In a hurry to make it to moms group one afternoon I heard a little voice in my head say “don’t leave the house without nourishing yourself, if you do, you won’t be able to nourish anyone else”. I knew my inner voice a.k.a. inner mother was right, so I immediately hurried to my fridge to see what I could throw together. Luckily motherhood has taught me to prepare food in large batches that I can enjoy throughout the week such as quinoa, lentils, mixed salad greens, and vinaigrette or miso dressing. Plus I can usually count on there being a perfectly ripened avocado sitting on my countertop.
Another item that is always made in batches in my home are green juices. Alex makes a point to prepare 3 days worth of juices twice a week. So I can always count on a jar of to-go juice before heading out the door. I can’t think of anything sexier than a man waking up in the wee hours of the morning making juice and cleaning out the juicer all before I wake up. To top it off, greeting me with a smile and good morning cheer as we clank glasses to the new day! I hope to never take this fairytale life and all of the wonderful and amazing characters in it for granted.I suppose a daily gratitude practice helps ensure that I don’t steer off path. In the meantime back to packing my lunch for moms group!
With all of these pre-made dishes in mind. I grabbed a jar and began layering in lentils, quinoa, avocado, sprouts and vinaigrette and when I couldn’t fit another bit of food in the overflowing jar I smooshed it shut and placed it in my lunch bag. Along with a mango that I pre-cut for easy eating with one hand. Mothers become experts at doing all things one handed, for me I still need more practice or a bib when it comes to eating one handed. Lastly, I added a jar of juice to my bag, zipped it up and out the door I went with a bag full of nourishment, a heart full of love and arm and hip full of baby.
To make; simply layer quinoa, lentils, avocado and repeat. Garnish with Cilantro Sprouts. (I dress my lentils with vinaigrette, carrots and shallots.)