Is your lunch at work healthy and nutritious enough?
What do you eat for lunch at work? Leftovers, a packed lunch, a burger, sushi, or do you eat out at some greasy Mexican diner / restaurant? You know what? Whether you sit at a desk all day, work in a factory, or outdoors, your working life is unhealthy enough without you adding junk food into the mixture.
Regularly eating lunch out is just about the unhealthiest thing you can do during your working week. If you want to spend less money and become healthier, there’s one easy way to do it: stop eating lunch out. But, never, ever, eat your lunch at your desk ~ it’s disgusting and very unhealthy too.
Even though taking leftovers, or preparing your own packed lunch may seem healthy, nutritious, and good for you, a lot of the time what you’re eating for your lunch at work probably doesn’t contain what you need for optimal functioning. Dietician Susie Burrell has some ideas for what makes a perfect packed lunch, and so do the cooks we follow on this blog.
First this week we have Chungah at Damn Delicious who offers us 15 quick and easy lunch recipes that you are especially designed to take to work with no hassle, no more ordering out, and no more overspending at some unhealthy restaurant. From Chungah’s list of 15 easy lunch recipes I especially like her steak fajita salad.
Steak Fajita Salad
This is a very healthy, tasty, and nutritious lunch idea from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower: roasted asparagus mushroom quiche. This is easy to make and would be perfect for a weeknight dinner as well as something to take to work for lunch~ to be eaten either hot or cold. You can also freeze a quiche.
Roasted Asparagus Mushroom Quiche
If the weather is warm where you are you may want to have a salad at lunchtime, but don’t buy a pre-prepared salad, make your own. San Diego girl Averie Sunshine has 30 best easy healthy salads on her blog Averie Cooks; including this great looking loaded chicken taco salad with creamy lime-cilantro dressing. And, all Averie’s recipes take less than 30 minutes to prepare ~ she says you can make this fabulous salad in 15 minutes.
Loaded Chicken Taco Salad with Creamy Lime-Cilantro Dressing
There is no getting away from it, a sandwich makes a good packed lunch, and this is a good sandwich. From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked harvest we have this Tuscan tuna sandwich, using ciabatta, tuna in oil, sliced avocado, cucumber, egg, arugula, purple cabbage, and feta ~ it should be nutritious enough, and other than the hard boiled egg, nothing needs to be cooked.
Tuscan Tuna Sandwich
If you have a microwave in your lunch room then a good soup is something you can prepare in advance and take to work for lunch. Jessica Merchant from How Sweet Eats has a recipe for easy lemon chicken soup, that more than fits the bill. If you pick the right ingredients you can have this soup ready in 30 minutes!
Easy Lemon Chicken Soup
Another nourishing soup recipe, this time by Joy Manning at thekitchn.com ; chicken lentil soup. It’s amazing what you can do if you buy a rotisserie chicken.
Chicken Lentil Soup
I have never featured anything from Cosmopolitan before, but there’s always a first time for everything. So, from Cosmo, we have here 17 healthy packed lunch ideas for work. Of this list I quite like #17 the grilled chicken and vegetable bowls, originally from Picky Palate. Allegedly these are less than 500 calories and cost less than $5 per bowl ~ how cool is that?
A big thank you to all the great cooks featured this week.
Cooking can be fun, washing up almost always isn’t.
In my view, one pot meals are the way to go, particularly if you’re busy with work and everything. There’s nothing worse than taking your plate to the sink after dinner, and then realising you also have a mountain of dirty pots and pans to wash up in the aftermath. I don’t know anyone who gets their kicks from tackling a mountain of washing up.
So, why not give some of these great one pot recipes a try.
This is a nice looking recipe for a dish I really like. From No Plate Like Home we have one pot thick New England clam chowder. This is also known as Boston Clam Chowder and it’s a perfect winter comfort food you can make in one pot in under an hour.
