Archive: Lunch Box

Happy Halloween, Pumpkin Muffin

Pumpkin bread is one of my favorite things in the world. It's one of the few reasons I tolerate autumn (the other being the almighty apple). In my book, things get even better when raisins are thrown into the mix, but I know not everyone shares my love for the teeny dried fruit. (Those mini boxes of Sun-Maid raisins have been a thread in my life since grade school.) Pumpkin muffins studded with raisins and pepitas (Kim O'Donnel) I like how pumpkin bread settles in with a cup of coffee, be it breakfast or late-afternoon snack time. I take comfort in its golden harvest color, its spicy perfume and its earthy crumb. With Halloween just a few days away and the doorstep jack-o-lantern de rigeur (at least for this weekend), a pumpkin-y treat is undoubtedly in order. In keeping with a festive theme, I upped the pumpkin ante and made...

 

By Kim ODonnel | October 27, 2006; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (30)

Nutritional 411 on Lulu's Cookies

The flurry of comments this week over Lulu's cookies has been fun to watch, and I'm delighted by all the reader enthusiasm. Since many of you expressed further interest in the nutritional value of the cookies, I asked Post Food section assistant editor Bonnie Benwick for an expert hand. With the whizbang help of Nutritionist Pro, the software used by the Food section for all of its published recipes, Benwick input the specs for Lulu's cookies. Below, the nutritional low-down, per cookie, approximating a heaping teaspoon before going into the oven: 125 calories 2 grams protein 1 gram dietary fiber 14 grams carbohydrates 7 grams total fat; 1 gram saturated fat 33 milligrams sodium 0 grams cholesterol Not exactly a low-cal item, but on the plus side, it's cholesterol free, low in saturated fat and considering its size, comes with a decent dose of fiber, which makes you feel full....

 

By Kim ODonnel | September 14, 2006; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Join the Lunchbox Revolution

Freeze! Yeah, that's right, I'm talking to You, with the Ho Ho hanging out of your mouth. That means you too, Mister cheese doodler. Lulu's cookies and coffee. (Kim O'Donnel) Come on, hand it over. I promise, it won't hurt. Just this once, I want you to trade in some of that processed lunchbox loot for something a little bit different. In fact, this snack/dessert/breakfast-on-the-run is so scrumptious I am confident you won't want your bag o' doodles back. I've got a secret weapon cookie that will have your friends lining up in the cafeteria begging for seconds. Best of all (don't tell anyone), this cookie is good for your heart. In addition to the much-touted cholesterol-lowering oats, this little zinger is loaded with sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, which contain cholesterol-lowering, hearty-healthy compounds called phytosterols. Flax seeds, with their highly publicized and sought-after Omega-3 fatty acids, also appear, doubleteaming...

 

By Kim ODonnel | September 12, 2006; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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