Melissa Summers (Suburban Bliss) has a new gig at AlphaMom: Melissa's Buzz Off. Last week she talked about lunchboxes and, indirectly, about the difficult job of creatively filling them. I'm all perky and fresh-faced now, with my little yogurts all lined up in the refrigerator, and my tiny Ziplocs filled with carrot and celery sticks, and my late-summer selection of fruit. But come January, my lunch-making inspiration will have dwindled to the tired trio: sandwich/apple/string cheese with maybe a cookie or two if I'm feeling generous. My kid is so picky he probably won't even notice — he'll be too busy coveting his friends' glorified Gummi Bears "fruit snacks" and Gogurts.
I've read a million "10 quick, healthy and delicious lunches!" lists, but I never seem to come away with a meal I want to prepare, or that my kid would like. So how about it? Will you please, please share your favorite lunchbox fillers? Or favorite sites with good, quick lunch ideas and recipes?