Thursday, June 01, 2006

Little Shmoo's Top Five Countdown #3

Yes, it's the return of zaru soba coming in at number 3 on our countdown (ooh, I feel like a Lunch Box DJ!).

Zaru soba are chilled Japanese buckwheat noodles topped with a sprinkle of nori and served with a flavorful dipping sauce. This time they are appearing without their traditional sidekick, daikon radish, which shmoo didn't care for. But I did pack some edamame and one of my favorite fruit combos: fresh kiwi fruit mixed with fresh blueberries.

Verdict: I found just a few edamame and a broken pencil in the lunch box today. Shmoo was very happy with his soba. With his pencil, apparently not so much. 5 stars for Number 3.

32 comments:

EatPeacePlease said...

That is my favorite fruit combo too, and it's such a nice colorful combo. This would be on my top 5 too!

Watermousey said...

This is my first time to write in and of course has nothing to do with the current lunch. I will really miss Shmoo’s lunches over the summer. You mentioned that the only thing you haven’t veganized yet was deviled eggs, I found a link to a recipe called Deviled Tofu Eggs. Plastic fillable eggs are needed to mold the eggs.

http://www.sos.org/webpage/veg/Menus/Summer05A.pdf

I haven’t made them yet, but I am going to try later this month for a picnic.

Suzanne MacNeil said...

ah ha! I knew the Zaru soba would be in the top five!

And any fruit combo that has berries in it is a big hit with me.

OshinkoTickle said...

I just got "World Vegetarian" from Amazon a few days ago! It is a gem! I am definately going to be whipping these out soon! :-)

Jennifershmoo said...

>>I found a link to a recipe called Deviled Tofu Eggs. Plastic fillable eggs are needed to mold the eggs...

Wow. Just wow.

>>I just got "World Vegetarian" from Amazon a few days ago!

Hooray! I hope you enjoy the book as much as we have. Don't miss the Greek baked lima beans, they're heaven!

Calla said...

I just bought some soba noodles so I could make this! I forgot to buy the nori though - I'll have to run out and get some tomorrow.

I wonder if the twinkie dog will make a reappearance...

raising_kahne said...

yummy! I loved it when you made this last time, and I love it now! I have a hard time finding noodles like those without eggs in them. : ( I guess Ill have to find a different store to look at! awesome lunch!

Dreena said...

Jennifer, I am so impressed by Shmoo's choices for *his* favorite lunches out of all of your lunchbox creations. These three have been chock full of veggies and very healthy items.

Most kids would turn up their noses to noodles sprinkled with seaweed, but not your shmoo! Too fabulous. :)

greengrammy said...

I have made the tofu deviled eggs. The recipe needs to be tweaked. If you can perfect it, then the recipe is yours and you can share with us what you did to make it taste more 'eggy.' When we tried them they were just too 'tofu-ey!' But they look absolutely great, and you can find the Jello plastic eggs at yard sales and Good-Will stores everywhere!

Ma May said...

What a wonderful palate Little Shmoo is developing. Do I see a future "Top Chef" in the making? Yes, I can see it now, Vegan Fine Dinning, 5 stars, with our very own Little Shmoo, who of course will be Big Shmoo by then!! :-)

sageg said...

My daughter is a paste & seaweed fan. This would be her top. I'm sure it will also be her frequent lunch when she starts kindergarten in the fall. I'll be checking you out for lots of inspiration. If only my daughter was as adventurous and open as your son. Was he a picky eater when he was younger?

LadyRachelLynn said...

Wow, I guess my little Mini Muffin isn't the only seaweed fan. She just adores Sushi...vegan of course!

awesome number 3!

funwithyourfood said...

I love Japanese food. Especially soba noodles.
Every day you impress me with how well you feed Shmoo. Shmoo has the coolest mom ever! : )

Teddy

Andrea said...

Hmmmm... now that the fondue and the Zaru Soba are down, I can only thinkof the injera as a possible number 1. Although, personally, I want a recipe for the mini-wellington.

harlemgrrl said...

eggless deviled eggs that i've enjoyed can be found here (scroll down a bit for a photo and the recipe) :

http://tinyurl.com/lvt8l

they suggest using a paring knife, but i've found that an oval shaped cookie cutter works just fine.

i'd also like to add my thanks to jennifer for sharing shmoo's meals via the web. you've been a such an inspiration to this vegan foodie! really looking forward to adding your cookbook to my collection :)

scs said...

I am putting in my guess now that Little Schmoo's #1 will be the can't-go-wrong standby, "Macaroni & Peas." Do I win an extra week of Vegan Lunch Box posting if I'm right? That would be nice! I will miss checking out this website every day come summer.

R2K said...

Yes this one I love too, this is so bento box! :)

I love the kiwi and blueberry combo: I have to admit I have never had the two at the same time.

And cold buckweat noodles is alwasys my lunch box item when I go bento.

Lol broken pencil, I love that. Just leave the origin of that to the imagination.

mindy said...

i love looking at all those lunches!! i have a very picky eater (he's only 2 though) and i hope to one day make his lunch just as healthy and fun as you do.
i hope you print all these out and keep for him to look at one day. he'll know just how loved he is.

Rachael said...

ever since you first posted the zaru soba lunchbox, it has been a standard meal in my house...we sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on top, and add in some steamed spinach in addition to the nori. maybe not traditional, but very tasty none the less. thanks for introducing me to this great dish!

Harmonia said...

Very colorful!

Would you believe I am unable to find edamame here!? Among other things, of course, but Edamame? Sheesh!

KaiVegan said...

Beautiful lunch. I like everything about and in it.

My 3 year old likes edamame but I wish I could get the 9 year old to eat them, or beans, for that matter.

Monsoon Girlie said...

Has you and Shmoo ever tried golden kiwis? They are my absolute favorite but have such a short season in the grocery stores here. I bet they would be great with blueberries! Another fantastic lunch...I don't know how I'll make it through the summer with out Shmoo's foods! :)

Jennifershmoo said...

>>I wonder if the twinkie dog will make a reappearance...

Wow, you guys are good! No one's guessed #1 yet... :-)

Ma May said...

I'm guessin' #1 will turn out to be the Meatball sub.

maria_bodoh said...

Gasp! I thought that slurpalicious looking zaru soba was going to be #1.

OK, my new guess for #1 is the hot dog macaroni with luscious brownie.

Shananigans said...

Cont me among another who will miss your posts over the summer. I never thought of blueberries and kiwi together, but it sure does sound yummy! I’m thinking blueberry-kiwi soygurt concoction. That would be good, maybe with a hint of OJ. Anyway, waiting with bated breath for # 2 & 1.

Rebecca said...

This lunch looks fabulous as usual!!I can't wait to see Shmoo's top two lunches. I am thinking we will see a reappearance of the "beef" wellingtons or the french toast.

Angel said...

Did you do meatballs in grape jelly? If so that's number one, either that or the caramelized tofu.

Brooke said...

i don't know if you've had these or not, but they're really good.
and they even say vegan on the package!
http://www.fitfuel.com/mays-naturals-m-91.html
i found them at walmart & target.

i bet the inari, pizza or tamales show up.

Vicki said...

maybe #1 is cannellini yam hummus?!

maria_bodoh said...

Well, whatever it is, all this speculation is making my mouth water!

valiens said...

We like to roll the soba into nori for a twist on shushi rolls. Kid friendly things to stuff them with? Yam fries, raw carrot strands, string beans, bbq tofu or tempeh, corn or baby corn, a sugarsnap pea. Just some ideas.

I adore your blog. I check it out when I need a pick-me-up. We homeschool, but I still love the lunch packs.