lunch box goodies

Blanc Lunch BoxAs we transition from winter to spring, many of our surroundings start to hold a new perspective: flowers start to bud, fire pits start to burn, shorts and sandals are dug out of the closet, and the sun sets a little sweeter. It’s easy to get in the mood for spring fashion trends and waterside cocktail hours that can last until dusk.

There is, however, one thing in particular that I have trouble transitioning: my lunch. I go from soup to sandwich to salad and back again in the winter. It’s about time somebody (anybody!) came up with some new lunch box ideas! So here I go: my recap of one week of lunch box goodies.

Day 1: the blt lettuce wrap

Ingredients

  • romaine lettuce (whole leaves)
  • cherry tomatoes (diced into quarters)
  • bacon (precooked or homemade)
  • mayo (or substitute low-fat sour cream)

Spread mayo on a full lettuce leave. Add tomatoes and bacon, wrap, and enjoy!

Day 2: broccoli salad

Ingredients

  • raw broccoli (chopped into small trees)
  • red grapes, sliced in half
  • sliced almonds
  • dried cranberries (you can also substitute dried cherries or raisins)
  • cooked bacon (I used my leftovers from day 1!)
  • mayo
  • white wine vinegar
  • a pinch of sugar

Combine chopped broccoli, red grapes, almonds, dried cranberries, and bacon into a bowl. Add just enough mayo to lightly coat the ingredients. Top with a pinch of sugar and a drop of white wine vinegar. Chill in refrigerator before serving.

Blanc Hummus Pita

Day 3: the hummus pita delight

Ingredients

  • pita bread or sandwich thins
  • hummus (original or try a flavored hummus)
  • cucumber
  • feta cheese crumbles

Spread hummus on pita bread, top with cucumber and feta cheese crumbles. Serve as an open-face sandwich.

Day 4: tomato basil sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread (Italian bread preferred, or a toasted version of what you have on hand will work!)
  • mozzarella cheese (I buy mozzarella as a block and cut fine slices)
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • basil and spinach leaves
  • garlic-pepper seasoning
  • olive oil

Toast your bread until crisp and then brush lightly with olive oil. Create your sandwich by stacking the basil and spinach leaves (1:2 ratio), mozzarella, and tomato slices. Season with a pinch of garlic-pepper before closing with the top slice of toasted bread. Prepare ingredients the night before work for easy assembly at the office.

Day 5: pb & banana sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 1 banana (sliced)
  • crunchy peanut butter

What’s that saying…an oldie but a goodie? This was definitely a Friday treat for me! I paired this savory sandwich with a fresh apple and skim milk. It’s like I’m a kid again!

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I hope these meals make your lunch box happy!

xoxo

 

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