Longing for more than yet another limp salad? Tired of tussling with the kids over junk food lunch kits? Sounds like you’ve got the lunch box blues. J. M. Hirsch has the fix. But it isn’t a cookbook. Because when it comes to lunch, nobody has time to break out a recipe to bang out a brown bag special. Busy people need lunch ideas. Lots of them. And those ideas need to be healthy, fast, easy, affordable, and delicious.
That’s what Beating the Lunch Box Blues is an idea book to inspire anyone daunted by the daily ordeal of packing lunch. Jammed with nearly 200 photos and more than 500 tips and meals, this book is designed to save families time, money, and their sanity.
Whether you want to jazz up a grilled cheese, turn leftover steak into a DIY taco kit, or make pizza & sushi; Hirsch has it covered. And because the best lunches often are built from the leftovers of great suppers, he has also included 30 fast and flavorful dinner recipes designed to make enough for tomorrow, too. Crazy good stuff like short ribs braised in a Rosemary-Port Sauce, Hoisin-Glazed Meatloaf, and kid-friendly classics such as Turkey Sloppy Joes and American Chop Suey.
With ideas this easy and this delicious, there’s no reason to let the lunch box blues get you down.
I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Perfect timing!! The cafeteria at my children’s school serves lunch to students ranging in grade PK-5 to high school!! Since last year they LOST $30,000 in revenue, they redid the whole system & farmed it out to a third party. The prices for a school lunch went from $4 (at the high end) to a $6 average… Meaning, it can go much higher! For the same crappy food (sorry… no other description would really make the point)at a much higher price, 1/2 of the school has started brown bagging it! Soooo… I wanted to read this book!! I’m Telling YOU!! This is NOT just for kids, but for adult lunches too!! I needed it for my kids specifically, so I was excited to get to read an advanced borrowed copy (from the publisher for an honest review!)… Since I want to keep it long term, I do have to buy it, which I DEFINITELY will!! This book was amazing!! I am using it as reference! It gave me so many great ideas for food my kids will eat, because kids demand better food than that same old PB&J, chips & a drink box!! Shoot!! I even have great ideas for cool containers & silverware from the dollar store instead of plastic!! There are so many cool ideas PLUS recipes you can make for dinner & have lunch the next day! It seriously even tells you how to pack it for the best…ummm… can’t think of the right word… Well, what I mean, for example, is to use small containers for dressing so salad doesn’t get soggy… There are so many other things that should be seperated too that you wouldn’t really think of while packing. This is also a great plan ahead book, because -REALLY!!- who likes to pack lunches at 6 in the morning while you’re fighting one kid to hurry in the shower, one to get up & the other to find all their papers that need to be signed before they need to be out the door at 7… I am SOOO NOT getting up at 5:30 to get this done!! I cannot say enough… This book explains everything & you can take it and do it exactly OR build on it! If you aren’t a creative person, you may disagree, but as for me…I am a build on it kind of gal… NEW silver lunch boxes from a craft store for my kids!! FUN FUN FUN! You know it’s a good book when you can’t wait to make lunches for you or your kids!!
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