Cooking with Trader Joe’s Easy Lunchboxes Cookbook & Lunchbox

by Marla on September 28, 2012 · 359 comments

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Cooking with Trade Joe's Cookbook by Kelly Lester |  photos by MarlaMeridith.com #backtoschool

Yay! It has finally hit the stores, the Cooking with Trader Joe’s Easy Lunchboxes Cookbook that I photographed. I am so proud of my friend Kelly Lester the creator of the fabulous (my favorite) Easy Lunchboxes & writer of this cookbook.

As most of you know by now I have been a huge fan of  these convenient bento boxes for quite some time. They are used in virtually all of my Project LunchBox posts.

It was a natural fit when Kelly asked me to shoot her cookbook. Thanks Kelly…

Cooking with Trade Joe's Cookbook by Kelly Lester |  photos by MarlaMeridith.com #backtoschool

Have you ever shot a cookbook? If you have then you know it is heaps of work. From the shopping, prep work, cooking, styling, photography, edits….oh is it a treat of a job! Crazy busy, but one of the best things I have ever done. For certain. Handing in the final photos is one of the best feelings ever.

Shooting the Cooking with Trader Joe’s ELB book this past April (yes I had roughly 30 days to work this magic) was a test in time management and endurance. I thought training for the Boston Marathon (click the link for my 2005 race results) was hard…not compared to this! My days were well planned, long and strategic.

Cooking with Trade Joe's Cookbook by Kelly Lester |  photos by MarlaMeridith.com #backtoschool

For this cookbook I had over 80 bento boxes created by 32 talented food bloggers to photograph. In the end I think I shot over 1000 photos and submitted over 200.

Each trip home from school I would stop at Trader Joe’s. I always needed something. My days were spent prepping, cooking and being a light chaser.

Working with all natural light I had to make sure I grabbed all of the daylight I could. Sometimes this meant heading outside to the sidewalk with all sorts of reflectors and my kids as assistants!

Cooking with Trade Joe's Cookbook by Kelly Lester |  photos by MarlaMeridith.com #backtoschool

The weekdays were busy, but the weekends busier! Weekends meant no driving to school and a whole lot more time to cook & photograph. Sunless, gray days were a challenge ~ but thank goodness for awesome photo equipment and my favorite 50mm 1.2 lens that lets in a whole bunch of light.

Hope you enjoy this book & get loads of simple, new & delicious recipe ideas. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby do not fret ~ you can find the ingredients for these recipes at any market!

Cooking with Trade Joe's Cookbook by Kelly Lester |  photos by MarlaMeridith.com #backtoschool

You can help this book reach the moon by leaving some nice reviews and comments over at Amazon.com too!

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Want to win a Cooking with Trader Joe’s Easy Lunchboxes Cookbook & (1) Easy Lunchboxes Bento Box/Insulated Cooler Bag Set….go right on ahead!

*Please note this giveaway is open to USA residents only.

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1 Nina September 28, 2012 at 7:08 am

my 6 year old is always requesting pb+j and a roll with cheese and butter. i’m constantly trying to come up with new ideas of things to pack for him. this book would be a huge help!

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2 Amanda September 28, 2012 at 7:16 am

SOOOOOOO proud of you Marla! Its beautiful. GREAT job!

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3 Ev September 28, 2012 at 7:20 am

Fresh fruit!

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4 Jenny September 28, 2012 at 7:23 am

Love to pack salads.

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5 carrie p September 28, 2012 at 7:25 am

My daughter is always asking for lunchables. I love to pack her a “homemade” lunchable with a whole wheat english muffin, turkey pepperoni, cheese and sauce. I add in fresh fruit and veggies on the side and she loves it!! Easy too!

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6 Kate@Diethood September 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

Marla, I was so excited when I saw your name on that book the other day on Instagram. Congratulations!! I know that if I ever needed a photographer for my own cookbook, or anything else, I would only hire you! I love your photography…the bright colors always make me smile and I want to dive into the photo. Super duper talented. Again, congratulations!

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7 Kate@Diethood September 28, 2012 at 7:28 am

P.S. I pack PB & J sandwiches in my lunchbox, with some apples and yogurt. :)

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8 Angie @ Big Bear's Wife September 28, 2012 at 7:28 am

I always pack my lunchbox with leftovers. well, not always…………but most times lol. Soups are probably my favorite thing.

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9 Kasie September 28, 2012 at 7:30 am

I love packing a fruit and a veggie! My kid loves it too!

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10 janelle September 28, 2012 at 7:31 am

My favorite to pack is veggies & hummus or berries.

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11 Kayla Kingsley September 28, 2012 at 7:33 am

We LOVE love love fresh fruits in our lunches!! And cheese… my kids are going to turn in to cheese one day.

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12 Tammy September 28, 2012 at 7:33 am

Beautiful pictures. We just got a TJs & I’m excited to make my first trip soon!

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13 Haley S September 28, 2012 at 7:33 am

I love to pack dips! Hummus, chips, and veggies! YUM, YUM, YUM! Popcorn on the side!

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14 Christy September 28, 2012 at 7:35 am

I prepare bento box lunches for my 2 kids’ school lunches. I would love this cookbook!

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15 ami September 28, 2012 at 7:37 am

I love to pack homemade yogurt with fresh fruit and homemade granola..he loves it

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16 Elaine September 28, 2012 at 7:40 am

Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!! Great pics!!

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17 Michelle September 28, 2012 at 7:43 am

My favorite is the lunch box stir fry!!

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18 Rosa September 28, 2012 at 7:44 am

Lovely lunchboxes!

Cheers,

Rosa

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19 Suburban prep September 28, 2012 at 7:46 am

Cut up jicama. It is sweet and good for you at the same time.

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20 Melissa September 28, 2012 at 7:52 am

The photos look fabulous and the food even better! So good to have more lunch inspiration.

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21 Krissy September 28, 2012 at 7:52 am

I love to pack spreadable cheese triangles with cucumber slices.

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22 Melissa George September 28, 2012 at 7:54 am

This cookbppk looks like it would be great! I always need lunch ideas. And I adore bento boxes – they’re so practical and cute!

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23 Melissa George September 28, 2012 at 7:56 am

‘cookbook’ – sorry! And my favorite thing to back in a lunch are little containers of fresh fruit, or dried fruit, or crackers…I just like little containers of stuff!

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24 gail September 28, 2012 at 7:56 am

chococolate chip cookies

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25 Darbi September 28, 2012 at 7:56 am

Peanut butter and banana sandwich.

