who has time to leave the building during your 20 minutes […]

Israeli Couscous Salad with Cucumber, Spinach, and Parsley

My porch planters are flourishing and I’ve been using fresh herbs every night to make dinner as well as some drinks.   We’ve thrown fresh mint into mojitos, rosemary into a gin & tonic, and basil into a blender with ice, raspberry preserves, and vodka – yum! (Can you tell we are in summer mode over […]

Cold Sesame Soba Noodles and Tofu

  Summertime, and the livin’s easy! Happy vacation to all of my teacher friends out there.  You’ve earned yourself a glass of wine and a comfy place to rest your feet. As of today, I’ve officially completed my second round of grade school… 13 years as a student and 13 years as a teacher/leader.  Schools […]

BBQ Chicken Grain Bowl

Today I had square pizza for lunch. Yes, I’m talking about cafeteria pizza that you get in elementary school.  As a kiddo it brought me tremendous joy to walk through the food line and carry a square slice back to my table. It was typically the only time that I ate school lunch, and looking […]

Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl Lunches

September is here! Back to school, back to making weekly lunches on Sunday, back to finding a routine that is intentional and fulfilling.   As this summer comes to a close it is striking to step back and reflect on all of change that occurred in only a few months. It has felt as though […]

Curried Chicken Salad

This past weekend we kicked off the holiday season with our first Christmas gathering. Twenty two members of my mothers family gathered with my grandmother (Nana) in what we anticipate may be her last Christmas away from home (as her Alzheimer’s is progressing faster than we anticipated).   During her teenage years Nana dropped out […]

Warm Winter Lunch: Curried Lentils

Throughout the summer months I swear by Sunday meal prep which allows me to spend evenings outside.  With darkness now descending around 4:30, I’m keeping myself sane by researching and trying new meals.  This dish has become a lunch time favorite as it is filling, yummy, and can be easily made with whatever is found […]