Sack Lunch: Part III

More fun lunch adventures today!

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By far the best tip for creating a healthy lunch the night before without spending your whole evening in the kitchen is leftovers.

Often this just means making a larger portion of what you plan to eat for dinner. Doesn’t get more simple than that. Sometimes, however, I don’t portion out as much as I need to and my lunch serving ends up being a little unbalanced.

Take last night for example. Dinner was a rather unimpressive baked tofu with sautéed veggies on the side. Since I only had a half block of tofu to begin with, there was none leftover to bring with me today.

But that’s where Monday’s advice comes back around. Since I only used half my pot of quinoa, there was still a half waiting for me in the fridge because I know myself well. Every week, without fail, I end up needing this back up item that took no extra effort of Sunday.

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While the tofu was not portioned for two meals, my veggies were. I chopped up two white squash (a new item to me), and a ton of crimini mushrooms to sauté in a drizzle of balsamic.

Even though quinoa is a complete protein, I felt like adding another element. But I didn’t want going to cook something else

Enter your new best friend, canned items.

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I’m all for making your food from scratch to the fullest extent possible but sometimes convenience wins out. Canned beans are just as good for you, just a little more expensive. The one thing is that you really need to rinse them off. Can juice is yucky!

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The rest could not be easier. After separating out the veggies I planned to eat for dinner I tossed half the rinsed beans with the leftover quinoa.

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Mix together and then spoon into a container. I spooned quite a bit of salsa on top and added chopped cucumbers and a tomato for crunch and color.

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I really like making bowls for lunch because it’s one item with all my food groups in one. It saves time because I don’t have to worry about multiple dishes to prepare. They are also endless customizable. I often don’t know what I’m going to include until
I look in the fridge. But that’s half the fun!

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One thought on “Sack Lunch: Part III

  1. Hi Katie, I wanted to comment and let you know that I am really enjoying your Sack Lunch posts! I’m getting lots of great ideas, thanks :)

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