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Joaquin's Lunch Box

(What's Jane packing?)
Ideas for four superman or superwoman lunches-to-go utilizing family dinner leftovers.

Asian Noodle Salad with Toasted Sesame Dressing

(Steve throws a curve ball)
Buckwheat (soba) noodles, sesame seeds and fresh vegetables are tossed with a strong sesame dressing. To make the meal complete add grilled steak strips or fried tofu.

Blanched Vegetables

(Steve loses by a nose)
Clear instructions for this useful cooking technique for broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.

Chocolate Brown Rice Crispy Treats

(Steve lives long and prospers)

They're gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, easy-to-pack ... sounds perfect for a trip boldly going where no man has gone before.  And they only take minutes to make - a dessert that's warp speed!
Creamy Sesame Noodles

(Will Phil and Jane ever do something?)
Holy toledo what's going in the lunchbox today?  Forgot to shop for dinner?  No problem.  These are speedy to make, yummy going down.

Date Pecan Bon Bons

(See Jane run)
Amazingly easy, crazy delicious and easy-to-pack (unless you're carrying the whole machine). Fresh dates, orange zest and toasted pecans do the trick.

Discover. Cook. Nourish.: CPPW grant workshops

(Cookus Interruptus goes to school)
Cynthia designed the curriculum for these 8-hour workshops for school food service workers as part of a national grant (CPPW - Communities Putting Prevention to Work). 

Emerald City Salad

(Mothering skills have eluded Jane)
Wild rice, local seasonal greens, fennel and red cabbage melded with a clean lemon olive oil dressing makes this a northwest favorite.

Falafel Burgers

(Ward seeks love connection)
Make your Mondays (or any day) meatless by whipping up this vegetarian delight.  There are some secrets to getting them right ( the video).

French Lentil Dijon Spread

(Phil moves Jane.)
Need an easy, unique appetizer?  This blend works well as a party dip for crackers and vegetables or use it as a sandwich spread with whole wheat toast with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise - throw on some pickled red onions or caramelized onions to make it scrumptious.

French Lentils with Sage Butter

(For whom the bell tolls)
Those tiny French lentils become majestic when joined by sage, scallion and currants sauteed in butter then drizzled with Queen Balsamic.

Fried Tempeh

(Jane blows Grandpa's cover)
Tempeh is a magnificent fermented whole food. Excellent protein source for vegetarians and vegans. Here's how to make it sing - a quick fry in coconut oil.

Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

If Jane can make it, so can you


(Fatima strikes the wrong chord)
Hummus made with freshly cooked garbanzos, lemon, garlic and tahini makes a handy staple for appetizers, sandwiches and more. Just ask Jane.

Mediterranean Quinoa with Mint, Feta & Pine Nuts

(Steve strains the relationship)
Cook nutrient-dense quinoa until it's light and fluffy, dress it with lemon juice and olive oil and then add Mediterranean treasures.

Peanut Butter Cranberry Zoom Zoom Bars

(Communication breakdown)
For a scrumptious post play snack
This is real food you should pack
When feeding your body, aim for the stars:
Peanut Butter Cranberry Zoom Zoom Bars

Picky Eaters and Tomato Basil Soup

(Joaquin doesn't pick on goldfish)
Learn simple strategies for shifting picky eaters while Cynthia makes a please-everyone Tomato Basil Soup.

Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

(Ward's no Einstein)
Molasses and honey and cinnamon and nutmeg and butter made into muffins entice some love bites from your family.  Pack them in the lunchbox, serve them for breakfast.

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes/Getting Kids to Eat Veggies

Find out how to entice kids to eat more vegetables.

Santa Fe Black Bean Salad

(Joaquin thinks Batman is slapstick)
Oops!  Nothing for the lunch box?  Company coming over to watch the game?  Keep your pants on!  This recipe saves the day.

Smoked Salmon Reuben

(Jane loses her gloves)
Hands down the best comfort-food sandwich ever.  The sauerkraut works magic. 

Stuffed Collard Greens with Tzatziki Sauce

Stuffed Collard Greens with Tzatziki Sauce
(What ever happened to Phil?)
Greens greens and more greens!  We're sporting a vegetarian and non-vegetarian filling for these beauties. 

Sweet Glazed Nuts

Hostess gift!

Sweet Potato Corn Muffins

(Steve horses around)
The vegetable in these muffins are not hiding, they are starring. These babies stay moist much longer than most cornbreads.  Why?  The added sweet potatoes of course!
Tamari Roasted Nuts

(Steve & Darrell schedule a play date)
We have to have these around. We need them for a quick, satisfying snack (try jumbling them with raisins and chocolate chips). People ask me to make them as a gift because they believe they are hard to make. Shhh - it's so easy.