Remember last year when I packed weirdly large amounts of food in my cute little Trader Joe’s lunchbox to get me through the day?
Hate to break it to ya, but it’s happening again. (Click here for previous Lunchbox Lately posts.) I’m like a third grader carrying around my oversized bag (hi, neck pain) and bright blue lunchbox. On Tuesdays, I’m literally on campus from 9am to 6:45 pm, so you can bet your heiny that my lunchbox is packed to the brim with goodies.
I obviously started off the day with a bowl of DIY banana walnut cereal drenched in Trader Joe’s unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I drink that stuff out of the carton. It’s weirdly good. I also had coffee with my fave organic soy creamer in my new thermos of awesomeness from Amazon. I spilled coffee all over my laptop case last week and I wasn’t down for that happening again, so the thermos was born. It cost a pretty penny, but I freaking love it and I know it’ll be worth it. I love that I can throw it in my bag without fretting over spillage AND the fact that my coffee is seriously still piping hot hours later.
What a dreamboat.
I also bought this little thermos food jar complete with pink trim that’s meant for eight year olds. It’ll be fab for soup in the winter, no?
Yesterday for dinner I combined a bunch of my favorite Trader Joe’s finds into one fabulous and crazy easy meal. First, I sautéed a package of the healthy 8 chopped veggie mix in a big pan with a bit of oil. Once the veggies softened, I added a big handful of frozen pineapple, frozen brown rice and a good drizzle of island soyaki sauce. Once is was all mixed together and smelling like a dream, I mixed in some baked tofu cubes I had in the fridge (drain and press tofu, cube it, spray and season with salt and garlic powder, bake at 350F for 30 minutes).
It literally came together in minutes. I ate half of it and then stashed the rest in a Tupperware for lunch today. I ate it cold and it was STILL good. PS–don’t you love these cute stackable Tupperwares? I found them on sale at Kroger. Such a gem.
My other lunchbox goodies for the day included celery sticks with almond butter, an apple, some Finn crisp whole-wheat crackers and the last sunbutter squash cookie (ugliest shade of green EVER). I think I’m harming the environment with the amount of baggies I use. I try to reuse them, but still. It’s a problem.
Fail to plan, plan to fail! Keep your lunchbox stocked on busy days to avoid wasting money and calories eating out.
See y’all Friday for the best pizza recipe you’ve ever laid mouth on. For real.