Yesterday marked the return of the five minute packed lunch!
I know you’re pumped. Don’t lie. (pssst: Missed my previous 5 Minute Packed Lunch posts? You can find them on my recipe page!)
I made one of my absolute favorites yesterday — what I call a “salad burrito.” Basically what they called a burrito bowl at Chipotle but more awesome 😉
It’s pretty much a deconstructed burrito, on top of salad instead of in a wrap! Deeeeeelish. Is it weird that I really love grains and salad together? Try it if you haven’t. You’ll like it
First, you add in some salad — any kind of greens will do!
Next up — a grain. I’d recommend quinoa, barley, or brown rice. I used half a packet of 90 second brown rice because I suck at planning ahead and was packing this right before rushing out the door, as per usual 😉
Then, add in some veggies, cilantro, and either guacamole or avocado!
Any veggies will be good — but peppers are especially awesome with Mexican-inspired meals
Then, top with some salsa! This is your dressing of sorts. I used one of the salsas that we made and canned ourselves at my public health dietetic internship over the summer Man, that seems like forever ago already!
Finally, top with your choice of protein! I’m a big fan of black beans for this type of salad because it adds great flavor and texture You could add in some chicken or beef if you wanted, too.
And there you have it! I recommend adding more salsa than you think you’d normally want because the rice will soak it up some before lunch time
To have on the side, I packed some sliced grapefruit. Yum!
As for snacks, I had an unpictured Larabar and some pistachios in the morning, and some crackers and hummus when I got home. The best thing about this lunch? I used half of everything (half a container of rice, half a can of black beans, etc.) so I’m making it for lunch again today, too
In other news, last night I made my triumphant return to my beloved Franklin Street Yoga!
It felt great to be back after almost a month away — my body needed it! Even though I did some yoga in D.C., it just wasn’t the same. I hit up the hour and a half “Rock Your Asana” class last night, which is one of my faves — a great, sweaty flow and fun modern music to boot! I kept wanting to dance in down dog
I’m off to class — have a wonderful day, friends!
Do you like grains on top of greens? Or am I the only weirdo?
p.s. Want some healthy and easy dinner recipes and some lower calorie cocktail recipes? Check out this fun (and free) downloadable e-cookbook called Vegetables and Vodka that a fellow blogger created. I submitted a recipe for it, as did other blog friends!
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