I bet the last thing you wanna do on this glorious Friday (before a three-day weekend, no less!) is think about packing a lunch, but I’m hoping I can nudge you in the right direction with the sixth installment of Paleo Lunchboxes 2014. Who can resist a beautiful and satisfying salad tucked into a lovely LunchBots container? Not me!
Besides, even if your wee ones gag at the thought of tucking into a salad, there’s nothing that says these boxes have to be for kids. Last time I checked, adults need lunches, too.
If you’ve got a peach, some thinly sliced prosciutto…
…fresh salad greens…
…and a handful of pistachios…
…you’re in business: make my Watercress with Seared Prosciutto + Peaches! You’ll love the balance of savory and sweet—and the fact that prepping this salad takes almost no time at all.
Remember: If peaches aren’t your cup of tea, you can always use apples, nectarines, or pears instead. Not a fan of watercress? No problem—substitute your favorite leafy greens. Just promise me you’ll make your lunch, okay?
Here are a few tips to ensure that your salad tastes great when you crack open your LunchBots at mealtime:
Out of packed lunch ideas? Fear not, Nomsters: I’ll save the day with Part 5 of Paleo Lunchboxes 2014, my collaboration with the super-stainless-steel-container-makers at LunchBots!
Today’s packed lunch shines the spotlight on one of my favorite finger foods: Egg Foo Young patties! These portable protein- and veggie-packed savory pancakes are totally customizable with whatever you have sitting in your fridge. (Except for maybe that mushy pile of melting vegetables that you forgot about in the back of your crisper.)
My original recipe for Egg Foo Young is up on this blog, but readers of my cookbook know that I’ve since published a streamlined version in Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans. (If you don’t have my cookbook—shame, shame! Lucky for you, I don’t hold a grudge. You can find adaptations of my Egg Foo Young recipe here and here.)
I’m not pulling your leg when I say that Egg Foo Young’s a crowd pleaser and so dang easy to make. Seriously: I even made a batch for Chef Pete Evans when we cooked together back in March—on camera!—because I knew there was no chance I’d goof.
For today’s lunch, I’ve paired these tasty patties with a warm thermal LunchBots container filled with Garbage Soup because they’re a match made in lunch heaven.
Ready to make this lunch? Then read up on my pro tips to ensure perfect Egg Foo Young patties!
Can a new week be upon us already? Well, turn that frown upside down: Part 4 of my Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 collaboration with LunchBots will chase away your Monday blahs and beat them into submission!
After all, Cracklin’ Chicken is the real food answer to all your woes. I know it makes me feel better whenever I’m in a funk.
Don’t tell me you haven’t made my Cracklin’ Chicken yet. You really have no excuse—it’s ridiculously easy and totally tasty. Peep the recipe over here!
Cracklin’ Chicken tastes best right out of a cast iron skillet, but like all fried chicken, it tastes fantastic cold. Believe me: I routinely crisp up extra thighs so that I can have extra to nibble on straight from the fridge.
Not sure if your kids will eat cold chicken? Offer them a piece and see how they like it. It’ll be good news for you either way ’cause if they turn their noses up at it, more for you!
But believe it or not, no one can live on Cracklin’ Chicken alone, so I’m stuffing this packed lunch with tons of veggies and a sweet treat as well.
Ready or not, here comes Part Three of Paleo Lunchboxes 2014!
I know it’s Friday, and the last thing you want to think about is preparing food and packing a pretty LunchBots for yourself and/or your kiddos. I feel your pain. That’s why today’s box is filled with a variety of leftovers that you can throw together in a flash.
Yes, I said LEFTOVERS. And no, it’s not a dirty word.
Before I starting eating Paleo, I never contemplated making extra food to save for later. But now that I cook virtually all of our meals, I always make sure to have leftovers. Eating out (while staying Paleo) can be an expensive hassle, so for me, cooking is a necessity. It’s kinda like flossing: you just have to buck up and do it. That’s why having ready-to-eat proteins and veggies in the fridge is a lifesaver.
Besides, having a bunch of ready-to-eat veggies on hand that we can nosh on at any time means we’re much less likely to reach for something unhealthy. Am I right, or am I right? (Answer: I’m right.)