Tuesday, October 30, 2007


It is true. I'm obsessed with gourds, and to be more specific, I'm obsessed with having my eldest child relish in the culinary excitement of a stuffed gourd. Accordingly, this kid-friendly version was born. . . WITCHES BREW: hollowed out real pumpkin placed in the freezer for one hour then dusted with wheat germ and filled with Stonyfield Farms Organic Chocolate Yogurt (cut with Nancy's plain yogurt to cut down on the frightening amount of sugar), gummy eyeball (I know, more sugar - -but this is Halloween and I just couldn't figure out how to create an eyeball out of the swiss chard in my vegetable drawer). The bugs on top of and under the lid are plastic toys that were party favors we received. Mi-Del Whole Wheat Graham Crackers wrapped in a cloth napkin with a Halloween sticker; banana; roasted pumpkin seeds; water in a SIGG bottle; and a plastic spoon made larger and more interesting with bits of cardboard, paper, and stickers I scrounged up from the kids' art cabinet. The lunch sack in the back is a re-useable Trick-or-Treat bag that will double as a lunch bag today.
Let me end this by saying that when I told my sweet boy that I had made him a very special Halloween lunch he immediately exclaimed: "I really hope it is a lunchable!!"

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


Yes. Pie for lunch.

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

The Replacement

This lunch was met with much more enthusiasm. Corn on the cob and red bell pepper strips from Fully Belly Farm (yes, the summer veggies are still finding their way into our CSA box - - gotta love California!); whole wheat and rainbow shells with olive oil and a little wheat germ sprinkled on top; Boca Meatless Chik-N Nuggets and ketchup (a cop-out, I know, but a gal starts to lose interest after her stuffed acorn squash is rebuffed).

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

My Scoffed At Vegan Masterpiece

As I assembled this masterpiece my son came barreling through the kitchen and scoffed at me. . . "Mom, that ISN'T for ME, is it?" I begged him to try the delicious cold green beans with almonds in a lemon viniagrette, thinking for sure I'd convince him that indeed this lunch was for him. Even the vegan lemon cookie from Sunflower Baking Company wasn't enough to persuade him that acorn squash stuffed with quinoa, almonds and cherries is both attractive and delicious. However, he did request the small slice of homemade wheatberry walnut bread to eat as a snack. Consolation prize: a yummy lunch for me.

waste generated: one plastic cookie wrapper

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fall Harvest Lettuce Wraps

Wheatberry and greenbean salad with oranges, dried cranberries, blue cheese, candied pecans and a balsamic olive oil vinaigrette; lettuce leaves for filling; carrots; and crackers.

waste generated: none :)

Monday, October 22, 2007


Well, apparently, there are some things my son will not eat cold, namely, scrambled eggs. Lesson learned, but they sure did look pretty. The rest of the lunch was well received.

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

Will the Pumpkin Party Ever End?

My children all despise squash. Summer, winter, it doesn't matter, they will tell you that they hate it all. Alas, stick it in a soup or a baked product and, wala!, it is sometimes magically transformed into something irresistibly edible.
Spicy, creamy pumpkin soup made with soymilk; 2 slices of zucchini bread made with organic wholewheat flour and almond meal; an organic golden delicious apple.
Note: the zucchini bread travels well wrapped in the underlying handkerchief, the handkerchief can then be used as a napkin (or a belt, headband, baby diaper. . .)
waste generated: 0 :)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Hungry Man

Chicken skewers (chicken stolen from the browning pan at dinner and speared with pumpkin toothpicks); cranberry sauce; sliced pears; and homemade cake with chocolate ganache.

waste generated: 3 pumpkin novelty toothpicks

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tuscan Picnic

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

CINCO DE MAYO in October

This lunch was created with leftovers from last night's dinner of Huevos Rancheros - -o.k. Huevos Ranchos for the adults. Scrambled Eggs and tortillas for the munchkins.

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

The Brunch Lunch

Rock-n-roll man whole wheat bagel with cream cheese and raisins. Grapes and a hard boiled egg.


It doesn't get more simple than this. Fresh tomato wedges and steamed corn from Full Belly Farm in Guinda, CA. Chunks of Clover monterrey jack and cheddar cheeses with butterfly shaped crackers. Goodbye summer!


I'd love to start this blog with something a bit more creative. . perhaps a savory pumpkin soup served in a minature hollowed out pumpkin, complete with carrying handle. However, this was devised in the real world where I was probably putting it together while simultaneously wrestling something dangerous out of one of my toddlers' hands.

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.