Lunch box inspiration

Is making a school lunch for your kid every day already feeling like an unbearable chore? We feel you! 

It’s time to get inspired: Minneapolis chef-mama Molly Herrmann doesn’t let the job get her down, even though her 9-year-old son, AJ, has peanut, tree-nut and shellfish allergies, plus a “bizarre aversion” to sandwiches (but only when they’re in his lunchbox). 

“He eats them at home, so I think he does it just to challenge me,” said Herrmann, the owner of Tastebud Catering and Kitchen in the Market, a shared commercial kitchen and cooking school inside the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis.

Her solution? Deconstruct the common sandwich, throw in fresh fruit and veg every day and add one store-bought single-serving element to keep things easy-peasy. Follow Herrmann’s #lunchbox adventures at

Molly Herrmann