Okay now, don’t laugh, but with both my kids in school full time I find I forget to eat. Apparently the only thing driving me to produce lunch each day is my kids incessant pleas to be fed. With them out of the picture I forget about lunch. I don’t tend to get hungry either. My body likes to play a trick on me where it skips right past hungry to feeling ill and nauseous, and then I sit there thinking geesh why do I feel so awful? Oh yeah, right, lunch! I should have ate lunch, like two hours ago.
So, no lie, I set a timer to remind myself to eat. But then, meh, I also have pretty much zero interest in wasting my kid-free time on producing lunch. When the kids are here lunch is often a big to-do. It’s the meal where we eat all the fish and veggies that daddy doesn’t like. It’s the meal where I let my daughters help me pick what to eat, and where I let them design their own “what if we put this with this?” type recipes. With them off at school I have no drive to actually cook lunch. I end up grabbing whatever is fast and readily available. I’m not making healthy choices, I’m just following the path of least resistance. I lunch like a vulture, scavenging off whatever my eye happens upon when I open the fridge; leftover whatever, a bag of cold pasta, or a container of yogurt, or an entire wheel of brie.
I know this isn’t exactly the best way to treat myself, so I’ve started to try and stock the fridge with quick mindless healthy options, one of my favourites being premade salad kits. Which is why I’ve really been digging the Eat Smart brand salads. Particularly the Wild Greens and Quinoa Gourmet Vegetable Salad Kit.
This is a big, share with your family, sized salad kit, which I have served as a side dish at dinnertime as well. The kids love it. Of all the various pre-made salad kits we’ve tried over the years the Eat Smart Wild Greens and Quinoa one is their favourite. Even my picky five year old asks for seconds. They are both crazy for the avocado dressing, which seriously, if it were available, I would buy it by the bottle-full and put on All The Things.
When I eat this by myself I get two lunches out of it. (My local grocer carries the kits for $4.99. So we’re talking $2.50 per lunch, which I think is incredibly reasonable.) I just open the bag, dump all the tasty greens into a big salad bowl, and then snip open the smaller packages containing the crumbly feta cheese, the crunchy quinoa, the sliced almonds, and that fantastic avocado dressing. Give every thing a big stir, eat about half of it, and toss the rest into one of those plastic reusable bowls with the snap on lids and save it for the next day.
Quick. Mindless. And utterly delicious. The Eat Smart kits are a step above other bagged salads I’ve tried. It’s not just limp lettuce and shredded carrot. There is a good mix of slightly more exoctic greens, like kale, beet greens and crunchy red cabbage. Combined with the nuts and the wee grains of quinoa it tastes more like something I’d get at a restaurant than something I’d serve at home.
And I do mix it up. I’m not just eating the same salad every day. Eat Smart offers seven different pre-made gourmet salads, including their new Plant Powered Protein Kits which manage to sneak in at least 11 grams of plant-powered protein in each single serve kit. Neat, right?
What about you folks? What do you eat when it’s just you at home? Do you whip up full hot meals, or do you do things scavenger style? Have you tried any of the Eat Smart salads? Which is your favourite?
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