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26 Lisa September 28, 2012 at 7:58 am

Anything my kids will eat and fun lunch ideas

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27 Jessica Ring September 28, 2012 at 8:02 am

I always pack peanut butter, almond butter etc.. For dipping fruits in, and it’s great added protein for the kids.

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28 Amie September 28, 2012 at 8:03 am

Probably my most favorite thing to pack is…..salad! Exciting, I know! :)
Thanks!

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29 Tayla Chase September 28, 2012 at 8:03 am

This looks awesome!

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30 Christine September 28, 2012 at 8:08 am

The thing my son is guaranteed to eat is hummus for dipping pita triangles and sliced veggies. Dipping is fun, plus he gets his carbs, proteins, and veggies that’s so easy to pack!

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31 Niki Farbotko September 28, 2012 at 8:13 am

I like to pack pasta in the thermos – it always gets eaten!

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32 kara decarlo September 28, 2012 at 8:13 am

I like to pack dried fruit in my kids’ lunches. There’s such a variety available that it’s possible to pack a different fruit every day.

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33 Jamie September 28, 2012 at 8:17 am

My favorite thing to pack in a lunchbox is a sweet treat for the afternoon slump. A brownie or a cookie usually does the trick!

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34 Tiffany September 28, 2012 at 8:20 am

I love how easy this makes lunches!

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35 Dawn Kicks September 28, 2012 at 8:22 am

I can’t wait to check out the book, I have already gotten some ideas just from coming to this page :)

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36 Tanya September 28, 2012 at 8:24 am

My kids favorite are English muffin pizzas!

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37 Amie September 28, 2012 at 8:24 am

I love packing good, fresh, healthy foods for my growing child! You are so helpful with wonderful ideas.

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38 Patrick Curry September 28, 2012 at 8:28 am

Looks like a nice gift to win .

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39 Laura B. September 28, 2012 at 8:31 am

We like to pack a variety of sandwiches, our favorites are Sunbutter and jelly, or ham and cheese! We also like to pack healthy snacks like fruit or veggies!

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40 April September 28, 2012 at 8:35 am

My favorite thing to pack in a lunchbox is some kind of homemade treat for dessert.

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41 Megan September 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

The cookbook & lunchbox set look awesome!

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42 Jennifer Winfree September 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

I can’t wait to get some ELB’s of my own! My kids love eating bento-style and this seems like the perfect thing for them. They especially like sandwiches cut into fun shapes and pasta with fruit on the side. :) My youngest has multiple food allergies and will be thrilled with a homemade just-for-him version of Lunchables.

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43 Rachel @ Following In My Shoes September 28, 2012 at 8:37 am

I love packing fresh vegetables and homemade dips — my kids gobble it up!

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44 Megan September 28, 2012 at 8:37 am

My favorite lunch is a salad, fruit and a sandwich thin spread with a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese!

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45 Mika September 28, 2012 at 8:40 am

I like to pack edamame. It’s a great snack.

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46 Cheryl September 28, 2012 at 8:43 am

Wraps with cheese, avocado, fresh cilantro, and red peppers.

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47 Roxanne September 28, 2012 at 8:43 am

I love to pack my lunch with a love note!

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48 Jennifer September 28, 2012 at 8:52 am

My daughter’s favorite is homemade mac & cheese and I usually add carrot sticks, peas, and a small treat. We do this WAY too often, though, so it would be nice to have a book full of new ideas!

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49 Stacy September 28, 2012 at 8:53 am

I saw these lunchboxes a while back and have been wanting one (or three) :) The cookbook would be a great bonus!

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50 Deanna September 28, 2012 at 8:59 am

My boys would love this! They use the Easylunchboxes…makes packing lunches do easy!

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51 Priscilla P September 28, 2012 at 9:03 am

I love to pack babybel cheese, edamame and inari :)

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52 Jennifer Grimes September 28, 2012 at 9:03 am

Love those lunch ideas and boxes….would love to have that cookbook!

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53 cheri September 28, 2012 at 9:08 am

My kids love cheese, crackers, salami, and of course fruit :)

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54 Lucy September 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

My daughter loves it when I pack hummus and mini pitas in her lunch. Always needing fresh ideas. Excited for this giveaway.

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55 Alia September 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

Lunch is my least favorite meal so all these ideas will really help me get excited about it!

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56 Christina September 28, 2012 at 9:12 am

Omg we can use these

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57 Cindy H. September 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

I love packing cottage cheese with cucumbers and tomatoes!

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58 fitzwoman September 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

fresh fruit salad

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59 jessica w September 28, 2012 at 9:42 am

I love packing hummus and bagels!

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60 Frances September 28, 2012 at 9:42 am

I love your website!!! I am a teacher and it is hard to think of great healthy lunches. Especially when their is a vending machine with lots of process food. Will have to check the book out since I do most of my shopping at trader joe’s.

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61 Kerry September 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

This looks great!

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62 Kerry September 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

I love packing fresh fruit and cheese and crackers

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63 Julie September 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

Whag a wonderful idea! The pictures are fantastic! My kids love homemade mini pizzas, so I pack those when I can.

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64 Shannon @ Molly's Lunch Box September 28, 2012 at 9:45 am

LOVE ELB’s and the Cookbook is AMAZING!

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65 Desiree September 28, 2012 at 9:46 am

Fresh fruit and veg wraps

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66 Michele Beal September 28, 2012 at 9:47 am

Well I don’t yet have to pack lunches. My daughter is 3 years old and my son is 8 months. This would definitley help me pack a healthy lunch for myself though and will definitely come in handy when it’s time for Emma to start school…YIKES, it’s gonna be here before I know it!

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67 JeanetteC September 28, 2012 at 9:48 am

I usually back sandwiches, chips, fruit, water, and sometimes a dessert.

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68 Angie McGeown September 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

Love the look of this cookbook. Would love to win!

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69 vicki September 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

My favorite for the lunch box is strawberries with raw almond butter. Yum!

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70 Angie McGeown September 28, 2012 at 9:50 am

Love to pack ham and cheese with carrots.

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71 Barb September 28, 2012 at 9:51 am

I love leftovers!

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72 Rebecca September 28, 2012 at 9:52 am

We love grape tomatoes at our house. We eat them like candy and they fit so well in lunches!

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73 Meghan V September 28, 2012 at 9:53 am

I love chicken ceasar salad sandwiches with fruit and veggies w a vegetable dip of aome sort and a big bottle of water.

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74 Jessie C. September 28, 2012 at 9:55 am

Greek yogurt and fruit.

