Meat sushi… And a business trip.

Easy lunch box ideas for kids: ham and turkey whole-wheat "sushi"; yogurt, blackberry and honey parfait with chocolate chips.

OK… So I get a little indulgent when I head out on business trips.

Can’t help it.

But packing Parker’s lunches for when I’m away is one of the most challenging parts of lunch duty. I usually pack them on Sunday shortly before I leave.

The trick is to pack foods that will hold up to being packed 24 to 48 hours ahead of time. Because I didn’t just pack today’s lunch, but tomorrow’s, too.

So today I went with meat “sushi” — turkey and ham layered with cream cheese and wrapped up in a whole-wheat tortilla. Roll it and slice it and you have sushi bites.

I resisted the urge to add greens to the sushi. Was afraid they might not hold up quite so long.

So instead of greens I gave him an indulgent yogurt parfait. There’s some logic for you.

I layered plain Greek yogurt, blackberries and crumbled graham crackers. For a sweet touch, I drizzled on some honey. And for an I’ll-be-home-soon touch I sprinkled on some chocolate chips.

OK, not the healthiest lunch.

For more tips on how to turn just about anything into faux sushi, check out my post today on Rachael Ray’s site.

Meanwhile, I have a crazy day ahead with meetings, meals and covering the James Beard Awards this evening. More craziness tomorrow, then back home late tomorrow night.

Hope everyone has a great day!

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5 Responses to “Meat sushi… And a business trip.”

  1. Paula Shelton says:

    My cousin makes these as appetizers for our family dinners and they are by far my favorite. She adds a little green onions mixed into the cream chesse. It’s a great way to sneak in something green, maybe spinach even.

  2. Nicole says:

    My son had “sushi in his lunch yesterday too. Deli turkey, cheddar cheese, and lots of veggies rolled up in a whole wheat tortilla sealed with mustard. Pair with a clementine and a water bottle and that’s a meal satisfying to a 7 year old.

  3. Julie says:

    I love the meat “sushi”, looking forward to the link.