Eggplant Fried Rice Featured in Laptop Lunches Photo Contest


Don't forget to vote for Sprouting The Beans entry in Laptop Lunches Photo Contest. Tuesday, October 18, is the last day of voting. O requested eggplant fried rice in the lunch that is featured in the contest. You know the recipe is a success, when the lunch container comes home empty.

Laptop Lunches Worldwide Photo Contest


Sprouting the Beans is preparing for our continued “travels” around the world. Laptop Lunches Bento Worldwide Photo Contest seems like a great way to get us on our way again. Vote for our Japanese-inspired lunch: Gyoza, Eggplant Fried Rice, Asian Coleslaw & Orange Slices. The eggplant, cabbage, and carrots were picked in our backyard– Duluth, MN definitely deserves to be on the World Wide Map! Like us at Laptop Lunches Facebook Page. You'll see the LIKE button on the photo. The entry with the highest votes wins a $50 gift certificate. We appreciate your support (Skoogie would LOVE her own box). Vote NOW, the contest ends tomorrow, Tuesday, October 18. Thanks!


Menu for the Week of October 17


The menu this week evolved from green tomatoes (the growing season is slowing), cabbage, potatoes and corn that are ready to eat....

Apples Sliced Several Different Ways


Apples have always been a favorite fruit of mine, especially the sweet-tart ones you can find this time of year. Nothing speaks Fall to me like days warmed by the sun, vibrant colors on the trees, and juicy, crisp apples!

I've also been thinking about another kind of Apple this week. Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple Computers recently lost his battle with cancer. His creativity, passion and ability to think outside of the box have created a legacy of innovations. I use several "Apple" products daily and as I was preparing this post I couldn't help but think how amazing it is that I can think of a subject, key in the words, search for books from home, request a reserve and share the wonderful world of books with my kids and you as well. Thanks Steve for bringing another kind of Apple into my life.

Menu for the Week of October 10, 2011


Exciting News! Skoogie took an egg challenge and passed. Sometimes when kids immune systems are not fully developed they react to eggs but often out grow them by age 4 or 5. So this week we get to try one of her old favorites… Spanakopita. I liken it to Greek lasagna with lots of spinach, cheese, and eggs. It is a little labor intensive, but well worth it and can be made ahead. We’ll see if she still likes it as much as when she was one!

Tomato Pie: A Capstone To This Year's Eat Local Challenge


Back in early August, I was dreaming of tomatoes and created a list of the recipes  that I wanted to make or try before season’s end. With the exception of the Green & Yellow Tomato Sauce, I made it through each tasty bite on the list!! I hope to be able to cross the last recipe off the list soon, when I make the sauce with Green Zebras, a delicious tomato with a slight citrusy tang. We didn’t grow them this year, but I was so excited when I found them at the Farmer’s Market earlier this week.

While I enjoyed the Heirloom Tomato Pie recipe I found in my Food Network Magazine, it wasn’t quite the taste I was seeking. The mayonnaise and cheese made it a bit too creamy for my tastes. I wanted more of a sweet baked taste and daydreamed of a pie featuring roasted tomatoes and caramelized onions, bringing out the sweetness in both.

Menu for the Week of October 3, 2011


Most of this week we need easy or make ahead meals. This is what I’ve come up with....

A Few More Little Bites


In addition to reading lots of books about food, I’ve also been involving Skoogie in the kitchen more...taking a few more little bites along the way. The more I thought about it, she hasn't spent as much time alongside us cooking as O. So on the days that we don’t have to rush somewhere she loves putting on her chef hat, apron, and pushing a chair to the counter to dive in. It is a way for her to take ownership, experiment, taste, and gain more exposure to the foods we eat.

Menu for the Week of September 26, 2011

In Tuesday's post, I mentioned how we are taking "Little Bites" to navigate through Skoogie's current narrow food focus. I pulled out my copy of The Family Dinner for some great dinner games and a Taco Tuesday recipe. Maybe she'll sit long enough to try a few more little bites.

Little Bites At A Time

As I alluded to in the Weekly Menu, Skoogie has not been very keen on eating much of her dinner lately. It probably has to do with the fact that her EVER SO TIRED body is too worn out from not napping to try something tasty for dinner. Or she could be going through a phase. Regardless, I’m tired of saying, “Please sit down and eat,” so thought I’d try another approach…a few being frequent trips to the garden and books.

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