My current favorite packed lunch…

by Khushboo on October 12, 2012

Gah, why is it already Friday!

…said no one ever!

I don’t know about you but I am more than ready for it!  Weekends are usually the part of my week where I seem to eat more indulgently than normal.  As much as I enjoy eating healthy, life is too short to always say “no” to dessert or a glass of wine. It’s all about striking an 80/20 balance…or in some cases 70/30 ;) !

With regards to the “80” bit of the equation, I thought I’d share an article a friend of mine sent me (Hi Sonia :D ): The 31 Healthiest Foods of All Time (with Recipes). I was glad to see some of my favorites listed including almonds, apples, broccoli, lean meat, oatmeal, salmon and quinoa.  Speaking of quinoa, I can’t get enough of the stuff for lunch lately.  I’ve had the same lunch 3 times this week and am already looking forward to the next time I make it:

Quinoa Salad with a couple of Boiled Egg Whites

I can’t do hard-boiled yolks

Nothing fancy but it’s just so delicious and easy!  I wish I could provide you a recipe with exact quantities but there really isn’t one.  It’s basically a mix of:

  • Cooked quinoa
  • Whatever veggies you have on hand (my current favorites are sautéed mushrooms, onions, zucchini, broccoli and green beans)
  • Basil
  • Garlic powder
  • Chickpeas

Combine the above, and top with feta and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

As the choice of protein, veggies & herbs is endless, I can’t see boredom kicking in anytime soon.  I know eggs being considered vegetarian is a grey area, but if you count it, this meal is more proof that a vegetarian diet can be high in protein too!

How many of the 31 foods do you eat regularly?

What did you make for lunch this week?

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Allie October 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I love big bowls of quinoa & stuff like that! And I’m all about 80/20 (…70/30…) as well. You have to have balance! I’m visiting the fam this weekend, so there will be lots of homemade “20″ foods…I can’t wait :D That list reminds me that I need more kale in my life.

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Khushboo October 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Ohh have the best time with your family! Eat enough kale for the both of us…I’m yet to find some in Mumbai!

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Parita October 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Quinoa “garbage bowls” are my favorite! And love that list – probably because I eat a lot of those foods regularly, except for the meat and skim milk. :) I think I’m going to try making kale chips at home this weekend – they’re all the rage and sound like they’d be great paired with some hummus!

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Khushboo October 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm

You will LOVE kale chips…I could eat a bag worth of kale in the form of chips in one sitting!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm

My sister sent me that article the other day! I eat them all except kidney beans and milk. Both of which I do not like. The chocolate and red wine are my favorites on the list, obv. :)

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Khushboo October 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Chocolate and red wine…I knew I liked you for a reason :) !

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I actually think I did say “why is it already Friday?!” a couple of times… like when I had exams/projects due on that day ;) This week I’m definitely ready for the weekend though. And I love so many of the foods on that list, but I’m kind of on a hiatus with a lot of them because I think my stomach needed a break after I spent so long eating a diet that was so high in fiber. Still, I’m clinging to: blueberries, bananas, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, bread, almonds, milk, yogurt, chocolate, and olive oil :D

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Khushboo October 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

High fiber diets can be pretty “shitty” – pun very much intended :D ! Glad to see chocolate & yogurt still on your list!!

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Sonia October 12, 2012 at 9:14 pm

thanks for the shout-out girly. trying your recipe tom. xo, sonia
ps: write a book! have i suggested that before? ;)

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Khushboo October 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Haha I think you may have mentioned it but I could be wrong ;) ! Hope you enjoyed the recipe!

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Alexandra October 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm

YUM! That bowl looks fab! :D
That list is super cool too– I think my favorite on it though would have to be bananas– I just can’t get enough banana soft serve!!! :D

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Khushboo October 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Ohh banana soft serve is SO good…it’s a LEGIT ice cream alternative!

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Alex @ therunwithin October 12, 2012 at 11:20 pm

i am a huge egg white eater, I do love them. apples will always be my go to fruit so easy and delicious.

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Khushboo October 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Same here on both notes….love that apples are available all year wrong in almost every country!

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Christina October 13, 2012 at 1:17 am

Yum! Looks amazing!

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Khushboo October 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

It tastes amazing too :)

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caloricandcrazy October 13, 2012 at 10:29 am

I don’t like hard-boiled yolks either ><! But egg whites? Yum yum! They're so fun to cut into and add to salads :)

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Khushboo October 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I love yolks drippy or in an omelet, but I just can’t get myself to eat them hard-boiled!

