Recent Eats & Quick Meal Ideas

Good morning, my friends!

You know what I love? When I make something completely random for dinner to use up leftovers and it ends up being delicious.


We had a bunch of leftover cooked quinoa sitting in the fridge, veggies, and a packet of these Trader Joe’s pre-cooked lentils.


That’s a recycled photo because I forgot to get one this time, but I love those things. So easy and tasty.

Unfortunately I don’t have a recipe for this creation because I was cooking the way I normally do – throw things into the pot and see what happens. :) I ended up throwing the quinoa and the lentils in a pot, adding a splash of lemon olive oil, adding in a couple cups of water, and throwing in a vegetable bouillon cube for flavor.


I also threw a big handful of baby spinach on top and put the lid on so it all steamed.

Once it was all warm and the spinach was mostly wilted, I threw in some chopped tomato and green pepper and let it cook for a few more minutes. Et voila! Dinner is served.


Give it a try and get creative! :) Matt liked this a lot, too, which was a good sign considering it was a vegan dinner and he’s Mr. Meat!

Speaking of meat, I’ve been craving it a lot more lately with all the long runs I’ve been doing for marathon training. On Sunday night after the Parks Half Marathon I told Matt I was craving a burger, and he was happy to oblige. Check out this beast:


Matt piled our burgers high with bacon, avocado, tomato, sautéed onions, and baby spinach. Plus whole wheat buns. SO good. It’s all about moderation, right friends? I love lentils and quinoa, but sometimes I’m just in the mood for a burger!


I love that he held the burger together with our wooden chopsticks! Genius. On the side, we enjoyed some delicious summer corn. I’ll be sad to say goodbye to summer corn soon.


In other news, I’m off to give a corporate wellness presentation downtown this morning! I’ve been contracting through a group of dietitians, C&J Nutrition, that I met recently at an event to give some presentations to their corporate clients in the DC area. I did one for them last month on quick and easy dinners, and today’s presentation is on stress and healthy snacking. The presentations are a lot of fun and a nice way to mix things up from my AnneTheRD one-on-one counseling! For today’s presentation, I’ll be ending with a demo for how to make healthy and easy Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites that the C&J ladies developed the recipe for. They’re really good and remind me of a few similar recipes I’ve made in the past: Chocolate Coconut Almond Balls, Cinnamon Raisin Almond Balls (vegan) & Peanut Cinnamon Date Balls (vegan). Homemade snack bites make such a great snack or quick portable breakfast!

oatmeal_cookie_energy_bitesSamples of the energy bites to hand out at the presentation – yum!
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I will end this completely random post with a quick and easy breakfast idea. Remember how Matt and I made a big egg & veggie (sausage optional) scramble last weekend? Well, we had a bunch of leftovers, so we threw the leftovers into Ezekiel wraps the next morning for a quick breakfast, topped with a little hot sauce.


We wrapped them up in foil so we could take them on the road! Plus a side of blueberries. :)

healthy portable breakfast

Easy and tasty. Next time we make a scramble I’ll make sure we have leftovers so we can do this again!

And now, I’m off to the metro. Have a wonderful day, friends!


  1. 1

    I love lentils, but I’ve actually never cooked with them myself. I really need to start doing that because it’s meals like yours that remind me how much I like them. Love that breakfast idea! In fact, I could totally see myself eating that for dinner. ;-)

  2. 2

    I need some lentils in my life! Thanks for the reminder. Can’t say I’m craving meat though… funny how our bodies change… Have a lovely day

  3. 3

    This is basically how we cook at home, too–a big veggie dump + brown rice/quinoa/lentils + beans or eggs if we’re feeling extra protein-y. Super easy and can be doused in hot sauce if you need some extra flavor :).

  4. 4

    Sounds like my kind of quick, veggie-filled, and healthy meal! Good luck on the presentation!

  5. 5

    Lentils and quinoa sounds like a great protein-filled combo.
    Haha, and I was gonna say, is that a chopstick in the burger?! Great idea, and those burgers look really good!

  6. 6

    Most of my cooking is done by throwing a bunch of ingredients into a pan or a pot. Luckily it usually turns out okay! I love finding new combinations of foods that way. The breakfast is a great idea. I could see myself making a big scramble on a Sunday morning and then having an easy breakfast for Monday morning, which is usually much needed!

  7. 7

    love the bfast wrap idea!
    I always tell clients you can put leftovers from dinner in a wrap and always call it lunch! Or make a bunch of wraps at once and put them in the freezer for quick meals on the go!

  8. 9

    Anne – the presentation was fantastic, and those oatmeal cookie bites were delicious! I will definitely be making those at home.

  9. 11

    Love using leftover to throw together quick and easy meals! That burger… whoa!!!

  10. 12

    Oh man, that’s too funny! I totally make this kind of lentil & quinoa melange all the time! I find its the best for making a big batch for myself so that I know I will have leftovers for lunch the next day :)

  11. 13
    Leslie A. Riley says

    A couple of product ideas for easy lunches: Oro-wheat has a Sandwich Thins line of buns that we like – multi-grain is our favorite. Still 28 g of carbs, but much less “bready”. I’m vegetarian, but my husband likes the Ball Park hamburgers (frozen section of store) for taste and ease of preparation, and everyone else we’ve served them to enjoys them as well. I also recently read how to cook eggs easily that I never knew (I like sunnyside up or over easy but they were always burning and sticking): you use just a little pat of butter in the pan and wait till the butter foams (I do this on medium heat) and then add the eggs and turn down the heat (medium-low). The whites remain white (not burnt) and slide all over the pan, and if you flip them the eggs still slide around the pan and they come out perfectly. No more oil for me when I cook eggs!

  12. 15

    i love the throw random stuff together cooking method! also that burger is making me drool

  13. 16

    Those eats look great!

  14. 17

    Anne, those burgers look amazing! Makes me want to recreate it this week for dinner. Bacon, onion and avocado are the real extra special toppers. Mmm…

  15. 18

    Ooh that dinner looks really good, I wonder if I can get my husband on board with it! The breakfast wraps looks good too.

  16. 19

    Funny, I started craving fish (now I’m a pescatarian but was a strict vegetarian) during my first marathon training cycle! Guess all that muscle building makes you crave protein. My favorite quick lunches are the ones consisting of last night’s leftovers – so easy, and some dishes (like stir frys) taste better in the morning!

  17. 20

    Yum to all of those eats!! Especially that burger though :)

  18. 21

    Wonderful stuff, Ane, thx –

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    Merry Grace Chambers says

    Those oatmeal energy bites are delicious! How many count as a serving? How many do you like to eat before you run? Thanks!

    • 23

      I’d say 2 probably as a serving. How much I eat before a run depends how long the run is and how hungry I am! :) Try to go by how you feel vs. a specific serving size.


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