Brown-Bag Challenge, Day 5: Appetizer Platter

Lunch on day 5 of the Brown-Bag Challenge was hummus, fresh vegetables, hard-boiled eggs and Wasa crackers.

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It's day #5 of the Brown-Bag Challenge. When this all started, I was worried that I'd run out of lunch ideas and would spend the last half of the month eating PB&J at my desk. But that's not the case at all -- I'll run out of days in September long before I run out of lunch ideas. Last week I made Curried Potatoes and Chickpeas and ate the leftovers for two days. I'm already planning ahead for next week; I'm going to make a Cornmeal-Crusted Roasted Ratatouille Tart this weekend to bring for lunch on Monday.

This week has been a busy one -- Monday was a holiday and short weeks always seem a bit crazy. But I made a big batch of hummus on Monday night and cut up some vegetables I picked from my mom's garden over the holiday weekend. I brought it all to work along with a few hard-boiled eggs and a box of Wasa crackers and made a vegetable platter for myself to eat at my desk each day. It was a little fancy-looking, a lot like a restaurant appetizer platter, but super easy because I did the prep once and ate for three days.

What's the best brown-bag lunch you've eaten this month?

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