The kitchn.com did a week of special posts on lunch a while back, so I'll share a few links that have been helpful:
Five lunches under 400 calories.
14 Great ideas for weekday lunches.
10 Vegan Lunch Ideas (I'm definitely making the "chickpea of the sea" recipe listed there).
After searching through those posts I finally just googled "curry quinoa salad" and this recipe came up. It's easy and delicious. If you make it with veggie stock then it's totally vegan.
Quinoa takes about 15 minutes to cook, so it's something I could potentially do in the morning before going to school. Realistically, I'll probably make a double batch of this on a Sunday evening and John and I can portion it out during the week. It can be served hot or cold, so it'll be easy to transport to school.
My only comment is to hold off on salting it until after tasting it. I'll probably halve the bullion cube next time (the cubes from Bulk Barn are rather large), since this batch was pretty salty.
Curried Quinoa Salad
adapted from Vegetarian.about.com
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 vegetable or chicken bullion cube
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup cashew pieces
- dash salt (to taste)