01/15/14
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lunches lately

Thanks for all of your comments and excitement about the love it! series I started yesterday.  I’m already thinking up the next topic and can’t wait to share! :)

This morning I had fun dressing up as batgirl for the superhero themed day to teach body combat!

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I made a couple masks yesterday (one for me, one for Hunter – he won’t touch his), and threw together a cape early this morning.

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Batgirl ready to go, dressed in black from head to toe!

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My boss even got a shot of me teaching.  I should have done a double knot on the cape, because if fell off completely by the end of the warm up.  I kept my mask on the entire time though!  Body combat is super fun and I really like the new release for 58!  And wearing a costume always rocks.

Today I wanted to share a couple of lunches I’ve been eating lately.  Lunch is without a doubt the most rushed meal for me.  I’m either just getting home and hurrying to get Hunter and myself fed, or even sometimes eating in the car on the way to pick Hunter up from my mom or SIL’s house after teaching.  If it’s in the car, a tuna sandwich is my favorite.  I’ve had lunch at home every day this week though.  Here’s a look so far for the week.

Monday: rice bowl with chickpeas, steamed carrots and cream of celery soup + 90% dark chocolate after… to balance it out :)

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Tuesday: leftover twice baked chili stuffed sweet potatoes (picture from dinner the night before) + pear on the side

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Wednesday: rice bowl with homemade black refried beans, sauted red cabbage (so yummy) and avocado + kiwi on the side

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Today’s lunch pictured right above has been my absolute favorite so far.  I find rice has been helping my bottomless pit of a stomach feel fuller a bit longer.  Wishing it was brown rice, but we’re out so I’ve been a nice wife and have been cooking up the jasmine rice that we have on hand.  Sometimes I like to be nice to my husband. ;)

Having leftover rice in the fridge, a protein (a couple different kinds of beans this week), vegetables (cooked and ready to go) along with a sauce or fat to add has made my lunches super quick and delicious.  A lot of the time I’ll just eat leftovers for lunch, like I did on Tuesday since I was super rushed, but creating rice bowls has added more variety to those leftovers, turning them into new meals.

Another favorite rice bowl of mine are tuna sushi bowls!  Definitely try it out if you haven’t yet.

Also, I just looked through some old posts and 1 year ago (to the day had I posted this tomorrow!) I talked about my go to lunch.  What was it then?  A salsa veggie quesadilla.  Hunter was so little in those pictures!

What would you put in your rice bowl?  Do you find a certain meal to be more rushed than others?

Have a great day!

Heather

01/16/13
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my go to lunch lately

When I meal plan, I typically don’t give breakfast or lunch much thought. Breakfast is always oats, eggs and toast or a banana-egg-oat pancake (like today!). Dinner is planned out. Lunch – fly by the seat of my pants. If we have left overs I’ll go for those, but we don’t always.

This week my go to lunch has been quesadillas. It’s nothing new or monumental. Cheese heated in between 2 tortillas. However, I do try to throw a little something special into them making a plain old quesadilla fantastic.

Salsa Veggie Quesadilla
serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • 2-3 handfuls shredded mozzarella (about 2/3 – 1 cup)
  • 2-3 tbsp salsa (I used mango salsa)
  • 1/4 cup diced, boiled yam or sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup diced avocado

Directions

  1. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Lay 1 tortilla down, then half the cheese followed by salsa, yam, avocado, remaining cheese and top with the second tortilla.
  2. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until the bottom is golden.  Flip and toast the second side (another 2-4 minutes).
  3. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then slice and enjoy!

This ‘recipe’ is more of a method than anything.  Ingredient measurements are guesstimates and you can swap in or out whatever you like.  Just wanted to share my meal with anyone in a lunch rut!

The great thing about this meal is that Hunter ate with me.  Instead of him having the quesadilla too, he ate some of the fillings – avocado and yam.  No extra prep on my end for that one!

I’m off to teach cycle then we’re going to swim!

Have a great day!

Heather