Now You Have No Excuse

So, you probably don’t know this about me, but I’m not a big fan of sandwiches for lunch.

Unless I’m going out for sandwiches and they come on some variation of sourdough/foccacia/bagel specialty bread.  Those sandwiches are just a little bit magical.  And also not very magical on the wallet.

I’m addicted to Ezekial bread, yes, but I mostly only like it as toast.

Clearly.  I mean, I eat that pretty much every morning.

But ironically, sandwiches aren’t that appealing to me when they’re served on plain old sandwich bread.

This leaves me with salad-bar salads or leftovers for lunch most days of the week.

But here’s the thing: my dinners usually look a little somethin’ like this:

Thing is, I was taught from an early age to eat my veggies first, so my leftovers are usually just the carb/protein part of the meal.

Now, if I eat just a honkin’ portion of cheese/pasta/bacon/whathaveyou at lunch I fall into a food-coma, energy-less, useless procrastination gremlin, drooling on my desk all afternoon.

It ain’t purty.

So what’s a person to do when she a) doesn’t want a sandwich, b) is sick of the salad bar, c) has massive amounts of leftover carbs staring her straight in the eyeball from the fridge?

Cut the leftovers in half, steam some green and call it a day.

This morning, I grabbed a handful of kale that I bought yesterday (literally ripped off a handful from the bunch), threw it in a microwave safe bowl with a sprinkle of garlic salt, onion powder and red chili flakes, added about 2 tablespoons of water, covered and nuked for 60 seconds.

I added it to some of my leftover pasta and reheated it for lunch.

And yes, I took that picture on the street in the alley behind my office.  If I’m not the poster child for high-class I don’t know who is.

You can do this with pretty much any vegetable, fresh or frozen, and be done before your Ezekial bread finishes toasting.

Let’s face it- that’s all the time I have in the morning.

Pre-steaming and seasoning the veggies before adding them to your leftovers makes them taste way better.

Which will make you want to do this again.

And now I’ve ruined your excuse to get take-out for lunch.

Sorry I’m not sorry.

11 thoughts on “Now You Have No Excuse

    • Hahaha, restaurant gypsy. I think I’m one of those, too. We should dine out together sometime. We’d probably be asked not to come back.

  1. I can’t wait until I actually start cooking again and can start taking leftovers. I’ve been all about the TJ’s frozen meals lately. They do nothing wrong, and every one of them has been delicious.

    • There ain’t nothin’ wrong with a good old fashioned TJ’s frozen meal! Their channa masala is awesome if you haven’t tried it yet!

  2. Ha, nothing makes a photo of leftovers pop quite like pavement 🙂

    I’m all about leftovers for lunch, usually because I can’t be bothered in the morning to make something else. I like the idea of adding additional vegetables, as that way it seems like you’re eating something different.

  3. Leftovers are the BEST. That’s really my only excuse for not eating my whole meal when I go out to eat.

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