These are my 3 hacks (+3 delicious quick and easy recipes) for making sure lunch is always brilliant and you don’t get bored or stuck in a lunch rut. They are aimed at those who aren’t going to do a huge amount of lunch prep on the weekend and want something that can be thrown together in 15 minutes or less.
Winter means soup. Lots of root vegetables are in abundance and you pretty much want to fill your body with heat at this time of the year, and soup goes well with both those things. This soup uses sweet potato, pumpkin, fragrant spices and a little coconut to warm and nourish you from the inside out.
Eating the recommended intake of vegetables gets a whole lot easier when you’re including them in your snacks. Not a snacker? Then use these dips as part of a delicious lunch spread instead. They are loaded with goodness from vegetables, healthy fats and nuts and are great spread on crackers, rice cakes or sticks of vegetables. Not only that, both are full of flavour.
If quick and easy lunches are your thing then this recipe is for you. During the work week, convenience is a big deal when it comes to food. These noodles are fast, delicious and take less than 15 minutes to prep, no matter your kitchen skills.
I’m a little potato obsessed. I love all kinds and I also love that different potatoes have favourite ways of being cooked, it gives them their own little personality. Dutch creams love a good mashing, Russets make the best roasties and fries and kipflers, well those litlle nuggets of joy are perfect eaten with their skin on boiled or roasted. In this recipe I boil them then roast them and chuck them in a mayonnaise free roast potato salad of sorts. It’s served warm but would be fine the next day straight from the fridge too. The asian flavours make a nice break from my usual potato salad and lend the kipflers a welcome freshness. The texture of the soft coriander, crunchy nuts and the crispy potatoes is also great. Plus potatoes love salt and the dressing is all about that.
Cauliflower rice is such a great way to get an extra vegetable into your meal. It’s easy, has a lovely light texture and soaks up flavour. The flavours and textures of this salad are addictive: sweet, savoury, a little bit of heat, with chewy dried fruit, crunchy nuts and finished with fresh herbs. You can serve it warm in winter or cold at a summer barbecue.
For me, summer means salad and BBQs and this salad is delicious with barbecued anything! It has great flavours and textures and is full of a variety of nutrient dense ingredients. I think kale has such fantastic flavour and texture when it’s treated correctly… but sometimes big undressed pieces of it can seem grassy or have a bit too much bite. Whenever I use it raw in a salad I like to roughly shred it and allow it to soak up flavour, it keeps its great texture still but doesn’t over power other ingredients. The lentils and quinoa keep mean that it works as a whole meal as well as in smaller portions as a side.