It’s been back to the grind for me these past weeks which means most of my day’s spent in an office. Which in turn means just one thing food-wise: soup for lunch! Luckily, soup isn’t soup so there’s still been some variety on this end. Be prepared for a lot of soup pictures in today’s What I ate Wednesday and in weeks to come. Just to spice things up a little – and because I’m nosey to see others’ office day meals and snacks, too – I’m giving you a peek into my usual packed eats. I hope Jenn‘s a soup
lady fan, too. [Edited to add: I know she is – at least if balls are included.]
What I do know, though, is that Jenn’s a fan of well-stocked freezers. Unlike other people I don’t have a freezer [or anything worth mentioning unless shoebox-sized counts] stocked with all kinds of amazing leftovers to resort to for quick workday lunches. However, soup comes together almost as quickly – okay, that’s a lie and I’m jealous, Sarah and everybody else ;) – and is easy to prepare in larger batches. Because as much as I like cooking and bringing my own lunch I’d rather not spend hours on it after work. Call me the lazy soup lady.
Above is a modified version of my Chickpea Dumpling Stew/Casserole
A typical office lunch bag consists of – you guessed it – soup and a variety of snacks to [hopefully] satisfy whichever cravings will hit me throughout the day. For me it’s key to mix different flavours and textures to feel content with my eats. Always something fresh and crisp, something creamy/starchy, something savoury and a litte somethin’ somethin’ sweet. Today that was an apple [fresh & crunchy]
Call me odd but: chickpeas [starchy + savoury/salty] because I’ve been craving them like crazy lately. And they hardly ever fail to satisfy. If you think it’s weird: it’s the lazy version of roasted chickpeas and those aren’t an odd snack to bring to work, right?
… and one of my Peanut Protein Cereal Bars [salty and sweet] plus some unpictured chocolate [sweet]. It’s either something I didn’t notice before I started working or didn’t experience before but I get the need for something sweet in the afternoon slump [read: 3 or 4 PM] just about every.single.day. Previously I wasn’t comfortable with eating chocolate that early in the day – don’t ask me why, ED logic isn’t logical at all – but the little sugar kick is a savior for my nerves some days.
Not to say I hadn’t thought the bars were good right after preparing them but I may or may not actually like them even better after a day [or two] in the fridge. An added bonus is that they got the sign of approval from my roommate, too. She’s a bit fussy about carbs at times but they key here is to stress they’re healthy and rich in protein ;). Which is funny because I tend to shy away from mentioning the ‘healthy’ aspect of whatever I’ve prepared unless people ask. Why make a big deal about it only to hear the ‘tastes good for being healthy’ when a dish just tastes good as is? Healthy or not: for more pictures of delicious food hop over to join the Vegan Wednesday link-up, too.
Happiness inducing today: Getting to take a short walk during my lunch break which sadly isn’t possible every day anymore.
Stay in touch!
Tell me: what does your lunch and snack bag for work look like?
And help a girl out: What are your favourite filling vegan or vegetarian* soup recipes [preferably ones that don’t require a full restock of my pantry/lots of special ingredients :)]?
Do you feel the afternoon slump, too? How do you combat it?
* Sorry for anybody making non-vegetarian suggestions before I edited this. I still appreciate you taking the time to brainstorm ideas for me.