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Saturday, June 16, 2007

10 minute Lunch

How much do you cook on weekdays if you are working full time?

Yeah, I do but really it's more of a way to feed my hunger than trying out new things. After working for long hours I most of the time don't have the energy to cook. Do you take lunch along or take it as an oppurtunity to find out new places and cuisines to eat during lunch hours?

As for me I brown bag my lunch, days that I dont I look for some eats outside. The positive sit that you dont end up over eating and adding calories you dont need. I make my lunch early morning, which means it's a relatively short process. Last week was mostly burrito- it works great. To do that better I get some sauces or salsa prepared during the weekend and I refrigerate it. It definitely adds flavor, doesnt have preservatives and is all healthy.

So, today here are some recipes of sauces and my 10 minute burrito that kept me going for lunch last week. First, a cilantro sauce and second a salsa and third hummus.

Cilantro Sauce-All you need is a food processor.
  • Add one entire bunch of cilantro
  • 3/4 cloves of garlic
  • green chillies
  • salt
  • pepper

Thats it, pulse it till it's done and you can keep it in the refreigerator for the rest of the week to use in sandwich, pita bread, burrito or even grill chicken with.

Tomatoe salsa- A food processor is needed.

  • tomatoes
  • green chilli
  • chopped onions-1
  • garlic- 3/4 cloves
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
  • cilantro

Put everything together in the processor except the onion and cilnatro and just pulse it, till its done. Once it gets the consistency, transfer it to air tight containers to be refrigerated. Add the choppped onions and a handful of cilantro and if you have a squeeze of lemon. To give it a twist roast the tomatoe and the garlic, it brings out the flavor more.

Also, if you keep tomatoes in the refigerator for a longer period of time it kind of gets mushy, so this is a better way to store it longer and not having to throw it away.


  • garbanzo beans-2 cans
  • garlic-3/4
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • roasted sesame seeds

Rinse the canned beans well and add the rest in the food processor and pulse it. You are all done. you can use it as a dip with fruits or chips or in burrito.

Now that you are all prepped up all you need is just 1o minutes in the monring to get your lunch all together.

10 minute Burrito

  • warm up your skillet while you make your morning coffee
  • warm the burrito in the skillet
  • add olive oil and toss in some mushroom, or some mixed vegies (i use the frozen packet- saves time)
  • if you have some left over chicken/fish/eggs/bacon you can chop it to or just use vegies.
  • place the burrito on a flat place and add the vegies and whatever you want to include
  • add your choice of sauce from above- cilnatro/hummus/tomatoe salsa and wrap it up carefully
  • place the inner contents in the middle of the burrito and then fold it horizontally first and then veritically.
  • wrap it up in paper and finally in a foil.
  • even if you dont have time to warm it up at lunch, it will taste wonderful.

I hope you like it. Next week is my all sandwich week and may be some salads. So, I got some French bread, fruits, chives and my sauces ready today.

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