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75 little island studios September 28, 2012 at 9:55 am

We absolutely love Cherry Cheese Pinwheels!

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76 Faith September 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

A HUGE congrats, Marla!!! Your photos are beautiful — and this must have been so much fun to shoot!! xo

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77 Tammy S September 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

My favorite thing would probably be anything other than a sandwich… I get in such a rut of making sandwiches so I love it when I can give more of a variety. Love doing fruits & veggies too because I’m better about putting those in her school lunch than I am at any other meal.

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78 jennifer c September 28, 2012 at 9:59 am

My kids love homemade pizza’s in their lunchboxes.

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79 Michelle September 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

I love packing pretzels, apples, and celery with peanut butter as a dip for my 5year old. She loves it!

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80 Sarah A September 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

I could so use this. Need some new ideas for extremely picky 3-year-old!

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81 Karen Hunter September 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

Anything that makes her feel special, the special touches: fun toothpicks, fun cut food, stickers, notes, etc
The other kids at school like it too and comment.

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82 Melyssa September 28, 2012 at 10:08 am

i love using my leftovers to make fun salads and wraps. :)

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83 tanya September 28, 2012 at 10:12 am

would love to win this. always searching for new ideas

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84 Ashley September 28, 2012 at 10:12 am

love following you on pinterest

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85 lydenis September 28, 2012 at 10:13 am

fresh fruit and cheese!!

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86 Renee September 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

Funky Monkey pink pineapple :)

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87 Amanda September 28, 2012 at 10:18 am

I usually pack sandwiches for my daughter but she’s not a big bread fan so I’m always looking for new ideas.

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88 Delia September 28, 2012 at 10:18 am

Love to pack the leftovers from dinner the night before since all the hard work is already done:-)

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89 Sandra September 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

My plan is to prepare more Bento style lunches for my boys .. and this cookbook looks fabulous!

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90 Claudia salanta September 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

I need helpin presentation and variety for my 2 kids desperatly. It is convenient to pack pb & j and ham/turkey sandwiches but I want to give them more variety. Plus I love Trader Joe’s, what a bonus!

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91 Amber September 28, 2012 at 10:20 am

I love sending healthy stuff. So I need some help on being a little more creative!

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92 Sandra September 28, 2012 at 10:20 am

My favorite thing to pack in a lunch box is wraps … anything in a tortilla! lol

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93 Abby Johnson September 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

Love packing salads! Fruit, snap peas, carrots, chicken, chickpeas.. the possibilities are endless!

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94 Jen C. September 28, 2012 at 10:26 am

So cute! Fresh fruit is a favorite for everyone in my family.

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95 barbara n September 28, 2012 at 10:42 am

My favorite thing to pack in a lunchbox besides the obvious food is a note to let my daughter know that I am thinking about her!

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96 Lori Jones September 28, 2012 at 10:46 am

Wow on grats!!!

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97 Barb September 28, 2012 at 10:52 am

peanut butter and jelly as silly as that is

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98 Catherina September 28, 2012 at 10:54 am

Lookss great!

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99 kindra baron September 28, 2012 at 10:56 am

I love to pack fresh fruit- and also crackers & cheese!

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100 Sarah September 28, 2012 at 10:59 am

Even though my kids aren’t in school yet I’m always looking for new, healthy lunch ideas.

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101 Samantha September 28, 2012 at 10:59 am

My 9 year old REFUSES to each ‘yucky school food’, so I make a lunch for her every morning. I always try to be creative.
She loves taking fresh fruits and veggies!

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102 Stacey September 28, 2012 at 10:59 am

Lately I’ve been having fun with fruit kabobs or anything I can put on a stick. My daughter loves it!

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103 Alison Dunn September 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

I love packing soups. My kids request homemade soup in their lunches more than anything else.

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104 Sherry Lochner September 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

Sandwich wraps

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105 terra September 28, 2012 at 11:07 am

love to put in fresh veggies and fruit! looks like a great cookbook!

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106 Jacqui September 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

I love to pack a salad, nuts, fruit and of course a little dessert! :-)

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107 Andrea September 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

I love packing a big fat juicy piece of fruit!

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108 Natalie September 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

What a beautiful book! Congratulations!!

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109 Natalie September 28, 2012 at 11:15 am

A hardboiled egg, for a good source of protein.

Or, I make little sandwiches with Trader Joe’s whole wheat crackers and Trader Joe’s sunflower seed butter. Sandwiching the crackers and butter makes it less messy in transit, but I know my daughter pulls the crackers apart and licks off the butter when she eats them.

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110 Vaishali September 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

Turkey sandwich, yoghurt, carrots with hummus and juice!

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111 Amy Tong September 28, 2012 at 11:29 am

Congratulations! What a fun and practical book to have!

My favorite thing to pack in lunch bags are fresh fruit…and they are my kids favorite as well. :)

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112 Dora September 28, 2012 at 11:35 am

Fresh veggies and yogurt are staples for me :)

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113 Sami September 28, 2012 at 11:38 am

I love packing fruit salads and creative salads (like different versions of chicken and egg salad and different greens salads).

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114 Sarah Paterson-Farrand September 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

I like packing the deli box .. meat, cheese, veggie, fruit, and cracker.. with some picks and cute shapes! So easy and fun!

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115 Felisha September 28, 2012 at 11:42 am

Sliced peppers, cherry tomatoes, and sugar snap peas! Crunch Crunch right before lunch!

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116 Kathleen Yoneyama September 28, 2012 at 11:49 am

Lately the kids favorite thing to pack are wraps… all different types, but they love having them rolled up!

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117 Lisa September 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

fresh fruit

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118 Rochelle September 28, 2012 at 11:51 am

I have started packing my husband lunch so he doesn’t have to waste gas driving home or $ to eat out… these are great ideas!

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119 Jenni Bandy September 28, 2012 at 11:51 am

Love Trader Joe’s, Love the Easy Lunchboxes, Looking forward to the cookbook!

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120 Erin Miller September 28, 2012 at 11:53 am

looks like an awesome book, I love Tjs!

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121 Helene September 28, 2012 at 11:54 am

My daughter just moved home from college, she is vegan and works for a non profit, I’m always trying to think of things to pack her for lunch. It’s challenging, but my favorite thing to pack her is wraps either in tortillas or collard greens.

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122 Stefanie B. September 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

My kids love pizza rolls: crescent roll dough with pepperoni and cheese inside. Sauce on the side of course to keep them from getting soggy before lunch. :) Bell peppers on the side with fruit, a Nutrigrain bar, and yogurt to round it all out. (I heard a rumor that they put the bell peppers IN the pizza rolls at lunchtime.)

