Lunchtime around our house is typically carrots sticks w/ ranch, a quick grilled cheese and whatever fruit I have on hand.
This varies of course… sometimes we do PB&J or deli sandwiches or cheese roll ups (cheese melted on a tortilla and rolled up… yep… keeping it real). But I pretty much rotate between those mainstays.
Another favorite that actually takes even LESS time to make than sandwiches are eggs. Now, we have these for breakfast pretty often, but on those mornings when I just need to pour a bowl of cereal and hand them a banana, eggs are often my “go-to” for lunch. They pack a punch of protein and my kiddos NEED that for their energy levels to stay up there.
I like to whisk my eggs with a fork. What do you use? Wire whisk? Fork? Something else?
I’m so curious.
I don’t know why I like a fork but I like a fork. So there.
Sometimes I’ll eat with my kiddos at lunchtime… even PB&J… I still love that sandwich! I’m very much a kid at heart. Although I go more for the PB&Honey. YUM!!
But some days I just need to push through lunch to nap time!! NAP TIME!!! Anyone??
My kids are 4, 3 and going-on 2. Rest time/ nap time is essential to my well being.
I mean… I guard it with MY LIFE. And nowadays my girls are only “resting” and not napping really. I only have them stay in their beds for one hour. ONE hour seems so long. It goes so fast.
On these “just need to get to nap time” days I wait until the kids are all in bed to make my own lunch. Once in a while I have no energy left so I just reheat a slice of pizza from the night before or pour myself a bowl of cereal and collapse on the couch to watch television.
But some days I have a surge of energy and decide to actually prepare a lunch just for myself!! (Okay, it’s a RARE occasion, but it happens)
I think we all have those foods that we enjoy but our families do NOT. These solitary lunchtimes… or “Lunch for One” as I like to call them… are when I tend to make those foods. My favorites that my family doesn’t care for: shrimp, mushrooms, lots of herbs, lots of veggies, etcetera.
I’m sure you have a list of your own!
Or when my husband is out of town I’ll make these kinds of meals for myself in the evening after the kids go to bed…. but it’s hard for me to wait until 8:00/8:30pm for dinner. Besides, I really like “family dinner” (all sitting at the table and eating together). And if I don’t sit down and eat with my kids, it just doesn’t feel like “family dinner”.
One of the things I love to make on these “Lunch for One” days are eggs. But with lots of herbs, veggies, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, pepper jack, black beans, mushrooms… the list goes on!! (Usually not all these ingredients all at once mind you. But oh the possibilities!!)
Oooooo! And there are these breads that I love to buy at the store… they are organic and they have seeds and/ or oats running all through them and around the edges. YUM!!! It is definitely a treat when I buy them though, because they’re twice as expensive of the “normal” bread I buy for my family.
(“Normal” = whatever 100% whole wheat bread is on the best sale at the time).
The other day I made scrambled eggs for myself and just added in a couple of things I already had on hand: Parmesan cheese and fresh thyme leaves. Two of my favorite ingredients. It’s almost too simple a recipe to share… but quick, simple recipes are a HUGE part of my life right now… I couldn’t live without them!!
Well, no matter how simple, I liked this scrambled combo SO much that I decide to share!
Make it for your own “Lunch for One” or invite a friend over to enjoy it with you.
Double or triple the recipe for your family or a group of friends. And I definitely recommend adding some fresh fruit to your plate or table for some color. And add some pretty table linens to make the table lovely if you’re entertaining a friend(s)! No matter what your scramble will be delicious!!
- 2 large eggs
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 1 tsp water (opt)
- 1 TBSP finely shredded parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped (plus more for topping if desired)
- Cooking spray
- Softened butter (optional)
- Hearty sliced bread (1-2 slices)
- Fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish (opt)
- Add the eggs, salt, water, parmesan and thyme to a small bowl or liquid measuring cup. Whisk together well with a fork (or a wire whisk works too I suppose!)
- Heat a small to medium-sized saute pan (I like using nonstick) over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Turn down the heat to medium-low and coat the pan with cooking spray. Add the egg mixture and let them just start to set. Using a rubber spatula, slowly drag the eggs from the outer edge of the pan to the middle of the pan. Continue doing this until the eggs are almost all the way cooked but still pretty "wet" looking. Transfer the eggs to a plate IMMEDIATELY!! (they will continue to cook on the plate)
- Toast a slice or two of bread right after you remove the eggs. Butter the toast lightly (if you like) and cut it in half. Place the bread on a plate and top each half of the bread with eggs (you might need TWO slices depending on the size of your bread!) Sprinkle a little parmesan and fresh chopped thyme leaves on top.
- Garnish your plate with a couple sprigs of fresh thyme and add some fresh fruit as a side (and for color! YUM!)
- Time to dig in!