Aug 10 2007

And the number one reason I love August? The kids go back to school!

Published by under School Lunch

New here? Then you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!

j0402269I am so over summer.

Last week I found Nathan and Lucie in a death struggle over a video. They were screaming in each other’s faces and had tears running down their cheeks. Who are these savages?

My house is gross.The kids have been treating it like one giant garbage can, leaving juice boxes and wrappers on the floor. When I found a candy wrapper among my workout clothes I nearly cried.

So with 10 days to go before school starts, it’s all I can think about. And judging by my blog traffic, seems that my readers are looking for back-to-school recipes and lunch box ideas. So here some links to help you out.

Back to School Snacks and Lunches:

Breakfasts

Do you have a favorite lunch box, after school, or quick breakfast idea? Share it below!

Comments Off

Aug 06 2007

Goodbye to writing prompts and hello to lunch boxes

Published by under Recipes,School Lunch,Writing

Summer is nearly over and school’s about ready to begin. I noticed that my readership dropped this summer. At first, I thought it was because you were all running off to the beach. But now I’m guessing that turning My Readable Feast into a mostly writing blog, with some book reviews and recipes, wasn’t as successful as I hoped. Lesson learned. (And if you have suggestions about what you’d like to see at My Readable Feast, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.)

So no more writing prompts and Tuesday haiku. Instead, let’s go back to what this blog was all about – books and food!

With that said, are you looking for some school lunchbox ideas? Last year around this time I posted information on:

Frankly, I’m a bit concerned about what to feed Nathan this year. Some of the old standbys, like fruit rollups, are going bad in the pantry. Plus, Nathan has become a “pasta-terian” this summer – he doesn’t eat meat or vegetables, only noodles and eggs.

Luckily FamilyFun.com has a whole section devoted to Back to School food ideas. I guess there’s always Nathan’s favorite PB&J, but how can I make it more exciting? How about peanut butter and jelly stars? This looks like a great way to sneak in some whole wheat bread into Nathan’s diet, too.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Stars

Ingredients:

  1. PB&J Stars 2 slices white bread
  2. 2 slices whole wheat bread
  3. Peanut butter
  4. Jelly
  5. 1 1/2-inch star cookie cutter

Directions:

This is different than the directions on the FamilyFun.com site. From the comments it seems too hard to spread the peanute butter and jelly after you cut and swap the stars. Maybe making the sandwiches first, then swapping mini-star shaped sandwiches would be better? I’d have to experiment. Maybe try a simpler shape like a circle would be easier. It’ll be messy, too, but the results will certainly be cool.

  1. Make two PB&J sandwiches by spreading peanut butter on one wheat and one white piece of bread. Then spread jelly on one wheat and one white piece of bread. Make one wheat sandwich and one white bread sandwich.
  2. Carefully use mini cookie cutters to cut puzzle pieces out of white and whole wheat sandwich. Swap the whole wheat shapes with the white, then press them into place.

One response so far

Aug 16 2006

The art of the bento box

Published by under Books,Recipes,School Lunch

Everyday With Rachael Ray magazine had a terrific idea for taking the boring out of school lunch. How about creating kid-friendly bento boxes? The website features three easy to make recipes, including this one for dessert. (It would make a great party finger food, too.)

candysushi Candy Sushi
From Every Day with Rachael Ray August – September 2006 issue
1 serving

Ingredients:

  1. 4 large marshmallows
  2. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  3. 1/2 cup rice cereal
  4. 2 cherry or strawberry twists, such as Twizzlers
  5. 2 fruit roll-ups

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the marshmallows with the butter over low heat.
  2. Add the rice cereal and stir to coat; let cool slightly.
  3. Cut the cherry twists to the length of the fruit roll-ups.
  4. Unroll the fruit roll-ups and peel off the plastic film. Place half of the rice cereal mixture on the edge of each roll-up.
  5. Place the twists in the center of the rice mixture and roll up the candy sushi.
  6. Cut into 2-inch pieces.

simplebentoboxIf you like the idea of creating bento boxes for your child’s lunch (or maybe yours!) check out The Vegan Lunchbox. Jennifer is writing a book based on her blog, too.

