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.

Love your Lunchbox

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
Freezable? Yes

-vegetable oil
-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

At Home
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).

To Finish
Eat cold, or microwave on medium for 4-5 minutes, stirring halfway through.




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About the Author:

Kattie Meyer has been the owner of Motifs for the Home since May 2014. She was born and raised in Great Falls and has always dreamed of owning a business downtown. Motifs was started in 1997 and Kattie hopes to evolve the store while giving it her own personal touches, but to not lose the roots of the business. At the end of each blog post you will see "Tink! Tink!" which is what her and her husband do instead of cheers. As you shop in her store or read these blog posts, Kattie hopes you feel like part of her family.

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