Monday, January 21, 2013

Miso Tahini Magic Sauce & Prepping Lunches For The Week

Monday!  So, since today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day some of you don't have to work. In my line of work today is just another work day.  Illness doesn't take a break for holidays.  I mostly feel bad for my patients and their families who have to spend holidays in the hospital.  I get to be there by choice and I'm healthy and getting paid.  So, no sad violins for me.

The past few weeks I've been trying something new with work meal prep.  I've been making all of my work meals on Sunday night and it's been great.  It means less rushing around in the morning, which is really nice.  And the lunches are better because I've put a little more planning into them.

This week I made red quinoa, steamed broccoli, steamed kale, and oven roasted sweet potatoes.  I took a jar of my Miso Tahini Magic Sauce to work for a dressing.  I eat lunch and dinner at work three days a week and I have no problem eating the same thing as long as it's something that I like.

Here's the quinoa, broccoli, and kale waiting to be divided into lunch boxes.  The sweet potatoes are still in the oven.  Would you like my recipe for Miso Tahini Magic Sauce?

Miso Tahini Magic Sauce
1/2 cup miso
1/2 cup tahini
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup, date syrup, or agave
   (or use stevia to taste)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 cup water

In a bowl use a spoon  to mix the miso and tahini together.  Add the apple cider vinegar, sweetener of your choice, cayenne pepper and stir until well combined.  Use a whisk to mix in the water.  Store in the refrigerator.  The sauce will thicken after it cools.

This sauce is great with add-in, like fresh grated ginger, garlic, and spices.  Make it your way to make your taste buds happy.  We use it as a sauce, dip, a spread for wraps and sandwiches, and a dressing.  It's a favorite around here.

I really enjoyed these lunches.  They were delicious filling, and full of good whole food nutrition.  Do any of you prepare meals in advance?  I'd love to hear your ideas or tips!

Have a great week!


  1. For a while I was making sandwich filling (better-than-tuna salad etc.) Sometimes it gets thrown together from leftovers, but I'm always happier with a planned out lunch.

  2. And here I am, sleeping in on the stat holiday and living it up, while you're hard at work. :) And I'm not usually a fan of eating the same thing for multiple days, but that meal looks amazing. Doubt I could ever get sick of kale/sweet tato/quinoa/broccoli. Plus tahini sauces are the best.

    1. Hope you enjoyed the holiday! My unit was slow that day so I got off a few hours early :)

  3. What an absolutely perfect meal. The tahini sauce sounds like it would be an amazing addition. I know it'll energize you during your long, busy days. I had an appt with a Dr. today and it was packed! There are some professions that don't get a break and we all appreciate your hard work :)

  4. Hi Nikki! Prepping meals in advance is something I've been wanting to start doing for awhile now and this post reminded me, so thanks. I started following you last week. I found you by chance when I was trying to find blogs by vegan dietetics students (I am one myself). I'm happy to find ALL health professionals who follow and promote a plant-based diet :)

    1. Hi Angela! I love meeting vegan health professionals. Thanks for leaving a comment :)

  5. I'm a big fan of making my own lunches - saves a few bob and you know you'll get something good and tasty, and definitely vegan! Your lunches look so colourful. Miso and tahini for the win!

    1. Thanks! Yes, the cafeteria at work is expensive and not very healthy. And there aren't many vegan & gluten free offerings, so I pretty much have to take my own meals.

  6. Wish I could do it, but lunch out is the highlight of my day. The dressing sounds very unique, I will have to try it.

    1. I wish I had time to have lunch outside of work! There are plenty of places I would go. Alas, last night my lunch/dinner was ate standing up shoveling spoonfuls of quinoa and avo into my mouth. 5 minutes. Some days that's just how it goes. I love seeing all of your lunches out!

  7. Haha, as long as yr making them right now and not at the beginning of February or maybe you'd think you really did get caught in Groundhog's Day. But the meal sounds perfect. I've been making a miso-tahini dressing a lot lately too, but that's all it is: miso, tahini, and water (sometimes red pepper flakes). I'll have to try yr tweaks! I like the agave addition.

    1. Haha, Groundhog's Day. One of my favorites.

  8. Well, you know I love this post because it involves tahini! Your magic sauce ingredients are similar to mine - apple cider vinegar really pulls everything together nicely, doesn't it? Your meal for this week is my ideal combination of foods. Good, happy, delicious food.

    1. Thanks! I did enjoy these lunches, especially the sauce :)

  9. I cook every sunday afternoon/evening for the coming week and swear by it! This sauce sounds amazing. Favorites i make are mealess balls, sweet potato/black bean/coconut milk chili, lots of roasted veggies/squash and i chop lots of raw veg for snacks It has saved me a ton of $ not buying lunches

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