Crazy Monday

by jenna on March 24, 2008

Mondays always seem to be the most hectic day of the week for me. Driving in from Tampa, going straight to work, then rushing home, making dinner and going to school all night. Not to mention breathing (and blogging!) in between! My lunch today was the highlight of everything just because my mom packed it for me (so cute) and I love my new lunchbox!!! She packed leftovers of the Easter feast for me: the other half of my spinach pie, then two little containers full of leftovers roasted veggies…along with a cute cloth napkin of course!! It was divine :)

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A couple hours later I snacked on some trail mix I had brought with me from home and that got me through just fine til dinner.

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Speaking of dinner–what fun! I tried one of Happy Herbivore’s recipes for Blue Corn Chickpea Tacos and they came out great!! I didn’t have any taco seasoning on hand so I just used a dash of cayenne and a tsp or two of chili powder along with lime juice and Shoyu soy sauce (out of tamari). I loaded my tacos up with some really quick homemade guacamole (1/4 of an avocado mixed with some lime juice and 2 tbsp salsa), spinach and salsa and had a fruit plate with strawberries and grapes on the side. I absolutely love Mexican food so this meal was so much fun for me! I made extra chickpeas to have with my lunch one day this week because these little things are seriously addicting!!

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I really don’t know what is going on in school tonight…I never know on Mondays! I DO know that we have a short week this week and I am excited about that—no school on Friday! Yay!! I got Friday off from work too so that will be my day to rest and pack for my trip this weekend to my hometown (going to follow around a pastry chef at a private club there for the weekend) and my trip home to Tampa all next week. SO excited about having some much needed down time to rest and relax!

I hope the start of this week is treating you well and you have a wonderful night!

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Alli W. March 24, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Jenna– I am currently eating my first every Tofurkey sandwich: tofurkey, munster cheese, and spinach panini…. and i am OBSESSED!!!! This is the best thing EVER! I am never going back to turkey again. Thank you for inspiring me! You’re the best!!

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Cara March 24, 2008 at 9:25 pm

The lunch looks pretty great and so do those tacos. Mmmm. Maybe that is what I can make with the one avocado I left. mmm.

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jenna2 March 24, 2008 at 9:45 pm

wow ! your tacos look awesome!! :) i can’t wait to hear about your experience at the private club!! happy monday!

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Romina March 24, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Those tacos look so good!! The first time I saw them I started drooling.

Hurray for no school on Friday!!! =)

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Carla March 24, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Oh my god! Your dinner looks divine!! And your lunch is adorable!

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Susan March 24, 2008 at 10:47 pm

I love the lunch bag thing your mom bought you……I tried finding it on pb website, but couldn’t. Would you mind asking your mom what it’s called?

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Kelly L. March 24, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Attention brown baggers (or tupperware container takers)….

So, I have literally eaten a turkey sandwich with cheese on whole wheat for lunch practically EVERY day for the past 3 years. I’m not kidding. I usually have that, some rice crisps, soy chips, or crackers and cheese. I’m not sick of this necessarily but I’m getting a little tired of having to assemble a sandwich EVERY night before work. I’m looking for some new ideas. I’m not a salad eater so that’s out. I love to stretch out my lunches and eat lots of things. What do you all take for lunch? Some things I was thinking were:

-bag of grapes
-sliced apple
-crackers and laughing cow cheese
-yogurt

Would you say this is a good lunch to pack? Yes, I know I’m lacking the veggies but I don’t eat raw veggies. I like them cooked but not raw and I prefer not to microwave things at work because the microwave gives the the heebie geebies. You should see some of the things people put in there. YICK. Anywho, please share your favorite lunch combos! Thanks ladies (and gents)!

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Kristin March 24, 2008 at 11:18 pm

Jenna,
Speaking of containers- (yours look cute and handy, by the way!) I remembered you mentioning in a recent post you bought yourself a new camera case. Coincidentally, mine just broke- so I was wondering what type you had gotten, or if there was a sturdy/cute kind you reccomend? I’m always lugging my camera around (food pics of course!) and it needs some protection!

