The Cheese Board Lunch Box

Continuing on with my no-cook lunch box series, today I bring you The Cheese Board Lunch Box! This one goes out to everyone who is perfectly happy nibbling on a charcuterie board for dinner, instead of as an appetizer to dinner. ;) Just be careful, this lunch box is going to tempt you to drink […] The post The Cheese Board Lunch Box appeared first on Budget Bytes.

The Cheese Board Lunch Box

Continuing on with my no-cook lunch box series, today I bring you The Cheese Board Lunch Box! This one goes out to everyone who is perfectly happy nibbling on a charcuterie board for dinner, instead of as an appetizer to dinner. ;) Just be careful, this lunch box is going to tempt you to drink a glass of wine with lunch!

Where Are the Vegetables??

I know, I know. I’m usually a vegetable-with-every meal type of person, but I think it’s entirely possible to have a cheese board lunch box and still keep balance in your day. Try eating a veggie heavy breakfast bowl, like my Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles, and make sure you include a veggie heavy dinner, like a stir fry, soup, or meal-worthy salad. Or hey, you can always just pack a side salad to go with this box for lunch. :)

What Else Can I Add to My Cheese Board Lunch Box?

As with all of these no-cook lunch box ideas, this Cheese Board Lunch Box is very flexible! Here are some other items you can include with or in place of any of the ingredients I put into my box:

  • Pickles
  • Grapes
  • Apple slices
  • A small container of your favorite jam
  • A small container of jam
  • A small container of pesto
  • Olives
  • Almonds
  • Dried cherries or cranberries
  • Sliced bell peppers

Other Meat Options

I used salami in my cheese board lunch box, but there are so many options with this one. You can use other cured meats, like prosciutto, capicola, soppressata. If all of that is too fancy or too hard to find, regular deli meat is just as great in this box! Roll up the slices into little “cigars” to make the presentation extra pretty and you’ll still feel like you’re eating an extra special lunch.

Wrap the Crackers for Freshness

To keep your crackers nice and crunchy, you’ll probably want to wrap the crackers in an extra fold-top sandwich bag or waxed paper to keep the moisture from the other ingredients out. I didn’t do this (because I’m lazy) and my crackers got a little soft, but I still enjoyed the box quite a bit over the next four days.

What Containers Do You Use?

These containers are made by Pyrex and are my favorite meal prep containers. While they’re not divided, the single compartment makes them very versatile. Also, the lid is simple, snaps on, and has no moving parts to break. There is a link to these containers in the bottom of the recipe card below. 

Overhead view of one Cheese board Lunch Box with a cracker stacked with cheese and salami.

 
Four cheese board lunch boxes lined up in a row

The Cheese Board Lunch Box

This easy no-cook lunch idea is perfect for the cheese lovers of the world! The Cheese Board Lunch Box makes a meal out of savory nibbles.
Total Cost $7.45 recipe / $1.86 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 638.5kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Equipment

  • Pyrex Glass Meal Prep

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. cheese $2.12
  • 4 oz. salami $1.99
  • 20 crackers $0.74
  • 16 dried apricots $1.40
  • 1 cup walnuts $1.20

Instructions

  • Slice the cheese. Wrap sets of 5 crackers in fold-top sandwich bags or waxed paper.
  • Divide the cheese salami, wrapped crackers, dried apricots, and walnuts between four containers. Refrigerate until ready to eat, or up to five days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1box | Calories: 638.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.63g | Protein: 26.95g | Fat: 48.95g | Sodium: 901mg | Fiber: 4.03g

How to Make The Cheese Board Lunch Box

Packages of ingredients for the cheese board lunch box

These are all the ingredients I used for the cheese board lunch box (this is all from ALDI). You can use whatever type of cheese or crackers that you like. I chose sharp cheddar and got a box of assorted crackers. Check the list earlier in the post if you want ideas for other items to include.

Slice the cheese and wrap groups of five crackers in a sandwich baggie or waxed paper (I skipped wrapping my crackers). Divide all the ingredients between four containers.

Four glass containers of the cheese board lunch box staggered

Refrigerate your cheese board lunch boxes until you’re ready to eat, or up to five days! Enjoy!

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Classic Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes are extremely popular sliced and fried crunchy bites of tangy green tomatoes. They are totally addictive and easy to make at home! For great fried appetizers, try Crispy Parmesan Fried Zucchini, Mozzarella Sticks or Onion Rings.  They are warm and crispy crowd favorites that will keep everyone happy while dinner is on…

Classic Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes are extremely popular sliced and fried crunchy bites of tangy green tomatoes. They are totally addictive and easy to make at home!

For great fried appetizers, try Crispy Parmesan Fried Zucchini, Mozzarella Sticks or Onion Rings.  They are warm and crispy crowd favorites that will keep everyone happy while dinner is on the way!

Stack of fried green tomatoes on a white plate.

Classic Fried Green Tomatoes

Green tomatoes are a great sign that fall is on its way. The cooler weather delivers an abundance of these unripe tomatoes. They are a more firm tomato with a tangy flavor that changes things up from the red tomatoes that filled the summertime menus. The juicy sweet and sour red tomatoes give way to the less moist green tomato.  Although it is not a great tomato to eat raw, it is the perfect texture to cook or pickle.  Load them up with flavorful batter and fry them for a warm and crisp bite that doesn’t collapse in the process.

