Mmmm Lunch

My alarm went off way to early this morning.  I was really comfy and deep asleep.  I had the instant urge to turn it off and sleep forever.  However, a little kitten with a loud meow also heard the alarm and was not about to let me forget it.  Snoozing is not snoozing with a constant voice outside your door, so I let her in for a cuddle before finally dragging myself out of bed.  Despite being tired, I wasn’t about to miss this morning’s outdoor run.  A quick look at my phone confirmed that it was indeed 40 degrees at 6:15AM.  By the time I hit the road at 6:45, the sun was starting to rise.  I hit the trail which was a mix of melted snow and ice.  It was kind of like doing intervals as I walked across the slippery ice.  I was so excited to be back outside and it felt almost like spring.  I had a few quick minutes to shower and get ready for work.  I was actually excited for my lunch today, so much more fun than my usual PB&J.  Yesterday, I made this quinoa and edamame salad from Oxygen Magazine.

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I subbed in veggie broth for the carrot juice (because believe it or not, carrot juice is kind of hard to find).

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The salad turned out amazing and it is PACKED with protein.

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Here is the recipe from Oxygen.  I added in some chili powder too.  Just make the quinoa and then stir in the other ingredients.  Dried cranberries would be a good addition too.

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To go with my salad, I made Mama Pea’s Mmmm Sauce.

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I have read about the sauce on tons of blog, but never thought to try it. It was super easy to make and the perfect addition to my salad.

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The sauce stores in the refrigerator for a week and can go with anything.  Once you try it, you’ll totally understand!

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I packed my salad and sauce with a pita for lunch today.  I must say that this lunch was real good, a definite repeat.  I shared some of the sauce with my vegetarian coworker.  She ate hers with pasta and veggies and was a big fan too.  No pictures from the lunch table today because I’m not sure how I would explain that one to my coworkers.

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What fun recipes have you been making for lunch?

Anyone been out running and enjoying this ‘heat wave’?

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