falling back into routine
Labor Day has come and gone. The leaves are turning. The midwest the mornings and evenings begin to welcome the feel and smell of Fall. Kids have headed back to school and many of us return to the office for the first time in over a year. Ever since we were school aged ourselves, September has felt like the right time to reset. It’s the month when you lace up your new kicks, grab your fresh notebook and settle back into a routine. Now, we understand that “routine” can look wildly different for all of us. No matter what we do for work, how we’re returning to school, or starting a new venture, the one thing we most likely have in common is the need for packing a satisfying lunch. While we still love a good sandwich and bag of potato chips every now and then, we find our palates more regularly craving fresh and wholesome foods in the middle of day. Meals that are hearty but won’t leave our bodies begging for sleep right after. Sounds a lot like FARE ;)
The buzz phrase, meal prep, along with packing lunches have become somewhat synonymous and for good reason. Batch cooking some solid staples at the start of the week can make throwing together a meal at home or taking one to-go a real breeze. While it sounds nice in theory, meal prep can also feel overwhelming, just one more thing to add to your to-do list. We’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be complicated! Truly, a very short list what we like to call “base recipes” can bring some welcome variety, not to mention joy, back into your daily lunch routine. To honor all of those heading back to school or work, we’re sharing our short list of "base recipes” for you to have in your fridge during the week! Not to worry...we’re also here to add some inspiration for what kind of meals you can make with them.
Here are the base ingredients you’ll need:
Shredded Slaw Mix
With the above plus handful of additional raw ingredients, you’ll be able to make:
Veggie Hand Rolls with Ginger Sesame dipping sauce
Chicken Salad, to eat on greens, with crackers or in a wrap
Brown Rice Veggie Bowl with or without chicken, topped with a Spicy Turmeric sauce
This will also leave you with leftovers to get creative on your own!
We recommend making this ahead of time. Flavors get better as they marinate together in the fridge
Dressing for Chicken Salad
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Mix well until all ingredients are coated with dressing.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy with greens dressed in lemon and olive oil, as a salad or wrap, or as is, with your favorite crackers, lettuce wraps or raw veggies
Lay out nori sheets on a large cutting board.
Divide brown rice, avocado, slaw mix and herbs evenly on nori sheets.
Roll each tightly and set aside.
In a small mixing bowl combine the following to make your dipping sauce:
Dip and enjoy!
Spicy Turmeric Tahini Sauce