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Today let’s talk about a part of life that sometimes doesn’t get enough thought and attention … lunch. Poor lunch. Lunch is treated (especially those of us that have short lunch hours) as an afterthought, a break time, and just another blip to the end of the day. Eating lunch like this is completely missing out on grabbing a moment in our day and making it delightful and purposeful.
So today, let’s talk about turning a Sad Desk Lunch into a Delightful Desk Lunch.
The requirements for a delightful desk lunch are simple…
- Tasty and beautiful.
- Simple to store and eat.
- It refuels our bodies.
- Bonus points if it reminds us of a great dinner memory, holiday event, or person.
For busy moms, soups and salads are best made in larger batches for dinner with the purpose of storing leftovers for lunch.
This Carrot Ginger soup is a favorite for busy weeks. It’s easy to make, uses simple ingredients, and stores beautifully.
Soups made for dinner also bring a memory attached to them when eaten again for lunch. You might always remember the antics of the night before or the story one of your children told. Or how crazy hard it was to get everyone to sit down at the same time briefly. Whatever it is, soups have sentimentality.
If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use your upright blender just fine.
Maybe you make a lot of soups and it may be smart for you invest in an immersion blender, however. They aren’t terribly expensive and are just so much easier to clean up! This one is inexpensive and even comes with a whisk attachment!
Anyway, this soup begins its life as a broth of sorts and with the help of your blender, turns into a delightful creamy soup.
Use fresh ginger, carrots, and parsley for the freshest of flavors. But, not a single soul is going to judge you if you pull out frozen carrots, minced jarred gingers, and dried parsley. Nope… if that’s what it takes for you to get a yummy soup made, do it!
Simple for you may be different for me and there is utterly nothing wrong with that!
Soups are one of the best for making ahead and stashing in the Genuine Thermos® Brand Dual Compartment Food Jar vacuum insulated stainless steel side and then making up a salad for the Eastman Tritan side. So, have you heard of LunchBox Noodles?
Oh, well then… Read on.
Really the best thing ever is this new Genuine Thermos® Brand Dual Compartment Food Jar that keeps foot hot or cold on the vacuum insulated side (and stays hot while your salad is in the fridge waiting for lunch!) and cold on the other when refrigerated. Genius stuff!
LunchBox noodles make themselves while sitting in the fridge at work waiting for lunch time. Right? Genius!
This delicious noodle salad is utterly simple; put all the ingredients into the clear side of the Genuine Thermos® Brand Dual Compartment Food Jar and fill the remainder with hot water (about 1 cup). Give it a stir and then pop it into the fridge.
When lunch rolls around you’ll have a tasty cold noodle salad. Easy!
Isn’t that Genuine Thermos® Brand Dual Compartment Food Jar just the cutest? You’ll be the coolest cat at lunch time and wreak havoc with all your compatriots. Jealousy abounds! Never mind the fact that they’ll keep stealing your lunch.
Carrot and Ginger SoupPrint Pin Rate
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 6-7 large carrots 1.5 pounds peeled and sliced.
- 1 large onion chopped.
- salt & pepper to taste
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- 2 cups vegetable stock.
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon parsley chopped.
- 1 tablespoon lime juice could substitute lemon juice or rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon curry powder substitute hot sauce or eliminate, if you like
- Add olive oil, carrots, and onion to a large soup pot on med heat.
- Cook together for about 8 minutes, not letting brown, until carrots begin to soften.
- Add remaining ingredients and bring to boil.
- Let simmer about 10 minutes or until carrots are soft.
- Remove from heat and use the immersion blender to puree.
To freeze, let cool completely and then spoon into freezer bags being sure to eliminate as much air as possible from the bag before closing. Label properly and store away. To reheat, thaw in warm water enough to remove soup from bag, place into saucepan on low heat.
- 2 teaspoons beef bouillon or pkg from noodles
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 pkg instant ramen noodles or 1 cup quick cook rice or soba noodles
- 1/2 cup broccoli slaw or shredded cabbage
- 1/2 cup sliced carrots cooked.
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 cup boiling water
- optional: beef chicken, shrimp
- Add all ingredients into the container.
- Place into fridge until ready to eat... at least 4 hours.