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Adult Lunch Box: Shrimp and Avocado Salad

2 Oct

Well, the good news is that my daughter’s new lunch box, a Laptop Lunch Box, arrived! The bad news? It’s still too heavy for her to carry in her back pack. What does this mean? It means that I have a new lunch box, of course! For the rest of this year we will just pack our daughter’s snack in her soft Dora the Explorer lunch bag in our leftover take-out tupperware and she will re-inherit both her Planet Box and her Laptop Lunch Box when she’s a little bit bigger.

So, here is my Laptop Lunch debut! What I like about it is that the containers are deeper than in the Planet Box. However, it’s plastic. Planet Box is not. Also, the Laptop Lunch Box has its own built-in cutlery and is microwave-safe. Major win!

Check it out:

Lunch Box Contents:

Sugar Snap Peas

Shrimp-Avocado Salad – from this recipe on Kaylin’s Kitchen, modified by using homemade mayo a la this recipe. Calling it tasty does not do it justice! This compartment has a lid, I should mention :).

Baby cucumbers (the Laptop Lunch Box is deep enough to hold TWO baby cucumbers!)

Delicious Farmers’ Market Paleo Crackers (sunflower and flax seed)

Please look for a post offering a full comparison between the Planet Box and Laptop Lunch boxes in a little while – once I’ve had some hands-on experience with the new box!

Adult Lunch Box: Paleo Fish Sticks!

25 Sep

Ever since I went back to school, my husband has been the chef of the house. He’s recently been experimenting with almond flour breading for chicken and fish. Last night he made absolutely delicious fish sticks with Perch from our local Farmers’ Market. They were so satisfyingly crunchy with a hint of spice to give them a more ‘adult’ flavour. The best part of these fish sticks is that they were just as delicious eaten cold at lunch today as they were right out of the oven last night!

Today’s lunch box was somewhat depressingly bland, colour-wise, but it was one of the yummiest lunch boxes I’ve had in a while.

Lunch Box Contents:

Sunflower & Flax Seed crackers from the Farmers’ Market – I will miss these crackers SO much when the market ends for the season. They are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and they make both raw vegans AND Paleo eaters happy!

Avocado Slices

Sliced Ham

*note that I made mini ‘sandwiches’ using the crackers, ham and avocado at lunch time today. Crunchy and creamy!

Leftover Paleo Fish Sticks – if anyone is interested I can get the recipe from my husband and do a photo blog of how he prepares them next time he cooks. Is this of interest to anyone out there?

Adult Lunch Box: First Day Simple

11 Sep

It was my first day back. It was a short day. I over-indulged all weekend at a family wedding celebration. I kept it simple and tasty. No cooking required.

 

Lunch Box Contents:

Sliced Pear
Almond Butter (in the small round container) for dipping
Baby Cucumber
Summer Sausage & Garlic Goat Cheese mini-sandwiches – what I do with these is take them apart and eat them open-faced and topped with baby cucumber. YUM!

See? Simple. The kind of simple that anyone can implement after a weekend away (where we missed our chance to hit the market and didn’t even make a run to the grocery store!) that still hits all your protein, fat and some carb-goodness :).

Kindergarten Snack Box 2: She Did It Herself

6 Sep

Today’s Snack Box was 100% designed and implemented by my almost-4-year-old!

As soon as we got home from home care after her first day of school (!!!) we headed straight to the kitchen. She helped me wash out her Planet Box and then opened the fridge and cupboard and selected the contents of tomorrow’s box. The whole thing took about 15 minutes, and it was a great opportunity to spend a little bit of quality time together after her super busy day.

Lunch Box Contents:

Hard Boiled Egg Whites – today she decided she “doesn’t like the yellow part”, so she peeled the eggs (I sliced them in half) and popped out the yolks (I ate one and shared the other one with the dogs)
Strawberries – She even cut the stems off, with my help
Baby Cucumber – again, she insists they taste better whole; these baby cucumbers have taken the place of granola bars in our household…they’re not terribly filling (but neither are grain-laden granola bars), but they really are satisfying to crunch away at when water won’t cut it!
Rice Crackers & Raisins – for a reminder as to why my mostly-Paleo kid gets rice crackers, read this post 

I have a feeling the raisins are here to stay for a while. I’m hoping to find a way to ‘sneak’ egg yolks into her diet soon. That’s my next research project :).

English Bacon & Purple Sweet Potatoes!

13 May

Purple sweet potatoes are the sweetest, according to the farmer who slipped us a few for free after we bought a few pounds of orange sweet potatoes at the market!

 

Lunch Box Contents:

4 slices of English Bacon (also called back bacon)
1 purple sweet potato
Summer Sausage ‘sandwiches’ filled with a goat cheese chèvre spiced with rosemary and basil…YUM!
2 hard-boiled eggs

I have learned a lesson over the past 8 months: calories DO count. I think I was over-feeding myself, thinking that because the food is all Paleo/Primal, it wouldn’t cause weigh gain. Well…it has. So I’m reigning the portion sizes in, trying to get my body back to its fat-burning awesomeness!

Sausage for Breakfast On-the-Go!

