Lunchtime Salad Inspo

 

I’m normally on my own at lunch time.  It’s a great time for me to eat exactly what I like and not have to please anyone else! 

My main priority is to have something with great nutritional value that is light. I’m often at a desk in the afternoons and I struggle to stay awake if I have anything too stodgy. 

The key for me is to have core ingredients in the fridge or cupboard all the time.  Then I can just grab the ingredients, mix them up in a big bowl, chuck them into a dish and eat!  

I also make enough to put in the fridge, so the next day’s lunch is already prepped and just needs eating.  

Here are some ideas based on my favourites.  

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Quinoa and Roasted Veg

Open a packet of pre-cooked quinoa, throw together with some pre-roasted veg* and a few salad leaves then add in some pre-cooked chicken*.  

No need for any oil as the veg is already quite oily. 

*I’ll make this if I have left over chicken from a roast.  You can buy pre-prepped veg for roasting at home or do your own (red pepper, courgette, red onion, garlic, tomatoes).  I would roast the veg in advance when I was cooking dinner another night or get out of the freezer from a previous bulk cook. 

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Falafel, spinach and thinly shaved courgette, lemon juice and olive oil.

Use a veg peeler to slice the courgette long ways into thin strips.  Mix with raw baby spinach leaves, some olive oil, lemon juice. Leave for a few minutes to soften a little then grate some parmesan on top.  I’ve added falafel and some hummus but you could sprinkle with a little feta or have it with grilled chicken or halloumi if you wanted something more substantial. 

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Spinach, Beetroot, Chickpeas and Feta

Open a bag of raw baby spinach, throw together with grated raw beetroot, feta and chickpeas.  Mix with a little olive oil and lots of black pepper.