Amanda's Kids' Lunch

Mix and Match Leftovers, Then Call it Lunch

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Every week we take a peek inside the lunches of the luckiest kids in Brooklyn. Read on, suppress your jealousy, and get a little brown bag inspiration. 

I like lunches that involve assembling foods I've cooked separately; this is because I might want to use one ingredient in a lunch and the rest of it in another dish at dinner. It gives me flexibility and adds bandwidth to my menus. (This approach to cooking can also be found in our column, Halfway To Dinner.)

Today, I made our kids a modified tuna Niçoise. I mixed Helmann's mayonnaise with coarse grain mustard and lemon juice and spooned it into their glass lunch containers. Then I built the rest of the salad on top of the mayo: some halved roasted potatoes from dinner last night; some oil-poached tuna (the leftovers of which will make an appearance in tomorrow's lunch); sliced asparagus, and a medium-cooked egg. I sprinkled on some capers and sea salt, et voila, tuna Niçoise-ish!

Yesterday, our babysitter made rhubarb, strawberry, and blackberry cobbler, and I totally snagged some of it for their dessert. Call me a cheat!

What's in your lunch today? See some of the twins' past lunches

Tags: amanda's kids' lunch, leftovers, halfway to dinner, salad nicoise, fish, lunch, kids, children, everyday cooking

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almost 2 years ago allie

Where did you get their glass lunch containers?


almost 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

They're called WeanGreen:


almost 2 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Those eggs look like they're cooked perfectly. Lucky kids!


almost 2 years ago Reynaul

I love the fact that the babysitter made a cobbler! I need to find one that does that! :-) yummy looking lunch


almost 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I know -- we're very lucky! We didn't know she was such a great cook when we hired her. Yesterday, she taught our kids how to make a new drink: gingerale and lemonade. It's good, try it!


almost 2 years ago Shalini

I am sure the kids will love this lunch. Look at the colours! A babysitter who makes cobbler? Not sure which element is more attractive.