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Episode 102: Back-to-Schooling Lunches, Whatever That Looks Like

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Episode 102: Back-to-Schooling Lunches, Whatever That Looks Like

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This week’s episode is brought to you by Bada Bean Bada Boom and Cabot Creamery

Back-to-school is all turned around this year, but at least one thing will remain the same: lunch. The kids gotta eat, and we’re the ones that gotta feed them. Whether you’re packing lunches to go to school or as a grab-and-eat meal at home, or the kids are making their own damn lunches, we’ve got ideas. This is just the start: let’s catch up, take deep breathes, and get ready to make back-to-schooling lunch happen.

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What’s BTS Look Like For You?

The ideas and recipes, shopping lists and shortcuts are forthcoming. But for now, we’re processing our own back-to-school plans, which, like everywhere else, are unfolding in nearly real time, without much leeway to plan.

In this week’s episode, we share what back-to-schooling looks like for each of us and start digging into the school lunch problems we’ll be trying to solve.

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Cabot Creamery

By now, y’all know that the number one ingredient on our shopping list is: CHEESE! So we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Cabot back as a sponsor. And just in time for back-to-school!

 Whether you’re packing lunch to go, prepping lunch for an easy remote or home school break, or both, Cabot has convenient and totally delicious options, from shredded, to blocks, to pre-cut. Cabot makes it easy to get award-winning taste however you need it at conventional market prices.

Our favorites include:

PEPPERJACK! This comes in a block and also in cracker cuts, which both of our families are obsessed with. It’s perfect for snack time, lunchboxes, and the best dinner quesadillas ever.

TUSCAN CHEDDAR! The easiest and most affordable “fancy” cheese ever, this is perfect for a socially distanced hang with friends or snack board dinner.

MAC AND CHEESE SHREDDED CHEESE! A combo of Cabot’s Alpine and Sharp Cheddar, this is the perfect shortcut to a gourmet-tasting mac and cheese night.

SERIOUSLY SHARP CHEDDAR! You can never go wrong with this widely available classic. Cabot’s Seriously Sharp Cheddar packs an award-winning flavor punch without requiring you to shell out gourmet cheese prices. It’s seriously delicious and seriously all-purpose too.


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Make Ahead Pizza Paninis

Meghan mentioned prepped ahead paninis that her husband can press at lunch time, but this style of sandwich can be cooked by tweens and teens to thanks to a panini press. This is Meghan’s favorite model of an easy to clean panini press.

Makes 4 sandwiches

8 slices sourdough bread
4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup marinara sauce, plus more for serving
4 ounces sliced pepperoni, salami, or a combination of the two
optional: sliced peppers, pepperoncini, basil, or pickled red onion
Olive oil for grilling

Assemble the sandwiches: On top of 4 slices of the bread, divide the cheese, tomato sauce, pepperoni, sliced peppers and basil, if using. Top each sandwich with more cheese and a second slice of bread. Tightly wrap each sandwich in plastic, this help press the ingredients together. Tightly wrapped these sandwich will be ready and waiting for grilling for 4 days.

Grill the sandwiches: Preheat your panini press for 10 minutes. Brush the panini press with olive oil and place the unwrapped sandwiches on the panini press and close tightly. Cook until the bread is grilled and the cheese is melted, 5 to 8 minutes.


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