A long time ago there was a girl who lived in east Texas who ate a lot of meat. A LOT. She also loved Mexican food. A LOT. She used to go to a local deli and order a giant baked potato called the Spud Ole', as big as her head and oozing with olives, jalapenos, onions, and cheese. Plot twist-- that girl was me and she still loves Mexican food but hold the animal please! Anyhow... I always stow at least one 5 lb bag of stew potatoes somewhere in the kitchen at all times for daily cooking (this is Starchtrek after all). I wanted to make teeny baked spuds for your lunchbox recipe but I got crazy with the knife and hacked them into itty bitty cubes before you could say 'Klingon'! So here you have it... homefries with a mexican kick!
I L-O-V-E pb & j sandwiches any day of the week. Crunchy peanutty strawberry stickiness between two thick homemade bread slices is mid-day heaven! But everybody knows how to make one and it's not very appealing. I stood in my kitchen naming off boring sandwich fillings for my VLC challenge- something that everyone has in the house. Got peanut butter? Yeah. Got jelly? Sure. And lots of leftover chocolate chips? Gimme! And what about... hot dog buns? What am I supposed to do with those? *Little annoying dancing banana starts singing "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" in my head*
About four months ago I made a huge pizza and I had tomato sauce left over. I thought "pizza would be perfect for VLC! It's fun and picky eaters can conveniently change the toppings and..." Then I checked the fridge. Upon opening said jar of tomato sauce a huge white fluffy mass of [mold] sat happily afloat my pizza base. How opportune! So I came up with the next best way to make mini pizzas with less sauce (Don't judge- I had to use ketchup in lieu of it. Still tastes great!). Now we have for you cute little pizza slider muffins! No joke, this is probably the easiest, fastest recipe I've done on here.
Pasta salad is one of the many wonderful leftover-type foods that get more flavorful the longer they sit in your fridge, so you can take some for Monday's lunch then dollop it aside Friday's dinner. It tastes just like the tangy cool macaroni sides you scoop up at the salad bar, only this time only fresh wholesome ingredients are used. But it wouldn't be 'salad' if it had to be made one way! Throw whatever your crazy heart desires into the mix to make it your own. Just don't get too funky and blame the nastiness on me... K?
What can you change in 30 days... It's just enough time to gain or lose a habit- check out shetakesontheworld's video above! This school year, why not try to be healthier, expand your compassion, and shake up the boring lunchbox? Good things come in small packages, likewise good habits come in small steps. Make your change for the better by saving animals by just changing one meal for a month. I challenge you to follow me for the next 30 school days as I post a variety of satisfying recipes created with the lazy academician in mind (... um... easy ingredient vegan lunch food for a month... for all you too tired to read this). Try it, post pictures, share your versions, favorites, and suggestions!
Sushi is one of the funnest (wow- that's a word?) ways wrap up tons of good-for-you vitamins. just one roll can give you 6g protein, and provides your body iron, iodine, magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper, and amino acids. In other words girls, sushi = better hair & nails! This recipe skips the gross dead fish part with lovely veggies. Make a bunch of these and freeze them ahead of time for a neat lunch on a busy week. You cannot go wrong with this sushi! Sulu will be proud you tried it- and so will your appetite!
Sunday morning- my ONLY day to relax, ride my beloved bike, and update blogs. I didn't want to eat a quick bowl of cereal in front of the t.v. I wanted something nostalgic and truly filling, and quick that I could plop back onto the bed with. Solution? Paaaaaaaaancakes of course! They only require 5 ingredients and about fifteen minutes of your precious time. Give the food synthesizer a break Scotty (Star Trek fans would get that one)!
Don't tell ANYONE your new secret! You've seen recipes for warm fudgey brownies all over Pinterest, just to your dispair. "All you have to do is grind up a few tablespoons of chia seeds and mix with 1/2 cup of agar agar powder, 2 tbsp cold-pressed organic coconut oil..." Where does one get all these crazy awesome ingredients that I don't know how to use? Personally, I crave the taste of my family's traditional non-vegan fluffy brownies. Their super thin crinkly top, thick fudgey second layer, fluffy and uber chocolatey middle, and dense sticky and extra chocolatey-er bottom layer. *shivers* What's a vegan girl to do on a choco-rampage!