Lunch Co-Op

Finally putting my $4 rice cooker to use

I've started a lunch co-op with a veg friendly work buddy.  So far things are going great.  I'll be in charge of Tuesday and Thursday lunches.  Since I like to limit my time in the kitchen so I can dedicate massive amounts of time to the important business of watching LOGO and Sundance until my eyes bleed, I stick to recipes with relatively few ingredients and moderate prep times.  My long neglected e-copy of Isa Chandra's Appetite for Reduction came to mind when we started kicking around ideas primarily because of its prep times.

Everyday Chickpea-Quinoa Salad
This is my first attempt at a recipe from Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes. I used my cheapie rice cooker to make the quinoa.  That was the only portion of the recipe that took more than a few minutes. It was so quick and easy that I can see incorporating quinoa into more of my salads.

Though it wasn't called for I added corn and substituted walnuts for the cashews in the dressing. I'm looking forward to working my way through the rest of the book.  The lunch co-op is not only motivating me to try new things it's dramatically reducing my lunch expenditures.  Would you consider joining forces with co-workers to reduce expenses and bump up the nutritional value of your lunches?

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