September 6, 2016
Packing 180 lunches over the school year is quite the task, so new ideas are always welcome. This week, I’m taking inspiration from the cheese plate.
Now, packing a cheese plate in a lunch box might sound fancy, but it doesn’t have to be! I’m not suggesting that you spurge on gorgonzola or triple cream brie (unless, of course, you want to—ha!), but rather use the composition of a cheese plate to keep from defaulting to the same old sandwich routine. It’s hard to resist once you see how easy this is to make. It’s honestly easier than making a sandwich!
Related: How to pack avocado toast for school lunch.
Start by buying cheese in a block: aged cheddar, havarti with dill, smoked gouda and other delicious, change-of-pace cheeses are available at regular supermarkets affordably. Cube one, two, or three varieties up and pack them with crackers or crusty bread for a switch from the sliced kind you normally pack.
Then pack up whatever else you usually like on a cheese plate: cured meats like salami, almonds, other nuts or seeds, dried fruit like apricots or cranberries, and/or fresh fruit like grapes or berries. And, of course, we never pack lunch without some veggies: Almost any will due with this fun, creative lunch.