Monday, November 1, 2010

Chip's lunch: November 1, 2010

Yep, it's definitely November here. I went for a run this evening and it was cloudy and 43*. The entire time, all I could think of was some warm food for dinner. As soon as I got home, I heated up some lentil soup and baked this asparagus. It was nice and warm and filling and wintry.

I love this easy asparagus recipe that my friend Christina invented while she was here visiting last December. Spray a cookie sheet with olive oil (I use my trusty Misto), lay out the asparagus in a single layer on the pan, spray the asparagus with olive oil, and throw on whatever you want. I used organic panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan, sea salt, black pepper, and a touch of paprika.

Oh, and we got a new kind of apple this weekend in our CSA! While I enjoyed trying various kinds of apples that we picked up at the farmers' market last year from Ochs Fruit Farm, it's also neat to try even more kinds via our CSA. Last time, we got Northern Spy apples, and this time it's Gold Rush apples. The Northern Spies are very firm and fairly sweet, while the Gold Rushes are crispy and tangy, almost like a Granny Smith. Yum!

And finally, I made some clean oatmeal cookies tonight. I didn't have any eggs on hand, and wanted to see if I could veganize the recipe (the only non-vegan part is the egg). I used a flax egg instead of egg white (thank you for the idea, Sarah!), and used 1/4 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup oil instead of 1/2 cup oil, to reduce the fat. It turned out surprisingly well! Now that I know I can do this recipe vegan and lower fat, I think it'll be making a few more appearances.

Baked asparagus with Parmesan and bread crumbs, homemade clean vegan oatmeal cookies, organic dried cherries, CSA Gold Rush apple, and homemade vegan lentil soup.


  1. I just wanted to tell you that you've been such an inspiration to me with packing Chip's lunch that I have now started packing my husband's lunch, too. I just received his Laptop Lunchbox yesterday and today is the first day that I packed it. I also blogged about it, if you'd like to see! Thank you!

  2. ...oh, another thing! I have a question about sandwiches. Does the bread get soggy by the time Chip eats it? I will be packing all of my husband's lunches the night before and am worried about the bread getting too soggy before he eats it. Tips?

  3. Hey! You're making me blush!

    We've had the occasional soggy sandwich. I've learned to keep wet things on the inside of the sandwich, and keep more dry things against the bread.

    Like...peanut butter goes on both slices of bread, with jelly in the middle. If a sandwich involves salsa or tomatoes, I make sure there's lettuce against the bread and the salsa or tomatoes go in the middle. This works pretty well for us.