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Dec 14, 2015

Quick Lunches the Whole Family will Love!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, Rubbermaid® fasten + go, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #FastenNGo http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

AJ and I are almost always on the go.  I work most of the week from my office at church and he has an hour and a half long commute to Purple Audio, where he works one day a week from their office and then works from home the rest of the time.  Between commuting and working in different directions, and just being out and about a lot, we've gotten into a really bad habit of eating out.  In the interest of not only saving money, but just living healthier lives, we're making an effort to pack our lunches and always make sure we have some fulfilling, healthy snacks with us when we're on the go.  

I used to pack my lunch in high school every day, and back then, I had a cute little lunch box that I packed and toted with me to the cafeteria.  As an adult, I appreciate a good design and convenience above all.  AJ and I recently discovered NEW Rubbermaid® fasten + go kits and we're in love.  

They're designed well, snap together into one convenient little container (carrying strap included!), and the minimalistic, chic style is great for a girl, guy, or a kid to carry around.  The sandwich kit includes a base for your sandwich, one 1-cup capacity side containers, and two 1/2-cup capacity snack containers.  It's all microwave and dishwasher safe, and it all snaps together for convenient carrying.  This nifty little box has already come in handy on some Christmas shopping trips when I've packed it with snacks and thrown it in my bag.  

Since sandwiches are the bread and butter (pun intended) of every good lunch, we've rounded up some of our favorite sandwich recipes for you!

If you've got a toaster oven at work, then this one is for you.  You can prep your grilled cheese at home so that it's ready for grilling when the lunch bell rings.  Simply butter the outsides of two pieces of bread (your favorite is fine, but we love picking up some artisan bread at our local grocery store) and then layer in your cheese.  My favorite cheese combo is some Jarlsberg, American, and Provolone, or, swap out that Jarlsberg for some Muenster and mmmm...so good!  Throw a piece of foil in your toaster oven and "grill" your sandwich on the highest settings, flipping when the top is golden.  Pair with some tomato soup (and the fasten+go soup kit!) and you've got one delicious lunch.

AJ's a big fan of spicy food, so when he discovered chipotle aoili, he was in heaven.  You can typically find chipotle mayo in the deli or dressing aisle at your local grocer, and it makes a fun addition to any sandwich.  Grab some smoked turkey and sliced smoked gouda from your deli and layer slices of each with a few strips of bacon, some lettuce and tomato, and finish off this yummy lunch option with some chipotle aoili on thick slices of bread.  So good!

Perhaps one of my favorite sandwiches is a good chicken salad.  We will often grab a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store (so much easier than cooking your own!) and pull it apart to make chicken salad.  Toss the pulled chicken with mayo (the amount varies based on your preference, but start slow and add until it's how you like it!), halved red grapes, and diced pecans.  My favorite way to enjoy this chicken salad is on a sun-dried tomato bagel.

All of these sandwiches are best enjoyed with some good sides....a few of our favorites (pictured here), include:
+ clementines
+ sweet potato chips
+ cranberry-almond cracker thins
+ popcorn with olive oil and sea salt
+ pretzels
+ pickles
+ applesauce
+ and for your sweet tooth, a sea salt caramel

Starting on 12/27/15 head to your local Target store to purchase the NEW Rubbermaid® fasten + go kits! Available in Entree, Sandwich, and Soup Kits! These kits are awesome options for food storage, and can help make meal planning and meal prep easier!


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