I just saw an ‘80s movie and the kid had a Pac-Main lunch box. I loved the whole back-to-school lunch thing, even though I won’t forget with a third grader accused me of breaking her H.R. Pufnstuf Thermos. I don’t think it was me at all. Anyway, I still love packing lunch and I’ve got a new ECOlunchbox in use now. It’s Euro-cool in my eyes reminding me of stylish, efficient Japanese meal boxes, while the BPA-free, food-grade stainless steel makes me think of dinner ware of India, based on movies I’ve seen. Little hinges snap the lid shut, and there’s a small bowl with a plastic lid for more liquid things. This was an on-line find, so take a look at the many styles of containers, bags and other colorful things to reduce daily waste. I’m sure that you’ll eat more healthy foods in these adorable containers because they’re so inspiring. Sure you can send them to school with your kids, but parents will want them, too.
Dr. Praeger’s vegetarian adventure.
I’m fascinated with and satisfied with Dr. Praeger’s Bombay Curry Veggie Burgers, and the rest of his tasty line.
In the early ‘90s, New Jersey cardiac surgeon Peter Praeger and his medical partner, Dr. Eric Somberg, bought Ungar’s Gefelte Fish company to keep a family business alive and expanded with natural, kosher foods. You can grill the Meatless All American Burger, but I’ve been happy with oven and stove top results for these easy-to-use patties. I love the curry flavor and Tex-Mex has good seasonings, coming all the way from New Jersey. I’m enjoying a quick-skillet toasting of the Chickenless Patties, which go very well with a breakfast egg. Also look for mushroom, onion and cheddar and Indian-spiced cauliflower. I think you’ll like what the doctor ordered
Sweet Deed Society
What the folks at Santa Cruz Organic Lemonade Beverages are doing is kind of like an altruistic lemonade stand run by a corporation. Their delicious drinks benefit the Sweet Deed Society to help feed Americans. First, about the drink: The jars are easily toted to picnics and pool parties to flavor festivities with 100 percent fruit juice. While my mom favors Peach Lemonade, I experimented with Raspberry Lemonade and straight-up Lemonade to make one of those “beer-ritas” I’m seeing in restaurants. That got an A-plus. There’s also variations with strawberry, mango, cherry and lime. All are not too sweet, not too tart.
Visit www.facebook.com/santacruzorganic to learn more about the Sweet Deed Society lalunch. Participants can recognize friends and family for sweet deeds by submitting a sweet deed nomination. For each daily sweet deed nomination submitted, Santa Cruz Organic will donate five dollars to Feeding America®, up to $20,000—that will help provide 160,000* meals for families struggling with hunger across the country.