Thursday, February 24, 2011

Delicious homemade lunch in a jar

I love glass jars and use them in place of plastic as much as possible. They are perfect for bringing lunch to the office, which I am all about doing these days, now that I am trying to get ready for beach season - which IS coming at some point this year!

The best thing is that I make one big delicious dish at the beginning of the week and then fill up the fridge with ready to go lunches in cute little glass jars. It makes stumbling out of the house a few minutes shorter everyday.

Last night I made corn-quinoa rotelle with a delicious veggie packed tomato sauce.


For the sauce:

- one onion, chopped
- garlic, chopped (I like it so I used a few cloves)
Saute the garlic and onion in a little olive oil over a medium flame, until soft and translucent.
Remove from heat and scrape into a mixing bowl or similar.

- one box of mushrooms (about a pound or so), coarsely chopped
- one red pepper, deseeded and chopped
Add a little olive oil to the pan you sauteed the onions in and let the oil get hot.
Add the mushrooms and red pepper
Saute until the mushrooms are brown and the pepper is soft.

- kale, a small bunch, washed and chopped into small bits
Add this to the mushroom and red pepper saute with a little sprinkle of water
Stir until wilted.
Add all this to the bowl with the onions and return pan to heat.

- ground turkey
Cook about a pound in the pan, making small chunks with the end of your spatula.
At this point I seasoned the turkey with salt, black pepper, red chili flakes, and some dried cranberries.
Cook thoroughly then add to the bowl with everything else.

Now, here is the part I should have put in earlier...

I had the pasta already cooked and after draining it, I put it back into the cooking pot and swirled it with a little splash of olive oil and some frozen basil cubes. Then I dumped in a can of diced San Marzano tomatoes and this is what I added all the sauteed stuff to. This is not really a sauce proper, more like a superior pasta salad-y thingy.

If you wanted to make this a casserole, you could stir in some cheese at this point and bake it. But I have been eating casserole like it's candy lately and just wanted a nice pasta dinner.

It was very nice. And then today, it was a delicious lunch. Hooray for delicious lunches on slow moving winter days.

1 comment:

Mary said...

Yeah right beach season is coming. You're a funny girl! :)