5 Jan

The cucumber sandwiches have returned! Hurrah!

This lunch box will serve a dual purpose. I have class 8:30-11:30 then head directly to my 1pm Crossfit class. Very excited to try the sausages cold dipped in a sugar and additive-free marinara sauce!

Lunch Box Contents:

Two all-natural, nitrate and gluten-free sausages, chopped up
in closed container: sugar and additive free marinara sauce from my local farm store (same store I got my sausages!)
two squares of 80% dark chocolate
Cucumber and goat cheese mini-sandwiches
Egg sandwiches made with homemade Paleo mayo and Paleo bread

 

Lunch Box 14: Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates. Yes, Please.

4 Jan

Loving my new Paleo Cookbooks!!

I had three blissful weeks off. I ate 80% Paleo (but I did consume sugar, which is probably why I gained a good 5 lbs. Boo!). But tomorrow is back to the grind. They have found a new way to torture me this semester – my Wednesdays involve three classes back to back. That’s NINE HOURS of class WITH NO BREAK.

I made a few loaves of Paleo bread and froze them and made a double batch of the best spaghetti sauce in the world (a family recipe…I’ll share at a later date). We also received our quarter cow from a local farmer we met at our market this summer. 100% grass fed! And we even went to visit the cows earlier this fall. Very cool.

Oh, my favourite part of my three weeks off (aside from the amazing time with my daughter and family) was receiving two new Paleo cookbooks for the holidays! Today’s lunch box includes a recipe I simply couldn’t wait to try from Make it Paleo. I also got Paleo Comfort Foods. What I like about these books is that they are full of creative Paleo recipes, but simple enough that I can confidently pass them over to my husband, who cooks dinner while I’m in school, and know that he’ll be able to figure it out ;).

Today’s Lunch Box Contents:

Two hard boiled eggs, chopped up
a slight variation on Make It Paleo’s Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates topped with crushed walnuts. Like heaven in my mouth. No, seriously.
Two Paleo Bread sandwiches filled with loads of grass-fed butter!
Spaghetti squash topped with the World’s Greatest Spaghetti Sauce. I’ve always been an ‘eat the leftover spaghetti & meatballs cold in front of the fridge’ type of girl, so I’m cool with eating my leftovers in class, cold :). Is that weird?
And finally, a few squares of Camino brand 80% dark chocolate.

Here we go again……..!

Lunch Box 13: Shawarma and Tzatziki

29 Nov

My top secret ingredient? Sunday night take-out 😉

I think I have a new best friend: the delicious, Paleo-friendly Greek place that catered my daughter’s family birthday dinner last night. Huge portions. All-Paleo (well, Primal, given the dairy in the tzatziki) options that satisfied the non-Paleo family members. And did I mention the huge portions, which meant HUGE LEFTOVERS!!!??

Today’s Lunch Box Contents:

Leftover Chicken Shawarma (large container) & Tzatziki (small container)
A few slices of gluten-free pepperoni (leftover from last week’s paleo pizza recipe!)
Cucumber & Goat Cheese mini-sandwiches (now that the farmer’s market is over I no longer have access to my local goat’s milk cream cheese, so this is just plain goat’s cheese)
Local Marble Cheddar wrapped in Nitrate-Free Ham

Lunch Box 12: Paleo Pizza!

25 Nov

That's PIZZA with a bacon and egg crust!

 

It’s been ages since my last post. Being a schooling-mom is proving to be an all-consuming, time-sucking experience! I spend pretty much all my free time contemplating one question: WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO???? However, I’ve been staying, let’s say….85% Paleo (the cheats come during my full-day study sessions at Starbucks. I eat bags of their fruit & nut trail mix…sugar and seed oil. Yuck. But yum…). The good news is that I’ve only had to purchase lunch on campus three times all semester. NOT BAD given my 3 days a week of crack-of-dawn classes and my 75-90 minute commute!!!! Go, lunch box, go!

 

Being with me being so busy, my husband has taken over cooking dinners 100%. Tonight he made a Paleo Pizza from FastPaleo.com. It’s AWESOME! AWE-SOME! A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Try it. And with the farmer’s market over for the season (insert countless sad faces here), we’ve signed up for the food box that the market has coordinated to get us through from November-June. That means: SWEET POTATOES. Lots and lots of sweet potatoes (my current favourite vehicle for grass-fed butter)!

 

Lunch Box Contents:

 

1 small yam mashed with 2 heaping tablespoons of grass-fed butter
2 hard-boiled eggs
2 slices nitrate-free turkey
almonds
2 slices of Bacon Lovers Dream Pie (we put gluten-free pepperoni, full-fat mozzarella, red pepper and onion on top!)

Lunch Box 11: Ribs, Glorious Ribs!

8 Oct

Leftover ribs are amazing. That is all.

Another ‘idiot-proof’ lunch box thrown together by my husband. Note the paper towel wrapped around the frozen shrimp to absorb the moisture as they thaw.
 
Lunch Box Contents:
 
Frozen cooked shrimp
Handful of almonds
yellow pepper slices
2 hard-boiled eggs
Leftover home made grass-fed ribs made with a dry rub and drizzled with honey.