Friday, April 28, 2017

today's lunch: Green Giant Steamers and boneless chicken thighs

I'm in a funk again when it comes to putting together my work lunch. I typically bring some rolled-up lunchmeat and mustard for dipping, but that's getting really boring. I think one of my biggest struggles sometimes is figuring out what to eat that doesn't get boring, but isn't overly fussy or complicated at the same time.

Recently I stocked up on frozen veggie mixes in an effort to eat more veggies and to have something different, but still easy. I found a bunch of Green Giant Steamers on sale for $1.00 each a couple months ago, so I grabbed some and tossed them in the freezer. Then I promptly forgot about them, Well...that's not 100% true. I didn't exactly forget about them. Rather, I came across them a few times when looking for something else in the freezer and said, "Hmmm. I need to start using those. What else looks better in here??" Then I'd shut the door, to be forgotten until another day.

This week I finally started using them. I got lazy a couple times and didn't prepare my lunch the night before, and of course I was running late for work the next morning (like always; not sure why I'm always late for work but never anything else...). I had a plate of grilled boneless chicken thighs in the fridge, so I tossed a thigh in a container and grabbed the Green Giant Steamers Healthy Weight veggie blend and was on my way.

So here's today's lunch. I just microwaved the bag of veggies for 4 minutes, heated the chicken for about 2 minutes, and then tossed it all in one container. The veggie mix is sliced carrots, sugar snap peas, black beans, and edamame in a butter sauce. The chicken had enough seasoning, so I didn't add any salt; however, the veggies by themselves might be better with some salt or seasonings. This is the whole box, which is two servings. It's 180 calories total, plus whatever is in the chicken.

Very fast, very convenient, I got my veggies in, and it tasted good.


  1. Looks tasty! ;) This is not a vegetable combination we would find in the supermarkets here, sadly. Mostly it is carrots, corn and peas, or carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. We are going to Costco next weekend so I will look to see if they have anything we can't normally get. :)

    They do make an amazing bean salad there at Costco which has both the black bean and edamame, which I love.

    I am really lucky because I love my lunchtime protein shake. I love that I can make it taste different just by slightly changing the ingredients I put in. I love that it is cold and refreshing. I love that the frozen banana completely hides the texture of the protein. I love that I can make it in less than 5 minutes and it takes about 20-30 minutes for me to drink it. I love that it fills me up and I do not think about food again until at least 5pm.

    Many weeks I do have other options in the fridge - this week I had my herby baked chicken. Even so my shake is really my favourite thing. :) I guess to some people it might seem boring but to me it is so nice not to have to think what will I eat for lunch today. ;)

    1. I love protein shakes, but I typically don't drink them anymore since I'm able to get all my protein from food. I used them right after my weight loss surgery, though. Nowadays they don't keep me full due to my new inside anatomy.