As a toddler, my favorite toy was a palm sized doll entitled “Wish World Kid.” Each doll came with a different convertible home – a bed that unfolded into a playground, a bathtub disguising a swimming pool and beach, a dresser doubling as a beauty salon. When each wish world was stowed on my closet shelf, the pieces conveniently fit together into tiny compartments, producing a perfectly organized storage facility.
I’ve always loved putting pieces together. As I traded Wish Worlds for my American Girl doll, I spent hours scouring the pages of the Pleasant Company catalogue, carefully sketching stars next to the kits I desired for Samantha. Those that appealed the most often contained multiple parts – a book set with pencils, paper, and a shoulder strap; a summer outfit with a cap, whistle, and boots.
It’s no surprise that I bring the same fondness for multi-part collections to meals. In particular, I find that lunch has to be the most well-composed, full of complimentary morsels.
I believe everyone has different needs. Some people find a single sandwich fulfilling. Some can’t combine fruits and grains. Some crave volume. Some, like me, just enjoy all the individual pieces:
With more than half the day left to conquer following lunch, one lone piece simply won’t cut it.
What makes up your perfect lunch?