Hellllooooooooo friends! It’s Friday again! Time to check out some lunchbox beauties!
Like this one…
Who knew lunch bags could be so stylish?!
In case you’re new to Lindsay’s Lunchbox, it’s a weekly feature on my blog where I post a few healthy lunch ideas. In addition, I ask readers to send me pics of things they ate for lunch this week. I compile them all into these posts, thus providing everyone reading with a one-stop shop for lunchtime inspiration! Did you eat something great for lunch this week? Next time, snap a picture and email it to me at email@example.com!
Now on to the food ideas…
1. Fritatta Sandwich
If you eat at home, you can whip this up pretty quickly. If not, have no fear! Just make the fritatta the night before, slice it and pack it up. Then toast your bread at work, reheat the fritatta in the microwave and voila! The version I made is one we actually ate for dinner this week. I was cleaning out the veggie drawer before we went grocery shopping so this fritatta has bok choy, onion and mushroom….but the pan is your oyster! Throw in whatever veggies or meat you want, saute, add the eggs and top with cheese at the very end.
2. Tuna Rolls
I saw this recipe in my new Eating Well and decided to do my own version…spread some tuna salad (made with a can of tuna, a little Greek yogurt, a few scallions, some curry powder, ground mustard and cayenne pepper) on a whole wheat tortilla. Top with barley (or brown rice…I had leftover barely in the fridge so I used that). Add some orange or red peppers )or carrots) and some avocado. Roll up, slice and enjoy Had I paid more attention to the original recipe, I would have added some spinach to wrap around the veggies too!
3. Oatmeal Bake
Or baked oatmeal…whichever you prefer. Now hang with me friends! I know this is typically a breakfast food…but I’m a cereal girl. There’s nothing better than cereal for breakfast. But I also enjoy oatmeal. And if you’ll remember from a few weeks ago, I think it’s a great lunch idea. I also think this idea is even better. Baked oatmeal is HUGE in the blog world. It seems like everyone eats it. I’d never tried it, but when I saw Amanda post this Blueberry Breakfast Bake, I knew I had to make my own version!
For my version, I used:
1/2 c oats
1/2 c Skim milk
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 c blueberries
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp peanut butter
Mix together the oats, milk, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla, peanut butter and half the banana (smashed). Stir in the other half of the banana (sliced) and the blueberries. Pour it into a greased ramekin and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
It was delicious. Kinda like a giant muffin. I loved the sides and top and am seriously considering baking it in a brownie edge pan OR a donut pan….or maybe just a small pan that’s more rectangular than circular to get more golden brown surface area!
If baked oatmeal is your thing, be sure to also check out these recipes:
Caitlin’s Banana Bread Breakfast Bake
Maria & Josh’s Baked Cinnamon Oatmeal
Sarah’s Baked Oatmeal
Heather’s Baked Cherry Oatmeal Cups
Susan’s Baked Oatmeal
Stephanie’s Crockpot Baked Oatmeal
Alicia’s Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal
ok, so you get the idea…there are tons more out there! or you can just make up your own and hope for the best like I did. Throw this in the oven while you’re home for lunch, or for a nice weekend lunch. Or bake it at night, pack it in your lunch, reheat and top with some yogurt for lunch the next day…or breakfast….or dinner. Moving on…
That’s all for today. Send me you pics to be included in next week’s edition! And tell me, how do you feel about baked oatmeal?
In case you’re interested, all of the previous editions of Lindsay’s Lunchbox can be found by clicking the recipe tab at the top of the page and scrolling down to the very bottom!