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123 Mary StClair September 28, 2012 at 11:59 am

My girls love wrap sandwiches and fruit. Ants on a log are also a big hit! Having just started using a bento-type lunchbox, I would dearly love this book! It looks amazing!

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124 Chala September 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I love to pack fresh, organic produce in my Kindergartener’s lunchbox.

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125 Cristyn September 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Fresh fruit is the best!! Strawberries, grapes, cantalope…etc. My kids love it!

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126 Natalie September 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Nuts! I love packing just a small serving of mixed nuts!

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127 Jill Hartley September 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I love to pack things like homemade granola!

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128 Kellie H September 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I love packing fresh vegetables and fruits for my kids!

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129 Cindy B September 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I am SO excited for this…my son starts school in 2 weeks and we love Trader Joe’s!

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130 Kayla September 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I love these lunchbox ideas. I work as a restaurant manager so I eat a lot of our restaurant food ALL THE TIME. I think getting a set of these lunch boxes & learning some yummy lunch box combinations would be really helpful in me getting the nutrients I am currently missing by eating the same things all the time. I also think it would be helpful when sending my boyfriend to work with dinner leftovers, so that everything can be separated. Great ideas. Nice job on the photo shoots.

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131 Maria September 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Rice and beans, home made chicken nuggets, tuna pasta salad, pb&j, homemade pizza- everything home made :)

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132 Sarah L September 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I love packing soup or sweet potatoes.

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133 Melissa September 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm

It’s so versatile!

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134 Megan September 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Yogurt with baked peaches.

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135 JOhanna September 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I love packing healthy homemade food that I cooked instead of packaged products.

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136 Kristin September 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I love packing grapes! They’re so simple, but satisfy my sweet tooth :)

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137 Letty K. September 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Love these photos… I would want most of these items just as they are pictured in my lunch! Lately, I have been packing a lot of salads. Sometimes I go for the convenience of a frozen entree (usually from Amy’s or Kashi), and sometimes it’s leftovers. I don’t discriminate (much) when it comes to food! Just try to stay away from too much junk and too much processed stuff.

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138 Julie S. September 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Chips!

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139 Stephanie Anderson September 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Apples and bananas they come in there own package

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140 Loretta E September 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I love having fruit in a lunchbox!

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141 deb September 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I’ve been really into wraps these days!

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142 deb September 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm

sandwich wraps!

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143 Kristi P. September 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm

OmG! I need this cookbook to get my daughter off of only wanting “cream cheese/ham rollie-ups” for her lunch! Plus – Trader Joe’s rocks! :D

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144 Cat September 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm

PB and banana roll!

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145 Larissa Funfas September 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Must have!

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146 Debby G. September 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm

My favorite thing to pack in a lunchbox is a big salad.

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147 Cynthia September 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Cream cheese and jelly sandwiches are our fav!

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148 RF September 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm

This looks great!

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149 Brianna Kolota September 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Carrots and hummus is definitely my go-to side item! Thanks for your lunchbox ideas. They inspired me to start an “(Almost) Grownup Lunchbox” series for my blog. :)

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150 Sarah H.P. September 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm

My favorite thing to pack in a lunch box is veggie wraps and fresh fruit.

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151 Christina September 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I have really been wanting this cookbook to expand on my childrens lunches and help them to eat healthier and less processed foods. They are so darn picky tho!!

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152 Lynne September 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Looks like a wonderful cookbook. I really struggle with new ideas…Usually end up with a frozen box. This would be a tremondous help. Love the containers also.. Thanks for the giveaway and the opportunity.

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153 Darcy Phillips September 28, 2012 at 6:50 pm

My favorite thing to leave in a lunchbox besides a healthy, colorful lunch is a happy note, picture or reminder of how much I love my kid!

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154 Amy Heintz September 28, 2012 at 6:51 pm

My daughter loves sushi. I love making shaped rice creatures to go along with her sushi lunch. She is in high school now and still loves having me pack her healthy lunches instead of eating junk at the snack bar.

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155 veggiemom September 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm

My favorite thing to pack is left overs with some almonds and fruit.

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156 Carol September 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Looks GREAT!!! I know that this would help with coming up with new ideas for my kids lunches! (And boy do I need that!)

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157 Dawn Kicks September 28, 2012 at 7:39 pm

LOL, just realized I left out my favorite thing to pack in a lunchbox on my prvious post. Chicken wraps loaded with veggies are my daughters favorite :)

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158 Lorri September 28, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I love to pack fresh fruits and veggies with different types of dips

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159 Jana September 28, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I bought bento boxes this year and love the creative ideas here. I would really like this book!

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160 Kelsey September 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm

My favorite lunch is cheese and crackers, fruit and a small sweet :)

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161 Kelley September 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm

My kids love crackers, ham, and laughing cow cheese. Also cantaoupe, raspberries, and grapes!

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162 Jennifer Marie September 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

pb&j sandwich

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163 SStorer September 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm

My fav thing to pack in a lunchbox is a note telling them how much mom loves them! ;)

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164 Laura September 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm

salmon salad, fruit/veggies, and pretzels :)

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165 Jessica P. September 28, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Fresh fruit with yogurt and/or peanut butter!

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166 sara September 28, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Yogurt with a little baggy of granola

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167 Mirtha September 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm

fruit. cantaloupe, papaya, grapes… any fresh fruit. and my latest obsession: TJ’s Cookie Butter on a rice cake.

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168 Taylor September 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm

as a college student i’m always looking for new ways to pack my lunch, and i work at tj’s!

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169 Nikki September 29, 2012 at 5:02 am

my favorite thing to pack is peanut butter bread and yogurt

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170 shelly September 29, 2012 at 5:11 am

I am a sandwich girl . . . so though it might be thought of as the typical, boring packed lunch item, I love it and will take it any day. :)

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171 Karen Lynch September 29, 2012 at 5:21 am

We love to pack leftovers from the weeks dinner with fruit and salad.

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172 Lisa B. September 29, 2012 at 5:39 am

cucumbers topped with homemade egg salad

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173 Alison Sutich September 29, 2012 at 5:42 am

Definitely need some new ideas! My favorite thing to pack is fruit because I know both my kids will eat it.

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174 Terri September 29, 2012 at 5:46 am

My favorite thing to pack for my kids in their lunchboxes is fruit salad!

