It's still back-to-school season, and already I'm starting to get burnt out on packing lunches! And I don't even have to do it every day! I don't know what I'm gonna do once school starts! So this was a quick and easy lunch thrown together in less than 20-minutes, including prep and cooking time. Grilled processed non-dairy cheese feels like a cop-out, but no one went hungry. (And there have been days where they lived off of lollipops, chips, and salt until Dadda came home, so I have to remind myself that this is still a win!)
Thursday, 8/1/13 - Everyone needed a packed lunch this day because of a short time window for lunch between activities. Little Z had drama camp until noon, then another camp at Little Gym at 1pm while I took E to her first ever dentist appointment. I had wavered a bit over bringing Z with us, maybe to set a good example and reassure the little one. On the other hand, she could have been a major distraction and tried to hog the exam chair to watch the cartoon. So I signed her up for camp, last-minute!
My "recipe" for grilled cheese is super simple. I set the oven to broil, butter (or Earth Balance dairy-free buttery spread) one side on each slice of bread, slap some cheese in between (1 thicker slice if you're slicing from a brick, or 1-2 slices of the processed vegan cheese. Baby got 1 slice, Z and I each got 1 1/2.) I pop them in the oven on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or a silpat) and then flip them after 3-5 minutes. (Check them after 3 minutes if your rack is up high in the oven. Mine's in the middle, so I can get away with wandering off for 5 minutes.) For second side, check them every minute until they're the desired level of toastiness. I do 3 minutes, but again, my rack is further away from the heat. Ta-da! Easy-peasy toasted cheese-y!
While they cooked, I was able to cut the fruits and veggies, so the lunches were ready to go out the door hot and fresh to pick up Big Sis from camp!
|GF grilled "cheese" sandwich, organic Ranch; organic carrots, sugar snap peas, raspberries, and strawberries|
I cut hers into "fingers" since she tends to eat the crusts that way. Gluten-free bread is so small, without the crusts I need to make two sandwiches! And then that's practically half the loaf!
|GF grilled "cheese" sandwich; organic sugar snap peas, carrots, grapes, and raspberries|
|Leftover grilled veggies, GF grilled "cheese," Peanut Butter and Co's Cinnamon Raisin Swirl PB, organic apples|
I packed some Peanut Butter and Co's Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter in the smaller compartment for dipping my apples. I have only one word. Ambrosia! Just the right mix of sweet and chewy and crunchy and gritty... a nice mix of textures and flavors in your mouth. Ironically, this was the flavor I never would have purchased for myself, since I generally don't like raisins in things (except my salads...) Okay. That's more than just one word...
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[This post contains affiliate links. Also, I was sent a sampler of Peanut Butter and Co flavors to enjoy. Because I'm awesome. But trust me, this peanut butter tastes just as good as if I had paid for it myself!]