Joanna Anastasia

Fast lunch

Easy vegetarian curry, that even a meat lover will love!

Sometimes, even in the middle of a summer, all I really crave are some creamy, wonderfully flavorful veggies served over a Nan bread or a bowl of quinoa, and this easy vegetarian curry is my favorite! Especially now, when my vegetable backyard garden is full of zucchini, and the cauliflowers are fresh and crunchy, this recipe is my go-to, rainy day special! And since I convinced my daughter Lili that purple carrots are actually magical fairy carrots, she can’t get enough of this “magical dinner” as she calls it!

What I like about this easy vegetarian curry, is that it can be a great base to mix with any grilled meat! But, served over some quinoa, it makes for a comforting, and filling meal, that even a meat lover will love!

This vegetarian curry is so full of flavor and texture, while being healthy, comforting and so easy to make! Definitely a family favorite!

What you’ll need:

1 can light coconut milk
1 tablespoon fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon madras curry
1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce

1 sweet potato big
2 potatoes
2 big yellow zucchini a
Half a cauliflower
3 colorful carrots

Cut all the veggies in to small pieces, and start by cooking potatoes and sweet potatoes with carrots and cauliflower over some olive oil, on medium heat for around ten minutes. Add zucchini, and all of the spices, and let it cook until all the vegetables start getting soft. Add coconut milk, stir well and let it simmer on low heat for around five more minutes. Serve when all the vegetables are soft but don’t overlook them! (you don’t want them to be mushy, but slightly crunchy and soft!).

This vegetarian curry is so full of flavor and texture, while being healthy, comforting and so easy to make! Definitely a family favorite!

This curry is delicious with some Nan bread, over rice or with Quinoa. And I like to garnish it with some fresh cilantro from the garden! Also, if you’d like to freeze it for one of those busy weekdays, then just skip the coconut milk, and add it once you’re reheat your curry! Enjoy!

Deli style, garlic roasted pork sandwich

Garlic roast sandwich

Did you ever wonder how to save yourself time and money while cooking? I did, plenty of times. So one of the answers that I came up with, is to cook once and eat twice. And with this garlic roasted pork, you’ll have a super easy to prepare, yet ultra comforting dinner one night, and enough leftovers to fill at least two delicious lunches!

Garlic roasted pork sandwich

Second way of saving time and money would definitively be bringing your own lunch to work. And Yes, I’m a SAHM, but my hubby does work, and he also hates preparing his own lunches. He doesn’t mind eating the leftovers that much, it’s all the preparation in the morning that discourages him ( and me).

You know, that morning rush, when there is 3 more minutes left and the lunch is still not packed, because you can’t find a lid that won’t leak? Yes, that’s what was discouraging. But I did found a solution to that problem as well :).

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You see, I believe that lunch boxes are not only for kids. They are so practical, they keep the lettuce crispy and they most certainly don’t leak! And this Rubbermaid LunchBlox comes with blue ice on top of it! So you can be sure that this meat sandwich will stay fresh! And you can personalize it the way you want to:

Garlic roasted pork sandwich

So, this is the easiest meat recipe I know, that when served with mashed potatoes becomes the ultimate comfort food:

Garlic roasted pork :
3 pound of boneless pork shoulder
8 cloves of garlic
1/4 teaspoon Freshly grounded pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix pressed garlic, salt and pepper in to a well blended paste, then spread it all over your meat. Roast slowly on 265F for 4 hours. When it’s ready, take it out of the oven, and let it cool down for around 20 minutes. Serve with mashed potatoes and a simple green salad.

Garlic roasted pork sandwich

Deli style garlic roasted pork sandwich :
Sliced garlic rosted pork
Bread
Boston lettuce

Dressing :
1/4 cup of mayo
1 teaspoon of ancient style French mustard
Chives

Garlic roasted pork sandwich

Preparation :
Put a generous amount of dressing on your bread slices, add meat and lettuce. Don’t forget that you need to serve it with a dill pickle! It’s deli style :).

Garlic roasted pork sandwich

And since there is a container for a side, a fruit and a snack, you can add what you wish, although I suggest to keep it healthy : grape tomatoes, apple and nuts are a great and nutritious choice! But, if you really feel like cookies, go ahead, the little green box will help you keep your portion moderate :).

Garlic roasted pork sandwich

Here, you might find me a bit over the top, but I like to add a little note from time to time. You know, it takes only 3 minutes to brighten someone’s day :).

Garlic roasted pork

Do you take lunches to work? Or do you prepare them for your spouse and / or kids? What are your tricks to save time and money? I’d love to know !

“Disclosure: I am part of the Rubbermaid Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Mint chicken sandwich

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Chicken salad sandwich is a no brainer, right? Everyone has done it before: some left over chicken, mayo and bread. An oldie but goodie. But have you ever though about adding a hole bunch of mint ? It totally changes the taste! From a bit boring to surprisingly refreshing in seconds ! Really, you need to try it :), I know you’ll love it!

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A cup of chopped baked chicken
1/2 cup of chopped mint
1 spoon mayo
Freshly grounded pepper
Pinch of salt

Fresh bread ( I choose baguette )
Salad leafs
Tomato slices

Mix all your ingredients together , put your chicken mix in between bread slices, add tomato and salad. Enjoy the freshness!

And if you would like to add a side salad, go to The girl Creative to see my guest post summer salad that is on today !

Croissant with horseradish and guacamole

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Are you always looking for new lunch ideas? I am, since we spend so much time at home with kids, I’m always in search for new, healthy and fast lunch options. And there is nothing faster then a sandwich :). Sure, croissants are full of butter, but from time to time it’s ok to treat yourself :). Then again avocados are full of healthy fats and there smooth taste works great with the kick from the horseradish. Topped with thin slices of crunchy radish, this sandwich is anything but ordinary !


Croissant
Avocado
1/2 teaspoon horseradish
1/2 teaspoon light mayo
Radish

Mash the avocado with the fork, add mayo and horseradish, spread on a half of the croissant, and top with sliced radish and a second health of the croissant. So fast, so good :).

Apple & endive grilled cheese

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Everyone loves grilled cheese, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. Sometimes though it feels like it’s not the healthier lunch option. But if you add some crunchy apples and fresh endives it becomes a bit healthier, right? Ok, maybe I’m just fooling myself :). Anyway this grilled cheese made with Havarti and Oka cheese, is the most chewy, yummy and delicious I had in ages! I imagine that if you prefer a more classic cheese it’ll do as well, although I truly suggest to try it with this divine combination.

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Bread
Butter
Havarti cheese
Oka cheese
4 medium endives
1 big apple
lemon juice

Slice apple and endives, and toss it together on medium heat with lemon juice for around 3 to 4 minutes:

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Place Havarti slice on the bread, add some sautéed apple and endives, and top with slices oka cheese and another slice of bread:

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Now heat your sandwich on butter until it gets golden, and the cheese starts to melt.

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Serve with cold beer :). Enjoy!