Recreating My Childhood Lunchbox

Can Jen upgrade her elementary school lunchbox?


  • Fried Rice:
  • ¼ cup Spam, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 cup day-old cooked white rice
  • ¼ cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 tbsp scallions, sliced diagonally
  • Oil for pan
  • Broccoli Salad:
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, cut into smaller pieces
  • ¼ cup cooked shredded chicken
  • ½ shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp toasted pecans, chopped
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp curry powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh fruit


  1. For the fried rice: In a small bowl, whisk egg and set aside. Heat a drizzle of oil in a pan on medium. Cook Spam until browned. Set to the side of the pan and add egg. Cook until slightly puffed and golden brown. Flip over and break up into smaller pieces. Add carrots and cook until softened. Add rice, soy sauce, and scallions and cook for another 5 minutes.
  2. For the broccoli salad: Blanch broccoli in lightly salted water for 1 minute. Drain well and add to a bowl to cool. In a small bowl mix mayo, curry powder, salt, pepper, and apple cider vinegar. Combine all salad ingredients in the broccoli bowl.
  3. Pack everything into a lunchbox, along with fresh fruit.