Dearest readers,

I promise that I have not forgotten about you. I have been busy and lazy and the summer just kind of dragged on and I never posted. Anyway, now, for the hundredth time, I am back.

Perhaps because I still think in terms of school years, I have always felt the urge to make resolutions after Labor Day, rather than after New Years. The summer is over, the weather turns, and everyone buckles down to business once again. This year, I am focusing on the things I usually try to avoid: working out, cleaning my apartment, generally becoming more of an adult.

Part of this campaign involves bringing my own lunch to work more often. In terms of both health and finances, I think it’s the better choice, even if it takes a little forethought. For example, I just made a big pan of baked oatmeal (recipe after the jump!) and some hardboiled eggs in anticipation of bringing them for lunches. As I was cooking, I realized that I would get more excited about making lunch if I had a cool grown-up lunchbox to pack everything into. Here are some of the ones I found; what do you think?

Built’s Gourmet Getaway Lunch Tote Graphic and practical, these neoprene lunchboxes are insulated and machine-washable. I am partial to the “city grid” print.

Vivo Square Bento Box Conveniently stackable, these tins provide an easy-to-clean lunchbox option. Plus, the colors make me smile every time I look at them.

Graze Organic Reusable Food Bags I love organizing things and finding a special place for everything, so I love the idea of a little reusable, labeled bag for all my different lunch foods.

Artifact Olive Lunch Tote This is the grown up waxed-cotton version of the classic brown paper lunch bag. I like the leather strap detail and the simple concept.

Do you bring your lunch? Do you have a favorite lunchbox? Am I the only person with a lunchbox wish list? Let me know, and recipe for baked oatmeal after the jump.

Low Cal Baked Oatmeal

1/2 C unsweetened applesauce

1 C egg whites (Egg Beaters)

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

3 C dry old fashioned oatmeal

1 C nonfat milk (I used Chocolate Silk Light)

Cool Whip, 2 Tbsp per serving

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Spray 9×9 cooking pan with non-stick spray. Whisk applesauce and eggs.
Add cinnamon, baking powder, salt and vanilla. Whisk again.
Add Oatmeal, then milk.
Mix well.
Spread batter into 9X9 pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
Let cool slightly.
Slice into 12 bars.
Can be warmed in microwave and topped with Cool Whip for a desert. Freezes and packs well too.

Number of Servings: 12

Recipe from Spark Recipes.

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