The food blogging community is harnessing it’s social media power to provide healthy lunches to children in South Africa and you my friends can be a part of it! I and so many of you not only have the luxury of time to prepare healthy lunches such as the one above, but also the money and resources to do it. Not everyone is so lucky. The statistics in South Africa are staggering: 65% of children in the country live in poverty and 20% of are orphans with 1.9 million of them orphaned as a result of the AIDS epidemic that that has plagued their great nation. What these children need is a community of support and the The Lunch Box Fund is answering that need by providing South African students with healthful lunches that will nourish their body and mind as they continue their education in school.
A part of what the Lunch Box Fund is asking food bloggers to do is , first of all, encourage donations through February 16th. That’s only 4 days of bringing your own lunch to work instead of buying it, saying no to morning lattes, or just giving a little bit from the extra funds that you already have. I will be donating $25 to the fund and I hope that you join me. The second thing they ask is to share a favorite lunch recipe that food bloggers eat at at home, work, or school. I am delighted to say that mine features a Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette that is so easy, economical and will add tons of flavor to any of your favorite salads. The healthy goodness that I chose to mix it with included: crunchy greens, mixed dried fruit (raisins, blueberries, cranberries), tiny broccoli florets, grilled chicken, and walnuts –> total brain food! Here’s how it’s made!
2/3 cup of olive oil
1/3 cup of balsamic vinaigrette
2 Tablespoons of honey
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon of pepper
Combine all ingredients into a container with a lid, or one of those handy dandy dressing shakers. Shake vigorously (maybe do the hokey pokey), and serve over the suggested salad above or your own favorite!
In addition to encouraging donations to feed South Africa’s young minds and sharing a recipe for one of THE yummiest salad dressings on the face of the planet, this post is also in dedication to my dear professor, advisor, friend, mentor, and all around hero: Dr. Donald Will. Dr. Will was the head of the Peace Studies department at Chapman University where I received my undergraduate degree, but he was so much more than that. He was a fighter for the downtrodden, a wise confidant for the seeking student, a staunch advocate for justice, and completely dedicated to the movement towards equality in South Africa. He was one in a million and yesterday, he passed away. He had such a profound influence on not only my education, but also how I viewed the world and my place in it. I would not be who I am today without his guidance and I wanted to take this moment to thank him for it. Thank you Dr. Will