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Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Bonus: Snacks!)

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Just when you thought Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 was over, I’ve got one more tasty installment to pull you back in! And what better way to keep you motivated to pack your own meals than to show you some of my favorite sweet and savory snacks packed in super cute LunchBots containers?

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Bonus: Snacks!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Disclaimer: Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are the best items to round out your packed lunches. No one’ll argue about that point—not the  omnivores, vegans, or Paleo Patrol. But let’s get real: sometimes, you just crave something crunchy, salty, and/or sweet. I totally get it. 

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Bonus: Snacks!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Big-O, my 9 year-old, is a big fan of crispy and salty foods. Similar to my hubby, he’s never met a chip-like food he didn’t like. Thankfully, that can mean roasted seaweed snacks (I like SeaSnax and GimMe brands)…

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Bonus: Snacks!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…homemade vegetable chips (like my homemade kale or mushroom chips)…

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Bonus: Snacks!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 7)

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It’s Labor Day, and that means that most kiddos (in the U.S., anyway) will be back in school for sure this week. WAHOO! Thank goodness for all those selfless and patient individuals awesome enough to be teachers. (Hi, Ms. Lin—I know you’re reading this!) 

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 7 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

As you pack away your summertime apparel (goodbye, linen pants and white shoes!), let me share with you my last installment of Paleo Lunchboxes 2014. This lovely packed LunchBots bento is crammed with some of our family’s favorite finger foods: Lazy Devils (recipe in my cookbook and app) and Simple Crab Salad-stuffed tomatoes!

Again, don’t feel compelled to replicate this lunchbox exactly—the fun is in modifying any and all components to fit your own tastes. (In other words: yes, I know you’re a special snowflake.)

For example, the Lazy Devils are also super-customizable. Feel free to top your halved Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs with whatever you have on hand. In Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, I offer tons of ideas on how to spice up your hard cooked eggs. See?

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 7 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

And if you happen to be allergic to shellfish, please don’t eat the crab salad stuffed tomatoes with a side of EpiPen. Instead, mix up a batch of Spicy Salmon Salad or Madras Chicken salad (the recipe for the latter’s available in my cookbook and iPad app), and spoon them into the edible tomato cups.

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 7 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Pro tip: use smaller tomatoes than I did. I used plus-size heirloom tomatoes to pretty ’em up for photos, but the only way the lid’s going to fit is by smashing the stuffing (literally!) out of them.

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 7 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Ready to check out how to assemble this portable feast?

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Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 6)

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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!

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 6 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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.

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 6 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

If you’ve got a peach, some thinly sliced prosciutto…

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 6 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…fresh salad greens…

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 6 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and a handful of pistachios…

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 6 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…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:

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Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 5)

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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!

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 5 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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.)

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 5 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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.

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 5 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Ready to make this lunch? Then read up on my pro tips to ensure perfect Egg Foo Young patties!

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Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 4)

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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!

Paleo Lunchboxes (Part 4 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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.

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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.

Paleo Lunchboxes (Part 4 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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!

Paleo Lunchboxes (Part 4 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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.

Paleo Lunchboxes (Part 4 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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