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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. 

Amanda's Kids' Lunch from Food52

Who doesn't like ratatouille and a ham-and-butter sandwich for summer camp lunch? When my kids grow up they won't be able to say I didn't try to please them! 

The ham-and-butter sandwich is a breeze -- get the ham and bread you like most and use good butter, and you'll be all set. 

For the ratatouille, here's what I did: I thickly sliced eggplant and yellow squash, salted it and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then I patted the vegetables dry and roasted them with olive oil at 400 degrees. With the peppers, I roasted them whole, dressed with olive oil and salt, until they collapsed and were nicely browned, then let them cool before pulling off their skins and seeding them. And with the yellow cherry tomatoes, I tossed them olive oil and salt, and roasted them until they wilted and condensed a bit. Then I chopped up the eggplant, squash, and pepper, and folded it all together. I made a huge batch to keep in the fridge, and then I sprinkle on more olive oil and stir in chopped herbs (thyme, here) when I serve it. Instant lunch for kids and parents alike.

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

Tags: amanda, amandas kids lunch, brown bag lunch, sandwich, sandwiches, ratatouille, everyday cooking

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Comments (6)


about 2 years ago Csilla Bischoff

This reminds me fo growing up in Hungary. We put butter on every sandwich there.


about 2 years ago Elycooks

When I was Addie and Walker's age I fell in love with my Mom's Caponata. It became a staple in our house. Eggplant ruled even then.


about 2 years ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Ratatouille is my favorite summer food. But when I was Walker and Addie's age, I didn't know what it was. So glad times have changed. :)


about 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Same for me!


about 2 years ago Dina Moore-Tzouris

i heart kids who heart ratatouille. that should be a bumper sticker.


about 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.