Aug 262014


The kids will be going back to school before you know it ~ if they haven’t already started.  One of the things I think is hard is making lunches more interesting.  Here are a couple more ideas from Ricky Eisen, the Founder and President of Between the Bread, one of Manhattan’s most loved cafés (145 West 55th Street) and also renowned prestigious corporate catering companies for the past 35 years. Ricky can offer different ideas for quick and wholesome lunches for kids on the go.   


Healthy Chicken Nuggets


Olive oil cooking spray

2 3/4 cups panko bread crumbs

Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 large egg whites

1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into nugget size

1.     Set a wire rack on a baking sheet and coat with cooking spray. Add 2 teaspoons salt and black pepper to the panko. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites and a pinch of salt until frothy.

2.     Dip the chicken in the egg whites, then roll in the panko crumbs to coat. Place the chicken pieces on the rack (position them on their sides so that the majority of the crust is exposed) and mist with cooking spray.

3.     Bake the chicken nuggets on the bottom oven rack until crisp and cooked through, about 20 minutes. Serve with ketchup.

Fresh roasted turkey sandwich with guacamole & tomato on whole wheat bread


2 lb. turkey breast

1 small bunch of fresh sage, rosemary, oregano & thyme

salt & pepper

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

Cooking twine

1 large Tomato

Whole wheat bread

2 large ripe avocados, scooped and placed in a bowl

1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1/2 jalapeno peppers-seeded and minced

1/2 cup chopped onion

Kosher or sea salt to taste

Juice of 1 lime

For Turkey Breast:

1.     Pre-heat over to 350.  Flatten the turkey breast and put the herbs in middle of breast.  Roll the breast and tie with twine so that the herbs are inside and not exposed to direct heat.  Brush the breast with the olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper (to taste).

2.     Bake for 3 hours to an interior temperature of 165 degrees.  Cut the twine and remove as much of the herbs as possible.

3.     Cool on rack.

For Guacomole

1.     In a large bowl, use a fork to cut the avocado.  Squeeze lime juice over avocado, mix well.  This will prevent the avocado from turning brown.

2.     Gently fold in all other ingredients to avocado.

3.     To complete, add slices of tomato on whole wheat bread

Grilled chicken breast on a stick

Olive oil

1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into nugget size

Salt & Pepper

1.     Rinse chicken thoroughly.  toss in olive oil, salt & pepper to taste

2.     Grill on grill or paillard pan 7-10 minutes on each side.

3.     Spear a skewer through the center.  Serve with ketchup



  One Response to “Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas”

  1. All of these sound yummy…love your recipes!

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