June 24, 2010

Work Lunches and Family Dinners

I have been so sporadic in my posting lately. I haven't been home like- at all. Busy! Too busy...which is why I am seriously looking forward to my DAY OFF tomorrow!!!

Ok so let's talk work eats. What do you bring for lunch? Do you buy it? Do you make it there? Is it leftovers?

I think we all know my lunch is about 70% leftovers/made from my fridge, 20% what I find at the fridge at my office, and 10% Whole Foods Salad Bar (on special lazy occasions). 

I've posted before about the value of making big portions of dinner or even just simply cooking some grains (cous cous, millet, rice, barley, quinoa....) and just using it all week! So easy to just throw your lunch into a tupperware...

See?
^^Leftover fathers day salad- add barley and hummus^^

^^snack: sandwich thin with hummus, chocolate, and cantaloupe...all from work fridge!^^

^^dates for a snack^^

(Have you ever had dates? If not- go try them. Please. They're so yummy and sweet!)

Probably the best thing I made for lunch all week...
^^Veggie gouda Flat Out wrap^^

My dad had roasted some veggies (eggplant and zucchini)...I brought the rest of those in a tupperware with a slice of gouda, some freshly picked basil leaves, and 2 cherry tomatoes, halved. When I got to work I layered that onto a flat out wrap, rolled it, and stuck it in the toaster oven. Easy and honestly taster than any wrap I could have had from take-out/delivery.

^^Obviously dipped that and a big carrot in hummus.^^

Hi I'm Jamie and I'm addicted to Hummus...

We later celebrated our papa's 81st birthday at work!
^^Happy Birthday Papa!^^

My papa seriously brightens every day at work- he cracks me up. And not gonna lie he brings me lots of yummy treats too :)

^^Always keep at least one grapefruit in the work fridge- you know, for emergencies...^^

So Tuesday night my sister and I made, well, if I may say so myself, an incredible dinner for our family.
^^Guacamole made by Rachel^^

^^I made vegan black bean burgers^^


^^She made Israeli salad^^

^^WE made a delicious VEGAN feast!^^

^^Seriously the best thing I've made in a while....see recipe below^^



^^Blueberries and frozen grapes^^

(Nothing better than frozen grapes in this heat! Eh?)

^^I made kale chips!^^

It was such a nice family dinner outside- the weather was perfect and the food was just so fresh...It's amazing how great a VEGAN meal can be! Also my sister has seriously mastered that israeli salad. Maybe she'll share her secret... But I think the salad was just tomatoes and cucumber, salt pepper and some olive oil? She normally puts lemon but we didn't have one. I think it's her special touch though...

Rachel also liked the kale chips- it was her first time trying them. She was shocked by how crunchy they were, and she first said she felt like a horse eating them (who knows...!) but she ate like a million and eight of them so I'm pretty sure she loved them!

Vegan Black Bean Burgers:
Adapted from The Front Burner:
Ingredients:
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup almonds
1/3 cup corn
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 Tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp corriander
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400. In food processor, process oats and almonds until they are the consistency of sand. Add 3/4 of the black beans (1 1/2 cans), the carrots, the corn, the olive oil, and the spices. Process until pretty smooth and incorporated. Put into bowl and fold in remaining black beans. (Throughout this recipe you can taste the mixture- it's vegan- no uncooked eggs or anything that can make you sick!) Bake on olive oil- sprayed baking sheet for 15 minutes, flip, and then another 15 minutes (30 minutes total). The burgers will get very crisp on the exterior, and warmed through to the center.

Oh. My. God. Please make these. Tomorrow I plan on making a huge batch to freeze! See, I always eat Morning Star Chipotle Black Bean Burgers- which are delicious- but anything with an ingredient list that long freaks me out. Plus, these were just so tasty and easy to make- why not?! My whole family loved them so I think I'll be making a LOT tomorrow.

Recipe for kale chips here.

Also for snacks at work, I picked these up at Trader Joes.

^^look at that ingredient list- JUST apples!!!^^

Great for picking when you're bored and not really hungry--- yeah this happens a lot.

Just another yogurt creation at work...
^^Peach greek yogurt, banana, Kashi Autumn Wheat Cereal (crushed), and cashews^^

And lastly, today's lunch...
^^I love chomping on big carrots!!^^

^^Lettuce-less salad with riggot...and other stuff from the fridge^^

For this salad, I literally took the last of the barley from my fridge (now like a week and a half old...plain grains last!)...and right in that tupperware i threw frozen peas, corn, and edamame- those things just thawed all day- also added some chopped red onion, orange pepper, slivered almonds, dried cranberries, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and chick peas everything I saw in the fridge. Topped with a scoop of riggot (ricotta cheese). I put this in the microwave just to take the chill off- but it was such a great summery salad. 
^^Close up!!^^

I think avocado would have been an excellent addition. Next time.

I guess I just wanted to talk about the versatility of work-lunches. And how easy it is to just throw food from home in a container- you'll save money and it's so much healthier. I'll guarantee you both of those things.

If you have any other ideas for me I'd love to hear them!

I also just wanted to share this post I read this week- from Angela's blog... It's on easy ways to reduce stress. Check it out!

I wish I could say this is all I've eaten- but truth be told I have been eating such junk! Like this lack of running is really taking a toll on me and my healthy ways! I used to want to eat healthy 'cause I knew I had 5 miles to run the next day or whatever- but now I'm like- why not eat 3 slices of pizza and drink beer tonight??!!! Yeah- it's bad. I hope I heal soon so I get back on track for the half marathon--- ughh getting verryyyy frustrated about this whole situation. If anyone has any advice please please help!!!

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