Until then, you may want to explore the world of bento boxes via these books:

Bentobox_2If you’re intrigued to give bento style lunches a try, you may want to order a Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless-Steel lined Lunch Jar ($36-42). This would be a great way to pack a healthy lunch for school or work with everything from soup and steamed rice to fish.

bentolunchboxLunchboxes.com sells a bento box that features a main compartment that holds five smaller containers of varying sizes to separate different lunch foods. Some have covers to keep liquid food in, while the other containers can hold solid foods in place by the fold-down lid. Theirs comes with a spoon, fork, and guide to nutritious eating. It’s available alone for $19.50 or as a kit with a high-quality insulated carrying case and water bottle for $29.50. This is a great one for the kids to use.

I’m going back to Weight Watchers once school starts to loose the, um, 15 pounds I’ve packed on since last October. This will be my reward for going back and losing the first 5 pounds. I’m going to check out my local Asian markets first, to see what kind of bento boxes they stock.

 For more bento box recipes and inspiration go to:

6 responses so far

Aug 15 2006

What’s in your lunch box?

Published by under Books,Recipes,School Lunch

whatscookingjennyarcherIf your child is into funky sandwich combinations, I’m sure they’ll get some clever ideas from What’s Cooking, Jenny Archer? It may even inspire them to pack their own lunches.

However, you may be safer going with the lunch box recipes The Associated Press (via the Denver Post) took from the August-September issue of Everyday With Rachael Ray magazine. As The AP writes:

Lunch shouldn’t be a chore and shouldn’t be boring, whether it’s for a back-to-school lunchbox, a brown-bagger’s menu, or to eat on the spot at home in the kitchen.

Let’s liven it up, lightly and easily. That’s the cue to take a look at a couple of suggestions from the August-September issue of Everyday With Rachael Ray magazine, from a feature on stylish lunch boxes and tasty meals that are good to go, and can be prepared in less than half an hour.

These two recipes are based on turkey and chicken, respectively; nothing outre about that. But look at the details: You’ll see that beans, corn and a dash of chipotle give the turkey tostadas a special flavor.

To prepare this lunch special, you just pack up the ready-to-eat ingredients, and then assemble the tostadas as you eat, Silvana Nardone, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, says – and points out it’s fun and interactive, especially for kids.

Turkey and Black Bean Tostadas
(Preparation 20 minutes)
Makes 2 tostadas

Ingredients:

  1. 3 1/2 ounces roast turkey, from the deli counter, finely diced (3/4 cup)
  2. 1/4 cup cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
  3. 3 tablespoons fresh corn kernels or thawed frozen corn
  4. 1 small ripe tomato, finely diced
  5. Juice of 1 lime (about 1 tablespoon)
  6. 1 tablespoon chipotle sauce or hot sauce, to taste
  7. 1/4 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  8. 1/4 cup plain reduced-fat sour cream
  9. 2 flat corn tostada shells
  10. 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
  11. 1 tablespoon snipped chives (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the turkey, black beans, corn, tomato, lime juice, chipotle sauce and cheese.
  2. Pack the turkey mixture, sour cream, tostadas, lettuce and chives separately until ready to use.
  3. To serve, spread some sour cream on each tostada. Top each tostada with some turkey mixture, lettuce and chives.

With the curried chicken salad, tossing in broccoli, dates, apple and celery makes clear this is not the same old, same old. It effortlessly introduces children to spices with familiar foods like chicken and fruit, Nardone says, and there’s an added bonus: “You get to sneak in some vegetables!”

