Hi friends! I know that figuring out what the heck to eat is the hardest part of making a radical change in your health, so I thought I'd post some of my easiest and most delicious workday lunches. Enjoy!
Sweet Potato Salad with Spicy Tahini Dressing
1 sweet potato
Spices to taste, on the sweet potato (I used salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika)
6-8 oz mixed greens (I used baby kale and baby romaine)
1/2 cup or more black beans, drained and rinsed
1 batch (about 1/4 cup) Spicy Tahini Dressing (recipe below)
1. Dice, spice, and roast your sweet potato. This can happen the night before or, if your toddler wakes you up at 4:30am (not that I'm pointing fingers), you can do it the same morning you plan to eat this. Dice into 1/2"-3/4" chunks, spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet, sprinkle with spices, and roast at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. I don't bother preheating and just let it go a little longer as needed--this is not an exact science and I'm not much of a planner. Allow to cool a bit before packing in your lunch bag.
2. Make your dressing. Spicy Tahini Dressing: In a small jar, combine 2-3 T tahini, 2-3 T apple cider vinegar, and a splash each of soy sauce, sriracha, and lemon juice. If you have it, you can add a dash of nutritional yeast. Any of these ingredients can be increased or decreased according to your taste. I like ot add a bit of garlic powder and smoked paprika as well.
3. Pack your bag. I put my greens in a plastic bag (I'll switch to cloth someday, I swear!), my beans and potatoes in a microwaveable container, and my dressing stays in the little jar (usually a re-purposed jam jar).
4. Put it together. At lunchtime, microwave your beans and potatoes for 30-60 seconds--just enough to get them warm-ish but not hot. Place your greens in your big bowl and toss with your dressing. Top with your beans and potatoes and devour!