September 26th, 2011

Brown-Bagged

FN_Healthy-Eats_bro#2578AF6We’re teaming up with Food Network’s Healthy Eats and fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday through the month of September instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

Sigh.

If I were a movie critic, I would give my last week’s efforts at brown-bagging only about two stars out of five. I did a lot of planning and had enough ingredients to make lunches for the whole week, but got distracted and busy with other activities in the evening and didn’t get to put them together. So I managed to bring lunch only once this week.

Tuesday’s Lunch

• Campbell’s Healthy Request Mexican-Style Chicken Tortilla Soup
• Santa Claus melon (the last of this melon—it supplied a lot of servings!)
• 2 slices Irish wheaten bread from McCarthy’s Tea Room & Restaurant at Donegal Square in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
• Banana

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By the time I got my food all nicely styled for this photo, the soup was cold. And again I realized that I was missing parts of the color wheel. I had greens for supper.

The brown bread from McCarthy’s is extra-special. It’s made from an authentic Irish recipe. A loaf thrown at someone’s head could kill him. Imagine a bowl of oatmeal so thick you could form it into a loaf—that’s how dense it is. But with wheat instead of oats. Yum!

Inspired by my shame over this week’s crash-and-burn, next week’s menu has more homemade food made from fresh and local ingredients. And I’m already off to a better start, since I’ve packed today’s lunch already. Wish me luck!

Comments

    We all have weeks where our best intentions for lunch just don’t seem to make it to the lunch box. Don’t beat yourself up! I’ve never heard of a Santa Claus melon – where does it grow?

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