Archive: School Lunch Rock

Please Play With Your Orzo

In just a matter of days, kids of all ages are headed back to school, an exciting rite of passage for kindergarteners and college freshmen alike. I always loved the smell of a new lunchbox, the anticipation of meeting new teachers and making new friends, the shopping for new school supplies. Everything is new and seems fresh, at least for a little while. All this reminiscing has me thinking about school lunches -- and what we can do at home to make them more interesting, tastier and yes, healthier. Orzo flavored with grated zucchini, onion and herbs. (Kim O'Donnel) You know how it seems like every kid goes through a phase of eating plain noodles with butter and/or shredded cheese? I want to build upon that noodle-y foundation, add a few tweaks and turn it into a dish that all students of life would embrace. I'm talking about orzo, the...


By Kim ODonnel | August 13, 2007; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (11)

Is This Cake Good Enough for Lunch?

A cake is baking in the oven as I type this post. I'm waiting to see if the health-minded tweaks I implemented will work. Even the time of day and state of mind are part of the experiment as I wanted to gauge the difficulty level of baking a Bundt-style cake in a pre-coffee coma, while juggling other morning chores. The cake in question is one I've talked about over the years: a chocolate zucchini cake, an oldie but goodie in my recipe file that I like to bake this time of year when late-season zucchinis are begging to be used. See those specks of zucchini peeking out among the chocolate? (Kim O'Donnel) In the past I've waxed on about this cake's nutritional virtues -- or perhaps, lesser evils -- as it contains a heaping 1-2 cups of shredded zucchini (which means Vitamins A and C, potassium, small amounts of...


By Kim ODonnel | October 4, 2006; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (16)


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