Friday, December 21, 2007
4 Days before the much anticipated event and amid the hell of pre-Christmas . . .oops, I mean the joy of Christmas, I finally stumbled upon the inspiration for a fun lunch. Candy canes! The candy cane I stumbled across was actually a large chunk wedged tightly into the sole of my shoe, causing some mid arch discomfort and creating a sticky trail upon my floor, but who am I to speak harshly of my ill placed muse?
Whole wheat candy cane bread (this was shamefully easy - -make 2 batches of dough for whole wheat bread, but add food coloring to one batch while you are proofing the yeast). After the first rise, divide each piece of dough into 4 to 8 sections (depending on how many and how big you want your candy canes to be). Roll each section into a long rope (approx. 12 inches to fit in a laptop lunchbox). Twist a red rope and natural rope together (making sure not to leave any airspaces between the twists) and shape to resemble a candy cane. Allow to rise on cookie sheet and baste with egg yolk and water just before baking. You will probably have to adjust your cooking time (my recipe called for 25 mins. shaped as a loaf - but it took only 12 minutes as a candy cane). By the way, this project is kid friendly and I dare say it kept all mysterious thumping sounds and subsequent screaming at bay for at least 15 minutes.
Oh yeah. . I added a mixture of peanut butter and honey to spread on the bread and a fruit salad of mandarin segments and kiwis. Cream cheese and chopped cranberries would have looked prettier, but I didn't have any on hand.
P.S. School is out for a couple of weeks so my postings will be scarce until early 2008.
waste generated: rectangle of unbleached parchment paper - - I think I am a parchment junkie.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The photo directly above, along with several other holiday cooking projects have usurped Aidan's lunches this week. He is not complaining.
Peanut butter and homemade applesauce on Rudy's organic honey whole wheat bread; Earth's Best chocolate milk; snack mix made with raisins, dried bananas, and pretzel sticks.
waste generated: milk box, plastic snack bag (and you may have thought I didn't actually own any of these - - one of my dirty little secrets is out)
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I'm not sure if Smart Dogs are really all that smart, especially now that I notice their color blends a little too well with the very unnatural shade of orange found in my son's lunchbox, yet he loves them them and they are better than mystery meat.
Sliced smart dogs and organic Muir Glen ketchup for dipping; organice green leaf lettuce; 2 mini apples; almonds and raisins.
waste generated: none :)
Monday, December 17, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
My CSA box has overflowith with cruciferous vegetables. This would be grand if my children found cauliflower, radishes, and broccoli appealing, but they do not. Additionally, it is the time of year when little black bugs like to call the broccoli home and no amount of washing, soaking and meticulous picking can ensure they have all disappeared. Like many people, my children are horrified by the idea that they may have ingested a bug (these ideals are not without their contradictions as any of my children would consume, with little hesitation, a stray m&m found on a public restroom floor).
In an attempt to make the broccoli more appetizing I have included it in a brown rice casserole with lots of swiss cheese and a sauce made of eggs and milk. The orange is from our tree and has been segmented so it can be eaten with a spoon (like a grapefruit); cucumber sticks and a new treat bar (made with honey, sesame, and almonds) round out this lunch.
waste generated: packaging from candy bar thingy
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
The curry did not go over well. This is my apology, which was met with great enthusiasm:
Organic bow tie/ farfalle pasta with olive oil and grated pecorino cheese; cheese stick; slices of homemade organic whole wheat baguette with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dipping sauce.
The olive oil, in both instances, was a mix of olive and flaxseed oil for some added nutrition. I packed soymilk (not pictured) with a little protein powder instead of the usual water.
waste generated: cheesestick wrapper
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
The chopsticks are decorative and stayed home with me.
waste generated: none
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I felt rather clever when I came up with this themed lunch, but, if I am to be honest with myself, it was really laziness disguised with a clever title.
