Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Lemon Rice and Peas

Today I made Lemon Rice and Peas from May All Be Fed. Last night I had leftover cooked brown rice, so it only took a few minutes to toss it together with Indian spices, frozen peas, cashews, low-sodium tamari and fresh lemon juice. I also threw in some garbanzo beans I had in the fridge.

This morning I packed the cold rice and peas in my To Go Ware alongside an avocado wrapped in yellow Hello Kitty. I opened the avocado at lunchtime and mashed it with some balsamic vinegar for green salad.

On the side are an orange, a low-sodium V8 juice, and yet more Fruit & Nut Bars (in case I needed a snack later in the day).

Since I have access to a microwave, I transferred the rice and peas to a regular bowl and microwaved them at lunchtime. They were so good I didn't want to stop eating, but it was too much to finish!

Now that I'm away from home all day, I feel even more the importance of a healthy lunch packed with care and love. It's a little reminder of home, a little moment of caring for yourself in the middle of the day, and a chance to smile a bit to yourself at a cute lunch box or a Hello Kitty avocado. :-)


Julie Lynn said...

I'm always so inspired by your creativity. =)

Unknown said...

Yum! Going to click on that link for the rice recipe. Sounds amazing!

Lilian said...

Are you packing Shmoo his lunches too? (how silly, it rhymed!) I'm glad to see grown up vegan lunches portrayed in the blog, though! They give me great cooking ideas. :-)

The Vagabond Priest said...

Absolutely! I work 20 hour shifts, and in the middle of the night and esp in the early AM, I am so tempted by the fat tasty steak fries and soft-serve ice cream in the cafeteria. Having a cute, well packed, good looking lunch box really helps me eat healthy.

I pack mostly in the Mr Bento set or the Sistema lunch cube, and one of those plus a snack, plus a water bottle usually more than holds me overnight.

troublesjustabubble:) said...

oh yummy! I love it when vegan bloggers post delicious foods like this without soy products.

I'm inspired.

Toni @ Imperfect Pregnancy said...

That lemon rice looks wonderful! I'm going to go hunting for recipes for it now.

Anonymous said...

Ugh I'm so jealous. I wish you were my mom haha :P this looks fantastic.

Wendy said...

It is great to see what you are packing for lunches again!

Unknown said...

I just made the fruit and nut bars (litterally just came out of the oven) and they are delicious! I tried such bars before, but did not like the texture. These hold perfectly and I love that the recipe doesn't call for PB. My son is not allowed to bring any nuts at school so I can easily make this a nut free version for his school snacks... how perfect! But will definately leave the nuts in for at home. Thanks for the recipe!

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Unknown said...

I don't eat vegan, but I pack my lunch nearly every day. It tastes so much better than the cafeteria food, it's better for my weight and health, and as you noted, it's a reminder of home in the middle of the day. I open my containers to microwave, smile at them and think "I made this myself! I can't get THIS downstairs."

Unknown said...

Looks really good!
Thank you for sharing your recipes. The world would be a better place if we had more vegan eaters!
Peace and Love to you all.

Unknown said...

Looks great, something ill have to try, i absolutely adore Indian spices they add such great flavor to any dish