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Happy Sunday! Hope everyone is recovering nicely from the long weekend. It’s always odd to return to the grind after a few days off, but into the grind we go. For me, part of getting back into the swing of things is prepping food for this week’s lunchboxes. But as I do that, I’ll share a particularly nice lunchbox from last week, before all the Thanksgiving madness.

Grain salads are one of the easiest, most portable lunches I can think of. It’s simple enough to pack a cup or two of quinoa, buckwheat, rice, barley, farro, or millet on its own, and simply dress it with a little sea salt, pepper, and hemp oil. But my favorite way to pack up grains for my lunchboxes is to toss them with whatever raw vegetable scraps I have—the half eaten bell pepper, the odd carrot, the stalk or two of kale. This week, I combined two cups of quinoa with about a cup and a half of cooked aduki beans, half of a chopped bell pepper, a small grated zucchini, and a tiny bit of leftover kale. I dressed it with hemp oil, lemon, dijon mustard, sea salt, and black pepper, and it all resulted in two lovely lunch portions for the week ahead.

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Accompaniments for this lunch were sliced carrots for crunch, a bed of greens on which to lay my salad, and some raw zucchini almond crackers. These came from a raw zucchini bread I’m currently testing and perfecting at home; sorry not to have a recipe for you (yet), but at least you guys can see that I don’t post something on CR till I know it’s really worthy. Soon!

Anne recently was kind enough to give me some Larabar minis, so I packed those up as snacks:

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Thanks Anne!

And there we have it: a quick, easy, nutritious student lunch. I look forward to sharing more of my portable food as the week goes on.

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Happy shopping, and see you back here tomorrow Smile

xo

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