A while back I went looking for brown bags in Israel, not for lunches for a project that I can’t even recall now, and guess what? I’m still looking. So if anyone knows where I can find some just say so in the comments. Maybe by then I’ll remember why I needed them.
But in terms of interesting “brown bag” lunch ideas for our linkup this month we always have dribs and drabs of leftovers in small little cute Snapwear containers in our fridge. Not enough to feed the whole family for dinner (again) but just enough for one or two lucky customers.
Cream cheese on whole wheat bread is a lunch fave with the kiddies but I am always looking for ways to squeeze more veggies into their diets. Mommas out there, I know you hear me. I sometimes add sliced cukes (tomatoes just make the sandwich too soggy for school) but now I like adding leftover grilled veg from last night’s supper. If you wrap it all up in a tortilla it makes it fun for the kids and feels slightly more gourmet than your standard sandwich cut on the diagonal (I do this when I’m feelin’ fancy). Try a flavored herbed cream cheese or mix in your own herbs. Whipped cream cheese makes making your own flavored cream cheese easy. Check out this video for 3 creative flavored cream cheeses you can make at home including Orange Infused Cream Cheese, Tartar “Sauce” Cream Cheese, and Sundried Tomato and Herb Cream Cheese.
I almost always have washed and checked chopped parsley and scallions and fresh basil leaves in my fridge - all excellent mix-ins to perk up your cream cheese and wrap. In addition to adding flavor bright green herbs are super healthful and I’ve taken to adding parsley and basil to all my salads. You can add Creamy Coleslaw to the wrap or send it along in a small little cute Snapwear container (can you tell I love these little guys?!) for a fun “brown bag” lunch for the kids or anyone in your house eating on the road.
Get the full recipe for my Grilled Vegetable Wraps with Creamy Coleslaw here.