With a new school year on the horizon, it's time to think about what's for lunch. Brown-bagging it is plenty economical, but a steady diet of sandwiches becomes boring pretty quickly, to say nothing of the fact that all those servings of refined carbs simply don't provide the energy necessary to power you through a long afternoon.
So here is an alternative to the typical sandwich — colorful veggie/protein rolls that are light, yet still substantial. I modeled it on a sushi roll, but swapped out the rice for quinoa and the fish for turkey.
By now, most folks have heard of quinoa, an ancient grainlike seed. It's not only a protein-rich food, it's also gluten-free and a terrific source of many nutrients, including fiber. But flavorwise, quinoa isn't exactly a powerhouse. So I add a little lemon juice and olive oil, which makes it quite tasty.