When I was little, there was a formula for school lunches: main course, fruit, and a Third Thing. Bento boxes and the expanding palates of modern children have challenged the status quo, and lunch looks different these days. On a busy week, though, we fall back on the formula for our three boys, making a sandwich for each one and letting them choose a piece of fruit and a Third Thing on their own.
Is lunchtime feeling a little... bland? Repetitive? Do you need some fresh ideas? We do too, so we considered the sandwich. And we realized we needed to get out of the sandwich box. What makes a sandwich a sandwich, philosophically-speaking? Is it just a filling between two pieces of plain bread? Or can it expand into adjacent territory -- burritos, wraps, baked pockets?
A few years ago we featured a tutorial showing how to make your own ice packs from dish soap. I still use the ones I made for that how to and love them dearly, but in the back of my mind I'm still waiting for the day one breaks. Forget what could be a mess, check out this ice pack that absorbs itself as it melts!
I cannot believe school is starting already! My husband, a professor, begins his fall semester tomorrow, and school buses were doing a dry run this morning at the elementary school next door. It's time for the lunchbox to emerge from the dark cupboard you stashed it in all summer, and it's time to stock it with some good snacks for fall. Here are 15 favorites — all homemade and yummy. Some are better for kids, some for adults. But everything will add a homemade note to the lunchbox.
Q: I'm a working mom of a 3-month-old (and 2-year-old) and I'm currently pumping 3x/day at work. I am often STARVING by the end of the day and feel like my milk supply suffers because of it. Can you recommend any filling, nutritious snacks that I can bring to work with me?
As you know, it's Reader Request Week here on The Kitchn, and one request came through loud and clear: more one-pot meals, 5-ingredient, and leftover-worthy recipes! So it's perfectly clear what needed to happen this week: a simple and delicious weeknight chili.
Were you a crayon-eater in kindergarten? Well, you don't have to like wax to enjoy these crayons. They look too real to eat, but they're truly edible, and a very fun treat for a lunchbox. Want to see what they're made out of?