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Monday, May 20, 2013

Pre-packed meals for the week!

Pre-pack your meals for the week using OM Goods Nesting Containers!

From Banita Kooner:

"Lunch all packed for each day at work. Bag salad, lentils, tomatoes, cucumbers, walnuts, chopped chicken, olives, topped with a lemon squeeze. So easy, come on and copy me."

Monday, March 5, 2012

IIN Mega Conference - Nesting Containers

I just spent the weekend at IINMega, a conference hosted by my alma mater, The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. It was truly amazing to be in a room with over 3,000 people dedicated to shifting our relationship with food. So much knowledge was shared that I didn't want to miss even a minute of it. The first day during lunch, I was eager to get back to my seat. So I opted to pick up something quick. I was disappointed in the healthy options available in Long Beach, not to mention, I wished I had at least brought my own containers to put my carry-out food in instead of the plastic that they gave me. I vowed I would bring my own food for the second day of the conference.

When I got home later that night, I quickly made some hemp milk and soaked 1/4 cup of chia seeds. I let it sit overnight. In the morning, I added stevia, maca powder, blueberries, and shredded coconut to it and put my chia pudding in a medium stainless steel container of the nested container set. In the small container, I added a handful of brazil nuts. In the large steel container, I added mix greens like romaine, spinach, and arugula, grabbed a lemon from my tree and squeezed it all over my salad greens with a pinch of Himalayan salt. I filled my glass tea tumbler with homemae cultured veggie juice mixed with 1 teaspoon of powdered greens. Packed it up in my IIN bag and was off!

All day Sunday, I felt healthy, nourished and inspired. I was able to enjoy the fruits of my labor. Zero waste, no plastic, BPA-free and healthy. 

Couldn't complain about the drive from San Diego to Long Beach either. It was a beautiful day that I decided to drive up Highway 101 instead of the 5. I had to take a picture. Nothing like getting some "primary food" to feed my soul too. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Zero Waste Açaí Bowls!

Açaí bowls are addicting! Açaí, pronounced “Ah-Sigh-EE” is berry which is only found in the Amazon rainforest. Acai berry is full of omega fats, amino acids, electrolytes, antioxidants, protein and vitamins A, B1 and E. An acai bowl refers to a bowl with lots of seasonal fresh fruit, coconut, granola and a smoothie of blended acai in a bowl.  Delicious!!

When I moved here I was introduced to the Acai Bowl and now my family and I are always on a the look out for them. Most places use styrofoam cups to serve them in.  Not eco-friendly and my girls usually don't finish the whole bowl. I always keep a set of Nesting Containers in my bag. One day I asked an employee at SD Blenders to make our Acai bowl in one of my nesting containers. They were happy to oblige. Now, when we are getting acai bowls I always bring 3 medium sized OM Goods containers with me (along with spoons and cloth napkins). Guilt-free, nothing to throw out. My family and I are on a mission to try all the places that make acai bowls in San Diego. Maybe I'll do a comparison chart on which one is my fav!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Spring rolls

It's been hot here. My 5 year old loves munching on salads. We had a big salad for dinner last night. She suggested spring rolls for lunch because of the heat. It's basically a salad in a rice paper wrap. Actually, we put anything in them from rice and lentils, to cut up fruit and yogurt. They are fun to eat too. 

Today I made rice paper wraps with black beans, tofu, arugula with a homemade vinaigrette. You can get the rice paper from any asian market. I go to an Asian market called Ranch 99. They come in square or circle and many different sizes. I find the small square size is easiest to wrap. 

Black beans, tofu, arugula and vinaigrette on a soaked rice paper.

First, you wet one sheet of the dried rice paper by soaking in a big bowl of water for about 10 seconds. Remove and put on a plate. It will start to soften by itself. Add your ingredients to one corner. Try not to over fill or you won't be able to wrap it. Next, you fold the bottom corner onto the ingredients. Then fold over the 2 side corners to the center of the ingredients. Roll until you get to the top corner and voila, a spring roll

my 3 year old couldn't wait until lunch to eat her spring rolls!

Once you make them, they have a tendency to stick together so make sure you add something to prevent them from sticking to each other or it will break when you try to separate them. I used some celery sticks to keep them from sticking. In the top tier, I added strawberries and peaches. In her cloth baggie she has some gluten free cheese crunchies. 

Her lunch is not completely zero-waste because she has a mango gel cup and a yogurt stick. I went to volunteer at her school for snack time and she already ate one! :-)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Half Day = A Big Snack!

Today my 5 year old has a half day. This means no lunch. I thought I could try and increase her snack and see how she does. My friend Denise, mentioned that this is what she usually does too. 

