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November 2003


Obentec Newsletter

November 2003

November Greetings!


It's been great hearing from so many of you this past month! Thanks for all your wonderful comments and words of support! And thanks for passing this newsletter on to other like-minded "lunchies."

In this issue, you'll find:

  • Delicious new salad ideas


  • Stay-healthy travel tips

  • Holiday discounts

  • What works...Success Stories


Zesty Salads

#1: Beet Smart


  • Peel three medium-size beets and cut into 3/4-inch cubes.

  • Steam until soft but not mushy.

  • Add 3 tbs chopped red onion.

  • Toss beets and onions in a mustard vinaigrette dressing (2 tsp Dijon-style mustard, 3 tbs balsamic vinegar, 2 tbs olive oil, and 1 tbs water).

  • Sprinkle with walnuts and toss again.
  • Add crumbled blue cheese (optional) and toss again.
  • Add pepper to taste.


#2: Curried Pasta Salad


  • Boil 2 cups dried elbow pasta as directed.

  • While the pasta is boiling, mix together 1/2 cup plain yogurt (or soy yogurt), 3 tbs high quality mayonnaise, juice from 1/2 lemon, 2 tbs curry powder (or to taste), a pinch of salt, 3 tbs sweet pickle relish, and 2 tsp soy sauce or tamari.)

  • Combine in a separate bowl: 1 can tuna (drained) or 2/3 cup cubed firm tofu, 1 medium tart apple (peeled & cut into 1/2-inch cubes), 1/3 cup red onion (chopped), 1/4 cup chopped celery, 2/3 cup roasted cashews or pecans, and 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley.
  • Combine the two mixtures, stir well, add the cooked pasta, and toss.

  • Serve hot or cold.

#3: Dana's Quick and Easy "Cold Slaw"


  • Combine 1 1/2 cups shredded green cabbage, 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage, 2/3 cup finely chopped or shredded carrot, and 1 chopped green scallion.

  • Add your favorite salad dressing to taste. (Thousand island and ranch work particularly well.)
  • Add tamari-roasted almonds (or dry-roasted cashews) and dried cranberries (optional).
  • Toss and enjoy!

#4: Thanksgiving Green "Leftovers" Salad


  • Wash and shred lettuce or spinach into bite-size pieces.
  • Add dried cranberries, steamed fresh yams peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes, avocado chunks, thinly sliced red onion, apple (peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes), roasted pecans, walnuts or cashews, and cubed leftover turkey (optional).
  • Sprinkle with a small amount of olive oil and toss well.
  • Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar to taste, and toss again.



Stay-Healthy Travel Tips


  • CAR TRIPS--The holiday season can be a time of great stress for many of us. Reduce the stress in your life by making sure you eat a balanced diet this holiday season.
  • If you're traveling by car, pack your children's Laptop Lunches with nutritious meals and snacks to eat along the way so you won't be forced to stop at fast food restaurants. Laptop Lunches are economical, convenient, and fit nicely on your lap!

  • HOLIDAY AIR FARE--If you're not crazy about airline food, or if your airline has stopped providing meals altogether, consider packing a Laptop Lunch with your own nutritious meals and snacks instead of picking up an overpriced fast food meal at the airport. Before your return flight, pack it full of healthy holiday leftovers or fresh salads. You'll be happy you did!
  • TWO FOR ONE--Restaurant portions can be huge! If you find yourself eating out more often this holiday season, remember that there's only one reward for being a member of the clean plate club-- added pounds! When you eat out, take your Laptop Lunch and fill it with the leftovers instead of asking for a disposable box. Store it in the refrigerator overnight. You won't have to make (or buy!) lunch the next day. And you'll have one less disposable container to feel guilty about.

Holiday Savings!

Are you looking for practical gifts this holiday season?

To order, visit

What Works...Success Stories


  • "My 7 year-old daughter was really sad one morning because she missed her dad who was away on a business trip. She wanted to take a picture of him to school, and that's when I came up with the screen-saver idea. First she chose one of her favorite 'Daddy and Me' photos. We put the photo on the inside of the outer container and covered it with clear contact paper from the hardware store...and Voila! A screen-saver was born! My 9 year-old son loved the idea so much that he soon appeared with...a photo of himself in his baseball uniform! Now they each have their very own personalized screen-saver."

  • "My 'children' are 17 and 13! And yes, I still pack their lunches. They wouldn't have it any other way, especially now that we've got these cool laptop lunch kits. Both my girls are well known at their high/middle schools because of your lunch boxes. These kits work great for both, and their friends gather every day to see 'What's in the box?'"    --Valerie Frankel, Knoxville, TN

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


December Issue

Hearty one-bowl meals, waste-free lunch tips, and strategies for a healthy holiday season!


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