Saturday, September 19, 2015

Ladies Who Lunch

Today's Mofo prompt is lunch on the go. Believe it or not, this is one of the tougher ones for me. For so many reasons, lunch is a meal I very rarely eat. I guess I usually consider my juice or smoothie my lunch. Since I have most often been a restaurant server by trade, I just naturally learned how to live on two meals a day. You don't get a break when you work at a restaurant. Like even if you work a ten hour shift. I once worked at a restaurant that was severely customer deficient, and no joke I could go two hours with not one customer, and the minute I wold try to sit and eat, someone would come in at that very moment. Without fail. I am not a person that likes to eat on the go. I don't want to be eating, and halfway through my meal get up to serve someone, and have to cater to their every whim. So, I learned to eat a hearty breakfast, go however long without eating, and then have dinner, or at least some food when I get home. Old habits die hard, and lunch just never has become a thing for me.
When I was a nanny, I still didn't get any scheduled breaks, but I sometimes would eat lunch with the kid. When that would happen, it was usually leftovers from the night before, or some type of sandwich or wrap. Something quick and easy.
I love Trader Joe's Lavash bread. It makes the best wraps. I feel like it holds up much better than regular tortillas. You can also really fill these up with veggies. My go to wrap is hummus or vegan cream cheese and tons of veggies like lettuce, cucumbers, shredded carrots, and whatever else I have in my fridge. I like to just basically have a hand held salad.
I recently discovered Sweet Earth frozen burritos, and I would definitely use these as a quick lunch on the go.
This is one of my favorites. It has seitan, peas, potatoes, and lentils. It is flavored with curry spices, and it is soooo delicious! I used to treat myself to an Amy's frozen vegan burrito every now and then, but these are so much better! I love this company. They are a vegetarian company, so some of their burritos have cheese, read the labels!
I like to keep a box of some type of veggie burger on hand for when I just can't be bothered to cook. I like taking those for lunch back in the day too. I recently tried this new to me burger.
I haven't bought anything by Yves is quite some time. When I first went vegan, I used to use a lot of their meat substitutes. I also relied on them when cooking for non veg heads. When I lived in PA. you really didn't see this company around as much. Some of their stuff does have egg, so seeing the word vegan on the front made me happy! These burgers are similar to the Beast Burger, and Field Roasts burger. It's not made of veggies, it's going for the beef loving crowd. They're good. If you like boca burgers, these are similar, but they're more substantial. Yves did great with this one!
This delicious mess is what I made for dinner last night, and it's a perfect example of amazing leftovers! It's brown rice, with some corn and black beans, refried beans, salsa, green onion, a little daiya, and topped wit some homemade cashew sour cream. Delicious, cheap, and comforting. Since I mostly cook for myself only, leftovers are a common item in my fridge.
I'm looking forward to reading today's posts. Maybe I will get inspired to make lunch more of a priority!


  1. I'm a big fan of wraps too and can relate to the hand held salad idea - I love cramming in as much as possible! I've never tried a frozen burrito though we can get the Amy's ones in England now. I quite like the Amy's tinned soups too if I've not had time to make my own.

  2. PS- I've just made the Smokey Split Pea soup from Appetite For Reduction so that'll be my lunches for the next few days. If you've not tried it I can recommend, it's really tasty!

  3. I love the Amy's no chicken noodle soup! I will have to try that soup, I love split pea soup, and I love that cookbook! Thanks for the suggestion!

  4. I am not a meal-on-the-go type person. If I cant sit and properly enjoy my food, I will wait and eat later.

  5. I'm the same way. When I see people walking down the street and eating, I always wonder how they can stand to do that!

  6. These FINDS are great!!!! I need to keep an eye out!

  7. I found the burritos at Target. I tried my first burrito from the Target in Erie PA.!

    1. I've only ever been to that Target like 3 times! I need to go more often!