As promised, here is what I plan on cooking this week. The first listing is what I will pack Dillon and I for lunch, and then the second is what I plan to make for dinner.
Brown Rice, Black Beans, Chickpeas Tofu, Nut Butter
Refried Bean Tacos
Rice bowl w/tofu and broccoli (chickpeas for hubs)
Salad with Beans/Leftovers
Black Bean Wrap & Salad
Salad or Rice Bowl w/Tofu (chickpeas for hubs)
Grilled Tofu Sandwiches (turkey burger for hubs) & roasted veggies
Leftover Tofu for me, Black Bean Wrap for Dillon
Seitan Guinness Stew
Seems pretty do-able! Along with lunches, I always pack snacks like clementines, apples, nuts, etc because I like to snack a bit throughout the day.
The prep I do is on Sunday which makes throwing together lunches really easy. As for the meals in italics, I plan to make sure you get a recap of those :)
To Start, here is a brief description of how I prep on Sundays.
I made nut butter earlier in the day by blending ~ 1 cup of cashews until creamy (about 10 minutes).
I used 1 cup of dry, long grain brown rice and 2 1/3 cups of water.
First, boil the water. Then add the rice, stir once, and let it sit, covered, for 45 minutes or until the water is absorbed.
Be patient and really just leave it alone to do its thing.
All done! 1 cup of dried rice made about 4 cups of cooked rice. I'll be using this in the rice bowls and in the fried rice I'm going to make on Tuesday.
While the rice was cooking, I made the next 3 things.
I started by draining and rinsing 1 can of black beans. Then I put it in a frying pan and added spices.
Cooked for about 7-10 minuted until warm and covered in the spices.
I repeated the draining and rinsing for the chickpeas. Spiced and browned in a pan for these as well.
Cooked about 10-12 minuted until browned.
I pressed the tofu for about 20 minutes before cooking. I used the same spices for the tofu as I did for the chickpeas.
Cooked for about 15 minutes until nice and brown.
All ready to go!
I did all of this in about 30 minutes and even cleaned up the kitchen while everything was cooking. It's surprising how productive I can be if I want to :)
I think this will really help the week be less hectic. Having healthy food on hand is very important to me, and it's pretty easy as long as you plan ahead!
Happy Monday! I'm working for 10 hours since its supposed to be a really busy day. I'll be glad to come home and relax. I hope you have a great day!