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175 Denise September 29, 2012 at 7:02 am

For a cute dessert I put graham crackers, mini marshmallows and a hazelnut spread in a container. It’s “make your own s’mores”! My kids love them and all their friends want to trade them for it :)

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176 danielle September 29, 2012 at 7:11 am

homemade treats and fruit kabobs.

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177 Andrea September 29, 2012 at 7:12 am

I work at trader joes, and this cookbook looks so awesome! I can’t wait to read it!

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178 Joan September 29, 2012 at 7:13 am

PB & J

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179 Sarah September 29, 2012 at 7:41 am

I love to pack a fresh salad with spring mix, zucchini noodles, green beans, heirloom tomatoes, sliced apple, avocado and a homemade balsamic vinegar dressing.

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180 Brandy Moore September 29, 2012 at 7:58 am

My daughter loves strawberries everyday and I love packing them!

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181 Annie B... September 29, 2012 at 8:01 am

I seem to cook these days with LEFTOVERS in mind to pack in my little divided containers for my lunch at work the next day. Favorite thing to have ready is chicken salad…makes a great lunch!

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182 Lorna September 29, 2012 at 8:34 am

My kids like macaroni and cheese in their lunch boxes.

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183 Kim September 29, 2012 at 8:41 am

My daughter loves Salmon Salad dogs (Canned wild salmon prepped like tuna salad, put into a hot dog roll). She stopped liking sandwiches in the first few weeks of school.

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184 Nancy September 29, 2012 at 9:58 am

My kids love PB & J in their lunch, as well as Lunchables…I’d love to take on the challenge of making healthier and fun lunches for them!

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185 Becky C. September 29, 2012 at 10:02 am

I am really inspired by your beautiful pictures! My kids love veggies and dip. Dipping always makes lunch ;-)

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186 SalBug September 29, 2012 at 10:14 am

Frozen go-gurts – – they keep the lunchbox cool and defrost by the time lunchtime rolls around.

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187 Maurie September 29, 2012 at 10:18 am

My favorite thing to pack for lunch is a slice of homemade zucchini bread! So delicious, and healthy at the same time. I do run out of ideas for fruit though. My hubby has gone to work with an apple for the past week straight!

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188 blima September 29, 2012 at 10:45 am

I want to win maybe then my dd will eat if its fun

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189 Vera September 29, 2012 at 11:02 am

My favorite thing to pack in my daughter’s lunchbox is anything that doesn’t come back home. If I have to pick something though I would say strawberries. Those never come home.

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190 Hilde Kraiss September 29, 2012 at 11:11 am

I love the photography! My daughter loves watermelon but I recently made it more “fun” in her lunchbox by using a melon baller. She thought eating watermelon balls was fantastic! So easy!

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191 Stacy Madden September 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Oh, Oh, Oh, Pick me. I would love to get this.

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192 Sallie September 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I love packing healthy foods in my lunch box – strawberries, grapes, peaches…and maybe a Hershey’s kiss, too ;)

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193 Erika September 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I usually some fresh fruit or veggies with leftovers or a sandwich blooming for some new ideas! :)

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194 Kristina Craft September 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm

These look DELICIOUS! I love to pack snack bars because I don’t have much time to sit and eat. I like something quick that I can grab and go with.

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195 Ellie Augustin September 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

With lots of love! I always make sure there is a note in my kids lunchboxes. Thanks for the chance.

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196 kari September 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I love to pack frozen grapes or a small container of frozen yogurt. Not only are they still nice and cold by lunchtime they keep everything else at a nice cool temp.

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197 Theresa J September 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I love pasta and fruit

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198 Daraya September 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm

One of my favorite things to pack in my lunchbox is homemade chili. It is delicous and healthy for you! :) http://allrecipes.com/recipe/fantastic-black-bean-chili/

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199 Nina September 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm

My son loves lots of fruits!

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200 Courtney September 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Love sandwiches, but that chicken and quinoa looks 10x more appetizing than my sandwich :)

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201 alicia September 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm

anything! i try to mix things up, but sometimes it gets challenging. my new fave is currently a santa fe style chicken wrap! yum!! i’ve been making wraps for my (almost) 3 year old, and we call them burrito sandwiches :)

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202 Kerry September 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I love packing wraps filled with veggies and smoky tempeh or hummus!

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203 Zhi Chan Lin September 29, 2012 at 3:49 pm

My favorite thing to pack in a lunchbox…would have to be muffins!

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204 Debbie Jackson September 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

salads debbie jackson
djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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205 vanessaG September 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I take my lunch everyday(K teacher).My favorite lunch I take is a huge salad, a piece of fruit, and some yogurt. I could REALLY use a new lunchbox! :)

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206 Gretchen September 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I always makes sure we have a fruit and a veggie… other than that, I need more ideas! :)

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207 Edward Kim September 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

My favorite thing to pack in lunchboxes would probably be a nice bowl of white sticky rice with some Korean “banchan” (side dish). =))

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208 vicki September 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I usually bring lunch to work everyday. I can use some ideas.

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209 Kristin G September 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm

The photos are awesome! This looks like a great book!

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210 Lori Kenney September 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm

My kids love any type of pizza, leftover, bagel bites, make your own (copying a Lunchables).
This cookbook would be awesome to win!

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211 Donna C September 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm

PB and J sandwiches

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212 RJ September 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I Love Love Love Trader Joes and I pack a lunch every day! I need this cook book!

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213 Marlena September 29, 2012 at 11:04 pm

What a great undertaking. Love the cookbook!

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214 Marlena September 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm

My kids adore these milk-flavoring straws we found at Wal-Mart. There are a bunch of different flavors, and there’s no mixing involved ~ they just drink through the straw to add flavor.

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215 Kristen McLane September 30, 2012 at 6:01 am

Mini bagels with cream cheese are a winner in our house right now.

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216 tami September 30, 2012 at 6:10 am

congrats, marla – what an adorable book! xo

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217 Elizabeth @Food Ramblings September 30, 2012 at 7:12 am

Fav box lunch is old school- sandwich, chips, oreos, apple, or carrot sticks!

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218 Rebecca Childers September 30, 2012 at 9:48 am

My entire family love Easy Lunchboxes! We take them everywhere, from school lunches, work lunches, etc to trips to Disneyland and the beach!! Would love to win!

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219 Lavelle House September 30, 2012 at 9:50 am

I love making lunch boxes fun for the kids and am always looking for new ideas!

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220 SherylB September 30, 2012 at 9:53 am

Salad with spinach, feta mad tomatoes are my favorite lunchbox item

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221 Allison Mackey September 30, 2012 at 9:54 am

Yay lunchboxes!!!

