Thursday, November 20, 2008

Problem Solving

Problem #1: End of the week, slim lunch pickings
Problem #2: Broccoli in the crisper, starting to go bad

Solution: Impromptu Stirfry at 7:30 AM

Yes, you can do it! There is time before work to whip up a delicious lunch. I work out from 6:00AM to 7:00AM and have to be at work at 8:30AM. I straighten up the house, shower and dress and am out the door in time. I saved my lunch- and my vegetables- with no sweat!


1. First, put a pot of water to boil.

While I wait, I chop 1 clove of garlic and peel the stalk of the broccoli to remove the tough outer layer. I have a few leftover roasted mini bell peppers, so I chop those too.
. . . If the water still hasn't boiled, I make the bed, pick out my clothes, whatever needs doing.

2. Once the water boils, put the broccoli in the water for about 2 minutes. You want it slightly tender.

3. Remove the broccoli and put a saute pan on the stove on medium-low heat. Dump out the broccoli water, and chop the broccoli. Add it to a bowl with the bell pepper.

4. The pan should be ready now. Add a turn of olive oil and swirl around. Add the chopped garlic and allow it to get fragrant, no more than a minute to avoid burning.
5. After 1 minute, add the vegetables and toss together until combined and warmed, another minute or so. Turn off the pan and let cool a bit while you clean up. Empty into a to-go container.

For a little protein, I'm adding a hard-boiled egg after I reheat for lunch. Saved my lunch from boringness, and saved my produce from the disposal!



Erica said...

Bravo! I concur! There are so many ways to incorporate great foods into your busy life! And great job not wasting! Hope you had a good day!

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

HOORAY!!! Looks delish :-)

Hope to chat with you again soon!

Anonymous said...

love the idea! haha...and I have been known to make some of the most odd dishes in the wee hours of the morning!

P.S. I sent on your apple ginger glaze recipe to my Mama...I'm hoping we may get a chance to make it when I'm visiting home for the holidays!

happy weekend Sarah!

Sharon said...

You're a brave girl! I can't do much in the morning besides get ready. I'm such a slow morning person. Looks like a tasty and healthy lunch.