{Today’s Lunchbox} Unplanned

by Valerie on October 13, 2010 · 0 comments

Wednesday lunch

The downside of the freezer stash is that it gives you a false sense of security about your lunchbox options.  Last night, I was still feeling under the weather and tired and relaxed after yin yoga and ended up going to sleep early, thinking lunch today would be easy to throw together. 

Here is today’s lunch plus two snacks:

  • Leftover black beans and azuki beans (which had been cooked with cumin and chili powder) which I heated in a dry pan with a bit of water.  As they were heating up, I added two cups of spinach and a 1/4 cup of salsa and let the spinach wilt a bit. I usually eat my greens raw, but decided to change it up a bit. 
  • Brown rice tortilla. To make the tortilla soft and pliable I run it under water so it is a bit damp (but not soaked through or breaking) and then toast it in a dry frying pan on high heat on both sides. Be careful to just toast until it is warmed through and still pliable, as opposed to crispy.
  • Gena’s Sweet Potato and Chickpea Burger (you can tell it is still frozen on the picture)
  • Tomato paste to top the burger with some tomato-ey goodness (I still had a smidge left in the jar from yesterday). 

I plan to eat some of the beans and spinach with part of the tortilla as a snack, and the rest for lunch. The second snack is the sweet potato and chickpea burger. I actually had to throw this lunch together almost from scratch.  The black beans and azuki were left over from Sunday night’s dinner, so I heated them with the spinach and salsa this morning. I dislike to cook as I am packing lunch and wish I had prepared the beans and spinach yesterday, but it was one of those mornings.  Fortunately, the snack was easy as I had another Sweet Potato and Chickpea Burger in the freezer. They defrost beautifully by the way.

Incidentally, I had planned to make a hummus with the beans and have it in a collard wrap with spinach, so this is an example of rethinking the same ingredients to speed up the preparation process.  It was far easier to make the quick beans and spinach dish than taking out the food processor, making hummus, washing out the food processor and so forth.  

Have a great day!


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