Don’t hide the veggies. Dress them!

I’m not a big believer in the “hidden produce” approach to getting kids to eat veggies. You know what I’m talking about — those clever recipes that spike brownies with bits of beet or lace pancakes with parsnip puree. Aside from the gross out factor, I just think this sort of culinary dishonesty defeats the […]


Mastering the art of the after school snack

As if lunch duty isn’t hard enough… Parents also have to master the art of the after school snack. And as most of us will attest, it’s harder than it sounds. Snacks have to be fast and easy because the clock is ticking. Homework, chores, sports and other activities are all demanding attention from your […]


7 lunch duty lessons I learned the hard way

Lunch duty is a trial-and-error (and trial by fire) sort of thing. Sometimes you just need to try things and hope you learn something along the way. So in that spirit, here are seven highs (and lows) I learned last week over at LunchBoxBlues.com. Purchased crepes only sound like a good thing. You know the […]


Banana sushi? Why not?

With the help of nothing more than a large whole-wheat tortilla, I can turn just about anything into lunch box-friendly sushi. Well, perhaps “sushi” overstates it a bit. But I can create sushi-like bites that are easy to pack, fun and nutritious. And so can you. And the best part — no raw seafood needed. […]


Too many pancakes? Nonsense!

There really is no such thing as too many pancakes. Whether you’re having them for breakfast or as breakfast-for-dinner, you always should make too many. Because smart lunch packers know that the best midday meals are built from leftovers. And leftovers from breakfast are just as good as those from dinner. Pancakes are particularly awesome […]

J.M. Hirsch

Welcome to lunch duty!

Now and then, we all get the blues. The lunch box blues. Maybe it’s the daily struggle to find something – Anything! – your kid will eat and you won’t feel guilty about. Or maybe you’re battling the yet-another-salad demon in your own brown bag routine. The particulars aren’t important. What matters is what we […]