Since my daughter decided on breakfast and lunch for her first day of school, I thought I'd let her pick what we ate for dinner. She picked pizza. Gluten-free pizza and a salad with balsamic dressing. I really love Bob's Redmill Homemade Wonderful Bread mix. I use it instead of the GF Pizza Crust mix because it tastes better in my opinion. We put onions, spinach and olives. I don't eat dairy so I made the other half without cheese. 

For her snack today, I popped in a slice of the left-over pizza, sans onions (notice the circles in the pizza?). Cut it into small bite size squares.

Added some celery sticks, a clementine and a cloth fold-over baggie filled with dried mango and trail mix. Today I used the medium container from the nesting food container set. The lid works really well as a plate so she can pour her trail mix into it and search out all the chocolate chips. :-D

Her cloth napkin is used to tie Furoshiki. I'll put it into her backpack with her Kleen Kanteen water bottle and she is ready to go! This would have worked as a lunch for her too!

*I added a little note in there to let her know how much I love her!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First Day of Kindergarten!

Today I dropped my 5 1/2 year old daughter to her first day of kindergarten. I'm excited and melancholy at the same time. Being a natural foods chef and holistic health counselor, I wanted to make something fun and different for her. Alas, she insisted on a sandwich, boring for me but exciting for her. She has gluten sensitivity so we rarely make sandwiches. Luckily there are a lot of gluten free breads on the market. We like the Trader Joe's brand multi-grain, gluten free bread but it is a little firmer/dryer than regular bread.

The school instructed us to pack a snack that is separate from her lunch and easy for her to get to. Snack time is at 10 am.

For her snack, she wanted yogurt and fruit. So I used the smallest container from the nesting food containers. The night before, I put some plain yogurt in the container and popped it in the freezer. In the morning I put chopped strawberries and  drizzled grade b maple syrup on top. I'm assuming it will be nicely chilled but thawed when she is ready to eat it. I really love these bamboo sporks!

You can see the frozen yogurt below the maple syrup:

For lunch (11:30 am) she requested 1/2 a cheese sandwich and 1/2 a peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich. In her cheese sandwich, I used shredded raw cheddar cheese, grapeseed veganaise and arugula on gluten-free bread. I used a two-tier tiffin

I packed the other half sandwiches in my 3 year old's tiffin while we are out and about today. 

On the lower container, I put white peaches, celery sticks, red grapes and half of a cheese string. Again, this was all her idea. 

I made these cloth baggies, similar to the fold over sandwich baggies in the 70's, remember them? I put some some cashews and rice crackers it it. Something a little more crunchy and savory for her. 

I froze 1/2 cup of water in her kleen kanteen overnight and filled up the rest with water so it stays cold when she's ready to drink. One of her (too small for her) pink socks work really well to absorb condensation on the water bottle.

Here is her lunch with snack before I packed it in her tiffin bag. Her nesting container fits perfectly on top of her tiffin and I'm still able to tighten the drawstrings. 

Hopefully she'll let me get more creative with her lunches as she gets used to going to school! 

*not shown is the weelife lunch note I added to her tiffin bag that says: Have a good day! I <3 U!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Kitchn review by Emily Ho

Excited about a review by Apartment Therapy's, The Kitchn section by Emily Ho. Check it out!

Plastic-Free Lunch Containers (and More!) from OM Goods

Gluten free lunch!

I've been gluten free and vegan for about a year now and loving it! My daughter's digestion has improved and no longer complains of tummy issues.

Here is a gluten free lunch that we had at the zoo.

My 3 year old is carrying her pink OM Goods bag with a 2 tier tiffin, utensils, cloth napkin and drink!

Shown below is the 2 tier tiffin with: 1st tier: hummus, apple slices, rice crackers and guacamole. I used the apple slices and to keep the rice crackers from getting soggy from the hummus and guac. I must say it held up nicely! 2nd tier: a clementine and almond butter and fruit preserve roll ups using blue corn tortillas. Really nice combo. The girls loved it! 

Mineral rich salad!

My family's favorite mineral rich salad. Baby greens, chopped kale, dulse flakes,  sprouts, tomatoes, avocado, toasted pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and a homemade dressing with braggs apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, a dash of maple syrup (try grade B, it's got a high mineral content) and a pinch of celtic sea salt.

Perfect meal on the go in an OM Goods tiffin or food container too!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cute lunch ideas for Kids

 Jackie at Weelife just posted two adorable lunch ideas for the tiffin.

See her blog post for more pictures!
Wee Life - 2 Tiered Tiffin

Sunday, September 5, 2010

I Love You Notes For Your Tiffin!

These little notes are too cute for back-to-school. They would fit perfect in your little ones tiffins, tiffin bag or lunchbox!  Let them know that you are thinking of them! Make your notes re-useable and laminate them so you can write on them with a dry-erase pen.

Jackie has them available for free download on her Wee Life blog!

