Simple Bok Choy Noodles

Hello there;) Today’s recipe is super simple and quick to make. I usually don’t work with bok choy a whole lot, but it’s a really delicious vegetable and is super versatile. It works great in soups, in stir frys and even just steamed as a side dish. This noodle dish allows the bok choy to shine by only using garlic and soy sauce to flavour it. It’s great for a quick weekend lunch or light dinner. Hope you enjoy!

Simple Bok Choy Noodles

Serves: 1

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving of cooked lentil or whole wheat spaghetti noodles
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 stalks of bok choy (regular sized, not baby)
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • Chopped peanuts, for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. Remove the leaves from the bok choy stems and chop them into strips. Next, chop the bok choy stems like you would a celery stalk, into about a centimetre wide chunks.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add in the bok choy stems and cook for about 6 minutes, until slightly browned and softened.
  3. Add in the garlic and leaves, cooking for an additional two minutes, until the leaves are wilted.
  4. Place the cooked noodles into the pan and stir in the soy sauce, removing from the heat. Serve in a bowl with chopped peanuts.

So simple yet so good! Have a great week everyone.

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked

Meal Prep: Black Bean Stew

Hello! I know that making a good lunch is a bit of a struggle for a lot of people, so I’m going to try and post more lunch-related recipes and tips. Meal prep is a great solution to this problem, it just takes a lttle bit of planning and organization. On the weekends, its super easy to make a big batch of something, like this Black Bean Stew, and then BOOM; you have lunch for the week. This stew is delicious and only takes 15 minutes to make, not to mention you can serve it with pretty much whatever you want to switch up your lunch time experience. Because yes, eating this black bean stew is an experience.

Black Bean Stew

Serves: 3 (Makes three lunches)

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbs of tomato paste
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp chile powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Serving Suggestions:

  • quinoa
  • rice
  • tomato
  • lettuce
  • humms
  • sliced almonds
  • kale

Directions:

  1. In a pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add in the tomatoes and onions and cook for about 6-8 minutes, until both vegetables are soft.
  2. Toss the garlic, black beans, tomato paste and spices into the pan with the water. Stir and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Scoop into a reusable container on its own or with some of the above suggestions. Store in the fridge until you need it;)

It doesn’t get easier than that. This stew will leave you feeling satisfied and full. It tastes great cold, but if you pack it in a microwavable container you can always heat it up at school. Enjoy!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)))

Cinnamon Apples

Hey there! If you didn’t see my Instagram story the other day, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve decided to only post once a week from now on. I really underestimated how busy I’d be once school started up again, and haven’t been able to keep up with posting three times per week, as much as I’ve wanted to! So, I’ll for sure be posting every Monday, and there might be some extra bonus posts sprinkled throughout the week sometimes.

Annnnnywaaaays, this week I have yet another super fall-ish recipe! These cinnamon apples take about 15 minutes to whip up and are SO DELISH! They’re everything that fall should be and more. They would be great on oatmeal, yogurt, in a pie, on nice cream, in cereal, the list goes on and on! I devoured them all on their own:) Enjoy the recipe:))

Cinnamon Apples

Serves: 2

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. In a small pot, bring all of the ingredients to a boil.
  2. Bring down to a simmer and cover, cooking for about 8 minutes, or until the apples are soft.
  3. Pour the apples through a strainer to get rid of the excess liquid. If you like you can mash the apples a bit before serving to give a smoother texture. Dump into a bowl and enjoy!

I think that today is actually the first day of fall, so it’s the perfect time to make and enjoy this recipe! Have a good week;))

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)))

5 Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas

Hello and Happy Saturday! I hope that your guys’ Valentine’s Day rocked;) The topic of today’s post is quick and healthy lunch ideas. I’ve done similar posts such as Healthy Lunches 101 and a variety of Freezable Recipes, but I thought that I’d share some recipes that can be made in about 10-15 minutes in the morning. There are a few ingredients in some of these lunches that should probably be prepared the night before, and for the most part they’re pretty simple. Here’s a list of things that I like to have on hand, so that making lunches in the morning is easier:

  • Roasted Chickpeas
  • Cooked Quinoa
  • Lots of Fruits and Veggies
  • Guac or pesto or tzatziki, some sort of condiment
  • Sprouted Grain Bread
  • Brown Rice Crackers

These are staples that you can find at any store. Roasting chickpeas and cooking quinoa doesn’t take very long, and if you do a big batch then you’re good for the week. Let’s get into these quick and healthy lunch ideas:))

Mediterranean Salad

Ingredients To Be Prepped Before Hand:

  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup roasted chickpeas

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 tomato, cut into eighths
  • 1/4 of a cucumber, cut into half circles
  • 1 tbs avocado oil
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Oregano

Directions:

  1. Put the quinoa, tomato, cucumber, and chickpeas into a container.
  2. In a separate, smaller container, mix together the oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and oregano.
  3. Pack yourself some fruit, crackers, and a fork, and there’s your lunch.
  4. When it’s time to eat, pour the dressing into the salad and shake it up inside the container.

Avocado Salad Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 2 pieces of sprouted grain bread
  • Protein: 1 can of tuna, 1/2 cup chopped chicken breast, 1/2 cup roasted chickpeas, 2 chopped hard-boiled eggs, anything goes!!
  • 1 sprig green onion

Directions:

  1. Mash the avocado in a bowl.
  2. Cut up the green onions.
  3. Mix together your protein with the avocado and green onion.
  4. Put the mixture on two slices of bread and slice the sandwich in half.
  5. Pack a veggies and some greek yogurt along side your sandwich.
  6. Lunch is served!

15-Minute Fajitas

Ingredients To Be Prepped Before Hand:

  • 3/4 cup Cooked Quinoa

Other Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms*
  • 1 thinly sliced bell pepper*
  • 1 thinly sliced onion*
  • 1/2 tbs avocado oil
  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/4 cup water

*the thinner you slice your veggies, the faster they will cook.

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add in the vegetables and cook until slightly soft.
  2. Mix together the water and spices, and add the mixture to the pan. Let simmer until the water has evaporated and the veggies are soft.
  3. Put into a container on top of the quinoa, and add some guac or fresh tomatoes if you’d like. Pack some fruits and veggies and there you go.

Quinoa “Fried Rice”

Ingredients To Be Prepped Before Hand:1 cup cooked quinoa

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 spring of green onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger

Directions:

  1. Heat the sesame oil in a pan. Add in the quinoa, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and sliced green onion.
  2. Cook until the mushrooms and tomatoes are soft. Then season wit soy sauce and ginger.
  3. Make a well in the middle of the pan and crack the egg into it. Scramble the egg and cook it through before incorporating it into the quinoa mixture.
  4. Place the fried quinoa into a container and chop up some cucumbers and apples for a side.

Lazy Wrap

Ingredients:1 whole wheat wrap or pita

  • Leftover protein- chicken breast, roasted chickpeas, or a chopped up Black Bean Quinoa Burger from the night before
  • 1/2 a Tomato, diced
  • Some lettuce
  • A sauce; guacamole, pesto,tzatziki, hummus, anything you like.

Directions:Put all of your ingredients into the wrap and wrap it up.

  1. Sound too easy? That’s because it’s called a Lazy Wrap.
  2. You’re done now.

There’s my recipes! These should keep you fed for the next little while. Have a great week everyone!!;))

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked❤️