Chickpea Noodle Soup: get (or make) some good-tasting veggie broth, add tomato paste, nutritional yeast flakes, and some spices. Throw in a chopped carrot and some drained, canned chickpeas, simmer for 10 minutes, then add broken angel hair pastas and simmer for another 4 minutes (can you see the steam coming up from the thermos?). On the side is a mixed fruit salad (apple, orange, banana, and strawberries) and a fig bar.
For the past couple weeks I've been experimenting with desserts using no refined sugar (being defined by me as sugar crystals, maple syrup, corn syrup, honey substitutes, and sweet rice syrup, but excluding fruit, dried fruit, dark molasses, and barley malt). You should have seen my pecan tartlett disaster last night -- who knew barley malt would bubble up to twice its original size in the oven? But these sugar-free fig bars with wholewheat-oat-walnut crust turned out very nicely! And did you know figs are a good source of calcium?
Verdict: Shmoo scarfed up everything but the chickpeas at the bottom of his thermos. "They were too crunchy," he complained. 4 stars.