lunch box ideas

For me, the hardest part of daily school-lunch-packing is they way my list of regular lunch items seems to shrink over time, as old standbys fall out of favor and I just can’t seem to come up with new ideas.  By year’s end, we’re crawling to the finish line. That’s why I’m so excited to […]


Welcome, TLT’ers, to the 2012 edition of “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch!” For newcomers to this blog, this is my third annual series of posts, shared on an ad hoc basis throughout the month of September, designed to help parents with the sometimes challenging task of packing healthy and creative school lunches […]


As part of our ongoing “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch – 2011 Edition” series, I went to one of my fave bloggers, Brianne DeRosa of Red, Round or Green,  for some much needed inspiration.  And she didn’t disappoint!  Here’s her guest blog post giving us all a “A Lunchbox Strategy Session.”  And […]


And the Winner of the Free MOMables Subscription Is . . .

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 1, 2011

. . . TLT reader Sahnya, the ninth commenter selected by my random number generator: (Just FYI, if you left two or more comments on the post — which was fine, as some of you were conversing with each other – I only counted your first entry for the purposes of selecting a winner. ) […]


While I’m sad that the Borders book store chain is going out of business, I was happy to go to our Borders over the weekend and snag a 60% off hardback copy of Melissa Clark’s (relatively) new cookbook, In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite:  150 Recipes and Stories About the Food You Love.  (If […]

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The whole motivation behind TLT’s “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” series is to provide a forum for readers to help each other with the daily grind of packing school lunches.  And what better help could there be than someone doing all the thinking for you? That’s the premise behind MOMables, a lunch […]


TLT’s Table: Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 26, 2011

It’s great when commenters on The Lunch Tray leave a URL for their own blogs or websites; whenever I have time I check out these links just to see what everyone is up to, and I’ve discovered lots of great resources that way. The other day a reader named Alissa left a link to her […]


It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch – 2011 Edition

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 25, 2011

So, it’s Day Four of the Houston ISD school year and, yes, I’m already looking for some lunch box packing inspiration.  Uh oh!   Based on feedback from The Lunch Tray’s Facebook page, I know I’m not alone in despairing in front of those empty lunch boxes each morning, so I thought I’d bring back […]


Recently I posted my interview with J.M. Hirsch, Associated Press Food Editor and author of High Flavor, Low Labor, a cookbook full of flavorful weeknight meals.  But I didn’t realize then that J.M. also has a blog called “Lunch Box Blues” in which he documents with text and photos the creative school lunches he packs for […]


It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch, Pt. 2 – Even More Lunch Box Ideas!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 16, 2010

First, a big thank you to all the Lunch Tray readers who took the time to visit our Lunch Box Idea Exchange earlier this month and post their “go-to” lunchbox items for the rest of us to read.  If you haven’t had a chance, it’s worth stopping by and scrolling through all the comments, which […]