Yup, those gorgeous, drool-worthy charcuterie board pics everywhere you look lately are the inspiration for this easy, exciting lunch of your dreams: Charcuterie-Inspired Lunch Box. Say goodbye to Sad Desk Lunch/Sad School Lunch Syndrome!
I decided that I don’t need to wait for a party to enjoy a fancy-ish spread like a charcuterie board. In fact, it’s a perfect choice for an easy weekday lunch!
- You can throw it together in two minutes, and it’s flexible enough for everyone in your household to customize as needed.
- It’s an easy way to ensure that you’ve got protein, healthy fats, good carbs, and a rainbow of veggies and fruits on your plate.
- It totally delivers on taste and texture variety, which is often missing from your average Sad Desk Lunch.
- Snacking-style lunch just feels fun, doesn’t it?
The secret to keeping this easy and doable is doing a tiny bit of prep early in the week. And when prepping the ingredients, consider how you can use the foods in a variety of ways, and not just for this one lunch idea.
For example, here’s a rundown of a recent charcuterie-inspired lunch my kids packed for themselves:
- chopped veggies: Red peppers, cucumbers, and radishes. Those veggies are also appearing in other meals this week, too. Chop once, eat a bunch of times!
- roasted asparagus: I wrapped some stalks in prosciutto before roasting, and left the rest of the stalks plain. The entire sheet pan got a toss of EVOO, salt, pepper, and smidge of grated Parmagiano Reggiano. Beyond these lunches, we’re adding the asparagus to breakfast (omelet, frittata), and for a extra boost of veggies at dinner once or twice this week.
- radishes: Oh, the conundrum of an ENTIRE bag of radishes, right? Like, who actually eats a whole bag of radishes? (And please don’t suggest roasting them, because I tried that. I’m going to save you some time – don’t roast them. Don’t believe the hype.) I chopped up the rest of the bag, and plan to quick pickle them with some shredded carrot and the rest of the chopped cucumber. I think that might end up in a banh mi bowl . . .
- Leverage those leftovers!: I intentionally made plenty extra when I roasted chicken on Sunday (for chicken soup). That came in handy to add a few bites here to boost the protein for this meal. Satiety for the win!
- olives: Even a picky eater might enjoy these super mild Manzanilla olives. They helped me discover that I actually do like olives. #olddognewtricks You can find them at Trader Joe’s.
- Not pictured: dried apricots, plus sides like crackers and crunchy baked chickpeas (perfect example of how everyone can customize to their own preferences/needs)
Need some inspiration?
How are you keeping lunch easy, nourishing, and exciting? Drop a comment? #sharingiscaring ?