One Pot Thick New England Clam Chowder
Another fabulous one pot soup this time from Dana at Minimalist Baker. This hearty chipotle black bean tortilla soup needs just 50 minutes and one pot to prepare, and Dana says it’s very ‘hands off’. This Mexican-inspired soup is also vegan and gluten-free. How cool is that?
Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup
This is a dish I must try, from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats we have this one pot chili cheese pasta. Looks like a great recipe you can make in one pot in one hour, and while it’s cooking you can prepare some salad to go along with it. Also what a great dish for taking leftovers to work for a nourishing lunch.
One Pot Chili Cheese Pasta
Not only is this a one pot meal from Teighan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, you should be able to prepare this one pot 30 minute creamy tomato basil pasta bake in less than a half-hour. There are quite a few ingredients involved, but I think it would be well worth it.
One Pot 30 Minute Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake
This is a more ambitious one pot meal from Simply Recipes, a Moroccan pot roast, originally posted by Sally Vargas. This is going to take you some 3 hours to prepare, so it’s probably not an everyday meal ~ unless you use your slow cooker? But for a one pot weekend dinner for you and your guests it looks fantastic. The spice mixture should please everyone, (almost everyone).
Moroccan Pot Roast
This is a meal I wanted to feature; slow cooker beef stew with dumplings, just because it reminds me of my misspent youth. I eventually found a recipe on the Good Housekeeping site ~ which is worth visiting anyway.
Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Dumplings.
For those of us who love recipe collections, we have this from Country Living; 33 quick and easy one-dish meals, and there are some great and some fabulous recipes in this collection. Among all the dishes I would like to have featured is this cilantro lime chicken and rice, from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb.
One Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice
For some it’s heir favourite time of the year ~ others aren’t always so fortunate, so we’ll try hard to make this a happy Christmas for the whole world.
Anyway, back to food for this Christmas. I’ve no doubt that you’ve got all the main stuff organised ~ the Christmas Dinner I mean. But what about all those snacks, and breakfasts, and afternoon teas that you’re going to want to provide over this festive season?
What about all those extras? Well, this Food on Friday might just give you some good ideas.
First this week we have this really cool snowflake pull-apart monkey bread from Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest. Loaded with butterscotch and cinnamon ~ what a great breakfast, or something extra sweet to have with your afternoon tea!
Snowflake Pull-Apart Monkey Bread
From No Plate Like Home, how about this eggnog quick bread with rum infused glaze? What a great idea for afternoon tea, or for something to have at parties. You know what? I’ll bet this will go down a treat.
Eggnog Quick Bread with Rum Infused Glaze
Next from the archives of Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français we have this Christmas tarted up treacle tart with ginger and pecans. Jeez! This looks so rich and tasty~ I love treacle tart!
Tarted Up Treacle Tart with Ginger and Pecans
Now for something that’s a cross between sweet and savory ~ from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes we have honey hazelnut baked brie. I really like baked brie, and this recipe looks fabulous with a sweet and sour honey sauce.
Honey Hazelnut Baked Brie
Here’s something sweet and irresistible from Averie Cooks; melt in your mouth toffee. Averie says it’s perfect for cookie exchanges, or as a hostess gift, or for parties. This toffee looks good to me.
Melt In Your Mouth Toffee
Well, something no drinks party should be without is a brilliant cheese board. So Chungah at Damn Delicious offers us some tips on how to create the perfect holiday cheese board. Looks damn delicious to me.
The Perfect Holiday Cheese Board
And, talking about drinks, Country Living has this brilliant collection of drinks recipes; 30 Christmas cocktails for a holly jolly holiday season. Among the recipes is this cool white Christmas mojito from Half Baked Harvest.
White Christmas Mojito
Have a very Happy Christmas
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Pink isn’t just a colour, it’s an attitude.
I saw a girl driving a shocking pink car today. It could have been worse, it could have been a guy driving a shocking pink car. (It could have been the Pink Panther.) I started to wonder if anything really looked good in pink, and I came up with pink drinks for a summer’s weekend.
Well, actually you could drink these pink drinks at any time of the year, but I think they all look very summery and cooling for a stinking hot and humid day.
