It’s lunchtime again, and you’re really not interested in food. That same old boring slim cuisine thing in the break room freezer is hardly enticing enough to get you up from your desk. You’re feeling bored, deprived and just tired of the same old thing, but your routine stays put regardless.
What if instead of just grabbing a cup of soup or another PBJ, your lunch became a mid-day reward, something that reenergized you for the afternoon?
Consider upgrading your lunch hour into something that you look forward to in your hectic, overscheduled day. With just a little prep the night before, these lunches are easy to take on your commute to the office.
Corn and Quinoa Salad
There is plenty of protein to keep you alert and full in this south-of-the-border salad. A bit of heat livens up the quinoa, while avocado provides those good fats our brains need to function. Scoop it up with tortilla chips for extra crunch, keeping in mind that a serving of 10 is about 150 calories.
1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan, and stir in the quinoa with a pinch of salt. Simmer, cover, and cook until water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Turn off heat, and place corn kernels on top of quinoa. Let the mixture stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir corn into quinoa, and then spread out on a baking sheet to cool for about 20 minutes.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients; set aside.