Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lunchopolis #10

Lime flavored popcorn, some orange slices, tomatoes, baby carrots, yellow bell pepper strips, sugar snap peas, yogurt ranch dressing, and chocolate-covered ginger.

This is super light, but that was because I had to go to the office Christmas party in the afternoon, where I knew there would be various foods I would be expected to eat. But how do people at 2:00 when lunch was just a few hours before? Hence, popcorn. This particular popcorn, with lime and salt, is quite good--kind of takes some getting used to, but it works.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Laptop Lunches #219

Leftover cheese ravioli with bacon alfredo sauce, pear slices, carrot sticks, yellow bell pepper strips, sugar snap peas, spicy hummus (for the veggies), and cherries.

Bacon alfredo sauce is new. It does taste of bacon, but I'm not sure what to make of that. There is such a thing as too much bacon.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Laptop Lunches #218

"Greek-ish" salad, cranberry pistachio cookies, slices of starfruit with grapes, and pinwheels made of tortillas, spicy garlic hummus, cucumber, and orange bell pepper.

Everything you'll see this week will be the result of efforts to eat what I already have around without going to the store, because I have so many Christmas parties going on that I don't really cook at home, anyway (unless you count the preparation of "Greek-ish" salads and hummus pinwheels).

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Pack-a-Snack #19

Melba toast, slices of Manchego cheese, and quince paste in a Rubbermaid container.

This would have been fine as it was--I have had this before. But someone offered me a croissant from the bakery and I had that with the cheese and quince paste instead--and it was more than fine, it was heavenly! I need to eat more croissants.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Laptop Lunches #217

Mini chicken-cilantro wontons, a dipping sauce, grapes, orange slices, a cherry, and slices of Persian cucumber tossed with rice vinegar and sesame seeds.

I love the mini wontons so much that I wonder why I do not eat them more often--they're so easy to prepare!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Laptop Lunches #216

Banana chips with a tiny cup of caramel hazelnut spread for dipping, half a tangerine with the seeds removed, cherry tomato halves tossed with fresh mozzarella (I debated doing a basil vinaigrette over this, but decided I didn't have time), half a small pear, olive tapenade, rolls of ham, and cheddar flavored rice-almond crackers.
I have rarely been able to eat raw pears, but this one was really nice--not too soft. I'm glad I braved it. Plus it had a nice color contrast going on, no?

I think the ham, olive tapenade, and crackers were too salty overall to be had together; I needed something plainer. But it still tasted good.

An aside, in mini-rant form: Why do tangerines have so many seeds? You couldn't possibly just cut this into wedges the way I typically do with oranges--you'd get a seed in every bite that way, maybe two or three. I realize my oranges are bred for that, but still. You'd think each tangerine tree wanted to reproduce itself thousands of times over every year. Relax, tangerine tree, relax!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Laptop Lunches #215

Uttapam, aloo gobi (cauliflower and potato curry), half a tangerine with the seeds removed, some red grapes, coconut chutney (for the uttapam), and a few squares of chocolate.

This came very close to being vegan as well as gluten free; the chocolate squares, however, have dairy. But since you can get vegan chocolate, I've tagged this vegan, too.

Uttapam is a kind of Indian pizza-like thing with a rice crust. This one had onion and cilantro on top, and went with the coconut chutney really well.

This was my second time making aloo gobi. It still isn't as good as my Indian friend's, but I'm making progress! I think I put in way too much spicy curry powder this time, on top of jalapeno. It wasn't so spicy that I couldn't eat it, but one definitely noticed. (And I was told that the smell of it was kind of strong in the break room, so maybe I shouldn't be taking such things to work.)

Oh, well.