Semi Homemade Lunch-able

This is one of my secret favs. Simple, throw it together and little bit nostalgic all at the same time. I mean who didnt secretly like lunchables as a kid? As adult, the slimy meat weirds me out and the laundry list of ingredients is well, weird. But never fear! I’ve got just the thing!

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It’s easy, it’s kind-of homemade… I mean crackers are not something I usually make at home the reg.

For my semi-homemade lunchable, you’ll need:
Hummus- I make my own using this recipe
Crackers- I went with Triscuits this time
Baby bell peppers
Sharp white cheddar
Cucumber slices
Baby carrots

Throw it all in a little container and it’s perfect for lunch at work, or a snack, or a picnic or road trip… Or I could go on. You get it, they are great for everything!

You could switch your semi-homemade lunchable up and add grapes or berries or even a little protein.

Enjoy!

Quick & Easy Pasta Lunch

First off, thanks everyone for bearing with me the past month as things slowed down here on the blog a little bit. I switched jobs, so was a little busy distracted adjusting to a new routine. Needless to say, loving the new gig but happy to be settling into a new groove and ready to get back to blogging!

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Since I’ve written a lot about breakfasts lately, I decided to do a few lunch posts! Today it’s chicken pasta salad! And I even made it the super easy cheater way. This is one of those perfect make it on Sunday or Monday and eat it a few times throughout the week!

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You’ll need:
1/2 lb short pasta noodles
1/2 lean chicken breast
1 cup mixed frozen vegetables
2 tablespoons pesto or Italian dressing

Super easy y’all!

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I grilled me chicken. You could cook it in the pan. Once cooked through, dice into 1/4inch cubes.

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And yes frozen pre-cut veggies. Told you this was the super easy cheater way!

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Boil the pasta until tender.

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Next cheater move, pour the frozen veggies into the boiling pasta water. Bring back to a boil then cook for another 3 minutes or until tender.

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Drain water from pasta and veggies.

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Put the veggies, pasta and diced chicken back into the pot. This is some serious one pot cooking y’all. Stir in the pesto or Italian dressing.

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Now it’s to time to eat! Super easy! Best part about this dish is you can eat it hot or cold and make plenty ahead of time and eat a few meals out of it. My favorite way to make weekday lunches.

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What’s your favorite weekday lunch?

Lunch at The Slanted Door in San Francisco

I feel like I need to walk around with a sign that reads: “Will travel for food”, like seriously. Traveling and food are my two loves. Well besides my love bug Mimi of course. I think I’m so in love with travel and food because I’m obsessed with trying new things. I love adventure and the feeling that I don’t know what’s going to happen next. I get this feeling stresses some people out, but I thrive under that stress. I love meeting new people. I love it when someone tells me something I’ve never heard before. I rarely make the same thing twice because I’m always ready to try something new.

This weekend I went to San Francisco, which I happen to think is a very magical place. I mean what else could you ask for? Crazy city, lots of different people from all over the world, throw in an ocean and some of the best restaurants in the world… well, let me just make myself at home.

After several visits this year, I finally got around to trying The Slanted Door . Nestled right in the Ferry Building, it’s a gorgeous location on what was a sunshine-y Friday.

It was bustling, but we were able to snag a table right away at around 1pm.

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We started off our ladies lunch with cocktails. Left to right: Gin Fix, French 75 and PiƱa Colada. I had the Gin Fix. Refreshing and perfect with Vietnamese food.

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Next up were the Slanted Door Spring Rolls. Perfect peanut sauce, not too sticky and not too sweet.

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Fairly generous serving size if you ask me. Definitely enough for three.

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My favorite was the Spicy Monterey Squid. Ahhhhhmazing. Perfectly spiced, light and refreshing. I’ve come to love stir-fry squid. We even got our non-adventurous foodie friend to try the squid and she loved it! Victory all around!

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Everything is served up family style. The side of asparagus was delicious. Slight crunch and well-seasoned, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. I recommend this side.

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For the meat lovers, the Pork Meatballs and Pork Belly noodles were fabulous. Rich tasting without being terribly heavy like a lot of pork belly dishes. I would order this again.

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Until next time fair City by the Bay, until next time.