Thanks!

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ashley March 24, 2008 at 11:41 pm

If you’re free on Saturday and wanting to do a 5K, check out defendinginnocence.org!

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LolaFunk March 24, 2008 at 11:47 pm

How do you pronounce Larabar?

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ChocolateCoveredVegan March 25, 2008 at 12:18 am

Aww, your mom packed your lunch– so sweet :o).

My mom sometimes still packed my lunch during high school, and when she did, she’d put in a little note that said something like, “Have a great day” or “I love you”. Hehe

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LisaR March 25, 2008 at 12:32 am

Hey!
I made stir fry tonight and added tofu for the first time. Hmmm…not sure I liked it very much. I know you have a recipe cooking it but what about freezing it and thawing it out? I froze mine a week or so ago and just put it in a ziploc baggie and put it in the freezer. It turned yellow in the freezer and when I took it out to thaw it lightened up a bit. Anyway…how do I freeze it and thaw it out? I’m not sure if mine got freezer burn or what but something tasted a little off. It also seemed a little water logged.

help!

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ibex hk March 25, 2008 at 2:54 am

wow, yes, dinner looks SUPERB!

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Betsy March 25, 2008 at 3:05 am

your new lunchbox is adorable. i love th little containers. like a bento box!!

Lola
I say it just like it’s spelled. Lara Bar. Everyone I knows call them that too. How do you say it?

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Vegan_noodle March 25, 2008 at 3:26 am

Chickpeas in tacos… sounds like they were made for each other.

And don’t you love how something like a cloth napkin can make a meal feel really special? Love your lunchbox :-)

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erica March 25, 2008 at 3:47 am

wow jenna, your dinner looks so delish.. i need to make tacos asap!

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LolaFunk March 25, 2008 at 4:21 am

Well…does the Lara part rhyme with “hair” or “car”?

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ash March 25, 2008 at 8:55 am

jenna

i remember ages ago you bought a bunch of that yogurt that turned out not to be heathly and drove it all the way back to Orlando how long a drive is that because i want to get this ice-cream but they only sell it in the city and i was also wondering how you packed up the frozen yogurt ect because mine will melt quickly knowing my luck

ash

ps.sorry if that didnt make sense, its been a long day

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ash March 25, 2008 at 8:55 am

jenna

i remember ages ago you bought a bunch of that yogurt that turned out not to be heathly and drove it all the way back to Orlando how long a drive is that because i want to get this ice-cream but they only sell it in the city and i was also wondering how you packed up the frozen yogurt ect because mine will melt quickly knowing my luck

ash

ps.sorry if that didnt make sense, its been another long day

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jenna March 25, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Ash,

Its an hour drive….I packed it on ice though!!

Kristin,

I got my camera case from Best Buy…it was just one of the ones on clearance . The brand is “Lowepro”

Susan,

I’ll have to talk to my mom later because I’m running late for work! I believe its called “DO your part” and it def. is from pottery barn. The store though, not the website. It might be an in store only thing!

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Rachel March 25, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Are your lunch containers glass? Isn’t that heavy to lug around?

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lucy March 25, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Hi Kelly!

I try to bring my lunch to work every day, it’s sooo much cheaper (and usually better than the to-go options by my work.

I usually bring a salad, but since that’s out for you, here are my other items I rotate:

Motts sugar-free apple sauce
Lemon larabar
kashi pumpkin granola bar
homemade strawberry/banana/yogurt/flax smoothie
stoneyfield mini strawberry yogurt smoothie
dried cherries
apple and natural pb
pacific brand single serving roasted red pepper soup.

Hope any of that helps you – thinking of what to bring is harder than preparing lunch (for me!)
-lucy

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happyherbivore March 25, 2008 at 2:13 pm

your “Tacos” looks awesome! I’m glad you enjoyed them. :D

Now I need to go enjoy some of your amazing bakery items!

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