Weeknight CookingCookies!What to CookBack to SchoolBakingLunchNot Sad Desk LunchKidsAmanda & Merrill

Beating School Lunch Monotony: Bresaola Two Ways

6 Save

If you like it, save it!

Save and organize all of the stuff you love in one place.

Got it!

If you like something…

Click the heart, it's called favoriting. Favorite the stuff you like.

Got it!

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. 


The only real, but very serious, challenge with making school lunches is avoiding monotony. I don't know about you, but I have to fight it every morning. That ham sandwich is just so easy, so likable. But just as I wouldn't want our kids' teachers conducting the same math drills every day, I feel it's important to make sure I don't send them to school with the same lunch every morning. Our kids are soaking up the world, and I want them to see and experience as much of it as possible, even if this means just the breadth of foods that can travel well in a lunchbox. 

To push myself, I try to buy ingredients that are new and interesting and then work with them. This week, I picked up some bresaola. It wasn't great bresaola but at least it was a new flavor, a new cured meat. For one lunch when I was running late, I made a snacky array -- sliced radishes; bresaola rolls; cheese sticks that I'd baked the night before for a co-op board meeting (the recipe is in this book, though I cut back the red pepper flakes by 2/3); shortbread cookies; Speculoos biscuits; and clementines.


The next day, I called the bresaola into service again for a brioche and butter sandwich -- made with this tea and honey butter -- and clementines again. And despite my feelings of triumph and efficiency, my daughter declared the sandwich "eh" and ignored it entirely. 

Tags: a's kids' lunch, lunch, cured meat, orange, cookies, everyday cooking