I guess I just needed to throw out a plea for lunch ideas, because I’ve not had any trouble coming up with lunch ideas since my Picky Lunch post!

This latest lunch was one that is inspired by an airport meal of all things! On my way to Haiti this past Fall I was fussing over the lack of decent airport food until I found this great little place with sandwiches, salads, cupcakes, etc. When I saw they had tofu, brown rice, spinach, eggs and veggies I thought I may have been dreaming! I can’t remember what it was called…they have Oprah’s favorite cupcake though?! Anyone?

It only took me a few months to recreate it at home. This will definitely be repeated soon, it was such a filling lunch! (Plus it reminds me of Haiti which is always a good thing:))

This lunch only requires the prep of a few components: tofu, eggs, greens and rice! Then if you are packing in Tupperware like me, place greens, tofu, brown rice (with peanut sauce drizzle) in one Tupperware (that you can heat up) and then the eggs and veggies in another.

Tofu: I kept my tofu* really simple: pressed and baked. Since I planned on topping everything with Peanut Sauce, I felt no need to flavor the tofu.

*Nasoya sent me some tofu to sample – I was actually very impressed, considering that I didn’t even season it at all. It was just the consistency that I was looking for!

Eggs: Simply hard-boiled

Greens: I used a HUGE bag of mixed greens from Trader Joe’s. It was already washed and chopped, so it made it super easy. I did have to saute it in 2 batches because they wouldn’t all fit in my pan! I like my greens, what can I say? :)

Brown Rice: Prepared as directed

Peanut Sauce: I used a pre-made Annie Chun’s Peanut Sauce, but you could easily make your own if you have the time. Drizzle over rice, tofu, greens – whatever you want!

Fresh Veggies: Your choice! I went with cucumbers, but as soon as tomatoes are back in season, they’ll be added to the mix.

16 Comments (Reply )

  1. Mo
    Jan 31, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    I love that kind of lunch! How is the Annie Chun’s peanut sauce?


    • Emily
      Jan 31, 2011 @ 11:19 am

      I really liked the Annie Chun’s peanut sauce! (And I was a little skeptical) I like to make my own, but sometimes that just isn’t feasible!


  2. Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner
    Jan 31, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    I love how you were inspired by airport food. ;) It looks great! :)


  3. Dana
    Jan 31, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    Yum! I usually just make a big batch of something easy at the beginning of the week and try to make it last for lunches until at least Thursday…. usually some sort of soup or salad.

    This sounds like something a little different to spice things up instead of boring work lunches!


  4. Karla
    Jan 31, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    That looks so delicious! You have no idea how much my mouth is watering right now! All of a sudden I’m all about savory and simple food! Works since I have no desire to cook recently :)


  5. Michelle @ Housewife in the Raw
    Jan 31, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    I love peanut sauce on anything! My daughter and I have a joke that someday I’ll marry it (because I love it so much) and her last name will become peanut sauce. My husband doesn’t think it’s funny. :)

    Beautiful plating, by the way.


    • Emily
      Jan 31, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

      Oh, I love it! That is such a cute story! I’m also a sucker for peanut sauce!


  6. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Jan 31, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    I haven’t made peanut sauce in AGES — thanks for the reminder! I totally want a big bowlful of spicy peanut soba with tons of veggies right now! YUMMMMMMMMM!!!!


  7. Carissa @ Fit To Indulgec
    Jan 31, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

    What a great lunch. That’s totally different from anything I would think up. Your version looked even tastier than the original. Me and peanut sauce are old friends. :)


  8. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Jan 31, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

    What a yummy meal! I can’t believe that you found inspiration in the airport! I hate airport food in general, but this is quite impressive.


    • Emily
      Jan 31, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

      I was just as surprised! (It was a very pleasant surprise!)


  9. kate
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 6:36 am

    this looks so pretty! most of my meals end up dumped together in a bowl. i should take more time to attractively arrange things like you!


    • Emily
      Feb 01, 2011 @ 8:49 am

      Well, it all goes into a Tupperware when I take it to work :)


  10. Lori@FakeFoodFree
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

    What a beautiful plate! I need to just buy some tofu already! I eat it out, but have never made it myself.


  11. Holly
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    i love lunches where you can just kind of pick and graze at things. looks delicious!!!


  12. what is tofu
    Feb 09, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    I love peanut sauce but have never tried it combining with tofu :) Great idea and great recipe ;)


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