It’s no surprise that bringing your own lunch to work or packing our own lunch when you are on the go can significantly help keep that budget in check. In addition, more often than not, the food you pack for yourself will be healthier than whatever quick option sounds good when you’re starving come noon.
Take this Citrus Pasta Salad: bright and springy, bursting with the flavors of orange and lemon and full of crisp veggies.
It’s the kind of salad that makes you long for backyard barbeques… while eating lunch sitting at your desk…
Maybe I’m giving bad advice…
Bright citrus and crisp veggies give this pasta salad a fresh spring flavor.
- 8 oz pasta, dry
- 1 orange, zested and juiced
- 1 lemon, juiced (roughly 3 Tbsp juice)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- 1/8 tsp cayenne
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 c chopped broccoli, fresh or frozen (thawed)
- 1 c corn, fresh or frozen (thawed)
- 1 c diced tomato (if using canned, drain first)
- 1 carrot, chopped
- ½ green pepper, diced
- ½ sweet onion, diced small
- In a medium sauce pan, heat 1 quart of water to boiling. Add a dash of salt and uncooked pasta. Cook for 10-15 minutes, until tender. Drain pasta and set aside.
- In a small bowl or 1 cup liquid measure (for easy pouring), whisk together orange juice and zest, lemon juice, oil, vinegar, turmeric, cayenne, and salt. Set aside.
- Add vegetables to pasta, mix well.
- Pour dressing over pasta and vegetables and toss to coat.
- Eat salad warm or chill for 30 min to 1 hour before eating.
Having the right containers does make packing your own lunch so much easier and more convenient.
I was recently contacted by MiraBrands, a manufacturer of products for the home who just released a new line of stainless steel food containers.
These containers are made of food-grade stainless steel with lids made from a non-toxic plastic that is free of BPA, phthalates, PVC, and lead.
Their small sizes (16oz, 8oz, and 5oz) make them perfect for lunches. The lids are easy to close and snap tight. (The ultimate test of faith – I put one in my purse to take leftovers of this salad to work one day and my purse stayed clean. Not a drip!)
Another nice thing about these is that they are incredibly light. We typically use glass Pyrex containers for storing leftovers and packing our lunches. They work great, but the glass is heavier.
Tim and I are thinking these will be a great light-weight container to stash food this summer on picnics and day hikes. Lighter is typically better when you’re carrying your food around. And, the stainless stays cool longer than glass, adding a bit of a cooler effect.
Tim pointed out the only downfall to these that we have seen so far – being stainless, nuking your meal in these would be a big no-no. So, they’re great as spring and summer come, and we’re thinking more salads and cold lunches.
You can check out the product on Amazon, but MiraBrands has given me a set of these containers to give away to one lucky reader. Just follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter below to enter. (This is my first time using Rafflecopter, so leave me a comment if things don’t seem to work.)
a Rafflecopter giveaway
As always, the views and opinions expressed here on Curious Cuisiniere are purely our own and based on our personal experiences. We were given this product free of charge; however, we were not monetarily compensated for a positive review or the giveaway.
This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Nikki, the winner of the containers!
This giveaway is open to US residents and will run from April 12 to April 19, 2013, at which time a winner will be chosen via random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and given 48 hours to respond with the information requested. If no response is received, a new winner will be chosen. Please be sure to leave an email address or a link to somewhere you can be contacted (blog, twitter, etc.) if you are the winner.