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Min October 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Yea baby! I just took a look at the list, and it seems I eat every single one of those at least once a week! At least being the key ;) . Your lunch sounds a lot like mine! It’d be funny if we had lunch together. On Sunday, I always cook up a batch of quinoa, steam or roast some veggies, cook some sort of lean meat, then dump and mix for an incredible awesome and satisfying meal! And chickpeas are a must too! We’re lunch twins ;) . As for the dressing, the sky’s the limit isn’t it? bbq sauce, marinara, salsa, balsamic vinaigrette, sriracha… fun!

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Khushboo October 14, 2012 at 11:49 am

Great minds, my friend! I used to make quinoa every time I wanted to eat it. Such a waste of time- batch cooking is the way to go!

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish October 13, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I love recipe-less salads like this! Some of my best creations were born by throwing the contents of my fridge in a bowl. Who knew leftover sweet cinnamon-roasted squash would be so delicious with savory hummus tahini dressing? ;-p

Lists like this make the nutrition nerd in me so giddy! I love all of these foods (except those containing gluten), and eat most of them on a regular basis, however many of them are super high fiber, so I have to be careful. ;) My favorites on this list: almonds, bananas, Brussels sprouts, salmon, spinach, sweet potatoes and pumpkin! Oh, and red wine (preferably in sangria form). ;)

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!! xoxo <3

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Khushboo October 14, 2012 at 11:50 am

Hummus tahini dressing? I need more details! When you make your trip to Mumbai (bc it will happen one day ;) ), I’ll take you to try some of the best red wine berry sangria :)

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Katy October 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I love quinoa salad too except I make it with an olive oil, salt and pepper dressing. So good! My fav lunch has to be tuna salad (with romaine and tomatoes) though. Easy and yummy.

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Khushboo October 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

As much as I love tuna steak & sashimi, I just can’t get myself to eat the canned variety!

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Brittany October 13, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I hateee hard boiled yolks..the chalkiness is just too much!! BLECH! I love reading lists like this to find that I eat so many of these “healthy” foods! I’m having a 70/30 kind of weekend ;) .

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Khushboo October 14, 2012 at 11:52 am

Hope you’re especially enjoying the “30″ part of your weekend :)

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Corrie Anne October 14, 2012 at 8:18 am

Yum!! I loved hardboiled eggs but never make them because Kevin isn’t a fan!! I love that list! I eat tons of those!

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Khushboo October 14, 2012 at 11:53 am

Kevin sounds like my sister- she isn’t fan either …at all!

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Shannon (Healthiful Balance) October 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Mhmm, quinoa salad sounds delicious! I used to eat hard boiled egg whites as a snack. Now I cant.. I prefer them with the yolk. :)

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Khushboo October 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I think it’s a texture thing for me! I love replacing the yolk with some peanut butter or hummus :)

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset October 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Ummmm delicious! Meals like this, big bowls of grains, veggies, proteins and great flavors, are just the best! Especially for on-the-go meals, which I am ALL about these days haha

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Khushboo October 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Yes! It definitely is great in terms of portability- one container, everything in it & balanced!

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JoJo October 15, 2012 at 10:09 am

I love quinoa!
Healthy meals don’t need to be so complicated :) I’ve really into Israeli cous cous right now, it’s so quick and it goes with anything, great for lunch to pack to school :D

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Khushboo October 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Love Israeli cous cous…more so than the normal kind! Must be a texture thing :)

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Prachi October 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Hey, can i ask where do you buy quinoa in Mumbai? TIA.

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Khushboo October 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I normally bring it back from London/Dubai but it’s currently also available at Crawford Market!

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Prachi October 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm

thanks! I just thought of FoodHall at Palladium, have a feeling they might be stocking it as well.

Btw, great blog!

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Khushboo October 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Thanks, Prachi! And good idea about the Food hall at Palladium!

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Sonal October 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Just read this list, there are so many foods in it that i love! Including: sweet potatoes, kale, flax seed, chia seeds, almonds and salmon :D This quinoa salad looks so delicious!

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Khushboo October 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm

We share a lot of favorite foods- love me some healthy fats :)

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Alexis @ Hummusapien October 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm

OMG love that ecard! So funny. I love reading about what people take for lunch. I could eat like a million hard boiled eggs at a time…love them. I’ve never combined them with quinoa but I’ll have to try it out! What isn’t delicious topped with feta and balsamic!? YUM!

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Khushboo October 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Agreed- feta and balsamic is a great combo….even better if watermelon is added for a touch of sweet!

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