Melamine “Dinnerware” for Work & Barney Butter Review!

Melamine Plates From Target

Melamine Plates From Target

Since I go into the office 4 days a week, and especially since I’m one of those 5-meals-a-day people, that means I eat 16 “meals” at my desk a week! (The word meals is used lightly, because a lot of them are more or less snacks.)

My desk drawer is stocked with paper plates, napkins & utensils but I hate using a paper plate just to make up some cheese & crackers. Seems so wasteful doesn’t it? Especially when for around a buck or two you can pick up a sweet melamine plate! Target has a decent selection of these all from $1-$5 each. They are lightweight and perfect for keeping at the office. Only downfall is that they are not microwaveable. 😦

All this talk about eating at the desk reminds me of this WebMD article.

“The desk, in terms of bacteria, is 400 times more dirty than your toilet,” says Charles Gerba, PhD, a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. “People turn their desks into bacteria cafeterias because they eat at them, but they never clean them. The phone is the dirtiest, the desktop is next, and the mouse and the computer follow.”

Which I think is fine, as long as you understand that and CLEAN it often. I keep a container of disinfecting wipes to clean everything down.

Getting OUT for lunch is much better, and for lunch I usually go outside or the cafeteria at the least and read a book and try to relax and enjoy my food. However, for the other meals/snacks… I can’t exactly take my 9:30am cheese & crackers break and go sit outside and eat while my co-workers are all working hard.

Who else eats at their desk and can relate?

Onto the food! Today’s eats:

Microwaved Egg Whites, Kashi Vive w/Chia Seeds & Almond Milk

Microwaved Egg Whites, Kashi Vive w/Chia Seeds & Almond Milk

Almond Crunch, Just Papaya & Prune

Almond Crunch, Just Persimmon & Prune

Black Bean Burger w/Hummus & Spinach in WW Pita & Banana w/Almond Butter

Black Bean Burger w/Greek Hummus & Spinach in Whole Wheat Pita, Banana w/Almond Butter.

(Not shown: Afternoon Snack – Green Smoothie, Dinner – Grilled Chicken Wings & Back to Nature Macaroni)

These black bean burgers rock. They are made loosely from Eating Bird Food’s recipe found here. I make up batches and freeze them individually wrapped. Just thaw in the fridge a few hours (or toss in your lunch cooler) and microwave. They are delicious in wraps, pitas or on a bun either with traditional burger toppings, or with guacamole, hummus or grilled onions!

The kind folks at Barney Butter were nice enough to send me a few samples!

I tried one packet squeezed over my banana for lunch.The color was different from the almond butters I’m use to (more orangey), and it was a smoother consistency…creamier. The taste was AMAZING. It was the stick-to-your-mouth kind of goodness that I was craving.

Here are the ingredients: Almonds, Evaporated Cane Juice, Palm Fruit Oil, Sea Salt.

I can see this being the kind of almond butter that kids would love. You can see the almond butter sample in the pic above. And Barney Butter is so cool… they have “Team Barney Butter” events like triathlons! Check out their site:

Have you tried this almond butter? What are your thoughts? What is your favorite nut butter?


8 responses to this post.

  1. I love that you got some fun plates for your desk- I totally need to do this. I think it would really brighten my day. How good is Kashi Vive? Its like grown up golden grahams!


  2. Love the sounds of that pita sandwich!! I’ve never tried Kashi Vive but once I’ve gotten rid of a few boxes of cereal, I think I’ll be picking it up!

    I love Barney Butter – the crunchy kind is where it’s at though!


  3. those plates are a great idea! I eat lunch almost every day at my desk, and that sure would be prettier πŸ™‚


  4. Those plates are so pretty! I can’t wait to have my own place and decorate my kitchen πŸ™‚ until then, I’ve got to clean my desk…


  5. Kashi Vive is like a grown-up Golden Grahams. It is not bad. I still like Go Lean best because it is hearty, but this is a nice change of pace.

    They have really cute kid-themed plates (octopus, monkey…) but since I am a manager of sorts, thought it would be best to look professional, and monkey plates wouldn’t exactly help. πŸ˜‰


  6. Posted by Anne K. on June 13, 2009 at 3:28 am

    Those plates are so cute! Target has some great dishes. I like barney butter! But my favorite nut butter is PB & Co. Mighty Maple, or Dark Chocolate Dreams. What can I say, I love sweet nut butters πŸ˜€


  7. omg I hope to try Barney Butter when I get back to the U.S., that stuff looks so delicious!


  8. Posted by Rachel on June 15, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Those plates are too cute! I’ve been meaning to get some new plates…adorable!
    I keep hearing raves about Barney Butter…I might have to give it a try!!


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