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How to "Make" Lunch When You Don't Want to Spend Time in the Kitchen

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Just because you're thirty-three weeks pregnant doesn't mean your other children don't need lunch.

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I'm currently 33 weeks pregnant and preparing for baby number two. We're so excited, but as most pregnant women will tell you, time spent in the kitchen is usually kept at a minimum. My motto at this point is to keep it simple and healthy, so we eat a lot of basic meals: simple quinoa salads, grilled chicken and vegetables, yogurt and granola....you get the idea. At this point, it's more about assembly, rather than cooking.

When I'm packing lunch for our two-year-old daughter, I make sure it's food both she and I will eat—because let's face it: Toddlers aren't always hungry and if they're not, their meal turns into yours. She's always eaten a version of what we're having, and it's been fun to see her tastes start to develop as she gets older. 

More: Listen to Amanda, Merrill, and contributor Phyllis Grant talk on our podcast about feeding their own kids with this same philosophy

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Today's lunch consisted of grilled cheese, a tomato and mozzarella salad, and with a side of pickles. It's an on-the-go summer lunch that transitions easily to a picnic—and both she and I can enjoy it.

Photo by Amanda Jane Jones