Miniature apples (how cute are they?); tangerine; banana; hardboiled egg; and pistachios. It's both a lunch and an exercise for developing fine motor skills.
waste generated: none :)
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Don't worry, I didn't actually pack it all in that little camp pan, although that wouldn't be the worst idea I have ever had. The quesadilla and muffin packed nicely wrapped in the bandana. The persimmon was fine on its own and the funny little pan stayed home with me.
waste generated: none :)
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
French toast sticks on whole wheat bread; maple syrup for dipping; half a Bosc pear; trail mix with peanuts, dried cranberries, almonds, raisins, and dried apricots.
waste generated: none :)
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
This calzone is made with mostly broccoli with a little ricotta and mozzarella all stuffed into a whole wheat crust. Pizza sauce on the side for dipping; kalamata olives; lettuce and red bell peppers. Frozen chocolate peanut butter bars for dessert (made with crushed Mid-Del wholewheat graham crackers, homemade organic peanut butter, and melted dark chocolate chips).
waste generated: small piece of unbleached parchment paper
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
waste generated: plastic wraps from both the cookie and cheese :(
Thursday, November 8, 2007
If I am obsessed with gourds, my son is obsessed with lunchables. I don't believe that this will entirely soothe the itch, but I am hoping it will bring us closer to common ground. By the way, this is my children's favorite family dinner and the leftovers pack nicely with no alterations.
Make Your Own Taco Kit (all ingredients are organic): homemade corn and wholewheat flour tortillas; shredded lettuce; chopped tomatoes; shredded cheddar; and ground buffalo meat seasoned with tomato sauce, onions, cumin, chili powder and salt.
waste generated: square of wax paper
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuna salad (made with line caught tuna, canola mayo, dijon mustard, shredded carrots, slivers of celery and capers) wrap on a sprouted wheat tortilla with crisp apple matchsticks; apple chunks; raw almonds; and all bran crackers.
waste generated: strip of wax paper used to hold wraps together
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Annies whole wheat macaroni and cheese made with plain yogurt (instead of milk & butter) with peas and wheat germ. I put frozen peas in the colander and dump the boiling pasta on top, Instantly unfrozen, but not mushy, peas. I throw in a handful of raw wheat germ at the very end.
Fully Belly Farm nantes carrots, peeled but end left untrimmed (wrapped in the versatile, re-useable wrap-n-mat), and sliced cucumbers with Annie's Cowgirl Ranch dressing.
waste generated: one paper napkin leftover from a pizza delivery
Monday, November 5, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
waste generated: :( lots. stickers, bits of paper, cardboard and tape, disposable plastic spoon (however, if it finds its way home and will be washed and re-used); 3 toothpicks
Miniature Squash pie (like pumpkin pie, just made with winter squash and a little less sugar & spice) with a whole wheat crust; almonds & dried cranberries; chunks of chicken (a breast stolen from the dinner crockpot with all identifying sauce stealthily removed and chopped into kid friendly bites).
waste generated: 0, :) the little pie tin was purchased at a yardsale and can be used over and over again
Monday, October 29, 2007
waste generated: nothing evident, but I will refrain from my diatribe on the packaging and other waste associated with processed foods
Sunday, October 28, 2007
waste generated: one plastic cookie wrapper
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Scrambled eggs with a side of ketchup (topped with a Halloween muffin tin liner, solely for visual effect); whole wheat toast with cinammon sugar cut into flower shapes; mango with 2 maraschino cherries; cashews and raisins.
waste generated: 2 muffin tin liners
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
O.K., so truth be told, I have no idea what one might eat on a picnic in Tuscany - -and I assure you I did not send my son off to school with a flask of red wine. . . .but, well, it FEELS like a Tuscan Picnic to me.
Pizza Sandwich - - crusty Pugliese bread with leftover spaghetti sauce and melted mozarella, kalamata olives, apple, and a flask of . . .
waste generated: 0 :) (sandwich wrapped in a re-useable wrap-n-mat from reuseablebags.com)
Monday, October 15, 2007
Bean and cheese tacos (homemade organic corn and wholewheat flour tortillas with black beans and melted cheese - -it is surprising what my son will eat cold); spinach leaves with spicy yogurt sauce (yogurt with a little enchilada sauce mixed in); blackbean tortilla chips; and organic grapes (fyi: conventional grapes are on the top ten list of fruits being high in pesticide residue). The limes are simply there for photo presentation. Unnecessary? Yes. But I think it shows a part of my personality. The crazy part, but a part nonetheless.
waste generated: 0 :)
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Pumpkin shaped Almond Butter and Sliced Apple Sandwich decorated with apple pieces; Homemade Pumpkin shaped Whole Wheat Sugar Cookie with sprinkles; Whole Wheat Organic Pretzel Sticks; grape and apple skewers; and orange juice.