I know with the kids back in school we all think it should be time for Fall eating. Where we get out our favorite stews, chili or pumpkin recipes (unless of course you are my friend Stacy who despises anything in the pumpkin region – still love you girl even though I think that is un-American), we bust out the snuggly blankets and watch football.
Well, here in the lovely Bay Area we are experiencing a heat wave and it is reaching 105 up to 113 degrees. I know my family in the Mid-West and East Coast are calling me soft right now since we will probably only have to endure this for 4 days, but to all my Cali peeps out there it is Hotter Than You Know What!!!
I understand the pain of first hand trying to come up with something delicious that won’t heat you or your house up. Here is one of my favorite go to lunches that can be made the night before so you can take to work, or can be made quickly when you have a minute in your day.
The base is baby spinach, topped with a combo of shredded kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage (Safeway has a great organic brand that comes packaged with all of these shredded together). I then cube organic tofu, add a handful of dried cranberries and top it all off with some sliced grapes. I lightly drizzle olive oil and a balsamic glaze, and to really give it the POP of flavor I am looking for I top it with fresh lemon juice from half a lemon. Is you mouth-watering yet….Trust me it is SO GOOD and REFRESHING on these miserably hot days or really any day!
Trust me after you eat this you will be so happy that you spent the 5 minutes it took to prepare it vs. grabbing the chips and salsa or cheese and crackers as a quick non cooking meal/snack. These meal is packed full of essential vitamins and minerals, honestly too many to mention where I don’t bore you!
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