“Hey Jo, what kinds of things are you cooking up today?” my fast-food loving co-worker always asks me. Food-wise, we have nothing in common, but I think he gets a kick out of my laundry list of daily food rants. Or maybe he’s secretly mocking me.
“Well, this morning I had eggs, along with a baked sweet potato topped with coconut oil, shredded coconut, cinnamon and walnuts. I also prepped lunch ahead of time and made a quinoa-veggie-chicken salad. I love making food!” Talking about food excites me, but now that I’ve recounted that conversation I kind of want to punch my cheery early-morning self.
His eyes glazed over and he responded with: “I like to sleep in the morning. That’s my idea of fun.” I think I lost him at ‘sweet potato.’
So, about that salad.
I like cooking big batches of quinoa ahead of time, so I can easily throw together a quick weekday meal or snack.
In this mix:
1/4 cup cooked quinoa
tossed with 1 tbsp dijon mustard and 1 tsp light mayo
1/4 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1 small tomato, quartered
1/4 cup cucumber slices
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp minced garlic
salt & pepper
optional: goat cheese (which is never an option for me. I eat it on nearly everything!)
It’s tasty warm or cold, and very filling. I served it on a bed of greens, and ate a small bowl of leftover sweet potato chili on the side. Plus a giant chocolate dipped strawberry. I’m a garbage disposal.
What are some of your ‘make-ahead’ staples or meals?