These days, I usually eat lunch by myself at home. Which sounds sad at first, but is actually blessedly peaceful compared to how I used to eat lunch – hunched at my desk, shoveling food into my mouth from a container pinned between my arms and my keyboard as I furiously typed emails and reviewed contracts. And that lunch was often an overpriced salad or soggy leftovers from the dinner I had delivered to the office the night before. Not that it really mattered because when I ate that way, I never really appreciated or truly savored my food.
So these days, I look forward to my lunch for one, usually made from leftovers and random ingredients from my various cooking forays that week. I enjoy cobbling those bits and bobs together with things from my pantry to transform leftovers into brand new dishes. See some recent lunch creations after the jump!
~~Pasta with tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil and parmesan cheese~~
Leftovers: cooked linguine
Fresh Ingredients On Hand: tomatoes and basil
~~Soba noodle bowl with kale, chicken and egg~~
Leftovers: teriyaki chicken with onions
Fresh Ingredients On Hand: kale (see my recipe for two-minute kale here)
~~Turkey burger sandwich with broccoli~~
Leftovers: turkey burger patties
Fresh Ingredients On Hand: broccoli, lettuce, tomato
~~Chicken salad tartine with soft boiled egg~~
Leftovers: chicken salad
Fresh Ingredients On Hand: a loaf of really good multigrain bread