It's June: I'm So Over Packing Lunch

This is a hard time of year for me. It's June. It's the final countdown to summer vacation. My Facebook is filling up with graduation pics of other people's kids. And it's not that I don't like my kid's school. Actually I love her school (and that she loves her school, too). It's the mad dash to get to school. Morning's are r.o.u.g.h, man. None of us are wanting to be up and moving quickly at the time it requires us to get there on time. Dressed? Breakfasted? Lunched? It's the lunches that kill me the most, I think.


But yesterday I happened upon THIS piece by's Deb Perelman on the Food52 site and it saved me. It was a life preserver thrown at just the right moment (even though she posted it over a year ago!). Deb already often rescues my it's-five-o'clock-and-I-have-no-idea-what-I'm-cooking dinners (most recently with THIS gem). But now, because of her "system" I think I can eek out another 12 (!) days of packed lunches (let's not even talk about camp lunches - that's so far away (in July) at this point). 

I don’t do cute or fancy lunch boxes. I have a system—two vegetables, one fruit, one piece of dried fruit, and something savory—and I lack the inclination or creativity before my first cup of coffee to vary from this.
— Deb Perelman, smitten kitchen

Ta da! Here is today's Deb Perelman-inspired (aka systematic) kid lunch: apricot + cherries + cucumber chunk + easy-peasy slaw + prosciutto. Done and done. (This will be repeated as is tomorrow, I assure you.)


Blogged at a coffee shop with ten minutes to spare before picking up said kiddo from said school. 60 degrees and sunny.