Every year I greet this season with mixed emotion.  On the one hand,  as a working mom,  I am relieved to be able to schedule appointments without feeling guilty that my kids are home and can’t go swimming or have friends over until I return.  On the other hand, I miss the days of casual lunches with the kids,  conversations as I work, meal planning based on the kids favorites and just spending time together.   And who, I ask, is going to help me with editing pictures, setting up docs and all my other technical issues.

I will shamelessly admit, many of our summer lunches were cooked by my children.   They are foodies and love hanging around the kitchen coming up with new creations.  Many times our inspiration comes from our Farmer’s Market find of the week, other times it is just what one of them is craving that day.

This summer, we took a liking to focaccia bread.  We tried asparagus, ham, spinach and more.  Focaccia is one of those breads that just touches your soul and inspires you to try again until you find the perfect combination of ingredients.  The possibilities are endless.  Our all time favorite so far seems to be this Potato Cheese and Mushroom Focaccia.   So much so that the kids want me to make it ahead and pack it in their lunchboxes this year.

Potato Cheese and Mushroom Focaccia

I love this idea but I am a little sad that this year I will only be packing two lunch boxes.  After 14 years of packing four lunch boxes, this is quite an adjustment for me.  It is a realization of how quickly time goes by and the importance of cherishing every moment with our children.

May the beginning of this school year be a huge success and an inspiration to spend more time Around the Family Table creating memories.

Potato Mushroom and Cheese Focaccia

Remember I told you all that I had purchased a fabulous bread machine at our church flea market for $3.  Yep, we put it to good use this summer!

Potato Cheese Mushroom Focaccia

Number of servings: 12

Per Serving 242 calories

Fat 7 g

Carbs 38 g

Protein 6 g


Potato Cheese Mushroom Focaccia


  • Recipe adapted from the West Bend Bread Machine Cookbook
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water, plus
  • 3 tablespoons lukewarm water
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Topping:
  • 1 baked potato sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup white mushrooms sliced thin
  • 2 green onions diced thin
  • ground sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  1. Put the 1 1/2 cup water in the bread machine.
  2. Add the other ingredients in this order: sugar, salt, oil, flour, yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and black pepper.
  3. Place bread machine on dough setting and start.
  4. Note the amount of time your bread machine will take and set another timer for this amount (or do it manually, I use the timer on my microwave for for this).
  5. As soon as the dough forms a ball (several minutes) add the 3 tbsp lukewarm water.
  6. If it's getting too high, just stop the dough cycle and restart it (this is why the other timer is needed).
  7. At the end of the time (on my machine it is 130 minutes) turn off the bread machine and remove the dough.
  8. Grease a large pizza pan or 2 small pizza pans and turn the dough out on it
  9. Spread the dough evenly on the pan, making it higher on the edges of the pan for a crust.
  10. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise.
  11. Approximately 15-20 minutes.
  12. Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with oregano and garlic powder.
  13. Layer the potato, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese
  14. Springkle with the diced green onions
  15. Season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  16. Bake for approximately 20 minutes at 350°F or until the cheese is bubbling and the bread is a golden brown.

I have been inspired by our Sunday Supper Movement contributor Liz from That Skinny Girl Can Bake.  Seriously, who gets to bake all the time and be skinny?  It’s just not right, I tell you!   I am so honored to have this Skinny Chick hosting this week’s Sunday Supper.

Sunday Supper Recipes

Here is what the gang is packing up in their brown bags.
Sandwiches, Wraps and Entrees:

Munchies, Salads and Sides:

Sweet Treats:

And remember that we have a #SundaySupper chat tonight at 7 PM. We tweet throughout the day using the hashtag #SundaySupper, then we all gather to share ideas, recipes and answer questions from 7-8 PM ET. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest Board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? You can sign up here: Sunday Supper Movement

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz August 18, 2013 at 7:42 am

Boy, would I have loved to find this in my lunchbox when I was in school! I love how your children have developed the love of cooking…mine just love to eat!


FamilyFoodie August 18, 2013 at 8:12 am

Thanks Liz… they really do inspire me and I love the combinations they come up with.


Kim@Treats & Trinkets August 18, 2013 at 8:56 am

There is nothing like a fresh baked focaccia. This is the kind of food I grew up on. I love your creative spin with the toppings!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers August 18, 2013 at 9:09 am

Man, now this is a lunch! Great idea!!


Nichole C August 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

I love that the kids did most of the summer cooking; I’ll have to remember this lil’ tidbit once we have kids and they are old enough to help :) This focaccia looks amazing, and is totally up my alley!


Conni @FoodieArmyWife August 18, 2013 at 9:39 am

This looks AMAZING!!!! I think I need to go bake some focaccia!


Lane @ Supper for a Steal August 18, 2013 at 9:40 am

This looks delicious, you can give Reis my address and tell him to leave a loaf on the front porch… I will be waiting :)


Cindys Recipes and Writings August 18, 2013 at 9:56 am

I love stuffed breads like focaccia made this way!


Marjory @ Dinner-Mom August 18, 2013 at 10:08 am

Wow! A craving for focaccia bread has set in! This looks delicious…I am dragging out my bread machine this week. :)


Lauren @ Healthy Delicious August 18, 2013 at 11:12 am

This looks so delicious and flavorful, and I’m really impressed by those nutritional stats – I would have guess that the calorie count would be much higher, so that’s a nice surprise!


Bea August 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I agree with you; as I find the beginning of yet another school year bitter-sweet. Time goes by so quickly and we really must sure to cherish every moment and create memories :)

I love the idea of focaccia bread for lunch. Never made it before, but this is on my to make list. Have a great start into the school year!


Renee August 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I’m so proud of you Isabel for baking, even with a bread machine. Now I need to get lucky to find one for $3. I know I would make this bread with one.


Shannon R August 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm

It looks so light and airy, I love it!


Diana @EatMoveShine August 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Delicious!!! And love a good deal- so fun on the bread maker. It’s so refreshing to see that your kids love to be creative in the kitchen and try new things too… love it! ;-)


Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba) August 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I love my carbs, and this is right up my alley! Would be great for active kids too, good energy


Tara August 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Never had potato on top of bread like that but it looks fantastic!! YUM!!


The Ninja Baker August 18, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I can see why your focaccia would be in high demand, Isabel =) Thank you for sharing the recipe..and for so beautifully sharing the sometimes heartstrings-tugging experience of motherhood =)


Kayle (The Cooking Actress) August 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Mmmmmmm I love focaccia! I recently made some ciabatta with a morel cheese so I bet the flavor profile is similar-and that flavor profile is DELICIOUS


Alida August 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm

What I would give to have this in my lunch box! This looks so good! My 3 year old is starting preschool and I have a 6 month…I can’t even think ahead to when
they’ll be old enough to make lunches without getting teary.


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes August 19, 2013 at 8:13 am

Oh focaccia, I love it so much. The flavors you came up with are awesome Isabel! I would love to pack that for lunch…lol!


Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere August 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

Your focaccia looks so fluffy and chewy! This flavor combo sounds awesome!


Soni August 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Love a freshly baked focaccia anytime!!Love it when the kids are cooking in the kitchen :)


Jennie @themessybakerblog August 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm

You lucky duck! I had to make my own lunches over the summer. This focaccia looks amazing. I wouldn’t mind seeing it in my lunchbox.


Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) August 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I am totally feeling the carb-on-carb love. This looks great!!


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