Amanda's Kids' Lunch

Weekend Prep Makes a Winning Lunch for Amanda's Kids

November  5, 2015

On the weekends, when I'm prepping dinners for the week, I'll often cook a handful of basics to have around. These come in especially handy for lunches. Today, for instance, I layered arugula with flageolet beans (that I'd simmered until tender and put in a container in the fridge), olive oil-poached tuna (jarred would have been fine), and roasted Brussels sprouts (also cooked and put in a container). The pickled onions were left over from our Sunday night tacos.


To dress the layered components, I used some of the tuna poaching oil, and a squeeze of lemon juice. I could have sliced up the Asian pear and slipped it in the salad, but I thought it would work better as a complimentary dessert—that also happened to be easier on me!

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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.


Bob December 7, 2015
This recipe is an absolutel winner.
John December 7, 2015
What a fantastic idea.
LANIE November 8, 2015
i've found that also prepping a few things that last well during the week in the fridge always means a better lunch or snack. would love to read more suggestions about meal prepping :) love this column!
Amanda H. November 8, 2015
Thanks, Lanie -- Merrill and I are actually writing a book about meal prepping, so more suggestions are in the works!
LANIE November 8, 2015
Wow that sounds awesome! Cannot wait!