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Instagram lunches

If you told me that I was only allowed to use one form of social media to promote this blog, it would be Instagram, hands-down. 

I love the interaction with all of my readers through IG. I love your comments, your questions, your suggestions. I love searching who has hashtagged #inspiralized or #getinspiralized to see your pictures.

And hey, who doesn’t love looking at pictures of food? Hashtag yum. 

Throughout the day, I try to keep y’all up to date on what’s cooking in my kitchen. It’s more fun to me when I get to share what I’m working on with other people. 

I guess what I’m trying to say is that sometimes I feel like y’all are my friends. Is that a creepy Craigslist comment? 

Sometimes when I make a recipe, I eat the whole bowl for lunch. However, sometimes what I’m making isn’t lunch-appropriate (ie a hearty, meaty dish). So, I’ll take a picture of a quick lunch that I whipped up (takes 10-20 minutes at most).

Recently, I asked you all if you’d like to see recipes for my Instagram-posted lunches (the real easy ones). Your overwhelmingly “yes” reaction is resulting in this post.

Here are my top Instagram lunch posts. Vote on your favorite one and I’ll recreate it for a full blog post next week with better pictures, of course.

Here they are, in no specific order. Vote at the end! 

Easy lunch recipes - Inspiralized

Easy lunch recipes - Inspiralized

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Next order of business. You may have noticed already that my recipes are now available through ZipList. Now that I’ve partnered up with ZipList, you can easily view all of your saved recipes in one location. Basically, it’s like having your own personalized recipe book or, in ZipList terms, “recipe box.”


If you aren’t signed up for ZipList, it’s really easy to do and you can also save recipes from your other favorite food blogs as well, because I know you’re not eating just Inspiralized. Or, are you?

Let’s do an example, using my Mason Jar Zucchini Noodle Salad.

To save one of my recipes to your recipe box, just simply click “save recipe” on the recipe.


Once you click that, the recipe is automatically saved to your recipe box!


Now, when you go to your Recipe Box, you can also add it to you Shopping List, creating a categorized grocery list, which even displays grocery deals in your area. Pretty cool, my friends.


For those of you meal planners, ZipList simplifies everything. I love it and I’m so happy to be a ZipList partner. 

What do you think of ZipList? Also, would you like me to make more easy lunch recipes?

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Tina Muir says:
Chicken, spinach and feta for me! I need lots of good fuel for my training, and that would be a great new lunch idea! I think this is fantastic that you are going to recreate more of them, although you are going to make me want a spiralizer even more.....my julienne peeler will be feeling the strain :P
celysestroh says:
Instagram is so much fun! Iove it!
teaysrunner says:
ZipList is awesome and so easy to use. I love the convenience of having my recipes stored in one place and having my grocery list made for me in seconds. I am so looking forward to your chicken, spinach and feta recipe (I did vote for that one!) but would love to eventually see some of the other lunch recipes. You are so creative!
CW says:
They all look good! I do wish I could have rated them in order of preference. I chose #1, but in order I'd like to try 1,5 & 8!
Joanne says:
I totally agree re: IG. It is definitely my favorite of all the social medias!!
Joy says:
chicken spinach and feta. They all look excellent and I love getting different ideas for my lunches. My husband thinks I've gone crazy I'm serving all our dinners spiralized but you have so many good recipes and I love my spiralizer it is so much fun and quick.

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ramen is the perfect meal for this season of life. it’s cozy, comforting, filling, and satisfying. 🙏🏼 needless to say, I’ve been eating tons of ramen bowls lately, and I’m extra excited to share this one with you, a take on Japanese miso ramen: Miso Noodles with Smoky Tempeh (using @lightlifefoods Original Tempeh) and Kale. 🥬 🍜 #LightlifePartner⁣

this is kind of like two recipes in one, because this smoky tempeh is good on everything – in sandwiches, on salads, in grain bowls - it’s my go-to flavor when I’m making tempeh (especially for those who aren’t as far along on the tempeh train as I am.) the other recipe is the simplest miso ramen with kale, which you’ll be making over and over again. 👏🏼 also, you can simply sub in @lightlifefoods’ Smoky Tempeh product here, to save time!⁣

you can find @lightlifefoods Original Tempeh at @acmemarkets or @wholefoodsmarket, but use their Store Locator on their site to find out where it’s sold near you. 🛒⁣

recipe below 👇🏼👇🏼⁣

Miso Ramen with Smoky Tempeh and Kale⁣
Serves: 4⁣

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil⁣
8-ounce package @lightlifefoods Original Tempeh, cubed⁣
¼ cup soy sauce, low sodium⁣
2 tablespoons maple syrup⁣
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika⁣
1 teaspoon liquid smoke⁣
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder⁣
2 garlic cloves, minced⁣
1-inch knob ginger, minced⁣
4 cups vegetable broth⁣
1 tablespoon miso paste⁣
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce⁣
4 cups finely chopped kale⁣
12 ounces ramen noodles⁣

Heat half the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the tempeh slices and cook for 5 minutes until browned, stirring frequently.⁣

While tempeh cooks, stir together ¼ cup of water, soy sauce, maple syrup, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, and garlic powder. Pour that over the cooked tempeh and stir to coat. Let cook another 5 minutes or until moisture is evaporated and tempeh is browned. Set aside on a parchment lined plate.⁣

Heat the remaining oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once oil is shimmering, add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the broth and 2 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat.

taco mondays are the new taco tuesdays! 🌮 but seriously... every day is a good day for a taco, right? 🥑⁣

the whole family loved these tonight, so I figured I'd share the recipe with you all! for so long, I over-thought fish tacos and now, I've got them down to a pretty easy science: slaw in an avocado sauce, a garnish, and pan seared cod. oh, and some quality corn tortillas, warmed in a skillet first (it makes such a difference!) 👇🏼⁣

cod fish tacos⁣
makes 9 tacos (3 servings) ⁣

ingredients ⁣
~ 1 ripe avocado⁣
~ 1 lime, juiced⁣
~ 1 small garlic clove, sliced⁣
~ 1 large handful cilantro⁣
~ salt and pepper⁣
~ 4 cups coleslaw mix ⁣
~ 9 corn tortillas ⁣
~ avocado oil ⁣
~ 3 boneless, skinless cod filets (about 3-ounces each) ⁣
~ 2/3 cup pineapple mango salsa (or similar) ⁣

in a food processor, place the avocado, lime, garlic, cilantro, 1/4 cup water, and season with salt and pepper and process until smooth. place the coleslaw in a large bowl and add the avocado crema and toss to coat. set aside.⁣

warm the tortillas in a large skillet and set aside, 3 on a plate. ⁣

add the oil to the skillet and once oil is hot, add the cod. cook for 5 minutes, flip, and cook another 5 minutes or until the cod flakes and is opaque. using a spatula, break the cod up into pieces. divide the cod onto the warmed tortillas. top with avocado slaw and mango salsa. serve.⁣

#tacotuesdays #tacosarelife #fishtacos #fishtaco #easydinner #easydinners #easydinnerideas #quickmeals

if you’re planning meals for the week today, put this Teriyaki Salmon with Butternut Squash Rice & Broccoli on your list! 🥦⁣

it’s a 30 minute meal and one of those filling, umami meals that you’ll want to add to the weekly rotation! it works with chicken and tofu, too! 🙌🏼⁣

search the blog for the recipe - and save this video to watch before you make it! 📌 ⁣

#teriyaki #teriyakisalmon #spiralizer #healthydinnerideas #healthydinners #mealplans #30minutemeals #30minutemeal #salmondinner #salmonrecipe