My Lunches: Dinner Leftovers and Unimaginative Go-Tos

Liveblogging the Cooking Cure Spring 2014

One lunch last week: leftover Kale, Butternut Squash, and Bacon Pizza with apple slices
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Day 6: Make a list of everything you ate for lunch last week.

When I worked in an office, lunch was always an eat-out affair. I was terrible about bringing lunch from home, so every day I'd head to the salad bar at Whole Foods, or I'd pick up a few tacos from the taqueria down the street. Then I'd go straight back to the office to eat at my desk.

Now that I work from home full-time, I hardly eat out for lunch anymore, but despite having a lovely dining table to sit at, most days I still eat at my desk. And the lunch itself? It changes every day.

Unlike my old toast-and-peanut-butter breakfast habit, there's nothing I routinely eat for lunch everyday. Most lunches consist of leftovers from the night before. If there was nothing leftover from the previous night's dinner, or we ate out, then lunch is anyone's guess. That's why my lunch list from last week ran the gamut from homemade corn tortillas with black beans, cheese, avocado, sautéed greens, and an egg (dinner leftovers, with the addition of the egg) to a freekeh salad with sardines, avocado, pesto, kale, and sautéed onions, garlic, and vegetables (also dinner leftovers) to a scrambled egg sandwich with pesto on a whole grain English muffin (my quick go-to when I don't know what else to eat, and which I had a couple times last week).

I have no problem eating leftovers for lunch; the problem comes in when there are no leftovers, and I'm feeling busy, rushed, and hangry. It's then that pre-washed greens and containers of chopped veggies in the fridge could really save me, and I could turn to a quick salad instead of my go-to scrambled eggs or smashed sardines on toast. But more on that tomorrow...

What do your lunches look like?

(Image credits: Cambria Bold)