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Powerhouse Breakfast Cookies

When you don’t have time to make breakfast or need an afternoon snack to keep you going, these are the way to go.  No chemical preservative and are also amazing crumbled up with some vanilla yogurt!

Powerhouse Breakfast cookies

Powerhouse Breakfast Cookies

  • 3 1/2 cups quick oats (they are finer cut and more powdery)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups Peanut, Almond or Sunflower seed butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple butter
  • 3 Bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup shelled sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 dried cranberries or raisins (or both)
  • 1/3 Chocolate or carob chips

Mix all ingredients together. Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper.  Flatten the tops slightly as these cookies do not rise or spread when they bake.

Bake at 325 degrees for 15-16 minutes or until slightly browned. Cool completely and store in an airtight container or freeze in a freezer bag.

Back to School Tips & Tricks at Lunchtime

Everyday a mountain of trash is needlessly thrown away at lunchtime, creating environmental problems, health hazards and wasting hundreds of dollars for every family packing a lunch. School trash cans nationwide are overflowing!

Have you thought about going green at lunchtime? ECOlunchbox is an elegant solution to this problem of lunch waste.

With news about the health dangers of plastics growing, green consumers are seeking out non-plastic food containers as well as generally avoiding potentially leachy synthetics when it comes to food packing.

Plastic water bottles. Granola bar plastic packaging. Plastic chip baggies. Plasticized cardboard juice boxes. Cheese stick plastic wrappers. Paper napkins. Plastic yogurt cups. Brown bags. Plastic utensils. Plastic Ziploc baggies.

How to Pack A Waste-Free Lunch:

  1. Cloth napkins by ECOlunchbox are great for everyday and make great gifts
  2. Snacks packed in nifty stainless steel ECOdippers and ECOpods by ECOlunchbox are healthy for people and our planet.
  3. Sandwiches, and other main dishes, fresh fruits and, fresh vegetables, and treats packed in a non-toxic & reusable stainless steel ECOlunchbox bento
  4. Reusable utensils are also great.

Eco-friendly Lunch

Back to School with ECOlunchbox

Take the ECOlunchbox Challenge

How ECO is your lunchbox? ECOlunchbox is challenging people everywhere to ask this important question.

Making changes in our lunchtime habits is an easy first step toward a more eco-friendly lifestyle, says Sandra Harris, president of ECOlunchboxes.com specializing in no-waste lunchboxes.

“I was so tired of our family’s over-reliance on leaching plastics food containers, plastic baggies and other throw-aways,” explains Harris, a Lafayette, Calif. resident. “I started ECOlunchboxes.com so people could choose to pack their lunches in a way that’s healthy for people and the planet. I truly believe that lunch by lunch we can green the world a whole bunch.” 

Tips & Tricks to Going Green

  1. Did you know an average U.S. family spends about $400 extra on disposable lunchware and creates about 4,320 pieces of trash unnecessarily? These are two stunning facts from the Lunchbox Waste Study by ECOlunchboxes.

  1. Harris suggests that families interested in greening their lunchtime habits start by paying close attention to how they’re packing their lunches. How many pieces of trash do you throw away each day at lunchtime? Counting the number of throw-aways used in each lunch can be a great way to inspire children and adults to start selecting reusable containers instead.

  1. Need more motivation to go green at lunchtime? Start paying attention to how much pre-packaged foods, like yogurt cups, energy bars, cheese sticks, chips bags and more cost per unit. Then calculate how much your family would save by buying in bulk and packing these foods in reusable containers.

“There are multiple bottom lines,” says Sandra Harris, whose company is certified through the Bay Area Green Business Program. “When we green our lunches, the environment and our pocketbooks are both winners.”

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Work Smart, Save Money, Eat Great!

 Muffin tins and ice cube trays are two of my hardest working kitchen gadgets.  Being a former restaurant person, I’m big on portions.  Not only for serving but for prep as well.  A little “short order” style prep will make your life a lot easier, save you money and keep your family eating healthy and away from hitting the drive thru at lunch time (and breakfast).  It’s just as easy to make a double batch of something and freeze half for later. 

All different portion sizes are at your fingertips… ice cube trays, mini muffin, regular muffin and even “Texas” muffin pans.

Freeze portions, and when they’re solid turn them out and store in Ziploc freezer bags!  When you don’t have enough mac & cheese for another entire family meal, put what’s left in a muffin tin and freeze it.  When you have those two leftover slices of meatloaf, grab that mac & cheese and voila, lunch!

That pot of soup that you’ve been eating for a couple of meals, no problem.  Kid’s lunches made easy!

Do you only make zucchini bread while the zucchini is in season?  Use your food processor to do the prep for you, then package so it fits your favorite recipe.

  1. Shred zucchini and drain, squeezing out excess moisture. You can toss it with a little sugar or salt to help draw out excess moisture.  I put mine in cheesecloth and let it sit for about a half hour or so then it squeezes out quite easily.
  2. Measure out shredded zucchini in ½ or 1-cup portions (or whatever measure is most appropriate to the recipes you follow).
  3. Freeze the pre-measured portions into “pucks” on a sheetpan or into a oiled muffin tin of the appropriate size.
  4. When the pucks are frozen solid, toss them into a zip-top freezer bag or other freezer safe container.
  5. When you want to make some holiday zucchini bread, just pull out as many pucks as you need for your recipe and let thaw while you preheat the oven and assemble the rest of your ingredients.

(Be sure to check out the recipe for Zucchini fritters, they amazing!)

Lunches, kids meals and dinners are easy when you can grab only what you need… from homemade marinara sauce, or diced tomatoes from your favorite farmers market

To a little bit of pesto from your garden

To the half-cup of buttermilk that you only use when you make pancakes, but have to buy by the quart.

Even breakfast can be quick and easy…. Spray your muffin pan with your favorite oil

… then fill with eggs and cook at 350F until solid (approx 15 minutes).  When cool, turn out and place in a freezer bag, ready to grab.

While your English muffin or bagel is toasting, pop one of these in the microwave. 

Breakfast in 3 minutes, healthy (very frugal) and no added gas or time to sit in line at the drive through!

And when you’re not prepping, you can still feed the family!

Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin