Recalling that 2016 is the Year of #NoExcuses , I have made it my business to get my butt in shape both in the gym and in the kitchen! Breakfast, dinner, and snacks are not a big deal, but lunches often have me stumped! I am not a big sandwich eater. I don’t like the way bread makes me feel and most gluten-free breads taste like dirt. When you take meat and bread out of the mix, lunches can become a bit perplexing – especially when you also don’t want to eat salads for lunch every day of the week.
Well, I’ve come across two recipes that I dearly LOVE that I thought I’d share with you guys. The cool thing about them is that it is super easy to change the spices and create a whole new dish.
The first recipe comes from our friends at Forks Over Knives (by the way, I highly recommend this site for recipe – they also have an app that is VERY handy).
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
- 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 15-ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 15-ounce can pinto beans drained and rinsed
- 1 15-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 cup long–grain brown rice, toasted (see note)
- Salt to taste
- Place oil in a small pool in the center of a large skillet, and add garlic and onion. Cook over medium-low heat for 4 minutes until soft. (Again, I saute in water or broth)
- Add cumin, cayenne, and paprika. Stir and cook for 1 minute to release flavors.
- Add diced tomatoes with liquid, water/broth, lentils, kale, and salt. Stir and raise heat to high. When mixture boils, reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
I omitted the cumin and cayenne and added a couple of tsps of dried italian seasoning. It was terrific.
I think this would also be good with a curry flavor. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it would work well.
If you’re bored with your lunch routine, give these recipes a whirl! They are delicious and so versatile! Bon appetit!
So, what’s for lunch in your neck of the woods?