Jackie has even has made a second page has blanks spots for a personalized message.

Monday, May 3, 2010

OM Goods Photoshoot - by Julie Prichard

Some beautiful pictures of our OM Goods tiffins and bags done by artist and professional photographer, Julie Prichard of the Land of Lost Luggage. Thanks again Julie!

Here are the 3 sizes we carry, 2 tier, 3 tier and 4 tier tiffins

A shot of my 2 year old with her almond butter and raw honey sandwich, crusted of course!

My 4 year old, loves her fruits and veggies!

 The tulips remind me of spring!

The 2 sizes we carry, Small for the 2 and 3 tier and Large for the 3 and 4 tier. Not shown is the large tiffin bag in Parrot Green

 A 3 tier tiffin with a small Parrot Green tiffin bag

 3 tier tiffin closed with the small tiffin bag in Parrot Green

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tiffin Wallah!

I came across this blog and loved the artwork! I like Nidhi's use of soft muted colors. Reminds me of watching them when I was younger visiting India.

What's in your tiffin?

Veggie Spring Rolls

Inspired by my good friend, I made these veggie spring rolls. They are perfect for tiffin lunches and just as easy as making a sandwich and delicious! Shown is OM Goods small tiffin bag with our 2-tier tiffin.

How to make veggie spring rolls.

Rice paper (you can pick them up in a Thai Asian food market)
Any vegetables you want!
I used:
Anoki mushrooms as is, they are long and thin
Carrots shredded
Cucumbers shredded
Daikon shredded
Tofu thinly sliced
Avocado thinly sliced
Spring onions chopped
Any nut/seed butter you like.
I used Sunflower seed butter

I used a food processor to shred the carrots, cucumbers and diakon. I shredded them each separately.

Dip the rice paper in warm water for 2-3 seconds and lay out on a flat surface. Arrange veggies and tofu on one side of the rice paper. Drizzle nut/seed butter. Roll like a burrito tucking in both sides. Voila spring rolls! If you make these let me know what you think!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

OM Tiffin Bag in Black

Our black OM tiffin bag is a sleek way to tote your lunch. Here it is shown with our 4 tier tiffin carrier and 2 large navel oranges which would fit nicely on top. The shoulder straps are adjustable to you can carry it long across your back. Carry your food with attitude!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

OM Cloth Napkins are Here!

Everyone needs a fresh cloth napkin to put in their lunchboxes everyday. Now OM Goods has them available to you! They come in a set of 4 for only $10. They are smaller so they are more portable than traditional sized cloth napkins. 100% cotton and 13"x13" square. An OM symbol is embroidered on each one. Available in "OM White" or "Parrot Green".

OM White Cloth Napkins:
Parrot Green Cloth Napkins:

Want more ideas on how to create less waste when eating lunch? Check out my "Zero-Waste Lunch Pledge" Get tips on how you can help the earth one meal at a time!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Our New Large Tiffin Bag!

Maybe it needs to be called an OM Goods Tiffin "Cozy". Everything fits in this bag so beautifully! Shown is the large tiffin bag for the 3-tier or 4 -tier tiffins. There is plenty of room on top for an extra food container or a couple of whole fruit.

Here is my Klean Kanteen, 4-tier tiffin and a small stainless steel food container. Not shown is the cloth napkin that all our bags come with!

For snacks turned into lunch, we had raw cheese cubes, farmer's market free-range hard boiled eggs, avocado and Trader Joe's Woven Wheat Wafers. In the small nested food container I have goji berries and raw cacao.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Get Ready for Back to School!

They have been selling like hot cakes at the Hillcrest Farmer's Market. Introducing our newest addition, 100% cotton quilted tiffin bags. Shown is the tiffin bag that fits the 2-tier or 3-tier tiffin. Using the 2-tier in the bag leaves enough room on the top for a whole apple, orange, pear, nectarine etc. The pocket is perfect for you child's Klean Kanteen or Sigg waterbottle. They all come with a matching cloth napkin to lessen the use of paper napkins! The bag colors come in Parrot Green or Hot Pink. We also have shoulder strap bags for our 3 or 4 tier tiffins...more to come!

The lunch shown below has rajma and chawal (kidney beans and rice), an apple and my daughter's klean kanteen.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sharing is caring...

sharing with friends...our favorite way to eat lunch. Here I used the 4 tier tiffin and 2 stainless steel food storage containers. The storage containers have almond crackers, almond butter sandwiches and hard boiled eggs. The 4 tier tiffin has hummus, carrots, strawberries, and alphabet cookies with chocolate raisins.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Power Packed Snacks

Clementine cuties, raw cheese, apple slices, blueberries, cashews, and tofurky roll-ups...all in a 2 tier tiffin! Some chocolate covered sunflower seeds and animal crackers for the sweet tooth afterward.