Thursday, May 4, 2017

5 More Working Lunches

Last year, coincidentally, about this time last year, I posted 5 of my favourite working lunches (click if you missed it)- things I make regularly for a work day lunch that are quick, easy and that weren't just a new take on a sandwich. It seems you liked that post- or analytics tells me you did and  hear people who are uninspired all the time when it comes to balanced, simple weekday lunches which don't require hours in the kitchen or a million ingredients, so here are some more for you to me going at...

1. Frittata

My ultimate use up food, because so long as you've got eggs, you can through pretty much anything you've got kicking about in the fridge into it. It holds well in the fridge and is great hot or cold. My favourite version:

Dice a whole green pepper, fry for 4-5 mins, add shredded ham, a handful of cherry tomatoes cut in half, mix the whole through and pour 3 beaten eggs over the top. Finish with some chopped feta and stick in the oven at 200C for approx 15 mins.

2. Fajita Bowls

All the 'F's in this post. Don't get me wrong, I love a good burrito bowl too, but these make me so happy also. I like to cook off 2-3 peppers at a time and keep them boxed up for adding to other things (like the frittata above...)

I cheat and use a peri peri style marinade for the peppers & often add tomatoes into mix. I make up the rest of my bowls with pre-cooked lemon & pepper chicken or prawns, shredded spinach or courgette and an avocado.

3. Pad (sort of) Thai

I posted my Pad Thai recipe earlier in the year, click if you missed it. I say Pad (sort of) Thai because it's not authentic, the sauce is great, but like a lot of my food, I tend to take a more mix and max approach. My favourite combo is grated carrot & courgette (or spiralized if you want to make work for yourself) with a splash of lemon juice, warm through in a hot, non-stick frying pan without any oils, add cooked prawns or chicken and a tablespoon of the sauce and reduce the heat to low so the whole lot warms through. Top with a fried egg & toasted seeds.

4. Courgette Fritters

Courgette gets a hard time as a bit of a fitness cliche- everywhere you look people are substituting carbs with it, making porridge with it, making cake with it... Fritters is another enjoyable way to eat them, bonus is that you can layer them up with all kinds of good things, and they're very versatile. I layered mine up with cooked ham for this fairly monumental bowl full couple with a tomato salad.

5. Savoury 'French Toast'

I still think the appropriate name for this is eggy bread, but there you go, we'll have to agree to disagree. However you look at it, bringing a bit of brunch joy to a weekday lunch can only mean good things. I think calling it a recipe might be a bit of a stretch, but I have a dedicated post on this coming soon. It served as a joy when loading up on extra carbs before a race.


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