Sunday, December 12, 2010

EGG Birthday

Princess table.  Heart PB & J, Hello Kitty cheese, grapes, and pomegranate.
Princess table.

Knights table.

Adult yummies.  Citrus Marinated beet with smoked salmon and lemon creme fraiche on top of crackers with beet microgreens.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bunnies & Kitties bento


Egg has begun attending preschool a few days a week.  Although she loves her class she does get a bit sad at drop off. 

This morning was no different starting at home with the "I don't want to go to school!"   So, before leaving for class, I told her I had a special lunch packed for her with all of her favorite things.  She peeked in her lunch box and instantly switched gears to "Mama is it time to go yet?". 

left: Sun butter & strawberry jam flower sandwiches with hello kitty cheddar and chocolate bunnies on side
right: strawberry hearts and kiwi with cheddar bunnies and some carrot sticks (for the bunnies to eat---since my daughter refuses!).

Friday, August 27, 2010

Darth Vader bento

top: kiwi- strawberry-champage grapes, cheddar bunnies, cucumber and carrot (balsamic dip on side)
bottom:  Darth Vader sandwich made with nori and cheese.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Feel Good Whole Grain Salad

I tried a yummy looking salad at Whole Foods the other day called "5 Grains, 5 Greens".  It was absolutely addictive to me.  I made my own version at home and this is what I came up with.  Equally good, and you can mix and match grains/greens!  Here is a list of some grains and greens along with the associated benefits.

Feel Good Whole Grain Salad

1 bag cooked  Riz Rouge Camargue Red Rice Blend  (of course you can use any mix of rice or grains, I used a pre-mix for convenience)  *I cooked mine in vegetable stock.
2 cups cooked Pearled Barley
3 TB balsamic vinegar
2 TB of goji berry juice (or something similar to add a mild sweetness)
1 cup cashews
1 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
6 cups of mixed mustard greens, young kale, spinach, and red swiss chard washed well and chopped

Let grains cool and add the juice, vinegar, cashews, and cranberries.  Mix well.  Add some chopped greens to the grain mixture and enjoy.

I keep a container of both the grains and the greens in the fridge and mix individual portions together right before I eat.  I have enjoyed this for breakfast as well as lunch.  It is a very filling and satisfying dish.

Friday, August 13, 2010

BBQ Ribs Bento

left:  cornmeal & blueberry muffin, mammoth cheddar cheese, chocolate pretzel, green beans, corn & tomato & cucumber salad in cup, strawberry & kiwi & blueberry
right: dry rubbed ribs, bbq sauce on side

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Typical Bento Lunch

The sunbutter sandwich is still a lunch favorite. We do branch out from the 'jelly' as in this sunbutter, banana, and honey sandwich.

left: green beans, cherry tomatoes, kiwi, blueberries
right: sunbutter, banana, and honey sandwich & cheddar cheese, with cheese elephant

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Batman Bento

top: ham & cheddar sandwich with cheddar and nori (seaweed) batman accents
bottom: cherry tomato, snow pea picks, blueberries & raspberries, a couple of chocolate covered cherries

Monday, June 21, 2010

Circus Camp Bento

The Monkey tested out Circus Camp today and L-O-V-E-D it!  It did not hurt that it is "Super Hero" week and he came home wearing a painted on Batman mask.  Story time, trapeze, rope climbing, a costume parade...what's not to love!  Hmm, I wonder if they have a spot for me tomorrow.

left: sunbutter & jam sandwich, plantain chips, 2 chocolate covered cherries
right: green beans, cherry tomato, apricot, blueberries & raspberries, cheddar

water in bottle

Monday, June 7, 2010

Cooking for Monkeys on WebMD Video Update

Yay!  The direct link for the WebMD video is up:  I know several folks had trouble viewing the previous link. Thanks for your patience.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Storm Trooper Bento

MOTH (the Man of the House) came home from work with these and these last week.  We surprised the Monkey with Star Wars pancakes the very next morning and today he will open his lunch to this...

top: cheddar bunny mix, snow peas, corn, strawberries and blueberries
bottom: two sunbutter and jam sandwiches with cheese storm troopers

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Raw Beet and Carrot Slaw

I received some beautiful carrots and beets with my last CSA order and wanted to try something different than my typical go-to recipe for beets.  The result was this healthy and tasty slaw.

Raw Beet and Carrot Slaw

3 medium beets peeled and shredded
4 medium carrots peeled and shredded
1 TB Dijon mustard
2 TB orange juice
1 TB cider or champagne vinegar
1/2 tsp fennel pollen
1/2 tsp salt
1 TB extra-virgin olive oil

Whisk together mustard, oj, vinegar, olive oil and fennel pollen
Add to beet and carrot mixture
Add salt and adjust to your taste
(I did not add any type of sweetner to this, as Iliked the subtle sweetness from the beets and carrot.  However, you could add some honey or sugar to sweeten it up a bit if you choose)

Friday, April 30, 2010

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Some yummies for the amazing teachers that teach and love our kids.

