Monday, January 31, 2011

Lunchbox 7: Mac & Trees


Lunchbox 6: Mac & Trees
Originally uploaded by ficbot
Simple comfort food today :) Rice pasta with chicken, broccoli and 'cheeze' sauce, frozen peaches, strawberries.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lunchbox 6: Pizza Dinner


Lunchbox 6: Pizza Dinner
Originally uploaded by ficbot
Still not up to a big cooking day, and I was out all day with a visiting relative. So here is tonight's dinner: frozen pizza, vanilla soy pudding and strawberries.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lunchbox 5: Cabbage Stir-Fry


Lunchbox 5: Cabbage Stir-Fry
Originally uploaded by ficbot
A simple cabbage stir-fry on brown rice, with steamed broccoli and orange slices.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Lucnhbox 4: Indian Wrap


Lucnhbox 4: Indian Wrap
Originally uploaded by ficbot
Home sick today :) This is an Indian wrap from the health food store (spiced mixed vegetables on a spelt roti) with sliced pears and green grapes. 8 points for the wrap, calculated using the info on the wrapper.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lunchbox 3: Chickpea Stew


Lunchbox 3: Chickpea Stew
Originally uploaded by ficbot
This was today's school lunch, minus the chocolate which I added when I brought this home for dinner--- I've been sick and had no appetite, so I was way under points and feeling sorry for myself to boot :) It's chickpea and vegetable stew on a bed of quinoa, with steamed cauliflower and a little treat! About 10 points minus the candy, for those who are tracking.

As a teacher, I can get the school lunch at a discount so I sometimes buy one and bring it home. I am not as fond of this year's menu---a lot of pasta and sandwich-based entrees, which I can't do, and fish once a week to boot---but the provider we use is all healthy/organic and when I like the offering, I usually buy it.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lunchbox 2: Lentil Soup


Lunchbox 2: Lentil Soup
Originally uploaded by ficbot
My second lunch! This is an old standby for me: canned lentil soup with frozen potato cubes, frozen peach slices, green grapes and for afternoon snack, ryvita crackers and a soy cheese slice. I'll take the soup on the side and let the crackers have the big slot when I pack the lunchbox. I may take a side container with an extra fruit serving to go with the crackers. For the points-counters, this lunch is about 8 points, minus the cheese and crackers.

I know this is a very processed lunch; I do use a canned soup that is pretty natural as far as those sorts of things go, and of course I am trying to reduce my reliance on these foods with this project. But frozen fruit is a reality for me. I have oral allergy syndrome, which means I can have allergic reactions to fruits with pits because I have a tree nut allergy. However, cooking or processing the fruits eliminates this danger. So I do eat canned or frozen fruit more than some people do, and that is likely to continue.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Lunchbox 1: Noodles Etc.


Lunchbox 1: Noodles Etc.
Originally uploaded by ficbot
My first lunch! A bed of rice noodles topped with carrot matchsticks, 4 breadless nuggets and a dipper of tomato sauce. I am hoping that by keeping the sauce separate, the pre-cooked noodles won't be soggy come lunch tomorrow. On the side: green grapes and frozen mango cubes.

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Update: New Name, New URL, New Focus!

I have some exciting news! I have moved this blog to a new URL so that I can tweak its focus a little to participate in a very cool project: Make Something 365. I recently read the blog (and book!) by Noah Scalin in which he inspires people to explore their creativity and make positive changes in their lives by making something every day. So, I am joining in and will be making a new lunchbox every day for the next year! Why am I doing this?

1) I am having great success with Weight Watchers right now and really want to compile a repertoire of acceptable meal ideas that will help me stay on plan.

2) I have developed an aversion to cooking and have been eating too many processed foods. I want to challenge myself to break this aversion and learn how to be a better cook.

3) I also want to do better by the environment by not eating so many packaged foods and learning to enjoy foods in their more natural state.

4) I am bored with everything I am eating, and really need to find some new ideas so that I can enjoy my meals more and not go off program.

5) I wanted a creative and fun project that was not just for the heck of it but would actually be useful and constructive for me.

6) I have food allergies which limit my eating choices sometimes and I am always in search of creative ideas to overcome them.

So, what are the rules?

Every day, I'll post a lunchbox---a different lunchbox! I can re-use individual components (e.g. grapes as a side dish) but the lunchbox as a whole must be different.

I don't have to necessarily eat the meal at lunchtime, but as long as it's packed or served in a lunch container, it counts!

All of the meals posted will also be under 400 calories (and under 10 PointsPlus points, for thise following Weight Watchers like me).

I will be starting out with my Easy Lunchbox, which I love and use daily. But I do have other gear I may pull out from time to time, and as the year progresses, I may experiment with other containers. I'll leave my pre-project pics up here just for reference. But the counting to 365 starts today, as of January 25! Stay tuned for my first lunchbox, later tonight.

And if you have any good lunchbox ideas which are free of nuts, wheat, corn, flax or tree nuts---post a comment. I have 365 lunches to think of!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Snack Box


Snack Box
Originally uploaded by ficbot
2 ryvita crackers with soy cheese slice
carrots
grapes

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cole Slaw Salad


Cole Slaw Salad
Originally uploaded by ficbot
cole slaw mix with tofu, craisins and light dressing
oat cracker
strawberries

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Stir Fry Lunch


Stir Fry
Originally uploaded by ficbot
stir-fry frozen meal
grapes
strawberries

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