I worked in a conventional office job for 4 weeks of my life. Although the time was short, I made the most of it by focusing solely on lunch ?I was always fascinated by the lunchtime routine of my office mates. I would peer into the employee fridge with utter fascination, “Oh, looks like Kerry brought a turkey on white again.” It was just all so incredible to me the diversity of food, or lack of diversity of food, the different preferences, and quirks. I loved it all. I was a little lunchtime anthropologist.
Then Jordan came home last week with a lunch tale that topped them all.
One of his co-workers, a 45-year-old grown man, eats hot pockets every day for lunch. Hot Pockets. Seriously. A grown up. A grown human, with a career and a life, eats hot pockets. Every. Single. Day. I am obsessed with this story.
I didn't even know people ate hot pockets. Like truly didn't even realize it. Aside from teenagers, maybe? This story reminds me of the first time I saw real drugs, I was 25 years old at a party in NYC, walked into the wrong room, ran out crying, “people really do that? Like really actually do that?”. Oh boy, you can take the girl out of the country…
Slightly naive? Yes. Still completely freaked out by hot pockets (and drugs)? YES!
This recipe is neither hot pockets nor drugs. It is perfectly delicious goodness in a little lunch container. Although I work from home, I still find I eat better if I have healthy food ready to go.
This everything crusted tuna meal prep bowl is so much more than just healthy food, ready to go, it is CRAZY TOWN delicious healthy food.
Let's just start with the everything crusted tuna.
What is Everything Crusted Tuna?
Take the concept of an everything bagel; sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dehydrated onion and garlic, and use those flavors to make a crust on a deliciously buttery and tender tuna steak. Welcome to delicious town.
Confession: This isn't really my idea. I worked at a restaurant in Greenwich Village for many many years that served a version of this an entree: everything crusted tuna with cream cheese and chive mashed potatoes, and it was soooooo good! I totally stole the idea and have been making it at home for years.
When Trader Joe's started selling their “Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend” I thought… well I guess I'll be eating a lot more of that tuna that I love!
I have always made my own blend so I included DIY instructions for an everything spice blend below, in case you aren't near a Trader Joe's.
I paired the tuna with creamy pureed cauliflower and roasted shredded brussels sprouts. You will want to sear the tuna quite rare so when you reheat it isn't overcooked. A microwave (gasp!) does quite well here, alternatively, you can heat the tuna slices in a skillet or place the whole thing in the oven (as long as your containers are oven safe)
This is without a doubt the kind of lunch that will turn heads in your office, “Oh… what are you having??” and if you aren't the kind of person that likes to draw attention to yourself or your food,? book a conference room for 30 minutes. Solo. It's totally worth it.
Everything Crusted Tuna Meal Prep Bowls
Everything Crusted Tuna Meal Prep Bowls with roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower puree. Paleo, Gluten Free, Easy lunch idea.
Scallion Cauliflower Puree
- 1 lb. cauliflower florets I used a bag of frozen cauliflower
- 1 tbsp butter (or vegan alternative, olive oil works well too)
- 2 tbsp scallions, sliced (eq. one scallion)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
When cool enough to handle slice and set aside.
Place cauliflower in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 4-5 minutes until just tender.
Drain and add to blender with butter and salt.
Blend until creamy. Stir in scallions, or sprinkle scallions on top
- I used a bag of organic frozen cauliflower for this recipe, but fresh works equally well.
- If you can't find everything but the bagel seasoning (Trader Joe's sells it) here is a quick and easy recipe to make your own.
DIY Everything but the Bagel Seasoning:
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp dried minced onion
- 2 tbsp dried minced garlic
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 tsp sea salt flakes (maldon is my favorite, or coarse salt will also work)
Combine together and store in an air-tight jar.
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