Today I will share with you a tasty high protein, lunch you can take to work, school or have at home, that is super easy to make. Yes!
My hubbie takes this to work all the time, and his co-workers oooh and aww over the look and smell of this fancy looking lunch- which is actually easy and quick to make…hehehe. And if you wanted to get this lunch out, it would cost you about $20. However, you can make it at home for like $3-$5!
These days most of us haven’t a great deal of time to cook. We end up buying food from outside and eating on the run. Though it may be convenient, and you don’t have to do any dishes, it usually ends up being a meal lacking of the nutrients our bodies need.
So what to do? So little time! Barely any motivation!
There, there now. It’s going to be ok. There are a lot of great recipes out there shared by some kind folks. And this is one of them….
It’s a recipe for 2-3 quinoa bowls (depending on your bowl size) plus a superfood apple snack to go with it! Perfect for your work day, whether that is outside or inside the home.
PLEASE remember that you can use any combo of vegetables you like. I always use what I have in my kitchen. You can pre-cook all your veggies, but I would recommend using as many raw veggies as possible as they retain all their nutrients when they are raw. Unless of course your fruits or veggies come from outside the U.S.....they radiate our fruits and veggies coming from other countries, yes even the organic ones. Heck ya, you're going to buy more local now!
1 cup dried quinoa (I use the Trader Joe’s Organic one)
½ cup green lentils (or any bean, I like green lentils because they cook fast and are creamy!)
1 sweet potato -chopped and oven roasted
2 bell peppers- chopped
2 cups broccoli – chopped
Hot sauce and/or salad dressing
Lettuce or cucumber -optional
Get the containers for the quinoa bowls out and ready (I use 3 and have a small bowl for leftovers which I usually eat right away.)
Cook the quinoa according to instructions (usually less than 15 minutes)
Cook the lentils (usually 30 minutes, less if presoaked), maybe add a dab of Miyoko’s butter
Put equal amounts of the quinoa and beans in each bowl.
Add equal amounts of the veggies to each bowl.
When it’s time to eat, add your hot sauce and or salad dressing. If you eat it cold like I do, add some lettuce or cucumber, oh geez, so good!
And again remember, you can use any veggies you want. Sometimes I use potatoes, even sauté some mushrooms. Other times I leave all the veggies raw and make it even easier. So how elaborate you make it is totally up to you.
Now for one of my all-time favorite snacks: super powered apples! If you have kids, you can tell them Superman eats these for a snack!
Super Powered Apples
Nut butter (almond, peanut, cashew, sunflower- there are so many!)
Raspberries (torn in half) or strawberries (sliced)
Wash then cut up your apple into four slices.
Spread some nut butter on half of each slice (so you leave room to hold the apple without it getting too messy)
Sprinkle on the hemp and chia seeds, then add the pumpkin seeds
Finally, place a berry on top of each slice of apple
You won’t believe what a boost you get from this refreshing little snack.
And remember, it’s best when you use ingredients you already have. So, take it easy on yourself! You are doing great!