Professional Chef Confessional

In what seems like a lifetime ago, I graduated from culinary school in NYC believing that I would be a professional plant-based chef for life. Of course life never works out the way that you plan, and I have hung up my white chef’s jacket for a messy kitchen towel smeared with kids food stains. Even though I could not be any happier with the way my life has unfolded, I definitely see and feel the same pressure of non-chefs of providing my family with healthy but yet simple to prepare food.

One of the most challenging feeding times is how to feed kids healthfully on the go. So much of our day is spent on the road (bike path actually), that having healthy portable food is a real necessity. A typical Dutch portable meal consists of a measly piece of cheese wedged between two pieces of sliced bread. It is sustenance at best and depressing at worst. Yes it keeps you from starving but it’s not very exciting! Transfer this portable meal ideas to school lunches, where nuts aren’t welcome and picky eaters abound, and you could literally spend your life working out a food-on-the-go menu. But this has me thinking…..if our portable food options here are lacking inspiration, there MUST be places around the world that would be inspiration. For instance – what about kids on the go in Uganda, Cambodia, Peru or Albania? What would a typical packed school lunch look like, or what would a parent stash in their bag when they have to run out with their kids? I have a feeling like our readers, customers and friends from all over the world could help us with this one….what’s in your snack or lunch bag? We’d love to hear and share your stories and recipes.