Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pack-a-Snack #3

Tiny cookies and applesauce: the preferred snack of five-year-olds and Ph.D. candidates the world over.

A while ago I saw these mini caramel wafers at the grocery store, and I  had to try them, for two reasons. One: mini stroopwafels! So adorable! Two: I keep getting a surprising number of visitors from the Netherlands on my blog, and I wanted to give them a shout out (these cookies are imported from Holland).

They make a great snack paired with applesauce. I was expecting something different sandwiched between the cookies, but the caramel is not the fluffy creamy stuff you'd get in most American sandwich cookies, but a firm, chewy caramel like you'd find on a caramel apple, which is, I think, what compels me to dip them in applesauce.

The containers here are the two small ones in the Lunchopolis kit.

If you're from the Netherlands, let me know in the comments how you found me!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Laptop Lunches #156

Turkey cutlets in lemon-caper sauce, herbed couscous, raid-the-fridge fruit salad (apples, mango, orange chunks, and blackberries), and cucumbers with a splash of rice vinegar and  sprinkling of black sesame seeds.

Since yesterday's turkey cutlets were hard to eat without a knife, I pre-cut this one. It worked out okay, but I think it's not as pleasing, visually; since that does matter to me I'm going to either have to start packing a small knife (anybody know where I can get a small steak knife?), or hide one in my desk drawer.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Laptop Lunches #155

Alternating rounds of yellow and purple carrot, red pepper strips, and cucumber slices with veggie hummus; blackberries; spiced turkey cutlets with avocado-grapefruit relish (Eating Well Serves Two); and herbed couscous.

The recipe for spiced turkey cutlets, with or without the avocado-grapefruit relish (which was lovely, too, actually), is a keeper. I never thought of dredging filets of meat in spices rather than in flour--I mean, dredging, not just seasoning--but it's not a bad thing at all! These particular turkey cutlets were dredged in a mixture of chili powder, five spice powder, and a pinch of salt, and cooking them took all of 10 minutes start to finish.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Laptop Lunches #154

An orange cut in wedges, some Inner Peas, mini pitas stuffed with roast beef and pepperjack cheese with a little mayo, and mango sticks.

I liked the pitas from yesterday so much I gave them another whirl. I think they're better with cucumber, but this was perfectly fine.

There was apparently some sort of controversy about Inner Peas when they first appeared at Trader Joe's, being mostly not actually peas. But this time around, they are mostly peas. I like them a lot, though I kind of wished for something to dip them into. Next time!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Laptop Lunches #153

Raid-the-fridge fruit salad (mango, kiwi, banana, and blackberries), a stuffed egg seasoned with black pepper, some mini pitas stuffed with cucumber slices and cream cheese, and purple and yellow carrot rounds with jalapeno-cilantro hummus.

The pitas were really very good! I don't usually like pita all that much (except as pita chips), because it tends to be dryer than most breads, but if you put something moist inside in the morning, they're perfect by lunchtime.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Laptop Lunches #152

Mango sticks, a hard boiled egg with black sesame seeds and halves of cherry tomato, Five Spice Duck Stir-Fry (Eating Well Serves Two), and rice.

The black sesame seeds seem to have looked better in person. I wonder why?

I really like duck. I'm not sure if this is the best recipe to showcase it, though. I did like the way the veggies tasted in this stir fry, however. I might try it again with chicken sometime.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Pack-a-Snack #2

True to form, I've packed my snack in a random container--this is a recycled pesto sauce container with a couple of silicone cups in it to keep things separated.

Here we have a mini wheel of brie from Trader Joe's topped with a little fig and orange jam and toasted almond slices, alongside mini 12-grain crackers and grapes.

Super yummy and yet again, so much better than a granola bar! (The individual wheels of brie, meanwhile, are an inspiration. The rind is very mild, so I can actually eat it. And they're a great size for a snack--about an inch across. If you can find them, try them!)