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. 

My kids may later say I told them to clean up their room too often or that I didn't listen intensely to every word they uttered, but they can't say I didn't pack enough superfoods in their lunches. Don't even try, kids! This week's lunch buys me a year of credits on this front. 

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This salad is a mash-up of poached tuna, Romanesco broccoli, potatoes, kale, and Roberta's roasted garlic dressing (secret ingredient: anchovies) -- superfood gold, no? Silver, perhaps -- gold if I'd added quinoa and salmon. For dessert, pretty Satsumas with unruly leaves. I left the leaves on for dramatic lunchbox unpacking at school. 

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

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Amanda Hesser

Written by: Amanda Hesser

Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.


burning-ice January 16, 2015
And your children will eat this?! Congratulations. If I tried that, it would come back untouched.
AntoniaJames January 15, 2015
Amanda, I do hope all that business about your kids blaming you in the future is intended to be satirical. How silly. The lunch looks really tasty, however. ;o) P.S. I'm reminded of what a (happy and not blaming) adult I know recently told me. I quote, verbatim: "My mother was a great cook, but you know, she really wasn't that great a mother. I don't care, really, how good a cook I am, because that doesn't say a thing about how much or little I'm doing for my daughters of the things that matter."