Lunch Prep

by Naila Sheikh


I've always said that proper organization and preparation is the key to success in life. Whether it be the next big presentation you have to tackle, the managing of one's finances or the every day mundane chores around the house, one can only be fully satisfied upon successful completion and execution - at least, I am.

 

My mind works in categories and to-do lists. As I'm typing up this post sitting in my backyard enjoying my cup of chai while the kids are still asleep (got 15 min. left!), I can't help but thank this latest technology in the form of my iPhone and app developers (including the hubby) for making our lives truly convenient with literally the tip of our fingers. I've recently re-downloaded my Blog app on my phone as its become extremely hard for me to open my laptop when tending to the kids. Even with Imaad attending school, I've focused all of my energies towards Mehreen in the remainder of her vacation days. I am pleased to know that school is starting soon and I can not wait to have mornings to myself! I am sure all mommies with school going kids must share my excitement and anticipation. :)

 

I also thrive on knowing that in my kitchen I am able to utilize the every morsel of food belonging in bellies rather than the trash. I get saddened by unnecessary waste, so taking control over my fridge (which is the most used in households) makes me a happier person knowing that my left-over dinners will soon to be appreciated during lunch time. 

 

Back in my CA Real Estate days when I used to work around the clock and I'd exhaust the every inch of my body, the first thing I'd look forward to was my Ammi's cooking at home. Now I see my brothers enjoying meals at home after a tiring day in the world and it gives me immense joy that they find blissfulness in the hands of Ammi's care, mashAllah. As much as I miss my Ammi every single day, I think it is certainly after marriage that one is to continue to represent parents' upbringing in the same care provided to us.  

 

I love my home. Alhamdulillah. I love taking care of my loved ones - it gives me happiness and fulfillment. Preparing lunch for the hubby, although not every day, is definitely one of the many activities that truly satisfies me. The feeling of preparing a meal, knowing that the person is out in the world working hard and upon lunch hour is able to enjoy your homemade creations, is to me another way of many of my creative expressions. And those who follow me must know that I don't lack in expressing myself! 😄 

 

Recently, Azam's co-workers complimented on his lunch and asked for the recipe. I find everything that I so lovingly prepare in my kitchen quite simple but I do make sure to make it as tasty just as I'd like it.  I use up left-over dinners and stir fry veggies, preferably with rice, to make for a nice Paraatha roll. Other times, I will just lightly fry a frozen kabab (I keep them stocked), for a quick whip up. 

Parathas can be bought at any Indian/Pakistani grocery store. I am currently using these - however, I do prefer homemade from an auntie who lives nearby.

Paraathas like these don't need extra oil in the pan. Just take one out of the package and lay it flat on the pan. The butter and oil will ooze out of the Paraatha as it already contains much of it. Slightly dab it on both sides. And viola, you're done. 

Paraathas like these don't need extra oil in the pan. Just take one out of the package and lay it flat on the pan. The butter and oil will ooze out of the Paraatha as it already contains much of it. Slightly dab it on both sides. And viola, you're done. 

Left-over brown rice mixed with veggies all stir fried and kept in my fridge for lunch preps. 

Left-over brown rice mixed with veggies all stir fried and kept in my fridge for lunch preps. 

I schmear Maggie's chili sauce (also available at the Pakistani grocery store) and a little bit of tartar sauce on one side of the Paraatha before adding on the stir fry and salad. Roll it up! 

I schmear Maggie's chili sauce (also available at the Pakistani grocery store) and a little bit of tartar sauce on one side of the Paraatha before adding on the stir fry and salad. Roll it up! 

Good morning! 

Good morning! 

...and out for delivery! 😋  

...and out for delivery! 😋  

 

I hope you enjoyed this post. Feel free to leave comments. We must learn from one another. Happy homemaking! 🏡