Packed Lunches: Starting With K&Q

Once infamously known as the gal who would eat a turkey sandwich every single day for lunch, my habits (or lack thereof) now would probably shock those who knew me when (hopefully in a good way)*. I cannot imagine eating the same exact thing for lunch every day, and can’t remember the last time I did. There are the occasional leftovers days, and days when things probably look very similar to a lunch last week or last month, but those are few and far between.

Rather, I love the variety of what’s possible thanks to the contents of our fridge and pantry combined with a cutting board and/or quick-cooking method. Sometimes there is a theme for the week – e.g. we cook a lot of quinoa, rice or brown-rice pasta and make small dents in the batch every day – but for the most part, there’s just one goal; eat plants, add flavor.

Simple? Always. Tasty? You know it.

*There are multiple other reasons this reputation is outdated. The first hint would be “turkey”.

In this edition of packed lunches, I bring you Kale & Quinoa (K&Q).

kale quinioa & kidney bean lunch kale quinoa & peppers

1) K&Q – White Beans, Hummus & Peppers (Left)

Raw kale leaves
1/2 cup white kidney beans
1/4 – 1/2 each – red pepper, green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
2 Tbsp-ish hummus (flavor of your choice! I went with Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus)
Pepper to taste

2) K&Q – Chickpeas, Mixed Veggies & Sesame Oil (Right)

Raw kale leaves
1/2 cup chickpeas
1/4 yellow pepper, chopped
1/4 red tomato, chopped
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
Drizzle of sesame oil
Salt/pepper to taste


This week’s lunch “dessert” has been the sweetest of sweet yellow watermelons from the Good Life Farm. Yellow is the new ruby-red; this melon is astounding my taste-buds, confused as they might be.

And yes, sometimes lunch dessert is a piece of dark chocolate. Bittersweet perfection.


What’s packed in your lunchbox today? What staples do you start with?



Filed under food, lunches, recipes, things I Love, what to eat

13 responses to “Packed Lunches: Starting With K&Q

  1. Sometimes I think you write blog posts entirely designed to shame me into eating new food. Kale! Chickpeas! Gak!

  2. I’ve been kale obsessed lately! (I may or may not have finished a 1lb bag of kale in… 2 days…)

  3. I can’t argue that those look delicious, but I’m never on top of my game enough to plan/prepare like that. Plus, I love the excuse to leave the office for lunch and soak up my entire break away from co-workers.

  4. we do the same. In fact just made quinoa in the rice cooker, added coconut milk, raisins, and broccoli slaw. good stuff!

  5. We’re big on leftover in our house. Today I had leftover ratatouille, cooked cabbage and baby carrots. It actually wasn’t the best lunch and it left me pretty hungry this afternoon. Lesson learned and thank goodness for the emergency chocolate stash!

  6. i love the goal– eat plants, add flavor! that is a great motto. i recently re-stumbled upon your blog & really enjoy reading it. i was in the DI class after you, so I remember hearing lots about you– you know how that goes.

  7. I’ve been on a big salad kick lately. I start with a bed of spinach, then add whatever fruit looked good and fresh at the local fruit/veg stand; feta or gorgonzola or goat cheese; nuts of some sort; and whatever else in my fridge might go well with the above. Plus, a healthy splash of Trader Joe’s orange Champagne vinaigrette and good olive oil. Yummm ….

  8. My lunchbox just cried. Jealous. Your kids are going to love their packed lunches someday.

    I get to go home for lunch (spoiled) so I try to remember my salads and greens, addicted to tuna salad at the moment.

  9. you are the queen of K & Q lunches. I know. I’ve seen it first hand. 🙂

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