busy bee

Life sure is busy these days, my friends.

Too busy to get home at 9:00pm and roast spaghetti squash.  Too busy to care that the whole apartment smells like a jar of minced garlic. 

Too busy to make mini meatball muffins when I have to leave for babysitting three minutes before it’s time to spoon the last fourth cup of marinara on top.  Too busy to roast the asparagus in my fridge that’s starting to smell a little cary. 

Too busy to eat out of anything other than my beloved glass Pyrex. I need to be able to take something out of my beautiful  four-cup Pyrex glass Tupperware and place it quickly in the two-cup one.  Pack and go, pack and go.

I had a lonely can of butternut squash in the pantry and a bag of lentils asking to be hidden in a soup.  Hmmm.

Too busy to make protein-packed butternut bisque.

Butternut Lentil Bisque

-serves 5-6

  • 1 can butternut squash (or chop and roast a whole one)
  • 2 cups milk (I used unsweetened almond)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 cup dried lentils (rinsed)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp cane sugar + 1-2 tsp maple syrup (if you prefer a less sweet soup, feel free to omit some of the sugar)
  • 2 tsp non-dairy creamer (optional)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp coriander (optional)
  • 1 tsp sea salt plus more to taste

  1. Sautee chopped onion, garlic and celery for about eight minutes in a large pot over medium heat in a bit of oil or veg broth.  Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add in the cinnamon, curry, ginger and coriander and sautee for another minute.
  3. Add in everything else (including lentils) except the creamer and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour (or until lentils are tender).
  5. Stir in the creamer and season to taste with sea salt and more cinnamon.
  6. Blend soup  in small batches until smooth and creamy.
Too busy to take a picture of soup that doesn’t look like scary asparagus’ long lost cousin. 
 

And when I got sick of the soup for lunch, I cooked up a batch of quinoa and roasted a bunch of veggies.

Too busy to crack open a can of garbanzos.

The Lunch Bowl

-serves one

  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa (about 1/4 cup dry)
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • 1 cup roasted vegetables (I used broccoli, asparagus and green tomatoes)
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1/2 tsp Siracha, or to taste
  • *1 tbsp hemp seeds (optional, see note)
  • *1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • sea salt, garlic powder and pepper to taste
  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Combine all ingredients in your beautiful Pyrex Tupperware so its ready for lunch at work/class/gym/home.

*One tablespoon of hemp seeds has five and a half grams of protein.  One tablespoon of nooch has four  grams. These optional ingredients pack quite a protein punch!  In addition to the six grams from the chickpeas and six  from the quinoa… this bowl has about 22 grams. Not to mention that quinoa is a complete protein that has all nine essential amino acids.

Too busy to get enough protein, clearly.

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “busy bee

  1. Just shared your blog with Ali Matthews after telling her that her new favorite granola bar couldn’t be good since the first ingredient is high fructose corn syrup…seems like you’re rubbing off on me!

  2. We want you to do a post about healthy granola bars! Or other stuff you don’t have to cook and can quickly take with you to class or wherever!

  3. Your creative writing abilities has pushed me to get my own seo singapore website now.I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this web site. I am hoping the same high-grade website post from you in the upcoming as well. Actually the blogging is spreading its wings rapidly. Your write up is a great example of it.

  4. Pingback: vegatologist | Hummusapien

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s