Packing Your Lunch

Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal!  My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.

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Packing Your Lunch

In the winter, cook up a one-dish stew and pack the leftovers in a microwavable container in an insulated lunch bag for the next day at work.

In the summer, you can switch to a vegetable-grain salad, accompanied with a small bag of nuts for a protein boost.

Any time of year, get creative with a tofu-vegetable wrap, grilled veggie sandwich, or bean and avocado burrito.

And don’t stop with work lunches:  pack up goodies for picnics in the park, hikes, or beach days.

When you’re traveling – whether on the road or by plane – pack smart!

Don’t let poor plant-food availability derail your best intentions for health.

Spread nut or seed butter on whole grain bread with fruit spread and add an apple for a nonperishable meal.

If you have access to transportation, stop by a natural food store, which often offers amazing takeout choices, like entree salads with grains, greens, and legumes.

And if you’re really stuck – in an airport or a highway – choose hummus and veggie sticks, green salads, whole pieces of fruit, packs of nuts or seeds, and dried fruit.

Recipe of the Day:  Curried Tofu Papaya Wraps

Active Preparation Time:  18 minutes

Total Preparation Time:  48 minutes

Now this is delicious eating on the run!

Filled with a colorful, flavorful tofu, papaya, and coconut filling, this wrap is a delicious treat as an appetizer or for lunch.

Makes 6 servings (one 9″ wrap each)

1/2 cup canned light coconut milk (well mixed before measured)

1-1/2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste

1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

1 medium garlic clove, minced

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon reduced sodium soy sauce

Pinch of cayenne pepper (see Notes)

One 12-ounce package extra firm tofu, drained and cubed (pressed, for best results)

1 medium papaya, peeled and diced

1/2 cup chopped green onions, white and green parts

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Pinch of sea salt, optional

Six 9-inch whole grain tortillas or wraps

3 cups fresh watercress, or baby salad greens, if unavailable

*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.

1.  Mix together the coconut milk, curry paste, ginger, garlic, turmeric, soy sauce, and cayenne in a mixing bowl until smooth.

2.  Fold in the tofu, papaya, green onions, and cilantro.  Taste and season with sea salt, if desired.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes (or overnight, if desired).

3.  Place one tortilla on a cutting board.  Spread 1/2 cup of the tofu mixture down the center of the tortilla in a row.  Top with 1/2 cup of the watercress.

4.  Fold the right side of the tortilla over the center and start to wrap tightly, pressing in as you wrap.  Place the wrap on a serving dish seam side down.

5.  Serve as a whole wrap for an individual meal (cut in half for easier-eating), or slice into thin pinwheels for an appetizer.

Notes:  Adjust the spiciness of the wraps by adjusting the amount of cayenne pepper.

Store the curried tofu wraps in plastic wrap or in an airtight container as a perfect lunch to go.

If you won’t be eating all the wraps at one time, save the filling in an airtight container in the refrigerator and prepare the wraps no more than 4 hours before serving time to prevent the greens from wilting and the wrap from getting soggy.

Variations:  If papaya isn’t available, substitute 1 large mango or 2 large peaches.

Per serving:  213 calories, 5 g total fat (1.5 g saturated), 256 mg sodium, 32 g total carbohydrates (6 g sugar), 5 g fiber, 10 g protein.

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Have an awesome day!

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