White Pepper & Parmesan Crackers :: Simple Bites #recipe

29 New Lunchbox Ideas

If the current weather is trying to get us in the mood for heading back to school, it’s working.

Yesterday morning felt like a brisk autumn day; I sent the boys outdoors with hoodies and socks, in addition to their usual attire, and they returned a short while later to request hot cocoa. It feels as though summer has been even more fleeting than usual, leaving me wishing for one more weekend to barbecue and enough heat to turn my green tomatoes to red.

Maybe a few more hot days are to come, maybe not, but instead of grasping at summer like I usually do, I’ve decided to look ahead to fall – the return to books and the inevitable school lunch.

If I have a lunchbox plan down on paper – a handful of ideas, a shopping lists, new items to try and old items to reintroduce – I’m good. Then I can take it morning-by-morning, a week at a time. This post is just as much for me as it is for you; I tend to forget what is in the archives and how much we enjoyed certain recipes.

So let’s take a look at some new ideas for school lunches together and get ready to make a plan, because, ready or not, that first day of school is coming up soon.

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Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

If you’re starting to plan for your Labor Day long weekend barbecue (it’s coming up!), you might want to add this mega-salad to the menu.

I created it recently for the KitchenAid Canada blog, United We Create, and it celebrates August produce down to the last carrot and cilantro sprig.

From the post:

“My children love spring rolls, packed with crisp Napa cabbage, shredded carrot and rice noodles, but they can be time consuming to prepare. This Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing came to be when I combined a mountain of vegetarian spring roll ingredients in one big bowl and tossed them together with a homemade peanut sauce. A garnish of fresh mint and cilantro sealed the deal for us and a family favourite was created – even the toddler agrees.”

Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

Read the rest over on the KitchenAid blog and get the recipe for Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing.

Three cheers for seasonal eating!

Tomato Nasturtium Salad with Dates and Pistachios | Simple Bites #recipe #salad #vegetarian #vegan

Tomato Nasturtium Salad with Dates and Pistachios

Another salad. I know. But after being on the road, it’s all I want to eat when I come home.

Yesterday Clara and I headed out to the garden first thing to get inspired for lunch. The fridge was literally empty, save for a few dates, the usual condiment collection and other odd bits. After collecting the morning eggs, Clara busied herself with picking and eating peas; we’re getting a small second crop and she nabs every single pod.

Nasturtiums, basil and tomatoes are going crazy in our raised beds right now; an obvious trio to harvest for my lunch and for this recipe. The #EatSeasonal bloggers and I are celebrating August produce today, so read on to discover our creations and my colourful salad.

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Quebec City

Weekend links and photos

We had family staying with us for the better part of last week and then we all skipped town for a family wedding on the weekend. I’m trying to catch up now, as another busy week looms ahead.

Life will resume a normal pace eventually, right? Somedays I’m not so sure.

Hey, we have two winners for our cookbook giveaway! Congratulations to Ray and Rachel! You’ve both been notified via email and your copies of Michael Smith’s Family Meals will be mailed out shortly. A big thank you to all who entered the giveaway.

Here’s what I loved reading this week:

And now onto my favourite photos: Fruit galettes, Quebec City vista and Danny in a tux…

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Family travel on Prince Edward Island | Simple Bites #travel #family

Family travel on Prince Edward Island: Part 2

A few days after our return from Prince Edward Island, I called my parents to catch up. Both of them remarked how relaxed I sounded and I suppose they were right. I really unwound over the eight days we were traveling, soaking in the laid-back energy of my surroundings.

We didn’t bring back any shells, driftwood or even a t-shirt from the Island, but I did return with a resolution to not get overwhelmed with the day-to-day demands of being a work-a-home mother. Easier said than done, I know, but taking things one day at a time helps, as does knowing how to de-stress.

Danny and I are are the same in that we both draw tremendous peace from nature. It could be field or forest, sea or sky, but enjoying a belle vista is one of the best ways we release our cares and let the breeze blow them away. Below are some of our favourite views from P.E.I. (and after that, a story about digging for our dinner!).

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