Good morning and Happy Friday!
I am SO excited for this weekend. My stepbrother is coming to Pittsburgh today, and I can’t wait to see him/hang out with him(I haven’t seen him since December!). As always, I must first be productive and go to work and go to school, so lets hope that these things go quickly so the weekend can start! I better not have a long chem lab tonight….
Are you doing anything exciting this weekend?
Best thing I packed this week
Now lets move on to food…. and the next installment of “the best thing I packed this week.” This week was full of delicious packed meals, so it was hard to pick a favorite. I did a lot of good prep work last weekend:
- I made a grain salad
- prepped lentils
- made barley
that resulted in easy/delicious meals and made meal packing a breeze.
BBQ Lentil Wrap
I believe I have found a new favorite vegetarian protein source: lentils. I made a big batch this past weekend by:
- Rinsing 1 cup dry red lentils
- Placing them in a saucepan with 2 cups water
- Letting them simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally (until all liquid was absorbed)
I did this while I was making dinner on Sunday, so this was so easy and resulted in a big Tupperware full of lentils (about 2 cups) to incorporate into lunches throughout the week. I need to remember to do this more often because lentils are
- so good for you, and
- so cheap!
I have been searching for new ways to use them and have been enjoying them in my lunches this week in wrap/sandwich form. On Wednesday night before class, I enjoyed a delicious wrap that contained:
- BBQ lentils (1/2 cup lentils mixed with about 1/8 cup Trader Joe’s BBQ sauce)
- more BBQ sauce + nutritional yeast
This was a simple, yet delicious and filling meal that I most likely will be making again. I also had a variation of this on Monday night (an Indian-spiced lentil wrap) by combining the lentils with some Trader Joe’s Curry Simmer Sauce. I may be on a new lentil kick….
Anyone else a fan/have good ways of preparing them? I’m looking for ideas!
Other notable meals of the week:
I also really enjoyed my Lemon Dijon Kale and Barley Salad on Monday for lunch
and had some leftover Red Kidney Bean Curry soup/stew on top of some kale that was rather delicious (I need to post the recipe for this soup… it’s so good).