And we get to another month of World on a Plate. For those of you who still don’t know, World on a Plate is a monthly blogging event at which bloggers from around the world get together and share a typical recipe from their home country. Today, we are sharing lunchboxes for the beginning of the school year.
In Italy lunch boxes are not as popular as they are over here, so it was quite challenging for me to come up with a recipe that would exemplify Italian lunch boxes. But then I thought I could give you an idea of what would go in a lunch box with a mix of stories and a roundup of recipes.
In Italy microwaves and refrigerators in offices are not nearly as common as on this side of the pond, hence lunch boxes have to pack food that is good cold and is not going to spoil easily. And of course it should be easy and fast to throw together in the morning. An easy choice for a complete meal that respects this characteristics is salad. All sorts of salads: regular salads, pasta salads, rice salads, grain salads. You name it.
Another easy thing to bring along is quiche. It can be prepared ahead, you can wrap it in aluminum foil and bring it with you, and you can make it with anything you have in the fridge.
Here an idea of what I actually packed for lunch in the last year or so:
Pasta with carrots and their tops
Rye berry salad
Simple spicy pasta
As you can see, the tell tell sign of it being a lunch box is that it is in a plastic Tupperware like container.
And now check out what lunch boxes look like around the world.