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A Starbucks barista was recently fired
after eating one of the cafe's famous
breakfast sandwiches---out of the garbage.
Coulson Loptmann, 21, says his manager
told him eating something from the trash is
"considered stealing," according to a report
in Seattle-based alternative weekly The
Stranger. Loptmann explained, however, the
sandwich was expired and had already
been marked out, the paper notes.
Loptmann, who worked at a Starbucks
on Seneca Street in downtown Seattle,
Washington, also told The Stranger that he
survives partly on food stamps because his
paycheck of US$9.94 per hour (plus a small
amount of tips) isn't always enough for
him to buy food for himself.
Eating marked-out food at Starbucks is
against company policy---not because it's
stealing, but for health reasons.
Hutson confirmed Loptmann's firing and
said an employee wouldn't normally be let
go for a single violation of this policy, but
that in Loptmann's case the incident was
the straw that broke the camel's back.
Starbucks does not usually discuss
employees with the press, but the
company has made an exception in this
case, Hutson said, because "some things
have been misreported."
Starbucks employee fired after eating from trash
Fwill elicit either sighs of relief or
sighs of anguish.
There will be relief that the children will
once again be occupied for most of the day
in a constructive manner or anguish at the
return to the routine and hustle that back
to school usually dictates.
The break in routine at holiday time usu-
ally lifts a tremendous amount of stress
from the shoulders of parents and caregivers.
But the long vacation should have given
you enough time to refuel your energy and
refresh your thoughts on how you re going
to get through the next couple of months
without the stress, and constant running
on empty, that seem to plague many busy
Mealtime and menu planning can be a
challenge, but planning a schedule for your-
self will help you stay on top of the game.
Start by planning lunch box menus and
family mealtime menus on a weekly basis.
Do all your shopping on the weekend as
this will help you to have the ingredients
you need at the time you need them.
You may even try to make some dishes
ahead of time and freeze them if you foresee
a particularly busy week ahead.
A school lunch should comprise a whole
grain sandwich with fillings like tuna, egg
salad, chicken salad, roast beef or sliced
chicken breast. You can also pack fresh fruit,
a bottle of water and a home-baked snack.
Cooked meals can also be included like
pasta and meat sauce, veggie pasta salad,
or even rice, beans and meat. Don t use
chicken if it cannot be reheated. Snacks can
comprise oatmeal cookies, muffins or even
Remember by being prepared you lessen
the amount of fast foods your family eats,
and you feel better when you know you re
giving your kids fresh, healthy homemade
foods most of the time.
Happy cooking and Happy Independence
Things to avoid
• Processed foods like hot dog sausages,
luncheon meats or ham.
• Salty pack snacks, sugared cereals and
• Sugary juice packs. These are just
sweetened water with a small
percentage of juice. Look for juices with
about 11 to 14 grams of sugar.
• White bread and processed cereals.
Switch to whole grains in your breads
This is tasty and nutritious, perfect for your lunch box.
3 cups elbow macaroni
2 tbsps parsley, finely chopped
3/4 cup tablespoons grated cheese
2 tbsps butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium sized green pepper, seeded and chopped
3 clove garlic chopped
1 tbsp chili powder (or to taste)
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 (51/2ounce) can tomato paste
1/2 tsp sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
Preheat oven to 350F
Cook macaroni in lightly salted water until tender.
Drain and combine with parsley, half the cheese, butter and
salt. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large heavy frying pan.
Add beef and lightly brown.
Add onion, green pepper and garlic. Cook to soften.
Drain excess fat. Stir in chili powder, oregano, sugar and
Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
To assemble, spoon half the macaroni into a lightly greased
9-inch square-baking dish.
Top with meat mixture, them remaining macaroni.
Beat eggs and milk together. Pour over macaroni.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake for 45 mins until hot and browned.
MEXICAN BAKED CASSEROLE
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