I think that I’ve already mentioned that I’m having a busy week at work and one of the ways that I get ahead of myself is to get to work at 8am instead of 9am. This means that I need to be up and ready to leave the house at 7am and there’s not a lot of time to eat breakfast, I drink water and coffee in the morning while I’m getting ready but take my breakfast into work with me to eat when I get in.
I’ve done this before when work was a bit manic but what I eat has changed a bit. It used to be porridge or granola but I’m learning that they are not good options for me because by 10am, I’m hungry again and if I’m thinking about my stomach, I’m not concentrating on my work.
So protein is the answer and mostly that has taken the form of eggcups, but I’m getting a little burned out on eggcups, variety is the spice of life after all. I came up with this after eating something similar from Pret.
When I know I’m going to have a busy week, I cook lentils and another grain (pearl barley or quinoa) and store in the fridge. Busy times are when the menu plan needs to be simple because otherwise I just won’t stick to them, so often the meal plan is stir fry with lentils or hash with pearl barley, it’s easy quick and tastes different every time!
These work the same way, I use a quarter cup of cooked quinoa and a quarter cup of cooked green lentils. Then I add whatever I fancy to it. So far this week it’s been salmon flakes and leftover corn and black bean taco filling (which I made with extra shredded red cabbage and carrot!). But raw vegetables, spinach, roasted tomatoes, chickpeas and sprouted lentils are on my list to try too! It’s endlessly adaptable.
I just put it together when I make my lunch in the evening and if it’s not really your ideal breakfast it would make a pretty great lunch too!