THE LUNCHBOX: This week’s lunch food!

I spent several hours in the kitchen last Sunday prepping for the week… and ran out of food by Thursday! So I’m still figuring out the planning part of preparing every bite of food I put in my face, but I did feel quite satisfied with my lunches this week.


What I packed:


I have this cute little basil plant I grew from a seed, and even though it didn’t have much to offer yet (and was tipping over)…


…I pulsed the biggest of the leaves with some olive oil, walnuts, garlic, salt and pepper for a nice little pesto to put on the chicken.





Another goal of mine is to waste less, so I scavenged the refrigerator to find food we hadn’t yet used and found a borderline head of broccoli in the fridge I really didn’t want to go to waste, and a leek, so figured I’d make a little broccoli salad. What was in it?


  • Broccoli
  • Leek
  • Olive Oil
  • Almonds pulsed in a food processer
  • Roasted Beets
  • Tiny bit of Homemade Mayo


I sliced the leek and sauted it in olive oil, then slid them over to one side of the pan to toast the almonds, then tossed in the already steamed broccoli, pulsed the whole thing in the food processor, and transferred it to a bowl.


We had some leftover roasted beets, so chop chop, and in they went! To hold it all together, I added less than a tablespoon of homemade mayo (’cause I didn’t want it too Mayo-ey). It was delicious! In fact, Brian ate a couple of bowls of it that night, so not much made it into my lunch.

broccoli salad2


This really worked for me. Filling and satisfying. Last Saturday, I bought some grass fed organic beef at the farmer’s market and made a few small patties to pack in my lunch. They were great cold.


I also picked up some small yams at the farmer’s market and tossed those in the oven to roast for about an hour while I prepped other stuff. These were fantastic in the lunchbox! I read on a paleo blog somewhere about roasted yams with just salt and cinnamon (since cinnamon reduces inflammation), and it was GREAT.



Well… those were the highlights. And now here we are at Saturday again. Time to hit the farmer’s market and plan my Sunday morning cookfest, which will include trying the yogurt mother culture again.

As always, if you have any fun lunch suggestions, let me know!

Until next time…

Later gators

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