September 27, 2009

Lunch Rox

Hello to anyone out there still reading this blog after my long weekend of internet freedomImeanneglect! If you have indeed returned to me this week, just know that you're my favorite.

Actually, I only missed one regularly-scheduled post. Normally, I would have posted Thursday night, but at the time I was on my way to MA for a visit to my sister, BIL and niece.

I've also been battling a cold, if you recall, so I will officially not feel guilty for blog-absence anymore. My sister and her household had the pleasure of listening to me work out the majority of the goo that had taken up residence in my head. I'm feeling much better now, but am still not entirely without periodic explosions of snot.

Aside from my decimating the house's supply of tissues, we all enjoyed a fantabulous sibling-style weekend in the sunny-crisp weather (you'd think I was describing an apple), and I was privy to multiple impromptu living room dance recitals.

Living in New York City, I naturally have an unnatural impression of nature as folks in the 'burbs are able to observe, so I was pretty amazed to see how much color there is on the trees already! I guess it's almost October by this point, but the ride up to Beantown definitely proved that fall has befallen us in earnest.

I s'pose I'm obliged to include edibles of some sort in the post, so I'll give you what I have.

This was an exceedingly random lunch I threw together upon arrival at my sister's house. Groceries were on the low side and I was to be in the house babysitting for the afternoon, so I did what I do best and raided the freezer.

Secretly, I kind of love frozen vegetables. At the end of the day, they're pretty much my idea of a blank canvas, especially when options are few. I pulled out everything they had: green beans, bell pepper strips, corn and peas, threw them in a skillet with some heated olive oil and let 'em thaw/cook for a bit while I cut up a tomato.

I simmered all the veggies with dashes of dried herbs like oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary, plus a bit of garlic powder and salt. Topped with some sunflower seeds and a healthy blob of hummus (shh! it goes with everything), it was pretty much the tastiest thing I could have done with the given ingredients! I highly recommend a meal like this when resources are depleted.

On Saturday, I got to dine at Big Fresh again. This is probably my favorite (known) restaurant in my sister's neighborhood-vicinity (except for that time their beets made me barf). Their menu always has fun specials and utilizes local, sustainable ingredients. The special on the menu for Saturday's lunch was a veggie stir-fry with a garlic-butter lentil sauce. The garlic factor intimidated me, as I'm no fan of lingering garlic flavor, but I thought, how bad could it be? Foolish Diana.

I think I probably consumed at least a couple cloves' worth of garlic. It was powerful, dawg. My breath was rockin' after that. That's not to say I didn't like it! You know I loves me some lentils, and combined with fab veggies and brown rice, it was super-satisfying.

Oh, I got my hair did, too.

Documented eats from today (Sunday) include white chili and corn muffins. And that is the extent of it. I managed not to snap a pic of the actual food, but I actually think I got an even better shot of the work in progress:

The Muffin Man (aka BIL) himself and his wee muffin in training, both sporting very official matching aprons. The training must have gone very well, because the meal was chili perfection! It was an ideal lunch for a lazy, rainy Sunday. I will post the not-so-top-secret family recipe sometime when I make it for myself.

And so it is that I am indebted to the fam for sponsoring my belly happiness. I traveled back to Brooklyn this afternoon, quite reluctantly, but having the boyf on the other end of the journey took the sting out of the return. :)

I also found a present awaiting me in the mail! Turns out I won Applegate Farms' Rock the Box contest and scored myself one of their super-cool lunch boxes! I will totally use it too!

This box is SO my jam! It comes with five little individual containers that fit inside the large orange box. I'm kind of a closet bento-style lunch-packing freak, so I will have the opportunity to weird out my coworkers in a whole new way now. Click here to enter the contest for yourself. Winners are many and frequent, so definitely get in on this action!

What's your lunch style? In the home? At the desk? Brown-bagged? Boxed? Take-out? Restaurant? Standing on your head? Gravity boots? I dunno, give me something to work with...


Sister said...

You should come back - we finally got some groceries! ;-) xoxo

BroccoliHut said...

Your lunch: random? Perhaps. Delicious? of course.

Olga said...

Love the hair did. It looks great!

And the matching aprons? It's almost too much cuteness to handle.

On days I have class, it's tupperware, eat lunch while trying to finish the last bits of homework online kinda days.

On days I don't have class, it's kitchen table/living room TV lunch to distract myself from hw as much as possible :)

Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) said...

Your hair IS FABULOUS! And I agree, hummus goes with everything!

Glad you had such a fun weekend.

Anonymous said...

Your hair is GORGEOUS! And the wee muffin is pretty darn cute.

Devan Geselle. N said...

hummus definatly goes with everything. so does almond butter :)

your hair looks gorgoeus :)

i am always in a rut for lunch.
gernally its smoothies or sushi.

Anonymous said...

AHH your hair! So freakin' hot.
I can def see why you were gone! Love your niece! She may juh!
My lunch is green juice. I drink it while teaching, so I guess I really am standing up!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Welcome back, I missed ya! Cute hair, cute kidlets (even cuter cuz you're able to give em back to their mommy and daddy LOL) and your lunchbox luck is great! Oh and garlic...girl, I dont ever eat it. I am so sensitive to it I swear I can taste a trace for a week. Yeah, wacky but true.

VeggieGirl said...

LOOOOVE the new 'do!!

My lunch-style = home.

Gina said...

Your niece is adorable. And, I love your haircut! I'm getting one this week too :)

I always pack a pretty basic lunch, with yogurt, some type of fruit and vegetable, and usually some granola or a bar of some sort. I also pack cheese sticks and usually a drink (water or Zevia lately!).

Heather said...

The haircut and the lunchbox are AWESOME! I am so perplexed by all you garlic haters out there. I didn't know there were so many until I started reading blogs.

GF Gidget said...

Love the hair!
I'm a total brown bagger.
PS- I secretly love frozen veggies, too!

Gena said...

Your lunches look awesome!! And honey, the hair is SO CUTE!

K from ksgoodeats said...

The leaves started changing in early September in MI! Crazy!!

LOVE your new cut! It looks great :)

Hummus does go with everything - true fact!

Shannon said...

love the new do! and the dance recitals :) much fun! hope you're feeling better... my cold has been rough and is hanging on for dear life :(

RunToTheFinish said...

i like frozen veggies too, fast easy and still healthy.

hmm i like to brown bag it as much as I can!

Hayley said...

Your niece is adorable and I LOVE YOUR HAIR!!! That cut really suits you. :) The matching-aprons picture is so cute.

My random go-to lunch is always a ginormous salad with tons of veggies and a dollop of hummus + salsa. Thanks to Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) for that idea.

Jenny said...

girrrrrrrrrrrl, the hair? fab to the max! work it, work ittt.

elise said...

soopah cute new 'do - seriously, i love it. its ALMOST as cute as the tutus. almost.