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222 Heidi B September 30, 2012 at 9:55 am

I love surprising him with a marshmellow/unreal candie mix.

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223 Lindsey D September 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

Salad!

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224 Lynlee Llarson September 30, 2012 at 10:01 am

I love to pack fresh fruits and snacks in my lunch bag~!

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225 Fedra September 30, 2012 at 10:42 am

For my 9my year old, homemade hummus and crackers
Piclke and raspberries

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226 Stephanie Rodriguez September 30, 2012 at 10:44 am

Fruit salad and rice cakes with peanut butter

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227 Kim September 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

I love to make pinwheels with a wheat tortilla spread with garden cream cheese then add ham or turkey. Roll up and cut in 3-4 sections!

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228 Cassie Webster September 30, 2012 at 11:08 am

I love to pack anything that I can use a cute cookie cutter on! From cucumbers to sandwiches, carrots to applewiches, the possibilities are endless!

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229 Ruby September 30, 2012 at 11:12 am

This is an awesome giveaway. My family would gratefully benefit from this.

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230 MaryLynn P September 30, 2012 at 11:13 am

I love fruit and cheese along with a wrap.

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231 Cassie Webster September 30, 2012 at 11:16 am

So excited for this! I love any excuse to use my bento accesories or cute cookie cutters!

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232 Pamela Couch September 30, 2012 at 11:44 am

My son just started Jr Kinder and love his Easy Lunch boxes..We put lots of fresh fruits and healthy crackers and fun sandwhices. My favorite thing is to leave him Blueberries and yogart.

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233 Francesca September 30, 2012 at 11:49 am

OMG…The pictures look fabulous and I am constantly trying to get my kids to eat something out of the box…Such a great giveaway. You r a good doobie :)

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234 Robyn September 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm

My kids love when I pack them whole wheat wraps or pasta salads. With fruits and veggies on the side of course!

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235 ElanaE September 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Beautiful! I love good examples of easy meals.

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236 Adri Pioquinto September 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm

My 3 girls LOVE bento boxes so this would work perfectly for their school lunches! ^_^

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237 Jamie September 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I like to fix a homemade version of lunchables with cheese, crackers and lunchmeat

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238 Tiffy September 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Fresh fruit!

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239 Tiffy San Miguel September 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Fresh fruit for lunch!

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240 Dev September 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Love Trader Joes and can’t wait to check out this new book!

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241 Monica September 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I would love the cookbook and lunch box set! With 3 children, lunches are always being packed. Something fun and nutritious is hard to come up with some mornings.

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242 Azure October 1, 2012 at 5:56 am

Call me a traditionalist, but I like to pack grapes!

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243 Amy October 1, 2012 at 6:36 am

I need these more than ever as I am in a lunch making slump. I’ve diverted to the pre-packaged apple packages and I need to step it up again.

http://goodiesandbesties.blogspot.com

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244 Bethany October 1, 2012 at 6:57 am

What a terrific idea for a cookbook! And it is beautifully photographed. Nice job!

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245 sippitysup October 1, 2012 at 8:00 am

Gorgeous work! XOGREG

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246 HeatherChristo October 1, 2012 at 8:45 am

awesome Marla!!! Congratulations- what a beautiful book!!

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247 Melissa October 1, 2012 at 8:46 am

We love lots of fresh fruits and veggies and homemade treats for lunch!

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248 Glory/ Glorious Treats October 1, 2012 at 9:19 am

I always try to include some fresh fruits and veggies for lunch. Of course my girls love to have a little treat from time to time too! =)

Congratulations on this beautiful project! I love Trader Joe’s too… so I’m going to have to get this book for sure!

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249 Jeanette October 1, 2012 at 9:27 am

Congrats Marla! I can’t wait to see this new cookbook and all your gorgeous photos!

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250 Roberta October 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

Love to pack heart shaped pb&j sandwiches and fresh fruit in kiddos lunch. Would love this cookbook to add some more healthy creativity to their lunch! Thanks for the opportunity:)

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251 Maggie M. October 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Shaped sandwiches are a favorite for my kids! Thanks!

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252 Kristina Vanni October 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I love it – so healthy and fun. Great way to incorporate a healthy diet into your child’s life!

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253 Katie October 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I like to pack hard-boiled eggs. I eat them daily.

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254 vanessaG October 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I pack my lunch everyday as well as my 3 year olds. Addison LOVES to help me pack her lunch. She enjoys a peanut butter and strawberry sandwich cut out into a an apple, some carrots, grapes, and water or milk. I would RRALLY love to get her this cool cookbook and lunchbox. We would make all the recipes together!! Vl

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255 Kristen October 1, 2012 at 5:59 pm

We are HUGE Trader Joe’s fans! I pack three lunches and snacks every school day. I would LOVE to have some new ideas using items from our favorite store!

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256 Allison October 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I love fresh fruit with any lunch!

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257 Melissa Martel October 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm

My favorite thing to pack in a lunchbox is a turkey sandwich. A great classic I grew up on :)

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258 Jennifer October 2, 2012 at 7:27 am

My favorite thing to pack for lunch is a cheese plate with fruit and a few crackers.

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259 Nora October 2, 2012 at 7:30 am

sandwiches!

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260 Kelli October 2, 2012 at 7:33 am

I love packing mini whole wheat bagel pizzas for my sons!

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261 Tara October 2, 2012 at 7:39 am

My son loves when I have a WG tortilla spread with PB, then cut up bananas and just a tablespoon or so of granola for some crunch

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262 Tami October 2, 2012 at 7:41 am

My 5 year old son LOVES “pinwheels” … typically whole wheat tortilla with turkey and cheese; he calls these “super duper roll-ups!” When these are packed, I know his lunch box will come home empty!

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263 Lisa K October 2, 2012 at 7:45 am

My kids really love fresh fruit. Strawberries are a favorite!

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264 leticia gonzales October 2, 2012 at 7:45 am

I am always looking for healthy lunch alternatives for my kiddos.. I have gotten some great ideas from your site already, thank you so much!

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265 Kim in RI October 2, 2012 at 7:46 am

I love the bento box idea and have looked at purchasing for my daughter! she likes to get creative with her lunches and being able to pack a salad, fruit and treat in one box is a great idea!

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266 Kate M October 2, 2012 at 7:46 am

My son loves to have trail mix with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit! Thanks for the givaway!!

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267 Linny L. October 2, 2012 at 7:49 am

I just recently discovered (and love!) Trader Joe’s. My 18 month old will be starting preschool soon and I will be needing great lunch ideas and containers. This is perfect!

