Lunch

My 7 Rules for a Superb School Lunch — Tips from The Kitchn

Having rules for school lunch is strictly about making lunch-packing easier. As school kicks off I always go a little overboard, packing elaborate lunches with cute cut-out fruit and decorative garnishes. This enthusiasm usually dies in October. This year, intent on finding a sustainable pace for packing school lunches that my kids will love and that I'll feel good about, I set out these seven rules for myself, and for you too, to pack a lunch with less stress and more sanity.

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10 Delicious Ways to Turn an Avocado into Lunch — Tips from The Kitchn

What was once relegated to the making of guacamole — fabulous in its own right — avocados are now taking the lunch table by storm. Smooth and buttery and loaded with healthy fat and a good dose of vitamins and minerals, the avocado offers a cornucopia of choices as to how to serve it.

Check out these 10 delicious ways to turn an avocado into lunch.

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How To Make Southern Tomato Pie — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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From the first bite to the last slice, tomato pie is sublime: Sharp tomatoes and savory bacon are seasoned with thyme and bathed with mayo and sharp cheese to make a humble pie that's the perfect entrée for your end-of-summer suppers and lazy weekend brunches.

I have a theory that tomato pie was created by thrifty Southern cooks who were trying to make the most of tomatoes from their backyard gardens — especially those tomatoes that weren't quite ripe enough for tomato-and-mayo sandwiches or canning. These cooks had the ingenious idea to transform these so-so tomatoes into something wildly delicious with pantry staples like mayonnaise and breadcrumbs. It also means that any home cook can master this speciality with just a few key points.

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Recipe: Fresh Tomato Blender Sauce — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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It's not worth fussing too much with summer tomatoes. When they are so juicy and sweet this time of the year, it's truly hard to improve on them. That's why tomato sandwiches and caprese salads exist. That's also why this sauce exists. Slow-simmered tomato sauces are glorious, but save those for when you're trying to coax life and flavor into the canned stuff come winter. For this recipe you need to do nothing but toss the tomatoes you grabbed from the farmers market into a blender, add a little garlic, olive oil, and fresh basil, and transform the mix into the brightest, liveliest thing you can toss with pasta this summer.

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This Is the Secret to Packing a Better Lunch Your Kids Will Actually Eat — Tips from The Kitchn

Snacking has taken over the way we eat and, given our propensity for unrelenting schedules and processed foods, this is a mostly bad thing. But I found one way that snacking can serve the greater good.

And by greater good, I mean us parents who have the tedious job of packing (literally) hundreds of school lunches year after school year.

I'm not a huge snacker myself. For me, it's all about three meals a day, each with a fresh, simple, perhaps even old-school composition: lots of veggies, some protein, and healthy carbs and grains. The same goes for school lunch.

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Our 20 Most Popular Make-Ahead Lunch Recipes — Recipes from The Kitchn

Let's be honest — whether you work from home or go to an office, the weekday lunch struggle is real. Which is why I'm a firm believer that make-ahead lunches are totally essential. Arm yourself with a handful of nourishing recipes, especially ones you can make in bulk, before the week gets busy and you're well on your way to satisfying lunches that will pull you through the afternoon (and maybe even make your coworkers a little jealous).

From sturdy salads to freezer-friendly burritos to DIY instant noodle cups, here are our 20 most popular make-ahead lunch recipes.

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