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Brown Bagging It!
What’s on the menu for tomorrow? Need some ideas? I don’t really brown bag it- my lunch bag is big and pink. I put everything I need in there for the day and take it everywhere. It seems as if I’m constantly eating- every three hours, but I eat healthy foods in the right portion sizes. I’m a planner by nature and typically meal prep on Sundays, but this weekend I was out of town and have been cooking as I go. I have a George Foreman grill that collects dust in my garage, but I recently gave it a good wipe down and have been using it quite a bit lately… I’ve been throwing things on it just to see how they come out- I love to experiment in the kitchen!
I picked up some lamb scaloppini the other day at HEB. For red meat, it is pretty lean and I love lamb, so I gave it a go, along with some asparagus and other vegetables I had in my refrigerator. Everything came out great, it was quick and simple, and I spent about 15 minutes making this meal. I topped my dinner with a sprinkle of feta cheese and my dish was bursting with color and flavor. There was enough for leftovers, so that’s what’s in my “brown bag” today.
Last week, I had some endives and was really curious to see how they would turn out after a few minutes on my indoor grill. I threw them on and watched them until the grill marks were well defined, but I didn’t let the greens overcook. I served them alongside some grilled chicken drizzled with a homemade lime-cilantro Greek yogurt sauce. Again, simple, quick, and healthy- my favorite kind of meal.
If you’re in a pinch for something quick, butterfly filet some chicken breasts, sprinkle with a salt free seasoning of your choice and put them on. I find that 5-7 minutes does the trick and having grilled chicken as a go-to is great. It is versatile, tastes good hot or cold, can be incorporated into salads or main dishes, and travels easily. The combinations are endless.
What are some of your go-to dishes? What unique foods have you cooked on the grill? Tonight I am going to try a seafood mix with grilled zucchini topped with lime juice and avocado. I may even grill some fresh peaches. Thanks to all this rain we’ve been having, my tree is full of them. I’ll let you know how everything turns out!
Tiffany Batsakis, MS, RD, LD
Meals on Wheels of San Antonio