Pepping Up the After-School Snack

Snack: crackers, hummus, baby carrots, tomatoes, mango

Snack: crackers, hummus, baby carrots, tomatoes, mango

With lunchbox packing having become a chore and a bore (the boys, now 11 and 12, want something simple they can despatch quickly before returning to their busy social lives), my attention has turned to the hitherto overlooked after-school snack.

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March 21, 2013. Tags: , , , . Health, Kids, Leftovers, Lunch, Lunchbox. 2 comments.

33 Passover Meal and Lunchbox Ideas

The family lunch boxes are lined up, water bottles are filled, and fruit is ready to jump in. Now what? Forget the usual lunchbox candidates like sandwiches, chicken noodle soup, and leftover fried rice over the coming days.  Unless you’re on a no-carbs diet, the week of Passover can loom long and laboriously in terms of meal planning. (more…)

April 5, 2012. Tags: , , . Dinners, Festive, Jewish, Lunch, Lunchbox, Mains, Passover. 7 comments.

After the Turkey Malarkey, a Fish Quiche

What do you do when you’re in a post-turkey rut? When the leftover cranberry relish, stuffing and sweet potato gratin are no longer calling your name? (Or scarier still, are calling your name with one stalk in the grave?) (more…)

November 29, 2010. Tags: , , , . Baked Goods, Breakfast, Dinners, Fish, Lunch, One-dish meals, winter. 2 comments.

A Meal in a Ball, with Peanut Butter

Our friends Deb and David are a step (and a male kid) ahead of us, having three beautiful, lively boys to be outnumbered by contend with and being familiar with the eating idiosyncracies of all of them. I was talking to them recently about how my second son, who isn’t the universal eater like my oldest but still eats mostly everything at home, hardly touches any sandwiches I’ve packed for him for school this year. (more…)

October 17, 2010. Tags: , , , . Cookies, Kids, Kids Cuisine, Lunch, Lunchbox, Musings. 11 comments.

Planning for Passover: 20 Lunch and Lunchbox Ideas

As promised, here are some suggestions for lunches and kiddy lunchboxes through Passover week. Feel free to share your favorites, and those of your kids, in comments 🙂

  • Tuna or salmon salad, with matzah on the side
  • Fish balls and veg sticks or salad
  • Soup, with matzah crackers
  • Matzah pizza (click on link)

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March 22, 2010. Tags: . Cocktails, Cookies, Italian, Japanese, Lunch, Lunchbox, Passover. 6 comments.

Lunchbox Star: The Cheese and Chutney Sandwich


Another winner for the school lunchbox and one that easily fits into a picnic basket, too. Both my children have recently requested easy meals they can despatch with haste in order to get to the more important tasks of hanging with friends or hanging on a climbing frame (usually upside down, which can’t be encouraging for any sandwich).

Layer up wholemeal bread with double brie, baby spinach and mango chutney (Trader Joe’s). Slap ’em together and serve with a side of fruit. I saw not a crumb in either lunchbox after school!

Some mums might fret about the choice of cheese, but feel free to substitute low-fat (i.e. flavorless, plasticky) cheddar for it. But moi? I’ll pick the full-fat one myself, thanks very much. It’s not as if we have brie every day or top it off with vats of ice cream at the same sitting.

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June 18, 2009. Tags: , , . Kids Cuisine, Lunch, Lunchbox, Nutrition, One-dish meals. 2 comments.

A Gobbleworthy Turkey Sandwich


My older son has rather keen tastebuds and (thankfully) fancies few lunchmeats. I found this uncured *turkey at Trader Joe’s, which both my children love. It has five recognizable ingredients (turkey, sugar, salt, spices, honey), but no nitrites, nitrates or preservatives.

Best of all, the bird was raised – as all beings free of pneumonia and infections should be – without antibiotics.

Add to the generous slab of turkey some lettuce, tomato, mayo and wholewheat bread and voila, you have another healthy option for the school lunchbox!


*Wellshire uncured turkey ham steak, sold at Trader Joe’s.

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May 27, 2009. Tags: . Kids Cuisine, Lunch, Lunchbox, Nutrition, One-dish meals. Leave a comment.

Honey and Soy Salmon Fingers


My children would eat salmon every day if they could, and, they love it raw best of all. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a fishmonger from whom I can get sushi-grade salmon on a regular basis. This is one of many ways they enjoy this fish.

  • honey, 1 tbsp
  • soy sauce, 2-3 tbsp
  • lemon juice, 2 tbsp
  • sesame oil, 1/2 tsp
  • garlic, 1, chopped
  • ginger, 1/2 tsp, grated
  • breadcrumbs, as needed egg, 1, whisked

  1. Slice the salmon into suitable sized lengths
  2. Whisk together the marinade ingredients and pour over the fish
  3. Dip the fish into the egg mixture, then into a plate of breadcrumbs
  4. Bake in a preheated 410F oven (190C) for about 10 minutes
  5. Serve with veg and mashed potatoes or chips

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May 14, 2009. Tags: , . Asian, Dinners, Fish, Kids Cuisine, Lunch. 1 comment.

Matzah Pizza


The house is all crumb-free and clean but you’re clean out of meal ideas for Passover week. Worst still, you have a craving for a thin-crust pizza? Here’s something that could well save the day!

  • matzah crackers, 4
  • cheese, parmesan or mozzarella, grated
  • pasta sauce
  • baby spinach
  • optional: anchovies, sardines, etc
  1. Preheat the grill/broiler
  2. Lay the matzah crackers on a wide and deep baking tray
  3. Spread the pasta sauce over it, then any veg and/or protein
  4. Top with cheese
  5. Bake under the grill for 2-4 minutes, watching carefully so it doesn’t burn


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April 12, 2009. Tags: , . Jewish, Kids Cuisine, Lunch, Lunchbox, One-dish meals, Passover. 2 comments.

Lunch is a Wrap (in 5 minutes)


I am away this week (we are hunting for houses and schools in New York for the big move in August) but am attempting to keep up some virtual blogging. This is a version of one of my favourite quick meals – sometimes I grill the veg, sometimes not, or add cheese, jalapenos, spinach and so on. Tasty and good for you too.

  • wholewheat wraps, 2
  • hummus
  • red peppers, grilled (or not) and sliced
  • courgette or zucchini, grilled & seasoned, sliced
  • salt and pepper

It’s a wrap! No instructions needed.

July 17, 2008. Tags: , . Dinners, Kids Cuisine, Lunch, Lunchbox, Mains, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian. Leave a comment.

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