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Healthy Lunch Cookbook Roundup

Posted: December 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Books | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

When I’m building my lunches, often I’ll turn to a few lunch cookbooks on my shelf to help me think up new ideas other than the usual leftovers. Here are some of my favorite family friendly lunch cookbooks:

The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet: Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with More Than 200 Deliciously Nutritious Meal Ideas – by Laura Fuentes

Laura Fuentes is the founder of, a lunch meal planning website that helps parents make fresh school lunches their kids will love. Her meal plans do the brainstorming and strategy for you, so that you can focus on all the other details that matter in the morning! After starting her successful business, she wrote this cookbook, building on all the ideas that she had gleaned from putting out a healthy weekly meal plan to her subscribers, and being a mom of 3 kids herself!

The Best Homemade Kids Lunches on the Planet

Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunch Box with More Than 160 Happier Meals – by Catherine McCord

We love Catherine McCord’s bright and happy recipe website Weelicious – featuring healthy recipes for the family. She covers food for babies, toddlers, school lunches, and family meals, and her colorful and flavorful style is front and center in her Weelicious Lunches cookbook!

Weelicious Lunches Cookbook

The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches To Go – by Maki Itoh was one of the original food bloggers, focusing on Japanese cooking and bentos – the fun, well designed Japanese lunch box. Her cookbook is a great extension of the breadth of bento ideas on her blog, and is useful for building a great lunch for both kids and adults.

Just Bento Cookbook

Vegan Lunch Box Around the World: 125 Easy, International Lunches Kids and Grown-Ups Will Love! – by Jennifer McCann

We’re not vegan in this house, but I’m always looking for healthy vegetable forward meals, and this book is a great option if you’d like to add a few more vegetables to your lunches.

Vegan Lunchbox Around the World

Do you have any favorite cookbooks for healthy lunch ideas?

Around The Lunch Table

Posted: October 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Balanced Lunch, Lunches for Kids, School Lunch | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

(Photo by Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

It’s National School Lunch Week, and many articles I’ve read in the news deserve a nod in my newly instated link-round up “Around the Lunch Table“. I’ll be posting links to stories across the web which deal with all aspects of healthy lunches – politics, how-to tips, recipes and more.

While packing a healthy lunch is an important part of keeping a balanced diet, saving money, and eating well, the national school lunch program is a vital government effort that needs an overhaul. As a nation, we are experiencing a failing education system, rising childhood obesity, and the food that our kids are being fed is pitiful, to say the least. It’s no coincidence that these are all integrally linked.

Let’s hope that making this a national issue will lead to active changes in  schools across the country.

Healthy Lunch Links:

Berkeley’s New School Food Study: A Victory for Alice Waters :: Author Sarah Henry lives in Berkeley, California, where she volunteers weekly at Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard, and writes about school food, urban eats, kids and food. Check out her blog Lettuce Eat Kale (The Atlantic).

Schools Struggle to Feed Kids Healthy Food :: (Article and Short Video) Dana Waldow is a mom and advocate for healthier school lunches, not just for nutrition, but to save the school money and help the cafeteria turn a profit. (CNN).

School lunchboxes: How to make them eco-friendly :: Several eco-friendly options for your children’s lunchboxes, including PlanetBox, Laptop Lunches, and Lunchbots Duo. (LA Times)

Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project :: Mrs. Q is an educator who writes the ever enlightening blog Fed Up With Lunch, where she documents the school lunch she eats every day with the students in her school.

Rethinking School Lunch (PDF)
:: The Center for Eco-Literacy has provided an updated version of their step by step guide to improving school lunch. A useful planning framework for helping your child’s school make real changes.

What lunch topics are on your mind this week?

Tuna Melts

Posted: March 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

Still haven’t made it out of the house – I’ve been really drained these past few days, and for some reason can’t shake it. I know that a nice walk will probably help, so I’m working up to it.

I did make myself a nice colorful lunch though:

A tuna melt on a pita, some chopped carrots, and a fresh herb salad. The tuna salad had celery, a chopped soft boiled egg, some tomatillo salsa, a chopped chile, tapatio, and some chile powder, caraway, and cumin. Oh, and some lime juice!

For the salad, I just chopped up some parsley, celery leaves, and dill, and topped them with some lemon juice, good olive oil and a dash of salt. No lettuce! It’s a nice, springy, herby salad that goes great with almost anything, but I love having with any sort of fish.

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More Candlelight Yoga

Posted: March 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | 2 Comments »

Last night during Sunshine cleaning, I munched on some more trader joe’s high fiber oh’s and a tiny square of oh-so-delectable Lindt coconut white chocolate. I try not to snack after dinner, but sometimes it just happens. As soon as I finished, I signed myself online for a yoga class this morning so I couldn’t back out of it.

So : Candlelight Yoga round two this morning!

But not before checking in at Ritual Coffee Roasters. My stomach was just slightly uneasy, so I opted to go to yoga without breakfast (I rarely do this). But I did have a mug of earl grey tea with a tiny side of steamed soy. They got these adorable new tea contraptions at Ritual that I really enjoyed!

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Normally I like a cup of their drip coffee that they make in this great copper contraption, but too much coffee before yoga is no good!

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Me – post yoga! I felt really, really good! Nothing like an hour and twenty minutes to totally kickstart all of your systems. I’m always pleasantly surprised at how many people are around in the morning for yoga! Maybe one day I’ll do the 40 day practice…

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After yoga, I had three hard boiled eggs. Normally this is pretty excessive, but I was starving, and craving eggs, so I went for it. These are farm fresh eggs from real chickens that have more growing space than I’ll ever have. And you can certainly taste it in the egg! They are the best eggs I’ve ever eaten.


Finally, lunch: I actually stole some of Devon’s spaghetti with turkey bolognese that he made in bulk to take to work. It was tasty and filling.

I also had a really delicious lemon bar that the most lovely Kristin made, from the recipe in the Tartine cookbook. (Tartine is one of my favorite bakeries in the city, and the cookbook is pretty spectacular.) These lemon bars burst in your mouth with flavor. I was a very happy camper!


Time for some work, and maybe some dinner planning!


Posted: February 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

Yesterday afternoon I snacked on some popcorn, a piece of smoked salmon, and a homemade mocha as I got in some more studying.

Homemade popcorn is supremely easy – I put a quarter cup of popcorn kernels in a paper bag, added some chile powder, and a little bit of salt, rolled down the top, and put it in the microwave for just under 5 minutes.


(I have a thing for smoked salmon).


And then dinner: a burrito from Papalote! And some chips and half of a cheese quesadilla. This particular burrito was a chicken super burrito with pinto beans, and no sour cream or rice.




Their salsa is the BEST.


And fast forward to today’s brunch:

Half a sandwich from Whole Foods. It had salami, mortadella, olive tapenade, roasted red peppers and arugula. Quite tasty! I’m not sure what it is with me and sandwiches these past few weeks! I think I’ve had more sandwiches in the past few weeks than I had all of last year…

To drink, I had a little glass of coconut milk that was leftover from curry I’ve been making.


I’ve been spending the morning working on a review post and doing some more cooking. Indian beef stew and black eyed pea curry are in the works.

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