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One Fish, Two Fish for Lunch: 9 of Amanda's Best Fish Lunches

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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.

This week: We revisit a favorite lunchtime standby for Amanda's kids—fish.

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If you're a follower of Amanda's Kids' Lunch, you may have noticed Amanda's kids' affinity for a little lunchtime seafood (especially tuna and salmon). Says Amanda,

"Smoked fish holds up really well in packed lunches. And the smokiness seems more palatable to kids than most plain fish. A default lunch when I'm busy is smoked salmon and cream cheese on brioche. My kids happen to like tuna, too, so I poach it in olive oil with lots of garlic and herbs, which gives it a richness (and helps preserve it). Sometimes I mix the poached tuna into Niçoise-like salad and sometimes I blend it into a mayonnaise-based tuna salad. I like that fish is nutrition rich yet has the freshness you want in a good lunch."

Whether in the summer, when seafood's front and center, or all year-round, borrow some of Amanda's ideas for incorporating fresh or canned fish into your kids' (or your own) lunch. Don't forget to pack dessert, too!

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Stir some pesto into your tuna salad.

Tuna salad

 

Make sandwiches with baked and smoked salmon spread (a mix of baked and smoked salmons with mayonnaise).

Salmon spread

 

Cream cheese-and-lox sandwiches are a total lunchtime treat.

Lox

 

Shred oil-poached tuna into a Milanese-inspired rice salad (it's good with salmon, too).

A Milanese Rice Salad

 

Radishes add crunch to a smoked salmon sammie, and tarragon makes it special.

Smoked salmon

 

Roasted salmon finds a home on a bed of rice.

Rice

 

Channel the South of France with tuna Niçoise.

Tuna nicoise

 

Avocado and smoked salmon sliders are get an extra kick from quick-pickled onions.

A Semi-Sophisticated Lunch

 

Make a green couscous salad and serve it with oil-packed tuna on top.

Couscous

All photos by Amanda Hesser


Tags: amanda's kids' Lunch, summer, seafood, tuna, salmon