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I’m forever looking for quick, veggie packed lunches that hold me over through the day! I’m reaching back to a lunch favorite from my post college days to get my fill of veggies while saving a little time and money!

Nothing makes it easier than this delish Asian – inspired Forbidden Rice Power Bowl topped with Annie’s Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette! I’m always tempted to order out when I’m on a time crunch, and having a baby hasn’t made it any easier.

As a fresh-out-of-college grad living on an entry level paycheck, I had to make lunch every day in order to save money. This was my favorite recipe to make during busy work days because I could make a quick run to Sprouts during my lunch break, buy all the ingredients for lunch, and keep everything in the office fridge! No excuses.

Now, even while working from home, I resist the urge to order lunch by prepping my power bowl the night before and enjoying it during my lunch hour. I love to layer the ingredients in a large jar and store in the fridge!

Lunch time now means more time for baby and puppy cuddles, with a belly full of good eats, and a little extra money in my pocket.

P.S. – want to get those gorgeous grill marks on tofu? Try my tips:

  1. Drain the tofu well, and remove as much water as possible. I place the tofu in a clean kitchen towel and put a plate or two on top to get the excess moisture out. Then, pat the tofu dry.
  2. Heat up the grill pan until it’s nice and hot.
  3. Oil the grill pan grates with a paper towel dipped in oil using a pair of tongs quickly before adding the tofu.
  4. Have a tester piece of tofu you can add to the grill along with the “good” pieces. Usually this is a piece that I’ve cut funny or has broken. Also doubles as a “treat for the chef”.
  5. No touchy! Once you put the tofu on the grill, leave it alone! Use the tester piece to figure out if the tofu is ready to flip.
  6. Baste regularly! The oil and soy sauce mixture will make the tofu taste oh-so good.