In My Lunchbox This Week…

Usually, after running a marathon, I have an insatiable hunger for at least a week. Last Sunday afternoon, I had a big cook-up, to ensure I would have an adequate supply of good food options, for when the waves of hunger passed over me this week. Due to popular request, here is how I put my lunchbox together this week…

2 kinds of chicken, quinoa, frittata, salad, kale chips, cut fruit and paleo cookes.
2 kinds of chicken, quinoa, frittata, salad, kale chips, cut fruit and paleo cookes.

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2 kinds of chicken

This one is pretty simple. I bought a couple of chicken breasts, diced them up, marinated the chicken for a couple of hours in the fridge, then cooked it in a pan.

Marinades i frequently use…

1 part kecap manis, 1 part sweet chilli sauce

1 part soy sauce, 1 part honey

1 part lemon juice, 1 part honey, mixed herbs

Or just use a store bought marinade. I like the Nandos ones.

Quinoa

I cook it just like rice, in the rice cooker, using the ratio of 1 part quinoa, 2 parts water. It is very nutritious, but not the most exciting tasting food (kind of like eating plain rice). To make it more interesting, I like to add a squeeze of lemon juice, some toasted hazelnuts, and a chopped date or two, or some raisins.

Mini Frittatas

This is one of my favourite quick and easy lunches. I dice up a small sweet potato and roast it in the oven. Then I lightly beat 4 eggs. I add the sweet potato to the eggs, then add a handful of chopped baby spinach and some chopped feta. Pour into a 6-muffin pan, and put in a moderate oven until they brown. You can add some cheese on top if you like.

Salad

This one was pretty simple. I opened a bag of store-bought salad.

Kale Chips

Buy a bunch of kale and rinse the leaves. The original recipe I used said to brush the leaves with olive oil, but I didn’t like them when I did this, so now I just lightly spray the tray. Season to taste with whatever you like, rock salt, cayenne pepper, ground pepper, etc. I like using a balsamic vinegar infused sea salt. Bake in a slow oven until the leaves are dry.

Cut Fruit

I cut up some strawberries and an orange. This way, they were freely available when I was looking for a quick snack, or easy to eat at work. I chose strawberries and oranges because they last well for a couple of days cut in the fridge. Also, the paleo cookie recipe calls for the zest of one orange, so I used that orange.

Paleo Orange and Almond Biscuits

I really like these biscuits, and make a batch every couple of weeks. The recipe can be found at the link below:

https://marathonbarbie.com/2013/10/26/recipe-paleo-orange-and-almond-biscuits/

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4 thoughts on “In My Lunchbox This Week…

  1. I actually crave quinoa these days. You do know to wash it thoroughly before use as it has saponins on the husk?

    I also cook it like rice, then add fried red onion.

    I also squeeze lemon juice into it and have been mixing one tin of the john west tunas 🙂 Dash of black pepper.

    I love lemon pepper and zesty vinegarette.

    I’m also going to try looking quinoa with a kaffir lime leaf, just for fun!

    1. I do….. Washing it is such a pain!
      I should have included that in the post.
      A lot of commercially sold quinoa has had it removed I believe. An easy test is lif it tastes bitter!
      I had the zesty vinaigrette tuna yesterday, I like it too. have not tried it in my Quinoa though, maybe I will!

  2. I wasn’t prepared for the insatiable hunger following my first half and as a result opted for quick and unhealthy ‘fixes’. This preparation in future will help me avoid caving to the carb cravings. Thanks!

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