Curried Chicken Salad With Broccoli and Dates
Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  1. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  2. 1 whole skinless, boneless chicken breast
  3. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  4. 3/4 cup broccoli florets
  5. 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  6. 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  7. 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  8. 1/2 Granny Smith apple, chopped
  9. 3 dates, pitted and finely chopped
  10. 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  11. 2 pita rounds

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  2. Season the chicken breast on both sides with salt and pepper and cook, until lightly browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side; let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a small saucepan of salted water to a boil, add the broccoli and cook until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Drain, rinse under cold water and set aside.
  5. Chop the chicken and broccoli into bite-size pieces.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar and curry powder. Add the chicken, broccoli, apple, dates and celery, and toss.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with pita.

More school lunch ideas from Everyday With Rachael Ray (and other places) tomorrow.

3 responses so far

  • Partner links

  • best finpecia online pill buy Metformin mastercard Requip best buy online prescription Cytotec buy generic Metformin from india where can i buy Finasteride without a rx buy Seroquel free shipping buy online Requip buy Tamoxifen best online pharmacy no prescription Seroquel non prescription Seroquel buy Seroquel best where to buy seroquel uk buy Maxalt no prescription low cost where can i buy herbal Maxalt where to buy Maxalt online buy Cytotec prescription buy Lisinopril online no rx finpecia purchase online can i get arimidex without a prescription? buy generic requip australia buy arimidex capsules buy arimidex without a prescription in the united states order generic arimidex online no prescription purchase generic Requip arimidex ordering buy Requip in uk arimidex 1mg side effects buy Requip online cheap buy Requip online canada cheap Requip no prescription Arimidex no prescription with mastercard Requip without prescription buy Requip from the uk buy requip no prescription needed order requip mastercard buy requip online australia arimidex cheap on online requip for sale without prescription to buy requip order requip uk where can i buy arimidex without prescriptions overnight no prescription requip buy requip 0,5mg how to buy seroquel how to buy seroquel online seroquel online purchase seroquel prescription cost ordering seroquel online cheap online pharmacy for seroquel order buy Lisinopril online buy seroquel mastercard getting seroquel without doctor canadian pharmacy no prescription seroquel generic seroquel seroquel order overnight buy seroquel online uk seroquel generic buy buy seroquel canada online buy seroquel without prescription australia cheap order rx metformin Prednisone prescription prednisone without a persription buy generic Metformin online buy Maxalt 10 mg order Maxalt online no prescription where can i buy Maxalt Maxalt order overnight Prednisone no doctors prescription Prednisone capsule buy Prednisone pay cod order Prednisone without rx from us pharmacy buy cheapest Prednisone and Prednisone buy Prednisone without a rx overnight delivery buy Prednisone without a rx buy Prednisone next day delivery buy Prednisone online overseas i want to buy Prednisone without a perscription Prednisone to buy cheap Prednisone by money order buy Prednisone uk where can i buy Prednisone without a rx purchase online prescription Prednisone purchase Prednisone without prescription to ship overnight Prednisone cod next day delivery Prednisone order online order Prednisone pharmacy generic Prednisone cost where can i buy Prednisone online cheapest Prednisone available online free Prednisone buying Prednisone over the counter buy Prednisone cheap online purchase Prednisone on line no rx where can i purchase Prednisone without a prescription buy generic Prednisone from india Prednisone delivered overnight Prednisone order online buy discount Prednisone Prednisone from canada Prednisone with free fedex overnight purchase online prescription Prednisone order Prednisone usa buy next day Prednisone Prednisone cash on delivery order metformin no visa buy genuine Cytotec online purchasing Cytotec online without prescription buy cheap Cytotec online buy Cytotec us buy Cytotec cod next day delivery Cytotec cod online orders buy Valacyclovir and Cytotec Cytotec Cytotec orderd online without prescription order prescription free Cytotec cheapest place to buy Metformin buy cheap Metformin without prescription Metformin order online Alli 60 mg
    Copy Protected by Tech Tips's CopyProtect Wordpress Blogs.