Lunch and Dinner Inspirations

Normally I like to keep these posts to one topic but today I have two. First. thank you to everyone who sends me links and ideas – keep ’em coming! Kerry posted in the comments about the site Laptop Lunches. The site is built to sell bento box lunch boxes (which look super cute and are much better for the environment than a zillion baggies!) but they also do a weekly suggestion for what to put in those bento boxes. You can sign up to receive a weekly email (click here) or just check the site for this week’s (and past weeks’) recipes. Lunch can get super boring and Laptop Lunches helps out just a bit!

Next, I think I have made my love of dining out perfectly clear. I can’t remember how I stumbled upon these but I love a la card Chicago! Remember the 52 fabulous whatever decks (fun things to do in insert city, wedding ideas, valentines, etc.)? Well, a la card Chicago takes that concept and makes it better! For $30 (oh now I remember where I heard of this! Twitter! They had a promo that if you used promo code Twitter you could buy these for $20. It may still work!), you purchase a deck of 52 cards. Each card describes a restaurant in Chicago – and gives you a $10 off coupon to use at that restaurant! Just visit three (or maybe two?) restaurants, and the deck has paid for itself! Now, the cards do expire 12/31/09 so I suggest hopping on and purchasing a deck soon. The deck has restaurants ranging from Hot Doug’s (for non-Chicagoans – this is a fantastic hot dog joint) to David Burke’s Primehouse. Oh, and you know I love charity – $1 from every deck goes to Common Threads, a charity that educates children about nutrition.

Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow – keep reading and keep the suggestions coming!


Cooking Not Take Out

With money tight for everyone, more and more of us are cooking at home. If you’re like me, you quickly have run out of recipes (because you used to eat out all of the time!?!?). Thanks to my friend, Kim, I have discovered provides a daily recipe every day Monday – Friday and you can subscribe to the newsletter so the recipes come right to your mailbox. The recipes feed a family of four and gives you a shopping list, a pantry list, tools you’ll need and wine and dessert suggestions! Since Chicago has become Seattle as far as weather is concerned, today’s recipe is for a new fangled (in a good way) chicken soup. The recipes are quick and easy and the instructions are very specific so anyone (and you know who you are) can cook!

Past recipes are listed on the site as well as interesting pieces about food and the food industry. I love that embraces meatless Mondays (now if only Jeff would. too!). Did you know that at the international summit on global warming, United Nations emissaries cited meat production as a primary source of greenhouse gas? Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change called eating less meat “one of the most important personal choices we can make to address climate change.” And, it’s good for you, too! By skipping meat one day per week, the average American can lower his/her saturated fat intake by 15%! To learn more about Meatless Monday and to find more meatless recipes, just click here.

Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow and keep the suggestions coming!