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June 2006

Laptop Lunch Times: June 2006


The Laptop Lunch Times Cool-iscious
June 2006

New Carrying Case Colors!

We are pleased to announce the availability of two new insulated carrying case colors: purple and primary blue! All three options are now available online at www.laptoplunches.com and through select retailers.

Plastic water bottles back in stock! Now available in blue and purple!


Laptop Lunches Coming to the UK...Very Soon!

Thanks for responding to our UK query. The message is clear: our UK readers want to purchase Laptop Lunches closer to home. So...we're working hard to make them available in time for the back to school season. Look for more information in the July issue of this newsletter!

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  • mandarin orange segments
  • cheese stars, ham flowers, black olives
  • sliced mini pitas
  • cucumber slices and fruit snacks

Amy and Tammy

In this issue, you'll find:

  • Monthly Menu
  • Garden Creations
  • Green Opportunities
  • New Retailers
  • Laptop Lunches in the News
  • Featured Web site: http://www.closetheloop.com
  • What works...Success Stories
Nutritious, waste-free lunches for the whole family
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Monthly Menu


Garden Creations

#1: Veggilicious Quiche

Prepare this quiche in advance for dinner and then pack the leftovers for lunch!

  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 3 cups cubed cooked red potatoes (bake the night before)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 can artichoke hearts
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 eggs
  • 1.5 cup half and half
  • 4 oz. Swiss cheese, grated
  • 2 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded

  • 1 nine-inch unbaked pie shell (your favorite recipe or prepared)
  • 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash spinach thoroughly and remove stems.
    2. In a pan on medium heat, sauté onions and bell pepper in oil until soft. Add mushrooms and spinach. Continue to sauté until mushrooms and spinach are tender. Add artichokes and potatoes and cook until warm.
    3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and half and half. Season with salt and pepper.
    4. Fill pie shell with veggie mix.
    5. Place shredded cheese on top of veggies.
    6. Pour egg mixture over cheese.
    7. Garnish with thin slices of red bell pepper.
    8. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 25 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is set.
    9. Allow to cool 20 minutes before serving.


    #2: Curried Cous-cous Salad

    Makes 4 servings.




    • 2 cups cubed broiled chicken or baked tofu
    • 2 Tbs olive oil
    • 2 cups prepared couscous
    • 4 cups red leaf lettuce or spring salad mix, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
    • 1 ½ cup cubed cucumber
    • 1 ½ cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
    • 1 cup pecans
    • 1 cup feta cheese
    • 1 cup diced red pepper
    • ¼ cup raisins
    • ½ cup red wine vinegar
    • curry powder to taste

    1. Sauté cooked chicken or tofu in 2 Tbs of olive oil until golden brown. Add curry to taste. Set aside.
    2. Sauté pecans in remaining olive oil, stirring frequently until pecans become aromatic. Set aside.
    3. In large serving bowl, add lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, raisins, and red pepper. Add pecans and vinegar. Toss.
    4. Top with couscous and then curry chicken/tofu.
    5. Toss gently just before serving.


    Green Opportunities

    Some earth-friendly tidbits that have landed in our office in recent weeks...

    • LUNCH IDEAS FOR ADULTSLunch blogging sure seems to be catching on these days, from Seattle to Johnson City, Tennessee! If you're a lunch-toting adult, be sure to visit Ken's blog at http://veganlunchcast.blogspot.com for fresh, nutritious lunch ideas. Go Ken!
    • EAGLE WEB CAMWhat does it say about a nation when its national bird is threatened? Luckily, the bald eagle's story is one of recovery. With the banning of chemicals such as DDT, this majestic bird has made a comeback. While there are still many threats, its future looks good.



    The National Wildlife Federation has set up a Web cam where you can watch an eagle family with newly hatched chicks at www.nwf.org/wildlife/baldeagle/webcam.cfm

    • THE MEATRIXThe Meatrix 2 Flash animation stars our favorite farm heroes, the young-pig, Leo, the trench coat-clad cow, Moopheus, and the sultry poultry fighter, Chickity. The Meatrix 2 brings the trio on a new adventure when Leo is taken to a factory dairy farm where he learns the ugly truth.
    The Meatrix 2 mirrors the first film’s successful combination of movie parody (The Matrix), cutting-edge Web animation, and consumer education regarding the detrimental effects of dairy farming. To view either movie, visit www.themeatrix2.com.

