On the go! Whew! No worries, I have you covered for the perfect meal you can prep and cook in ten minutes.
Last week, my daughter went on a field trip and I forgot to make her lunch the night before. There was only 15 minutes left before she needed to leave for school. I had no idea what I would make for her so I started grabbing things I knew would combine well together. I grabbed this ancient grain pasta, Kamut. Threw it in a saucepan and boiled it. While it was boiling, I grabbed a handful of spiralizer sweet potatoes (yams). Grabbed a skillet and drizzled some Grapeseed oil in there with the sweet potatoes. As that was sautéing on high, I roughly chopped spinach. Threw it in there and stirred it right on up. It started to smell oh so good. Then I added cinnamon and paprika in there because I love adding those two spices to sweet potatoes.
My next thought was, “okay, she needs some beans,” so I added Blavk beans in there for her lunch. Now that was a good choice! I mixed all of those ingredients together then added chickpeas to the mix and sea salt.
I was salivating over that and it wasn’t mine. Oh! But after a sample bite, I knew I needed to make more because just a sample bite was not enough for mind. Once I tried it, I wanted more but I had to quickly remember, this food was not mine. 😁
I mixed it up some more. Then I added some tomatoes in there, drained the kamut pasta and added it into the skillet. Cooked it or a few more minutes and my daughters lunch was done in 8 minutes with time to prep her snack as well.
I had to give myself a pat on the back. For quick thinking and ability to put something together for my daughter to eat.
She was soo excited about her food. Once she returned home from school, she had to tell me about how delicious her lunch was.
Prepping Actual lunch
2 cups Kamut pasta
1-1 1/2 cup Spiralized sweet potatoes
1 cup chopped spinach
1/2 cup black beans or Kidney beans
1/2 cup chickpeas
1-2 Roma tomatoes
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup pasta water
Start to boil your pasta as directed (6 minutes)
While pasta is boiling, sautée sweet potatoes in oil on high
Add spinach. Stir approx 30 seconds.
Add cinnamon and paprika. Stir.
Add chickpeas. Stir.
Add black beans or kidney beans. Stir. 1-2 minutes
Add tomatoes. Stir.
Add 1 1/2 cups cooked pasta. Stir.
Then add sea salt. Stir.
Add pasta water. Stir
Cover approx 1 minute. Then remove lid. Stir.
This easy breezy meal is done! This is the perfect meal for parents on the go or who don’t have much time to slave over cooking a meal. Nowadays, it’s easy to buy fast food but fast food hit you hard and fast in your 40’s and 50’s. We have options. Here’s an alternative.
Revised Dinner w Kidney beans