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