Sometimes people wonder what I eat…
Here you go… Cook once, eat three times. This particular “grown up lunch” was originally eaten as a meal at home, but then I packaged up the leftovers so I could reinvent it later.
The Original Meal: Beef Nachos
- 7-8 Tortilla Chips (very modest portion – so I broke them up) – 15g carbohydrates
- 90/10 Lean Ground Beef, cooked, drained, with taco seasoning packet added – free
- Cheddar Cheese (small amount) – free
- 1/2 C Black beans – drained, rinsed, cooked in saucepan with 1 C of salsa added – 13g carbohydrates
- Romaine Lettuce, chopped – free
- Homemade Salsa (recipe below) – 5g carbohydrate
- Greek Yogurt, plain (this replaces sour cream) – free
- 3/4 C Pineapple on the side for dessert – 15g carbohydrate
It’s healthy. It’s easy. It’s fast. It’s 50 grams of carbohydrate with the serving of pineapple for dessert.
The BEST thing… there are leftovers for lunch the next day.
My Grown Up Lunch – 8/1/12
Here’s how I converted it over to a grown up lunch… TACO SALAD! Same basic ingredients, but I ran out of chips. Therefore, the nachos must become the salad.
How to Prepare…
First, package EVERYTHING SEPARATELY when you’re putting away leftovers the night before. That way it keeps longer and nothing gets too mushy. You can also have more freedom to change it up later in the week.
Second, heat up what needs to be heated. In this case, it was the beef and cheese. I went ahead and heated them up together so that the cheese would melt into the beef. Anyways, once it was done, I just plopped it on top of my romaine lettuce.
After that I took about a cup of homemade salsa and plopped that down on top of my beef. The last thing was to add a dollop of greek yogurt.
Tip: If you only use a dollop of greek yogurt on the salad, you’ll have some leftover in the container. Don’t throw it away! You can eat the rest of the greek yogurt later for a snack. Just add a little splenda and cinnamon to the container and TADA! You have dessert.
You also have a FINE looking grown up lunch. Because this lunch is only about 10 grams of carbohydrate, I had plenty of extra carbohydrates to go to Central Dairy and get and ice-cream cone for 35g of carbohydrate. Of course, this made me happy.
Now what are your excuses for not bringing your own grown up lunch to work???
Recipe: Homemade Roasted Corn Avocado Salsa
- 3-4 Large Tomatoes (I used yellow and red), cut into medium dice
- 1/2 Bunch of Fresh Cilantro, chopped fine
- 1 ear of Roasted Corn, cut off the cob
- 1 medium sweet yellow onion, small dice
- 1 medium Avocado, small/medium dice
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp Lime Juice
- Roast one ear of corn over gas oven burner until blackened. Remove and cut off cob.
- Dice and chop tomato, onion, avocado and cilantro to specifications above.
- Add all ingredients to medium bowl and stir.