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Mar. 1st, 2010 05:54 pm
cereta: (tomato)
[personal profile] cereta posting in [community profile] batchlunch
Greetings, all, and welcome to [community profile] batchlunch. I figured I would get things started with the recipe for the lunches I am eating this week.

I call it a recipe, but almost anything can be substituted. Certainly you can add other veggies (bell peppers might be good), and the protein is flexible. I would stick with something hearty like brown rice. Whole wheat orzo would probably be good, but regular orzo might get mushy. For me, at least, the garlic lemon vinaigrette is the key.

Ingredients:
3-4 cups cooked brown rice
1 small onion (I prefer red), diced
1 package grape tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber (I prefer English/seedless), diced
1 package feta crumbles
2 cans tuna, drained, OR 2 cups cooked salmon, OR 2 cups cooked chicken
Handful of cilantro, chopped (optional, but tasty if you like cilantro)

Vinaigrette:
1-3 cloves of garlic
1 cup lemon juice (bottled is fine)
1 cup vegetable oil or other light oil

I mix the vinaigrette in a mini food processor. Otherwise, mix everything and divide into 4-5 containers. About two cups of the final mix makes a good lunch, especially paired with a small apple. Can be eaten cold or warmed in the microwave, but I wouldn't heat it too much.

It keeps very well over 4-5 days. In fact, the peak of tastiness is about day three. You could add more tomatoes later on to freshen it, or even add some lettuce with a little extra lemon juice.

Date: 2010-03-02 12:26 am (UTC)
laurashapiro: olive oil being poured over a salad (food icon by flambeau)
From: [personal profile] laurashapiro
That looks very yummy! I can't wait until tomatoes and cucumbers are back in season. Mmm...

Date: 2010-03-02 02:44 am (UTC)
sunburst_strength: (Kate Dillon - swimsuit)
From: [personal profile] sunburst_strength
That sounds fantastic!

Date: 2010-03-02 06:54 pm (UTC)
aj: (victory arms)
From: [personal profile] aj
This looks super tasty! I think I'll try it for next week. Thank you!

Date: 2010-03-03 04:14 am (UTC)
sothcweden: birds flying high at sunset/dawn (Default)
From: [personal profile] sothcweden
I really like this idea for a community! I am a cooking idiot, and always looking for additional "take it to work" options.

Date: 2010-03-03 04:55 am (UTC)
miera_c: (Default)
From: [personal profile] miera_c
Should the comm maybe have some additional tags, such as "soups" "salads" "vegan"? Would that be something to suggest as we go along?

Date: 2010-03-05 10:53 pm (UTC)
waywardcats: (double door)
From: [personal profile] waywardcats
This recipe could also be tagged gluten-free (at least for the rice version), which I would like to see used as a tagging option.

Great Idea for a community!

Hey, thanks!

Date: 2010-03-11 11:36 pm (UTC)
aj: (Default)
From: [personal profile] aj
I actually made this this week and it's been working out well! I also toasted some tofu (I ran out of chicken) and that worked pretty well as a protein, FYI.

Date: 2010-03-19 12:53 pm (UTC)
havocthecat: the lady of shalott (Default)
From: [personal profile] havocthecat
So, I had a thought, but, not being a mod, I'm bringing it to you. :) But it would be kind of awesome if we had a challenge for people to cook a recipe from this comm and then post about their experiences with it. I'd be rather curious to see what it's been like for other people and if anyone has varied the recipes at all (like I often do).

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