Frying green tomatoes is the most common way to cook them. That’s no surprise because they are easy to make at home and taste amazing every time. Simply slice them in even sized slices, dredge through savory batter, then fry them to a crispy perfection.  Every bite is filled with an explosion of firm, sour tomato on the inside and the crunch of a perfectly seasoned crust.  Add these to your must try fall recipes, because your family will go crazy over them!

Ingredients For Green Tomatoes:

Green tomatoes start this short list of simple ingredients that make up this family favorite appetizer.  They are firm enough to hold up to the flavorful fried batter that creates a light and crispy crust.  These will be the best fried tomatoes you have ever had!

  • Green tomatoes: Firm and acidic slightly sour unripe tomatoes.
  • Oil: Canola or vegetable oil is used for frying the tomatoes.
  • Eggs: Adds a golden color and crispy texture.
  • Milk: Helps the batter stick to the tomato.
  • Flour: Adds to the crispiness of the batter and keeps it from soaking up too much oil.
  • Salt and pepper: To taste.
  • Cornmeal: Adds to the golden coating.
  • Breadcrumbs: Adds crunch and flavor to the breading.
  • Parmesan: Grated cheese will add nutty flavor to the crust.
  • Italian seasoning: A fantastic blend of seasonings. If you want to make your own use a combination of basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, sage, or coriander.

How to Fry Green Tomatoes:

These amazing bites of crispy fried green tomato are super easy to make from scratch at home.  No doubt, they are the most satisfying snack or appetizer you will make this fall!

  1. Heat oil: In a medium size saucepan add the oil until it is about 1/2 inch up the sides of the pan. Heat to medium high heat. Slice the tomatoes 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Prepare batter: In a small bowl add the eggs and whisk. Gradually add in the milk. In another small bowl add the flour, salt and pepper. In another small bowl add the cornmeal, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Dredge: Dip each tomato slice first in the eggs, then coat in the flour, and lastly the cornmeal mix. Add the tomatoes to the pan of oil and cook for 2-3 minutes until crispy and golden brown. Finally, remove with a slotted spoon and let cool.

Green tomatoes close up.

Tips for Classic Fried Green Tomatoes:

Fried Green Tomatoes are a delicious start or side to any meal.  They are tried and true crowd-favorites that are bursting with vibrant flavor.

  • Green Tomatoes: Since the star of this recipe is the green tomato, be sure to choose tomatoes that are all green. Any red on the tomato means they have started to ripen. Red tomatoes are more moist and will interfere with the crispy crust you are trying to achieve.
  • Reheat: Warm up leftovers in a toaster or oven at a low temperature (below 350 degrees) until they are heated throughout. For best results, do not microwave or the fried tomatoes will be chewy, not crisp.
  • Cold batter and hot oil: Keep your batter cold and your oil hot to make the most crispy and light fried green tomatoes.  If the oil is too cool, the tomatoes will soak up too much oil.  However, if the oil is too hot they will burn.  To be sure your oil is just right, use a thermometer to make sure the oil stays around 350 degrees or medium-high heat.

Steps to make fried green tomatoes.

What to Serve:

Classic fried green tomatoes are so satisfying just the way they are.  It is hard not to eat them all right out of the skillet! However, they do not have to be served alone.  Actually, they pair well with many dishes.  Here are a few ideas on ways to serve these insanely delicious tomato bites.

  • Caprese Twist: These tomatoes are a fantastic way to liven up those summer Caprese recipes and transition them to fall.  For example, try a tangy twist on a Caprese salad, Farro Caprese Salad, or Chicken Caprese Macaroni and Cheese.
  • Dipping Sauce: Dip in tabasco sauce, Tzatziki Sauce or remoulade sauce for a creamy burst of flavor.
  • Serve with: While at first glance this recipe may seem like a perfect appetizer or afternoon snack, they also pair well with Eggs Benedict for breakfast or Lobster Mac and Cheese at dinnertime.
  • Buttermilk: Leave out the egg and soak tomatoes in buttermilk instead of regular milk.  Additionally, let them soak in the buttermilk for a couple of minutes before dredging them through the batter mixture.

View of finished fried green tomatoes on a tray.

Can You Make Ahead Fried Green Tomatoes?

These bite size appetizers are easy to make ahead. Simply dip them in the breadcrumb mixture and freeze until you are ready to fry them. The best way to freeze them is to place them on a baking sheet in a single layer for about 15 minutes. Then, they can be easily transferred to a Ziploc bag to continue freezing. They do not need to be thawed before frying.

Fried green tomatoes stacked on a white plate.

More Crowd Favorite Appetizers:

  • Awesome 7 Layer Dip
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • Grilled Coconut Lime Pineapple
  • Easy Chipotle Honey Meatballs
  • Addicting Bean Dip
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Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes are extremely popular sliced and fried crunchy bites of tangy green tomatoes. They are totally addictive and easy to make at home!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword classic fried green tomatoes, fried green tomatoes, green tomatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 163kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • oil for frying
  • 4 green tomatoes firm
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tablespoon grated parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • In a medium size saucepan add the oil until it is about 1/2 inch up the sides of the pan. Heat to medium high heat. Slice the tomatoes 1/4 inch thick.
  • In a small bowl add the eggs and whisk. Add in the milk. In another small bowl add the flour, salt and pepper. In another small bowl add the cornmeal, bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese.
  • Dredge each tomato slice first in the eggs, then coat in the flour, and lastly the cornmeal mix. Add the tomatoes to the pan of oil and cook for 2-3 minutes until crispy and golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and let cool.

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 488IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg
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