So for a couple of weeks, I was showing and photographing all the meals and snacks I packed for work and school.
I wanted to do this to:
- Show how it is possible to pack easy and healthy food when you are on the go (It is possible to eat plenty of fruits and veggies on a daily basis!)
- To avoid getting into a food rut and packing the same things all the time
Well, after doing this for a while, I have found that my current method of showing everything I pack is a little monotonous and not very useful in helping me brainstorm new meal packing ideas. I find myself taking more time photographing everything than actually focusing on what I care about – making fun/delicious food (This also gives me a whole new respect to the 3x a day bloggers out there…. they are good at what they do)!
Anyway, I think I have come up with an alternative. Instead of showing everything I pack, I plan to showcase or “spotlight” the most notable or delicious meals that I pack throughout the week. This way, I can focus more on the food and less on documenting my not so beautiful array of Tupperware containers and tinfoil.
So to start things off, here are the “best things I packed this week:”
Best Lunch: Citrus Romaine Salad
This salad was kind of a odd mix of ingredients thrown together that ended up tasting really good.
The star ingredient in this salad concoction was some spaghetti squash that I decided to use last minute. I usually only think to use this type of squash in Italian-themed dishes because of its “noodle-like” consistency, but the flavor of it is so mild, it worked rather well in this less “traditional” way. While I am definitely not one to shy away from weird food combinations, but I swear this was good! The squash soaked up the dressing very well and tasted delicious when paired with the clementine segments that I also added to the mix.
This particular salad contained:
- spaghetti squash (it was on the bottom of the container so you can’t really see it)
- romaine lettuce
- yellow and orange pepper
- clementine segments
- black beans
Dressing: Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar
Best Dinner: Sweet + Savory Pita Sandwich
I actually forgot to take a photo of this, but lets just say it looked like this (just pretend the chicken is tofu…)
For dinner before class on Wednesday, I packed myself a sandwich using an Arnold’s 8 Grain Pocket Thin (a new product that I heard about from my friend that works for the company!). I saw the Pocket Thins at the store this past weekend and, even though I would probably buy them for myself anyway, I, of course, had to support my friend and pick up a pack.
I packed myself 2 halves (the serving is 100 calories for 1/2…. but I needed a bit more for a meal) with 2 different types of filling; One sweet, one savory.
- Trader Joe’s lentil masala spread
Half #2 = sweet
- goat cheese
- balsamic strawberries (I soaked some chopped strawberries in balsamic vinegar overnight…)
This dinner ended up being so good! The Pocket Thins are so soft and doughy (they have the same sweet/doughy taste that I love so much about sandwich thins), and I loved having two different sandwiches in one. I ended up eating the savory half first and then the sweet. It was like I had dinner and dessert all in one! I will most likely be doing this again….
What was the best lunch/dinner/snack you packed (or ate) this week?