    New Retailers

    Real Goods
    13771 S. Hwy 101
    Hopland, CA 95449
    707-744-2100
    Fancy That
    47 Tamal Vista Boulevard
    Corte Madera, CA 94925
    415-945-8863

    Rivendell
    6396 Highway 9
    Felton, CA 95018
    831-335-2857

    Gourmet Garden to Go
    419 Miller Avenue
    Mill Valley, CA 94941
    415-381-4267
    Doodlebug
    641 San Anselmo Avenue
    San Anselmo, CA 94960
    415-456-5989
    www.doodlebugmarin.com
    Natural Child Natural Family
    Francie Billotti Wood
    904-608-0348
    Tiller Digs
    121 Corte Madera Town Center
    Corte Madera, CA 94925
    415-381-0567
    The Vintage Flamingo
    528 San Anselmo Avenue
    San Anselmo, CA 94960
    415-721-7275


    Laptop Lunches in the News

    PACK THE PERFECT PICNIC

    The Herb Companion--May 2006

    For the perfect spring picnic, with an environmental conscience, try the Lunch Date all-inclusive lunch system from Obentec, Inc. Perfect for packing school or office lunches, the Lunch Date includes a bento-style carrying bag, compact food and drink containers, a lunch jar for hot foods, a stainless-steel water bottle, utensils, an ice pack and a book of creative lunch ideas. It eliminates the need for single-use packaging like plastic bags and aluminum foil, and decreases the likelihood of eating unhealthy foods with packaging that just adds to the landfill. Contact Obentec, Inc., 849 Almar Ave. Suite C-323, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; (831) 457-0301; www.laptoplunches.com.


    An A+ Lunch with Obento: Artful Eating, the Japanese Way

    by Sara Francis Fujimura

    As schools make slow headway in creating healthier lunches, many nutrition-conscious families opt to prepare their children’s lunches at home. But take a closer look at what you’re packing. Is it really better than cafeteria fare? Single-serving foods are super convenient for today’s busy parents, but are often big lunchbox losers—low in nutrition, high in waste. The average disposable lunch creates four to eight ounces of garbage a day, which translates into 45-90 pounds of garbage a year, or almost 10 tons of garbage per average elementary school.

    Click HERE to view the entire article at http://wholelifetimes.com/2006/05/obento0605.html.


    What Works...Success Stories

    • "Just wanted to let you know how pleased my family is with your product. The kids love their new laptop bento boxes, and I love sending them to school with a variety of fresh healthy foods. Turns out that the kids had no problem turning in their typical "character" lunch boxes for the laptop, but just to make sure I made furoshikis and let them choose the fabric...And thanks for the guide with all of the useful information and recipes!"
    • --Susan Nofi-Bendici, Shelton, CT
      http://hellobento.blogspot.com

    • "I want to tell you that even though I use the lunchbox at work almost every day, everybody still comments on it. Also, the compartments really help me think about the various food groups I need to eat - this really reminds me to take the time to cut up some fruits and vegetables. I'm hoping to work in a Laptop Lunch fundraiser at our school next year."

              --Courtney, Milton, MA

    • "We received our lunchboxes last week, and they are SUCH a joy to have! We're so happy with them. Just wanted to say 'thank you' for coming up with the idea!"


    •         --Julie and Mike, St. Louis, MO


    • "I just snapped this photo the other day. I picked my son up from preschool and he insisted on eating his lunch on the way home... not sure how far he got before-- ZZZZZZZZ!"
                     --Judy, Washington, D.C.

    Do you have a success story or photo to share? Email it to us at [email protected].


    Featured Web Site: www.CloseTheLoop.com


    The folks at CloseTheLoop.com are working to increase consumer confidence & awareness in recycled content products.

    They believe 1) that by looking at our waste as a resource, we can move towards a sustainable materials economy, while reducing the burden on our landfills and preserving our environment and 2) that recycling success is not determined solely by the amount of materials collected but also by the amount processed and reused in new products and materials.

    For more information, visit www.closetheloop.com.




    • Purchase recycled products.
    • Brush up on your environmental facts.
    • Subscribe to their monthly newsletter
    • Check out their enviro- links.

    July Highlights

    Travel menus, Green Opportunities, Obentec Interview, and UK News.


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