Lunches are hard for me, I love to forget to bring something to work so I need to either go out or go without lunch. My other issue is I do not always like to eat leftovers from the night before, I know I am difficult.
Homemade lunches need not be boring or repetitive. James Ramsden cookbook, Love Your Lunchbox, is on a mission to make your lunches more adventurous, nutritious, and practical.
The book is beautifully done and even tells you if the meal is freezable, which I need to be told. Most of the recipes are designed to serve two people, so they would even be great for you and your significant other for dinners as well. There is also a big variety of food, so you don’t need to be bored with another sandwich.
Below I am sharing a recipe from the book for jambalaya. I love jambalaya and usually make a huge portion for my husband and I and then we eat leftovers for days that we usually get so sick of it that we don’t want it for another 6 months. I like this simple version that I could make while I was cooking something else for dinner. I would probably add more cayenne for a more kicked up version, but I like food spicy.
We have this beautiful cookbook available for sale at Motifs!
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
-1 3/4 oz chorizo, cubed
-1 small red onion, peeled and chopped
-1 celery stalk, chopped
-1/2 red pepper, finely chopped
-1 tsp cayenne pepper
-3 1/2 oz leftover chicken, shredded
-3/4 cup brown rice
-1 1/4 cup chicken stock
Heat a little oil in a heavy-bottom saucepan and fry the chorizo until crisp. Add the onion, garlic, celery and red pepper, and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over a low heat for 15 minutes, until soft. Stir in the cayenne and cook for a further minute, then add the chicken, rice and stock. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer very gently for 30 minutes. Keeping the lid on, remove from the heat and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Uncover and leave to cool. Store in the fridge for up to 2 days.
In each lunchbox
A portion of jambalaya (in a microwaveable vessel).
Eat cold, or microwave on medium for 4-5 minutes, stirring halfway through.