And yes, there are cocktails called The Pink Panther, the recipes vary, but girls should beware of all of them.
The ever elegant Heather Christo has some very ‘cool’ drinks recipes, including; spicy watermelon sangria, cherry pomegranate ginger vodka lemonade, and this really pretty in pink watermelon cucumber gin lemonade.
Wetermelon Cucumber Gin Lemonade
Tieghan Gerard from Half Baked Harvest has some really great looking ‘pink drinks’ too; frozen watermelon rosé sangria slushies, raspberry rosé tequila kombucha, and this vicious sounding jalapeno bloody mary.
Jalapeno Bloody Mary
San Diego girl Averie Sunshine has a drink that’s sort of pink in this Malibu sunset, which is made with pineapple and orange juice, coconut rum, grenadine, with some added cherries. Malibu Coconut Rum is a pretty cool spirit with lots of mixers; try it with Coca-Cola for a different tasting Cuba Libre.
Watermelon, Fresh Herbs and Sotol Cocktail
Seattle girl Heather, the Flourishing Foodie has this recipe for a rhubarb collins, and she also tells us how to make simple syrup ~ an essential ingredient for many, many long cocktails.
Chungah at Damn Delicious has this dead easy and very refreshing strawberry thyme prosecco ~ I love that Chungah uses limoncello in this recipe. This drink is very pink indeed.
Strawberry Thyme Prosecco
And finally for now, found in Allrecipes magazine, we have this recipe for Jewel’s watermelon margaritas created by Rainbow Jewels. How cute.
Jewel’s Watermelon Margaritas
Please always drink responsibly ~ you know it makes sense. Girls, beware apples laced with anything alcoholic, narcotic, or soporific.
guys need a cocktail recipe book
Good food begins and ends with good talk.
Some say that a Mediterranean diet is good for you. And, that if you eat a mostly Mediterranean diet you’ll be healthier and live longer. All I know is that you should always have a really good extra virgin olive oil.
From Greece, tzatziki is basically a mixture of yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, garlic, and mint, and you can buy it from your local store, or you can even make your own. The Bojon Gourmet has this nice little farro and cucumber salad with feta, dill, and mint that not only would be nice with some tzatziki, but also combines its flavours. Both would go nicely with some grilled goat.
Farro and Cucumber Salad with Feta, Dill, and Mint
And now, from Heidi at foodiecrush we have this outrageous herbacious Mediterranean chickpea salad. (I had to include this just for the name of the dish.)
Outrageous Herbacious Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
From Heather Christo this week we have Mediterranean pasta with grilled swordfish, lemons and gremolata. Gremolata is also dead easy to make for yourself. (I love grilled swordfish, but some say we shouldn’t buy swordfish ~ I will go on eating it, because whatever I do won’t affect how much fish the Japanese rape from the sea.) This 25 minute dish is perfect for a barbecue with the kind of friend who doesn’t expect a burned burger in a cheap bun.
Mediterranean Pasta with Grilled Swordfish, Lemons, and Gremolata
Sardines are a quintessentially Mediterranean dish, and Petra from Food Eat Love has some super taste combinations in this dish of fresh sardines, roast baby beets with whipped avocado and feta. As you’d expect it’s the beetroot that going to take the longest to cook here.
Fresh Sardines, Roast baby Beets with Whipped Avocado and Feta
This is another Mediterranean dish I love, grilled lamb kebabs, this time from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest. (Do you want to know my own secret ingredient for grilling Mediterranean style? 7Up ~ when the charcoal gets too hot and the meat looks like it might burn, I sprinkle 7Up over the grill.) Tieghan’s is a half-hour dish, but one should really marinade the lamb overnight.
Mediterranean Grilled Lamb Kebabs
Dana at The Minimalist Baker has the ultimate Mediterranean bowl, looks fabulous, and it’s easy, healthy, and gluten-free. However, I would definitely add a little more extra virgin olive oil.
The Ultimate Mediterranean Bowl
Cod Cherry Tomato and Green Olive Tray Roast
get yourself a cookery book