{Today’s Lunchbox} Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

by Valerie on March 28, 2011 · 5 comments

Curried peas tempeh pate

As I mentioned yesterday, this is a busy time of year at my job, which often means that I need to think ahead to dinner as well when I pack food for the day.  Today’s lunchbox is a great example:

Chia Juice Pulp Crackers

I was asked how I adapted Gena’s Juice Pulp Cracker recipe to use chia seeds instead of flax seeds – Gena’s recipe calls for 1/2 cup ground flax, so I generally grind about enough chia seeds to get about a 1/3 to 1/2 cup of ground chia. I eyeball it quite a bit, especially depending on whether the pulp is pretty dry (which it tends to be if I do not juice any cucumber or zucchini) so I would say I usually start with 3 tablespoons chia seeds, grind that, add them to the pulp and then decide whether to add more.  I also process the whole mixture in the food processor as that makes it easier to spread.

 Tempeh Juice Pulp Pate

I steam 4 oz tempeh for 10 minutes, add about 1/2 to 2/3 cup of carrot and celery pulp, a scallion sliced thinly, the juice of one lemon, some sliced nori and/or dulse seaweed, and then either extra-virgin olive oil or Vegenaise.  I hate to admit it, but I think this tastes better with Vegenaise, though I am definitely trying to not make it a habit.

Peas and Tofu: Pantry Staples

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I always keep a bag of frozen peas in the freezer (I find the Whole Foods 365 organic peas taste sweeter than other brands) and tofu.  Both are quick shortcuts to good meals for me.   

Be sure to stop by tomorrow as Heather of Gluten-Free Cat will be guest-blogging a very delicious looking lunchbox.

Happy Monday!

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    1 eliz@thesweetlife March 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Good luck with the very long workdays!


    2 Toni March 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    What a cute lunch organizer!


    3 Lauren March 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I found some Twin Oaks tofu at my Whole Foods this past weekend. They only had the Italian herb one (I think it was called something like that!). We're going to try it this week for dinner. Where did you get the Indian masala flavor? I'd love to try that!


    4 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats March 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    @Elizabeth – thank you :)

    @Toni – I love Laptop lunches :)

    @Lauren – Twin Oaks sent me a bunch of different flavors to try (https://www.citylifeeats.com/2011/03/todays-lunchbox-tofu-in-mail.html). It sounds like you found the Twin Oaks brand which is what I see at most Whole Foods, but I know I have seen the Sunergia brand at some too. When I run out of the tofu Twin Oaks sent, I am going to have to look more specifically at which stores carry which types. I think good places to try are Yes! and Mom's. I will let you know if I find out anything :)


    5 Celeste Jean March 29, 2011 at 4:32 am

    I love the laptop lunchbox. These recipes also look really good… we are in need of more variety in my home, so I will be checking those out.


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