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MEALS YOU CAN EASILY BRING TO WORK: PART 3

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Happy Friday, beauties!  This week has been so much fun sharing different food ideas that can easily be brought to work.  I hope you've enjoyed it, too!  Monday I shared breakfast ideas, Wednesday was snacks, and today I am sharing lunch ideas that can be brought to work. Leftovers

Okay, so not all leftovers are simple to have at work, but many of them are.  PLUS, there is zero cooking required.  Leftover pasta, pizza, and Thai food are my faves to have the following day for lunch.  What are a few of yours?

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curried sandwich

Sandwiches

Sandwiches are kind of a given, right?  I mean, they are so versatile, simple to pack, and quick to make.  Here are a few of my faves: curried chickpea sandwich, good ol' fashioned veggie, and a BLTA (faux bacon for me).

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Salad

Salads are my go-to for lunch most days.  Like sandwiches, they are very versatile and quick to make.  Here are a few of my favorite salads from the archives: Mason Jar SaladsQuinoa Salad with Veggies, and Greek (Gluten-Free) Pasta Salad.  Helpful hint: pack your salad dressing in a small side container (unless you do a Mason Jar salad) and add it right before you eat, that way your salad doesn't get soggy!

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Bowls

I love a good bowl!  Let me explain...Basically, you can put anything in there that sounds good to you.  Often times there is a base, say rice for example.  Then you can top it with veggies, tofu, meat, nuts, seeds, dressing, etc.  I can't wait to try this one!

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Soup

If you have a stove or microwave, soup is a great meal to bring to work!  If you don't have a microwave or stove but still really want soup, a thermos is a great alternative!  Some yummy options to make ahead of time: Spicy Vegetable Soup, Butternut Squash Soup, and Miso-Ginger Gyoza Soup.

I hope that not only these lunch ideas sparked some interest for you, but also the breakfast and snack ideas, too!  What are your favorite foods to have at work?  Have a great weekend!

xo.  Jen

P.S. Monday is a holiday, so I will be taking the day off and spending time with family.  See you next Wednesday!

MEALS YOU CAN EASILY BRING TO WORK: PART 2

Happy Hump Day!  On Monday I shared that I was doing a three part series on Meals You Can Easily Bring To Work.  Monday was breakfast, today will be snacks, and Friday will be lunch. Also, for those of you who work an evening shift (through dinner), I feel like lunch can duplicated for dinner, too.  Would you agree? SNACKS THAT YOU CAN BRING TO WORK

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svo rice cake

Spicy Avocado Rice Cake

You may have noticed by now, but avocado is my favorite food.  Breakfast, lunch, snack time, dinner, and even dessert, avocado is my main squeeze!  Ha!  This simple avocado toast on a rice cake is easy, delicious, and filling (all the fiber from the rice cake and good fat from the avocado).  All you need to do is smash 1/2 an avocado on a rice cake and top with chile flakes and a little sea salt.  YUM!

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apples with spiced PB

Apple with Spiced Peanut Butter

I love an apple with peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)!  Sweet, salty, crunchy, and simple to eat while at work.  I also enjoy topping my PB with a little cinnamon!

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snap peas with hummus

Veggies with Hummus

I love having chopped up veggies ready to go!  It takes a few extra minutes before putting the groceries away, but save so much time in the long run.  Here is a photo of sugar snap peas with garlic hummus (TJ's).  Of course veggies are great for us, but hummus is also filled with protein, fiber, and extra nutrients.

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almond butter rice cake

Almond Butter Rice Cake

Again, I love rice cakes!  For the times you're wanting something sweet, this is the perfect treat! Simply spread almond butter on a rice cake and top with chocolate chips and coconut flakes. So simple and so good!

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Toasted Rosemary Almonds

These almonds can be made in about 15 minutes (that includes prep and cleaning), and can yield a large amount for the upcoming weeks.  These are protein packed, and have the most savory flavor because of the rosemary.  Love that!

I hope these ideas spark some interest!  What type of snacks do you like to eat?  See you Friday for lunch ideas!

xo.  Jen

MEALS YOU CAN EASILY BRING TO WORK: PART 1

Hi friends!  Last week I asked you all for some feedback about blog post ideas, and your response was SO awesome!  I provided a few topics, but you also shared a bunch of others that I'm really excited to write about.  One topic that many of you were interested in was "Meals you can easily bring to work."  I thought it would be fun to do a three part series this week and share breakfast, lunch, and snack ideas.  How does that sound?  Today we'll start with breakfast! BREAKFAST MEALS THAT YOU CAN BRING TO WORK

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Sweet Potatoes 

I shared on Friday that I have been loving sweet potatoes for breakfast.  I've had them a few different ways, but my two favorites have either been with a soft-boiled egg or avocado on top (or both!).  So delicious and filling!

