When lunchtime comes, it is an event at Hoombah House. There is no trotting out the old, wrinkled brown bag. There is no tossing a frozen lump carelessly into the micro then later cursing in the staff lounge because we burned the skin off the roof of our mouths – again. No mindless chewing like a cow on their cud, out to pasture with nothing better to do.
Nay! We bust out the Brown Rice and Spinach Bonanza Bowl and chow down as if it were our Last Supper even though it is lunch.
The Set Up
Advance prep makes this tasty treat all the more enjoyable by saving time and effort at the trough. And who in their right gustatory mind is not for that? Though we gobble-gobble it Monday through Thursday only, the majority of the prep for this dynamite dish, which is very little, is done on Sunday. A bag and a half of brown rice and four cans of black beans are prepared Sunday evenings in less than an hour’s time. The rice cools on the counter top while we read or blog or practice the guitar and is stowed safely in the fridge just before bedtime. And that is all.
Prep at Chow-Time
All that is required is that I fly down the stairs, after my shower, trying to avoid a life-altering injury at such speeds, and begin chopping the spinach. Oh, CJ! Watch those nimble guitar fingers, you loon!!! After, I toss the finely chopped spinach into the bowls, I portion and heat the rice. Then it’s all about yanking items from the fridge. The non-refrigerated items have been put out on the counter that morning. Yes, systems! Automate and simplify, man. Then go reap the benes!
Ingredients and Cost Per Item
The brown rice, spinach, and black beans are purchased each week, but all the other ingredients last more than a week. Some last a month or more. When all the numbers are crunched to the best of my math-challenged, yet calculator-abled brain’s ability, it costs $11.80 for two Jollyhoos to dine like royalty at lunch Monday through Thursday. Or you could say that lunch costs about $1.50 per Jollyhoo, per day. It’s tough to find a freakin’ bagel for that price!
Aside from the high sodium content of the green olives, the rest is simply guiltless. If you are concerned about all the carbs from the rice and beans, sub in chicken, tofu, or non-starchy veggies. The total calorie count for one bowl is about 600 calories. Add a cup of blueberries or a pear as we Jollyhoos do, and the total is still below 700 calories per meal. This, of course, says nothing about the insane nutrition blast we get from all these fabulous foods.
So please, by all means, take this super-tasty, light, healthy, inexpensive, easy-to-prep meal and try it, share it, add your culinary touch and make it yours. Let it blow your effing mind!!!!
Would you eat this dynamite dish? How might you modify it? Please share your valued thoughts in comments!
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