Saturday, March 27, 2010

fast and easy food on the go ideas

I'm working with another Oregon Tradeswomen group as they go through the pre-apprenticeship training program. As their fitness trainer, they have lots of good questions for me and one is "what are some easy but healthy lunches to take to the job site?" Since I'm cheap and seldom eat lunch out, here are some of the things I stuff in my bag each morning.

Sandwiches are the first thing that comes to mind, right? But PB&J gets really boring, really fast. Here are some of my favorite bread stuffers, and some you can make in bulk. If you like you can wrap fillings in a tortilla, lettuce leaves or pita.
  • egg salad, heavy on the mustard, light on the mayo, or mix in plain yogurt
  • nut butters with honey and sliced jalapenos
  • nut butters with bananas
  • hummus, shredded carrots, sprouts and roasted red peppers
  • curried salmon spread
  • baked tofu or tempeh and greens
  • melted cheese, sauerkraut, lettuce and BBQ sauce. Trust me this is good, if you like kraut.
  • nut butters and trailmix. It's like an energy bar but better for you and cheaper
  • tempeh, BBQ sauce mixed with nutritional yeast, and veggies
  • meatloaf and veggies
Tired of sandwiches in general? Here are some more lunch to-go ideas:
  • sesame pasta: noodles with sesame oil, tamari, ground flax seed, shredded cabbage and topped with a protein of your choice, such as tuna, chicken, tofu, tempeh, etc.
  • curried pasta salad
  • marinara and veggie pasta: cook 1 bag of pasta, 1 bag of tortillini. Mix with a jar of sauce, a bunch of veggies of your choice, and some ground flax seeds. (I add them to pretty much any pasta dish.)
  • here's even more pasta salad recipes here!
During the cold, damp winter everyone wants something hot for lunch, especially if you're working outside! An investment in a thermos is a good idea. Just plan to heat your lunch in the morning and go. Fill that baby with:
  • chili
  • stews
  • soups
  • leftovers
Hope that helps! Feel free to share your favorite healthy food-to-go options too...


Jenny said...

Thanks for all the ideas, Kristin! I'm definitely in the market for some good lunch suggestions. I thought I'd share my favorite quinoa salad recipe. It is super quick to make. I will sometimes make some while I'm cooking dinner. By the time dinner is done, I also have lunch for the next day.

Quick Lemon and Garlic Quinoa Salad (adapted from Feeding the Whole Family)
1 cup dry quinoa
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1-3/4 cups water
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/3 cup minced parsley
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 to 2 tablespoons tamari or shoyu
Rinse quinoa and drain. Placed rinsed quinoa, salt, and water in a 2-quart pot. Bring to a boil,
reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer 15 to 20 minutes, until all the water is absorbed.
Tip pan to the side to make sure all water has been absorbed. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes
uncovered, then fluff with a fork.
Place quinoa in a large bowl. Combine garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and tamari; pour over
quinoa and toss well. Add carrots, parsley, and sunflower seeds to quinoa. Mix thoroughly.
Serve at room temperature or chilled.

kristin said...

Yum! Thanks for the recipe Jenny. I'll have to try that soon. Quinoa ROCKS!

MICKI said...


MICKI said...


kristin said...

Yeah, more yummy recipes. Thanks Mick!

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