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Egg Muffins

Egg muffins are a great breakfast to make ahead of time, then quickly heat up in the morning (either at home or at work).  I also love how simple it is to customize them!   Here is a great recipe from the archives to get you started.

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Muffins

I love a good muffin!  These are a few of my favorite recipes: Banana-Carrot-Oat Muffins and Carrot-Apple Muffins.  Muffins can be made the day before, yield a bunch, and then grab and go.  Love that!

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Rice Pudding

If you're in the mood for something a little sweeter (naturally), rice pudding is one of my faves!  It's also a great dessert alternative.

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smoothie-bowl

Smoothie or Smoothie Bowl

I love a good smoothie or smoothie bowl, especially when the weather is warm!  This is definitely one of my faves.  Smoothies can be easily transported in a Mason jar or container with a sealed lid, and toppings can be placed later on.  Easy-peasy!  PLUS, aren't the colors beautiful?!

I hope these breakfast meal ideas spark some ideas for you.  See you Wednesday for snacks you can easily bring to work!

xo.  Jen

WEEKEND RECAP #38 + POLL

Happy Monday, friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I spent time with my mom and aunt (and of course Greg, too), and we had a such a nice visit.  I love family-time! Before I jump into photos, I wanted to ask you all a very specific question....I love writing here M/W/F, and would appreciate any suggestions, as I love to keep the content inspirational and interesting.  I have a few ideas for the coming weeks, but would love your ideas, too!  Take a peek at the poll below, and give me your thoughts.  Thank you!  :)

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FullSizeRenderFriday evening Greg and I went to one of our favorite restaurants in Pasadena, Yahaira's.  They have the yummiest food.  Neither of us were too hungry, so we split an appetizer (their chips, salsa, and guac are sooooo good), and split an entree.  Perfect!

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FullSizeRender_2Saturday my mom and aunt arrived, and the four of us headed to the USC Pacific Asian Museum.  It was free museum day in LA County on Saturday, so it was a great time to visit. They have the prettiest courtyard and koi pond, too.

After the museum we walked across the street for lunch, where I had a delish warm roasted veggie salad.  Isn't their courtyard pretty, too?  So many lovely spots in Pasadena.

Saturday afternoon was spent sipping coffee and shopping with the girls (we dropped Greg off at home, HA!).  That evening we munched on apps and chatted.  Perfect day!

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IMG_0430One of my purchases from Saturday was the mug above.  I absolutely LOVE it!  We had zucchini burgers and cauliflower tots (both in the archives) for dinner, and afterwards I spent the evening reading in bed.  Perfect way to end the weekend!

What did you do over the weekend?  Give me deets!

xo.  Jen

 

5 RECIPES FOR THANKSGIVING

Happy Friday!  With Thanksgiving right around the corner I thought it would be fun to share some recipes that would be yummy (and SUPER simple) to make for the upcoming holiday.  I am all about simplicity, so if I can help you in any way, please let me know!  Now, let's look at some yummy dishes...

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cider

Cranberry + Orange Spiced Cider

This isn't technically a food dish, but it's so festive!  Aren't the colors great?  Plus, this is a great beverage to have just the way it is, or with a shot of whiskey for a little added cheer!  ;-)

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Rosemary Roasted Veggies

This is my go-to meal prep recipe!  With the root veggies and roasted aspect, they would be superb addition to any Thanksgiving meal, too!

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Mashed "Fauxtatoes" with Cauliflower

These mashed "fauxtatoes" are great for anyone that doesn't eat regular potatoes, or for those that love cauliflower.  I love the added color and flavor the chives add as well.

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Baked Honey Walnut Pears

Mmm...I LOVE these pears!  They are warm, sweet, crunchy, and have a great texture.  Such a yummy treat, and a simple way to yield lots of portions!

pump bread

pump bread

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate-Chip Bread

This bread can be made gluten-free, or with regular flour.  Love that option!  Also, great for a dessert, or a morning breakfast treat!

Okay, now I want to know your go-to Thanksgiving recipes!  I love new ideas, and I also love to hear what people enjoy to eat around the holidays!

xo.  Jen