Grown-up Lunches: Sesame Noodles and Southwest Salad

by Wendy Copley on February 28, 2014

Sesame Salmon Noodle Bowl

Lately, it feels like all I talk about here on Wendolonia is my book, Everyday Bento. Have I mentioned my book is coming out this Tuesday?

Crap! I’m doing it again!

I’m excited to share it with you all for sure, but that’s not the only thing I’m doing these days. I’m also running errands, playing board games with the kids, binging on House of Cards and eating and stuff. Since those first three things aren’t exactly exciting, I thought I’d share a couple of the better lunches I had this week as part of my occasional Grown-up Lunch series. Because making lunch is exciting, right?

Up above, you can see yesterday’s amazing lunch which is a conglomeration of dinner leftovers. I started off by combining two side dishes that we’d had earlier in the week. Tuesday I made a whole menu from this month’s Cooking Light: Chicken Kebabs, Cucumber Noodles and Sesame Carrot Salad. The kids were ga-ga for the chicken so all of that was gone by the end of the meal, but they weren’t exactly thrilled by the noodles and carrots. Oh well! More for me! (I loved it!) I tossed them together along with the little bit of salmon leftover from Wednesday’s dinner and it was delicious.

Southwest Kale and Farro Salad

Also delicious was the kind of Southwestern-y salad I had for lunch on Monday. I made a pot of farro over the weekend because I love putting that in salads throughout the week. No one else in my family likes it so it tends to last a while. I threw that in a bowl with some pre-washed and chopped kale from Trader Joes and then I added some corn, black beans and chopped red pepper to the mix. Finally I dressed it with Terrapin Ridge Cilantro Lime Ranch dressing. It was so limey and tasty and I felt like a virtuous person eating it!

And lest you think I’m a fancy person who always eats whole grains and kale and homemade Asian food, here is what I had for lunch today:


Campbell’s tomato soup with cheese crackers in it. Not so fancy, but perfect for a rainy February day!

What have you been eating for lunch lately?

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