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268 Heather H. October 2, 2012 at 7:53 am

My favorite thing to pack in a lunchbox is a ham and cheese sandwich for both my boys!

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269 Tracey October 2, 2012 at 7:54 am

My husband insists on sandwiches for lunch everyday. I like to add fresh veggies for him to munch on, but I’d love some ideas to mix it up.

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270 Tina Marie October 2, 2012 at 7:58 am

I LOVE this! Not just for the little ones either..:-) It is giving me much needed ideas for my high schooler!!

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271 Alicia B October 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

Fresh fruits and veggies. I love grapes and cut up red, yellow, and orange bell peppers as a little snack. And I really like bringing healthy leftovers and soups.

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272 Christine Cross October 2, 2012 at 8:02 am

I love to pack little notes telling my little ones to have a great day or to smile or just that I love them. Since they get used to seeing them we have made a game out of “hiding” the note and they have to eat their way to it. :)

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273 Kahla October 2, 2012 at 8:22 am

I love to add a little fruit to every lunch. Something bite size like grapes or melon balls for a sweet treat that is still healthy.

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274 JeanetteC October 2, 2012 at 8:22 am

My favorite thing to pack is homemade desserts and some protein source other than turkey meat or peanut butter. Today my son is getting leftover, warmed up, bbq chicken leg pulled from the bone. The bone wouldn’t fit in the thermos.

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275 melissa October 2, 2012 at 8:30 am

Lots of fresh fruit.

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276 Rebecca October 2, 2012 at 8:35 am

I’d say one of my favorites would be a turkey hummus wrap. Excited to check out all the ideas in the cookbook!

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277 Cindy October 2, 2012 at 8:38 am

So happy to have found your blog! It is a challenge to make new and interesting and HEALTHY lunches everyday. My son’s private school is small and does not offer a lunch program. I pack his lunch everyday and I am excited to try what I find here on your blog! Thank you!

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278 Dawn October 2, 2012 at 8:45 am

I pack my lunch every day. One of my favorite lunches includes spaghetti squash made with a basil pesso along with fresh melon

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279 Natasha Kirk October 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

My husband just happened to be listening to “The Splendid Table” and she was talking about the Japanese tradition of “Bento Boxes”. I just this week started to look into it, so I can create fun healthy lunches for my daughter. I’m hoping to get some of those Bento Boxes and use some creative mojo to get it started! :) Thanks!

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280 Andrea October 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

I pack PB&J’s or honey’s a lot but would love to mix it up!

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281 Lori October 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

My kiddie are loving veggies and dip this year! They also like it when I leave a note with the “Word of the Day”.

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282 Heather October 2, 2012 at 10:09 am

my favorite thing to pack is a yummy healthy treat.

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283 Bailey Dunmire October 2, 2012 at 10:35 am

I like to pack fresh fruit.

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284 Brittany October 2, 2012 at 11:15 am

I love to pack my kids lunches as healthy as possible. I always include and fruit and veggie some sort of protein (PB, ham, yogurt) and ice cold water to drink. I sometimes put little notes on the food like “Orange you cute” but my 4th grader informed me this was no longer cool.

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285 Sonja N October 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

I love packing lots of fresh fruits and veggies for my girls. Add in some type of meat/pasta/cheese and they love it!

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286 Lori Kenney October 2, 2012 at 11:37 am

My daughter usually wants pizza or pb&j….I’ll need new ideas when she starts kindergarten and isn’t allowed pb&j!

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287 Kelli October 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

My favorite thing to pack in a lunchbox is a piece of fresh fruit, something easy to eat like bananas or apples!

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288 Diana October 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Usually pack salads with various veggies and some type of protein on the side.

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289 Carlee October 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

We live in Australia and my kiddies favorite thing would have to be frozen bananas processed so they are just like a frozen yoghurt. The perfect way to cool them down and as we are a dairy free house it’s the perfect way to give the ” yoghurt”. Loving your blog y the way!

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290 grace October 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I have to admit, I am not very creative with lunch. I normally pack PB&J or chicken nuggets, some kind of fruits (apple pieces or apple sauce), chips (ok, not the healthiest thing) or crackers, or yogurt or granola bars or raisin. Thanks for this giveaway.

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291 Lynnae Henry October 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I love Trader Joe’s and how awesome they have cookbooks, especially a lunch one. I have such a hard time with my 6-year-old because she’s so picky!!

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292 Heather October 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm

This sounds great! It’s so hard to come up with new, exciting meals that my kids can be more excited over than the boring (yet, strangely exciting…to them…) lunches they can get at school. Looks like that book has some great ideas!

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293 Stacey October 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm

we make dried fruit and nut “monkey bars” to put in school lunches

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294 Laura October 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Hi I have 2 kids at school and 1 in kindergarden. I love to pack for them fruit snacks, salads, healthy sweets and so on. Would love to get the book for much more ideas.

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295 Lacey October 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Yes please :)

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296 Sarah October 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Thanks for the opportunity and ideas! I pack my 2-year-old daughter’s lunch everyday already, so these ideas will be helpful for years to come! I especially love Trader Joe’s too!

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297 Sarah October 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm

My favorite thing to pack is a tortilla with smashed pinto beans, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado. Sides: strawberries and yogurt

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298 Denise Terry October 2, 2012 at 7:12 pm

A chicken salad sandwich, grapes, and a small sweet ;-)

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299 Monica H October 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I love peanut butter and honey on whole grain bread…when I have to pack a lunch. :)

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300 Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate October 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Congratulations on the cookbook, the photos look great. I would love to own a copy!

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301 erika October 2, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Greek yogurt and lots of fruit.

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302 Melanie October 3, 2012 at 8:06 am

I pack my husband’s and my lunch pretty much every day. Veggies and dip is always a favorite.

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303 Bethany A October 3, 2012 at 9:48 am

We just had a Trader Joe’s open near us and I’d love to use this along with their products.

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304 Kelley October 3, 2012 at 11:17 am

Can’t wait to read this cookbook, the recipes look fabulous!

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305 Nancy P October 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I love to pack lunches full of fruits and veggies that we get from our CSA! It doesn’t matter if they are mixed salads, healthy leftovers or an almond butter & homemade jam sandwich on multigrain bread. I love “eating local”.

P.S. Your lunchbox pics are a feast for the eyes!

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306 Beth October 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Leftovers!

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307 Audrey October 4, 2012 at 3:58 am

Beautiful photographs!

