A New 5 Minute Lunch + Philly Meet Up!

Good morning!

I made another awesome 5-minute lunch this morning to take to work! If you’re a new reader, check out my other posts in my 5-minute packable lunch series:

Today’s creation was a hummus, tabouleh, tomato, and mixed greens pita!


Yummmmmm. The key to packing awesome sandwiches is to toast your bread! This will help the sandwich from getting soggy before you eat it. No one likes soggy sandwiches.

Starting with my toasted pita, I simply spread on some hummus…


Topped with a few large spoonfuls of store-bought tabouleh (must try to create my own homemade version of this soon!):


And then topped with the star — a few slices of this DELICIOUS tomato from the Eastern Market farmers market I went to with the girls on Saturday.


I think tomatoes are the #1 example of food that tastes WAY better when it’s fresh and local (and in season!):


And, finally, I threw on a big handful of mixed greens:


I love salads on sandwiches :)


For my sides, I grabbed a couple clementines:


And some leftover green beans from my delicious dinner on Sunday night with Jessica.


I love green beans and eat them like french fries, with my hands ;)

For my afternoon snack, I grabbed a beat up (but hopefully tasty) pear and a plain nonfat Greek yogurt. I LOVEEEE pear and plain yogurt together. Try it!


All together now! Quick and easy :)


I’m off to work! I’m feeling good because I did some yoga this morning for the first time in way too long. My entire body was SO stiff and tight from all the running and kickboxing I’ve been doing, and it felt amazing! (Check out my post on how I went from hating yoga to loving it!) I’ve also been continuing to ice and foam roll my calf, and it’s feeling better every day. T-minus 4 days until my very first half marathon!

Off to work I go — have a great day, friends!

A quick announcement:

I’m heading to Philly tomorrow night! More details on why I’ll be there (it’s fun!) soon, but for now, a quick note! Tina, Jenna, Sabrina, and I are planning a meet up for Philly readers and bloggers at Phileo Yogurt in the city at 3:00 pm on Friday. I think you guys know how I feel about fro-yo by this point ;) We know most of you will be stuck at work on Friday, but we’re hoping you can sneak out for an afternoon fro-yo, walking, and chatting break with the four of us! If you’re interested in joining, just send me an email ([email protected]) entitled “Philly Meet Up” so we know how many people to expect. Can’t wait to meet you! :)


  1. 1

    have fun in philly! that’s where my hubby’s family is from – make sure you eat a soft pretzel with mustard.

  2. 2

    really glad to hear your calf is starting to behave!! enjoy philly!

  3. 3

    Are those tomatoes actually local? I ask because its not really tomato season (you don’t usually see them at farmer’s markets until late July). Although I guess they could be greenhouse grown. I’m just jealous because I loooove fresh, local tomatoes!

    Good idea resting your calf! Can’t wait to see you this weekend!

    • 4

      Well, I assume they were since they were at the farmers market! Maybe not? All I know is they are like 1000x more delicious and flavorful than the grocery store ones at this time of year! They’re seriously like the ones we get in Cape May in the summer!

      YAY dinner Saturday!!

  4. 5

    What a great looking sandwich! Hummus and taboulah are a favorite of mine :)

    Have a great day!

  5. 6

    Ooooh sooo many veggies my dear Anne. Your lunches look delicious but my tastebuds would rebel. I wish I could pack mine in 5 minutes. Maybe I’m just slow. I take a good 20 minutes!

  6. 7

    The key to a good packed sandwich IS TOTALLY toasting your bread! I toast all my sandwiches because there is nothing I hate more than a soggy sandwich. You are so good with this lunch thing :)

  7. 8

    i so wish i could head to philly with everyone! sounds like y’all are going to have the best time :)

  8. 9

    I really need to learn to love Yoga–I know it would be so good for me after all the running I’ve been doing too!! I’ll read your post and give it another shot ;)

  9. 10

    That lunch looks amazing! I really fought the urge to say “amazeballs” here.

  10. 12

    That pita looks wonderful!! :) I love creative lunches :)

  11. 13

    So excited for the Philly meet-up! And your lunch looks amazing, as usual.

  12. 15

    I’ve been swooning over local tomatoes all weekend! They just have a different taste/texture than store bought…swoon!!!

  13. 16

    This is exactly the kind of food post I needed–a quick and easy lunch idea! Thanks!

  14. 17

    It is clearly time for you to open a lunch wagon! Enjoy Philly –

  15. 18

    What a great lunch!!! Love it!

  16. 19

    Yummy lunch! I love love LOVE fresh tomatoes too!!! A few more days and I’ll be pulling my first one off the vine out back! Woohooo!

  17. 21

    i am drooling looking at this wrap. I just bought a mint plant so I might try to make tabouleh! I also did a 5 min lunch today using lettuce, refried beans, and spanish rice & avocado. delish!!

  18. 22

    I love the lunch segments- the sandwich looks great! Have fun in Philly!

  19. 23

    Farmer’s market tomatoes are seriously SO much better!!!

  20. 24

    That tomato looks incredible. I am now daydreaming of all of the tomatoes I used to eat every summer when I visited my family in Illinois…we would just pull them right from their garden, slice them up and eat them as a side dish at every dinner and lunch…oh, man. I think I passed out for a second there.

    Another way to keep your bread from getting soggy (if you don’t want to toast it) is to create a “barrier” between the fillings and the bread. I’ve been making chickpea salad sandwiches all week and putting (patted dry) spinach between the bread and fillings and they last until lunch. I do this because I live in the 1800s and don’t have a toaster, and am too lazy to fire up the oven every morning while making my lunch. ;)

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