healthy, simple lunch planning for busy bees

good morning!

it’s wednesday which basically means that after today it’s pretty much the weekend, right? 😉

yesterday, i took a blissful day off from working out to chat with friends and my parents, tidy up around the house, and cook dinner with a special person!

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i recently got a food processor and made a mild home made pesto sauce last night for some brown rice pasta with sauteed mushrooms and tomatoes. here’s the recipe:

mild spinach pesto:

ingredients:

6 oz spinach

3 oz power greens

1/2 pine nuts, toasted

2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

1 and 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 tsp pepper

salt to taste

Directions:

combine garlic, greens, and pine nuts in food processor. Add lemon juice, and parmesan. slowly add in olive oil. finally, season to taste with salt and pepper.

this sauce was mild, but delicious and could be so versatile! It could work on sandwiches, salads, or as a sauce for chicken or fish. definitely a winner, and sealed with a stamp of approval by my guest dinner judge!

this warm bowl of pasta alongside a large glass of red wine was the perfect way to unwind after a long day.

 

earlier, yesterday, i enjoyed a veggie packed salad–a staple in my week for lunch. i usually just don’t have the time to pack lunch everyday, but i cannot afford eating lunch out in the city, and it’s more difficult, i find, to stay healthy when eating out. so typically, i prep one huge dish of some sort on sunday, so I can simple throw one fifth of that dish into a tupperware container after brushing my teeth before bed. this week i prepped a huge, dry salad on sunday. i dress it in the morning or at work to keep everything from getting soggy.

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spinach, power greens, chick peas, goat cheese, parmesan cheese, red peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, and i added the avocado last minute with the dressing. this meal keeps me focused and fueled through the afternoon. i’ll share some more ideas for lunches in the upcoming weeks!

i hope you all find some inner peace to hold on to today, and share love with someone else and especially yourself. move, sweat, listen, fill your belly, and smile.

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beautiful sunset i photographed last evening…so excited that the sun is staying up longer!

xo juls

 

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