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Weelicious Lunch "Spreads"

Contrary to what today's title would lead you to believe, I'm not posting a bunch of spread recipes. Rather, I'm giving you an exclusive look at a few layout spreads from my brand new book Weelicious Lunches, which comes out September 3rd!

This book is four years in the making. I spent much of that time -- since Kenya started preschool -- immersed in and obsessed with every morsel that's gone into each of my kids' lunch boxes. In doing so I feel like I have mastered the midday meal, and knowing how much moms dread making school lunch, I wrote this book. If you have ever stared blankly into your fridge at 10pm at a total loss over what to send your kid to school with the next day, or packed a PB&J everyday of the week for lack of inspiration, this book is for you. Whereas I once experienced daily anguish over what to send my kids to school with, one of the most exciting and fun parts of my day now is making lunch. After reading the book, my hope is that you will share the same joy and experience the ease I do.

The 300+ page book is filled with lunchtime tips, tricks, and strategies and features over 160 recipes geared towards those who want to make lunch fast and ensure it is yummy (wouldn't it be great if everything you cooked was fast and yummy?). You can do it!

Silky Tomato Soup

There are plenty of recipes for savory soups to either drink out of a thermos or slurp off a spoon, like this crazy good Silky Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons (click on the pics to see it even bigger). I've seen my family come close to tears dipping the little crusty, cheesy bites into the luscious soup.

Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups

Tons and tons and tons of sandwiches (what would a lunch book be without a bunch of unique sandwich recipes) like Veggie Tortilla Roll-Ups.

Peach Fruit Leather

Peach Fruit Leather.. and yes, that's Pineapple Fruit Leather next to it. Be still my heart.

Baked Whole Wheat Raspberry Doughnuts

Or how about these Baked Whole-Wheat Raspberry Donuts? I was torn as to whether to add them to the snack or dessert chapters. You'll see in the book what I finally decided but either way, shouldn't there always be a sweet treat inside your lunch box?!

Here's where you can pre-order Weelicious Lunches so you're all set when the school year starts. Or maybe you want to gift it to a friend, family member, teacher, co-worker ... basically anyone in need!

Weelicious Lunches Amazon

Weelicious Lunches Barnes and Noble

Weelicious Lunches Books a Million

Weelicious Lunches iBookstore

Weelicious Lunches Indie Bound


And finally, for those of you disappointed that spread recipes did not make an appearance in today's post, the book will have plenty of those as well!

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  1. Erin Kirby

    October 17, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Mother of 9 year old triplets and can’t wait to get your book

  2. Dee

    August 15, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I’m ready to try weelicious lunches!

  3. yesim1cil

    July 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    So looking forward to it!!!!

  4. Rachel

    July 24, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I am so excited about this book… my 4 year old is going to be attending a new preschool in September (which doesn’t provide lunch) . Was starting to panic at the thought of packing him a lunch every day but now that Weelicious Lunches will be released just in time to rescue me, I can breath a sigh of relief.

  5. Amy Kirchhoff

    July 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I preordered this book on Amazon to ship to Australia…Can’t wait!!!

  6. LB

    July 17, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    How do I put it on my wish list at amazon? Can’t find it on that link. Thanks.

  7. Karen

    July 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I was literally just thinking about how I’m dreading the fact that I soon will have to start packing lunches for my daughter. I wish your book was coming out earlier! My daughter’s starting school in August.

  8. Emily

    July 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Yay! I don’t remember ever being this excited about a book release :)

  9. Anna

    July 17, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I love the recipes! Such beautiful pictures!

  10. Kristen

    July 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Love the pages! Just a question – what containers do you recommend to use for sending lunches to school with kids? I have to start sending my son to school with a lunch starting in September and I am not sure what containers to buy that are microwavable, BPA free, and the right size. Thanks so much for any ideas you have!

  11. Jessica

    July 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    CANNOT wait till it comes out – yay!

  12. Ruth

    July 17, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Looking forward to the book, but seriously, as often as people ask on Facebook, you really should do a post on sandwich spreads! :)

    • catherine

      July 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      There are a bunch of awesome spread recipes in the book! I’ll do a few for weelicious.com too :)

  13. Marissa

    July 17, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I’m so excited for this book. My little dude isn’t school aged yet but he is in daycare and I send 2 snacks and lunch with him each day. I’m really looking forward to having a resource to help me keep his meals exciting!

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    • catherine

      July 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      The book is perfect for day care too! The snack chapter is thick, but you’ll be shocked at ideas in other chapters that I bet he’ll love!

  14. Renae

    July 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing the new cookbook that is just for lunches! I have your other cookbook and just love it. Are there a lot of recipes that are gluten free (or easily adaptable)? My daughter can’t have gluten which makes her lunches kind of boring (not a lot of variety for the “main” part of lunch).

    • catherine

      July 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      I created a GORGEOUS 4 page allergy chart for the book. Every recipe is included and it tells you if its gluten, nut, dairy and egg free!

      • Renae

        July 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm

        That’s wonderful! I’m really excited to see the book now that you made it easy for me.

    • catherine

      July 17, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      The book has an allergen index so you can easily see which recipes are gluten free, and a section with ideas for allergen substitutions!

  15. Shannon Nicole

    July 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I’m so excited for your new book. Our PlanetBox lunch systems are being shipped as I type. Besides feeding my kids heathy lunches everyday, I’m looking forward to not having to use a bunch of platic bags that just get thrown away.
    Thank you!

    • catherine

      July 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      I can’t wait to hear how you like the PlanetBox!

      • Kim

        July 18, 2013 at 8:22 am

        We received our PlanetBox Lunch boxes 3 days ago and have used them everyday just to have lunch at the kitchen table. My kids and I love them! Looking forward to you book also!