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308 TidyMom October 4, 2012 at 4:38 am

you did such a BEAUTIFUL job Marla!! I can’t believe you shot all of that in a month! if anyone could pull that off, it would be YOU!!

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309 JuJuBee October 4, 2012 at 7:07 am

I love to pack fresh fruit and finger foods!

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310 Crystil Allen October 4, 2012 at 8:44 am

My seven year old daughter begs me to put salad, baby carrots, and fruit in her lunch EVERY DAY! I love how much she is into these healthy foods, and they are my favorite things to pack her. :)

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311 Jeana October 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

How fantastic! I would love to get my hands on this book! If I don’t win it, I’ll just HAVE to buy it! It’s only been about a month since I started creating Bento style meals for my girls and I have enjoyed every second of it! This book would be a fantastic addition to my ever growing list of supplies!

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312 taylor smieya October 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

The traditional PB&J!

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313 April October 4, 2012 at 11:30 am

LOVE Trader Joe’s and LOOOOOVE this book idea. My kids and I could really use some lunch inspiration!

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314 Kimberly Fought October 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

My kids love to eat fresh fruit in their lunchbox.

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315 Sarah Felder October 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

My favorite thing to pack in my Easy Lunchboxes is leftovers. I often make too much so it’s great when it doesn’t go to waste, and often dishes taste better the 2nd day!

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316 Melinda October 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

I love to pack leftovers. Usually whatever was a hit the night before disappears just as quickly at lunchtime!

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317 Meera N October 4, 2012 at 11:46 am

Fresh or steamed veggies is always a winner! Love this blog!

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318 Faith October 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

My favorite thing to put in a lunch box is definitely pepperoni sandwiches. Sounds gross but the kids LOVE them!

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319 Sharee F October 4, 2012 at 11:59 am

Cheese!

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320 Melissa October 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I’ve seen the bento lunch boxes on pinterest and a book that gives you all the easy healthy ideas…I’m sold.

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321 Julianna Pfingstler October 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I love to pack leftovers revamped!

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322 Steph October 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I need more creative ideas for school day lunches. This book looks nice!

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323 Hazel October 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Awesome blog, awesome giveaway! Those lunchboxes are a lifesaver.

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324 Jennifer October 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm

We have these lunch boxes and I would love the cookbook too!!!!!!!

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325 Lauren Crawford October 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I love bagels in a lunch box. You can mix them with hummus, veggies, and a greek yogurt? Best lunchbox lunch ever!

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326 Mary Arling October 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Be great thanx

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327 Kaye October 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I probably shouldn’t be reading this post so hungry because everything looks so good. My favorite thing to pack for lunch is a bagel, cheese, and fruit. I obviously need this book so I can have better ideas!

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328 Cella October 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I’m so excited about this cookbook!
My little buy loves his lentils with cheese and crackers from TJ in his lunchbox. I can’t wait for new ideas.

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329 Barb Polette October 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I hope I win….this would make school lunches so much easier!!

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330 Teresa October 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm

book looks awesome!

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331 Min October 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I love packing a healthy sandwich, fruit and yogurt!

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332 Brenda D October 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm

My favorite thing is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

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333 Liz October 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm

For me, leftovers! For the kids, sandwich, carrots & dip, fruit, juice.

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334 Allison October 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm

My favorite thing to pack is leftover homemade pizza.

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335 cassie scottc October 4, 2012 at 12:42 pm

My favorite thing to pack is special treats, wether it is a note or a special yummy.

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336 Amy W October 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm

We love string cheese.

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337 Ali Schnaer October 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I like packing sandwiches with lots of different toppings. Cucumber, red pepper, lettuce, pickles with some Turkey and hot mustard. Yum!!

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338 Joni October 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm

This is beautiful! I would love to win it!

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339 Susan Scarlet October 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm

My kids pack their own lunches and they really like those Lunchables but they are so expensive so we make our own with whatever we have: crackers, cheese, rotisserie chicken or they will do cheese, meat and fruit skewers or skewers with what they find in the fridge and/or pantry. They come up with some interesting choices but they aways eat what they pack because it is their creation and not mom’s! Love it!

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340 Kristin October 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I love to take a chopped salad using TJ’s produce and canned beans.

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341 Kristin October 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I love to pack huge salads with lots and lots of veggies!

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342 Candy M. October 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

My favorite thing to pack in a lunchbox is a yummy pita with hummus and mescaline.

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343 rozelyn October 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I always include an apple (sliced for the little kids) in their lunchboxes. That’s dessert!

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344 Lynn Hadley October 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Peanut butter on bread, rolled up and cut up like sushi rolls. Chop sticks a must for eating them.

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345 pam October 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I love easy lunch boxes!!!

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346 Michelle October 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I love these ideas! And I love TJs!!! I will be looking for the cookbook soon!

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347 Tanya October 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I think my favorite is chopped apple, nuts, nutmeg & just enough cinnamon-sugar or caramel to camouflage the browning. I also love cubes of salami and cheese and a few crackers. I pack salads or leftover soups & casseroles … it really depends on what is in the house!

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348 RLR at Mom's Magic October 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I love to pack nice, soft pita wedges, a cupful of hummus, fresh vegetables and fruit. And a thermos filled with “icy, cold water” is my kids’ most requested beverage.

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349 Pennie B October 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm

fruit and veggies with dip

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350 Marie October 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Fruit and yogurt with granola.

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351 Sharifah October 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Fun giveaway ;-)

My favorite thing to pack is fruit. I also like to back leftovers since previously they would become a waste but since backing them for lunch, we don’t run into that anymore.

Good luck to all ;-)

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352 Hayley Edwards October 5, 2012 at 8:31 am

Looks like a great cookbook! Always looking for healthy new ideas.

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353 Jody October 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

Your blog is wonderful! Perfect timing for back to school. Wish I would have found this before summer to try a variety before school…great ideas for all my kids!

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354 Erin October 5, 2012 at 11:07 am

My kids love mini bagel sandwiches. I’d love to win the cookbook!

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355 Lori October 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I would love this cookbook! I have 4 kids in school – this would be a big help! Thanks!

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356 Melanie Morin October 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I like to pack a sandwich, yogurt and cookies.

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357 halima khan October 5, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Love Trader Joes, love the bento boxes, would love to win this!

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358 Deliciously Organic October 17, 2012 at 8:54 am

I’m sure you’re so proud! Congrats and I hope the book flies off the shelves!

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359 Kate October 20, 2012 at 6:53 am

These photos are inspiring me to pack my kids’ lunches! We qualify for reduced lunches, but we all know how much the cafeteria food is lacking.

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