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Summer hasn’t entirely decided if it’s going to spend time here in Chicago this year. It was rainy and sixty several days last week, and we were straight up cold. Nonetheless, local farmers have managed to squeeze a few harvests out of their fields so far this year, not the least of which include fresh strawberries. I LOVE fresh, in-season strawberries!!
While I don’t particularly mind cooking breakfast or dinner, I’m not a huge fan of making lunch. M loves lunch; it’s probably his favorite meal. But when I’m at the helm in the kitchen midday, it’s likely lunch will be simple and pieced together.
The boys eat lunch at school on weekdays. Most weekends though, if M doesn’t take over the lunch charge, I almost always throw together lunch plates comprised of a mix of fruit, cheese, yogurt, crackers, pretzels, or maybe some leftover chicken.
Lunch plates are The Best in summer when most of the food comes straight from the farmers’ market. The freshness and quality of the food from the farmers’ market compared to some traditional grocery stores never ceases to amaze me. It’s crazy how different some foods seem when they come right from the ground, the bush, the vine or the tree.
Chicago hosts an array of farmers’ markets so we try to make it to the ones near us as often as possible. This past weekend, we took the boys and let them pick out what they wanted. I’m hoping exposing the boys to food closer to the source, like this market or even the time we took the boys strawberry picking last year, will help them develop an appreciation and affinity for all that good food offers.
While I often share snack plates with the boys, sometimes I whip up a quick salad instead. This really simple salad that I ultimately topped with a bit of balsamic vinaigrette was a great lunch (or dinner if that’s on your agenda).
In between and after cutting all the fruit, cheese and cooked chicken for the boys, I cleaned up with Green Works Pump ‘n’ Clean. It’s a food safe product you’ll find in the natural cleaning section of the store with all the other Green Works products, like dish soap, cleaning wipes, and bathroom cleaners. While you can’t use it to clean up really slimy messes like raw meat, it’s safe to use around food and meals.
I snagged it from Target, which carries the full line of Green Works products, drawn by the new style and the 10% off Carthwheel offer. I’m in Target all the time and always buy more than I planned. I presume most of you face the same struggle – haha.
What’s on your lunch menu for the summer? Are you scoring some great options from you local farmers’ markets?