Relish as Inspiration

Relish

I didn’t relish the thought of another week of lunches yesterday.  We have been sick, I am still tired,  there are other priorities.  When my husband inquired about a Costco list, I drew a blank.  Thinking hurts.

I thought the solution was a no-frills bento week and tried to drum up ideas, but nothing came.  And every avenue I explored told me that maybe I should try a little harder.  Wasn’t there an important point to all of this?

Then, I turned on the computer.  Inspiration.  This one recipe led to a week’s worth of fun foods with a bacon theme, fish waffles and with any luck, a healthy sweet alternative to all this left-0ver Halloween candy.

I won’t be posting a picture of this until later today, as I need to go to Sprouts for a few items, but it is definitely going in tomorrow’s lunch.  My outlook has improved and creative juices are starting to flow.  This won’t be a chore after all, I will relish the experience.

Apple-Onion Relish

3 Granny Smith Apples, cored and shredded

1 small red onion, peeled and shredded

a few baby carrots shredded

1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger

2 Tbsp fish sauce

1/4 c lime juice

2 Tbsp agave

1 Tbsp soy sauce

4 garlic cloves, pressed

1/2 tsp chili flakes

Combine all ingredients and serve.

Anya and I created this dish when my husband was out of town to imitate something I had enjoyed at a Thai restaurant and we marveled at our success.  The lime will keep the apple from browning in the bento box so it will travel well and taste amazing!

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