Eat Lunch Like a Mom: One-Handed Meal Ideas for Busy People
That’s why I still rely on the recipes I created during Junior’s first few weeks, all easily eaten while multitasking. Think savory handpies, turnovers, empanadas, even baked ravioli. On a (relatively) lazy Sunday I’ll make a batch and freeze them for working lunches.
When my freezer stash runs out, I’ve got a bunch of one-handed, no-cook, no-fork lunches in my repertoire. Assemble any of these in about ten minutes–they’re perfect for bento boxes–and enjoy a simple, sophisticated meal while you
- Deli turkey, Peppadew peppers (the small, sweet & spicy red ones; you’ll find them in jars or at the supermarket olive bar), whole grain crackers, and cheddar
- Whole wheat mini-pitas, stuffed–but not overstuffed–with goat cheese and prepared chutney, and red grapes
- Ricotta drizzled with honey, topped with almonds and berries. Scoop it up with whole-grain crackers, or just use a spoon
- Party-sized rye bread topped with roasted red pepper strips and deli-sliced salami and provolone
- Whole wheat mini-pitas, prepared hummus, baby carrots, and grape tomatoes
- Bocconcini (bite-sized mozzarella balls), black olives, whole grain crispbread like Wasa, and seckel pears
Debbie Koenig is a food writer and the author of Parents Need to Eat Too: Nap-Friendly Recipes, One-Handed Meals, and Time-Saving Kitchen Tricks for New Parents (Morrow, 2012). Find her at her blog, Parents Need to Eat Too, or @debbieharry on Twitter.
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