I ate a really good lunch today.
It was healthy, easy to make, portable, easy to re-heat, and exceedingly tasty.
But it isn’t fancy,
it doesn’t have much of a recipe,
no special ingredients or spices…
but who cares!
Eating well isn’t all about presentation, about spending a lot of time and effort on your meals, about trying a new recipe every night of the week. It’s about finding out what works for you – what motivates you to eat well, what foods have effects on your body and your well-being, what you like, what you hate, etc.
For me, learning to just eat whatever in my fridge/pantry instead of making a big production out of everything has been so helpful. If I don’t have “lunch foods,” or “dinner foods” I tend to get fussy and throw in the towel, and then I end up eating out… which always somehow involves a bag of chips and a large Diet Coke and sometimes a giant sandwich.
Stocking your pantries properly with simple, easy food and embracing it’s Food-i-ness instead of its Meal-i-ness? It’s a time saver, a money saver, and a health saver.
So here’s to you, old gross leftovers that probably taste fine!
Here’s to you, salad made of weird random vegetables and last night’s chicken!
Here’s to you, week-old rice and beans and ground beef! You were a great lunch – even the history prof from across the hall said your smell made him hungry! – and I don’t mind that you were not the prettiest lunch on the block because you gave me fuel and tasted delicious!
Jessica’s Ugly Burrito Bowl Non-recipe
Cook up your rice! I make 2-3 cups of uncooked rice, which is enough for dinner for 2 and then leftovers all week.
I’ve made this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe a few times, but I usually buy dried beans from the bulk bins because they are cheaper. I cook them up and then sub them for the canned… but I usually make too many plain beans, and they sit in the fridge and look gross and boring… but GUESS WHAT! There’s enough going on with this lunch that using the plain, cooked beans is FINE. You just might want an extra sprinkle of salt!
Brown up some ground beef. I do a pound of grass-fed, which yields 3-5 servings. Drain the beef a little if you want to, or don’t if you don’t. Add salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin to taste. Some people might call this “Taco Seasoning Mix.”
Put rice, beans, and meat in a bowl. Shred cheese of choice on top. Add salsa & sour cream, and whatever other taco-y things you have laying around. Green onion? Avocado? Be creative!
I would say that rice, beans, cheese, and salsa are all mandatory, but meat, sour cream, and other extras are all optional. But this is your meal! Please, don’t take MY word for it! Put peanut butter on top for all I care.
I just want you to be happy and fed and not feeling stressed in the kitchen, friends.