This being my second year of teaching, you’d think I’d be much better at the weekday routine. You’d think I’d have that nailed down and be a well-oiled machine of productivity.
You’d be wrong.
Every morning, I wake up and make coffee. That’s the easy part. But then, every morning, I have to figure out what to bring for lunch.
I made this lunch bag a few years ago and gave it to my mom. I eat way too much food during the day to use such a tiny bag. I bring a grocery bag ‘o food.
The problem with this isn’t the time issue, but rather the fact that my creative food juices (ew, that sounds gross, doesn’t it?) aren’t really at their peak at 6:30 am and I end up eating the same hodge podge thrown together lunch every day.
It’s getting boring.
I could easily solve this problem with leftovers, I know. But you see, I don’t ever have leftovers. I get home late and throw together dinner, which means….no leftovers.
If I had leftovers, I’d bring them. I’m not one of those anti-leftovers people.
So, yesterday I made an impromptu “plan”.
Really all I did was make a whole ton (read: 3) of different sauces, went grocery shopping, and stocked up on veggies and meat.
So now, every day this week, even when I don’t have leftovers, I just toss some veggies and meat into a Pyrex dish, throw in some sauce, and lunch.is.served.
I’m getting smarter, see?
I know that looks like….well, it looks unappetizing, but it is really good. Zucchini hummus made with berbere (an ethiopian spice) on top of some veggies. And a big piece of steak on the side.
I also made Smoky Spicy BBQ sauce, using a recipe from an old Moosewood cookbook, and my all-time favorite salad dressing – a homemade version of Annie’s Goddess Dressing.
Annie puts crack in hers, I tell you what. Mine? No crack. (But still just as good. Better even, because crack is whack.)
While I had destroyed my kitchen I figured I should just go whole hog and make it into an epic morning in the kitchen.
If there was something that could be pickled in my way, I pickled it.
My fridge is now well-stoked with cucumbers, beets, carrots, and brussels sprouts, all soaking in briney vinegary goodness. Snack time will be a happy time around here.
And then, since there was no Packer game, I cleaned my house. Lame.
I also spent a bit too much time with Rory and Lorelai Gilmore and probably not enough time with my course planning, but I’m not worried. I can just distract my students with pickles.
Oh, and one more thing.
GO PACK GO!!!
Do you pack a lunch? Do you do the same thing over and over – the standard “Subway-Sandwich-and-bag-of-chips-maybe-a-carrot-stick-or-two” type of meal?
What’s your go-to lunch?