Rockin’ Lunch

For the last two weeks at work I’ve been consistently bringing my lunch every day. For someone who used to buy Starbucks every single morning and buy their lunch every day, this is unbelievable. 

As I wind down on Sunday evening, I once again start to ponder the week and what I’ll eat this week. I watched a few of the vegan videos on Essena O’Neil’s blog and her recipes look SO good. They were partially the inspiration for the wraps you see above. Of course the sauce on them isn’t vegan, and neither is the tiny bit of chicken, but they were tasty and healthy regardless. 

The wrap on the left has zucchini, cucumber, spinach leaves, and brown rice on it and the wraps on the right include spinach leaves, avocado, sliced peppers, and chicken. I’m not a huge fan of wraps and burritos normally because they’re so high in calories, but I’m working on finding rice wraps. 

I also have some of this leftover from when Steve was over on Friday night – this dish is honestly so good and lots of protein! I cooked up some chicken, there’s some rice currently cooking away, and I’m going to sauté some butternut squash soon.

This is such an expensive time of year that if i can save money and not eat out during the week, you better believe I’m doing it. Also: healthier. 

Guys, eat more vegetables. Seriously, my diet has been SO CLEAN over the last couple of weeks. Sure, I had a few beers over the weekend but that gets a pass, right? I mean, I went to Cascabel and got a quinoa and kale salad instead of a taco. Major restraint showed there. 

Fruits, veggies, eggs, chicken, brown rice, Ezekiel bread, and peanut butter have been my food staples as of late and I feel awesome. 

Another (technically) pre-birthday lunch occurred last Tuesday when Amy treated me to lunch at AQ Kafe on Broadway and 58th Streets, just south of Columbus Circle.  AQ Kafe is a Swedish inspired, casual restaurant where you can be served at one of the many communal tables or opt for take-away.  While we were trying to determine where this birthday lunch should happen, I looked at AQ’s menu and caught sight of the Swedish Meatballs and that was it.  I don’t eat beef very often, if ever, but I love Swedish meatballs.  

I had the platter of Swedish Meatballs while Amy had the Swedish Meatball Sandwich.  My meal was served with mashed potatoes, cucumbers, and lingonberries, and Amy’s came with cucumbers, beet salad, and lingonberries (very similar to cranberry sauce).  For dessert (what’s a birthday celebration without dessert?) we split a single Cremla (a creme-filled brioche bun) which was delicious and more than enough for the two of us.  

Reasonably priced and delicious, I’ll certainly be getting take away for lunch sometime in the near future.  

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