ECO Lunchbox Three-in-One #42

A toasted English muffin, an avocado dressed with lime-cilantro dressing (super easy recipe below), carrot sticks, and some ham salad nestled into a cup of Boston lettuce.

I so love Boston lettuce that I'm pondering attempting to grow it in my kitchen window! It was perfect here, letting me assemble an easy English muffin sandwich at lunch with nothing getting soggy and the ham salad staying off the carrots (though, let's be real here, a carrot stick with ham salad on it isn't anything to turn your nose up at).

Meanwhile, I have been growing herbs in my kitchen window, and it's time for you to start seeing them at lunch more. I actually think I'm more successful growing things in this window than I ever was at growing things on balconies. I've never tried growing food indoors before this year. But aside from the occasional aphid attack on the dill or the mesclun, all has gone really well. My tomato plant is four feet high and sporting dozens of tomatoes in a variety of stages of development.

And so, I have cilantro. And this way of preparing avocado was incredibly good, so I have to share.

Avocado with Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Serves: 1

About 2 springs cilantro
2 teaspoons lime juice
1/2 ripe avocado, cut into chunks

Snip cilantro leaves into small pieces with scissors and discard the stems. Mix with a pinch of salt and lime juice. Pour dressing over avocado. Top with a little more salt to taste.


  1. Is the muffin still 'crispy' by the time lunch rolls around? Do you do anything special to it so it stays good, like not pack it right out of the toaster or something? I often want to pack something like toast but I'm afraid it'll be soggy or something come lunchtime.

    1. You shouldn't pack hot toasted anything, because yes, that will get soggy! So what I do is to let it cool. It's best to do this on a wire rack or something so the air circulates on both sides, but if you can't do that, you can also put it in a plate and flip it over now and then until it's fully cooled.

  2. Thank you very much! We are constantly asking for a toaster in the break rooms, but they have said it's a fire hazard. That would be ironic if an insurance company burned up.


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