*Turkey Kofta Pita with spinach + apple, mint and lemon raita topping
*Smashed Chickpea (deconstructed hummus) with lemon artichoke tapenade + roasted red pepper and arugula
*Grilled Pork Tenderloin + creamy local goat cheese + peach chutney
*Beet and Carrot Slaw (recipe coming soon)
*Watercress + sliced green apple + toasted almond + honey mustard dressing
Strawberries & dark chocolate truffles

A few personal lunches as well:

I was very pleased with the outcome!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

First CSA Meal of the Season

I received my first CSA order of the season last week and have been busy making some new dishes.  This is one simple dish I made almost entirely out of the food I received.

Carrot, snow pea, shiitake mushroom, local roasted whole chicken (available at Sawicki's, where I picked up my order), brown rice, tossed with some rice wine vinegar and black bean sauce and topped with fresh pea shoots.  Yummy and fresh.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Causing a Ruckus - Appa (Last Air Bender) Bento

I made this bento last October for Ruckus Magazine.  Check out the article on-line or pick up a copy at various locations in Decatur (Little Shop of Stories, Java Monkey, etc).

top: strawberries, orange, blackberries, quail eggs with carrot flowers, gouda cheese, skewered snow peas, mushroom ravioli, mini cookie

bottom: yellow cauliflower, red pepper, blackberries, shredded carrot and swiss sandwich (appa cheese accent)

Typically I would not throw such a hodge podge of food together, but I wanted to show the versatility of food that could be put into a bento meal.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Yellow Plums

I picked up some of these delicious pear shaped yellow plums at Whole Foods last week.  They are spectacular. 
 husbands lunch- yellow pear, turkey wrap with cranberry chutney and cheddar, carrots, snap peas, blackberries, and a homemade chocolate chip cookie hidden underneath

monkey lunch-  left: veggie straws, strawberry, blueberries, turkey, m&m surprise in case
right: cheddar and chutney sandwich, snow peas, Apple Carrot Crusher from Trader Joe's

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Week of Theatre

 Last week the Monkey's class walked to Agnes Scott College to see a production of "Puss in Boots".   The play was fantastic and the kids really enjoyed it.  After the show we took advantage of the sunshine and sat outside to have lunch before walking back to class.  I love Decatur. 
 left: veggie straws, graham cracker sticks, snap peas, blueberries and strawberries, 2 rounds of salami.  right:  cheddar and chutney sandwich with puss in boots salami cheese accent.

The previous day we visited The Center for Puppetry Arts to see "Rainforest Adventures" with a friend.  The boys put on a puppet show back at home with the Margay Cat Hand Puppets they made.

If that were not enough we made it to Dad's Garage TWICE to see Uncle Grandpa's Hoo-Dilly Show on Saturday morning and the much more adult "Griefers" on Friday night.  Highly recommended!  Whew, I feel so cultured.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Uncle Grampa's Hoo-Dilly Storytime at Dad's Garage

One of our favorite Saturday morning activites is back after a holiday hiatus. If you have a chance, Uncle Grampa's Hoo-Dilly Storytime at Dad's Garage is GREAT FUN for kids and adults alike. Completely zany but not in an annoying way. Each week is a brand new inprov story that is interrupted by appearances of various characters - the Monkey's favorite is an invisible donkey.

This weeks story was about Elementary Watson and the Library Triangle. Stories are chosen and embellished through audience participation this one included an evil Egyptian pharaoh, a famous guitar player, a schwami, and of course Watson and his 'dumb' side kick.

After the show the kids can meet both the actors and puppets outside of the theatre and also receive a free balloon!

If you do go, I typically pack the Monkey a large snack since the show is right around lunch time.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Simple Vietnamese Steak Sandwich

The weather has returned to above 60 degrees which makes me want to fire up the grill!  Last night I did just that and made a wonderful grilled flank steak salad with grilled zucchini and roasted tomatoes.  Yum.

Today I used the leftover steak to make this super easy and equally as yummy sandwich.

Simple Vietnamese Steak Sandwich
adapted from Martha Stewart Everyday Food

1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp sriracha sauce
1 TB rice vinegar

1 carrot grated
1 TB chopped culantro (long leaf cilantro)*
toasted bun, roll, whatever crusty bread you have on hand
several slices of flank steak (warmed)

Toss the carrot and culantro together with the dressing.  Layer steak and carrot mixture on toasted bread, eat.

* note: I just happened to have this and like the slightly exotic flavor tones it adds to the dish, but regular cilantro would work just as well.

Ricky Gervais Sings Elmo a Lullaby

WarningDo not drink anything while watching this video.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lost in Ferelden

So, umm, hello there.  I have been rather slack in my posts lately,  I still have pre-Christmas photos lingering on my computer!  I guess the holidays....and other things (the Blight) have kept me busy.

EGG lunch (12/18):
veggie booty, ham and chutney sandwich with cheese tree, gouda, apple candy cane, blueberries, strawberry, cookies.
Monkey Lunch (12/18):  sun butter and jam Christmas Tree with green sprinkles (this looked better in my head), cheese and carrot "presents", cheese snowman on cookie, red pepper poinsettia, veggie booty, blueberry and strawberry.

For the Monkeys last class before the break all classes got together to watch "The Polar Express".  I was able to pop in and prepare a special snack for the kids in his room based on thier favorite story for the month:  "Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer". 

Snack: Clementine, cinnamon bread, cheese Rudolf with pomegranate nose and pretzel antlers, blueberries.