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Food on Friday # 34 ~ Lunch

Eating a good lunch is important, if you’re not going to fade in the afternoon.

A lot of working people miss out on lunch, or buy from a deli, or eat at some greasy spoon, (cheap café or restaurant serving fried food), or Mexican joint, or have something even more unhealthy such as ‘pot noodles’.  Instead of that, why not make your own lunch to take to work?

This week I’ve found some quick, easy, simple lunches for you.  Many of these you can mostly prepare at the weekend for the week ahead. As it’s coming up to summer, and I don’t want to get into anything made with bread, (I’m avoiding wheat and flour at present), there are some salads here.

For hot food, the first thing you need to do, if you’re taking a great lunch to work, is check out the facilities in your lunch room. Do you have a microwave?  If you do, then you are all set to make any of these recipes ~ but remember, you can’t microwave foil…

First this week, from the lovely Averie Sunshine we have this bacon potato salad.  Averie has this as a side dish, but I think it will make a great lunch, and should keep chilled in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days.  And, if you make a batch, you can also use this as a side dish with your evening meal.


Bacon Potato Salad

From Chungah Rhee, (aka Damn Delicious), another potato dish you can prepare ahead ~ sausage, potato, and green bean foil packets.  If you have an oven in the lunch room you could cook these packets at work, or you could cook them ahead and eat them cold, or whatever…  And, you could swap bacon for the sausage…


Sausage Potato And Green Bean Foil Packets

Another potato dish, which you could eat cold or warmed in the lunch room microwave.  From Heather Christo, smoky potatoes with asparagus and chorizo.


Smoky Potatoes With Asparagus And Chorizo

We are heavy on the potatoes this week because you can prepare them in advance, they are a better source of carbohydrates than bread, and they make a great base for a work-lunch salad.  Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest gives us this grilled potato salad with almond-basil chimichurri and 7-minute eggs.  And, that’s one substantial lunch.


Grilled Potato Salad With Almond-Basil Chimichurri And 7-Minute Eggs

Elise at Simply Recipes gives us this Mediterranean potato salad, personally, as a complete lunch I would add bacon or chicken pieces to this recipe, or use it as a great side dish.


Mediterranean Potato Salad

Anne is a professional chef in Wine Country, and on her site Tasting Everything she has this easy, light, and healthy feel-good fresh and light citrus and avocado salad recipe.


Feel-Good Fresh And Light Citrus And Avocado Salad


2o lunchesFor me, the secret to having a good lunch at work is to make too much food for dinner.  If you choose your dinner menus well, then what you don’t eat at dinner, you can take to work the following day, or the day after.  But, if you’re not that organised I have some lists of easy recipes for lunches you can make from scratch.  From Ariel Knutson at thekitchn we have 23 make-ahead lunches to get you through the work week, while from Allyson Dickman of Brit+Co there are 17 make-ahead lunches to get you through the work week.  And, The Everygirl has 15 lunches to make ahead for work.

From Real Simple I can give you 26 hearty satisfying lunches.  There are some really good sandwiches, soups, and salads here, including this turkey salad with tomato and avocado.


ravioli_veg_soupFinally for this week.  After looking around the web for a long time, getting frustrated, I finally found this post from Eating Well ~ cheap healthy lunch ideas for work.  There are 51 recipes in this post, most of which I could make ahead and take to work during the week.  The recipes include this ravioli & vegetable soup, which will freeze if you make a batch and is perfect if you have a microwave in the lunch room.


Thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.


Food on Friday # 32 ~ BBQ

When an average Englishman has a BBQ he usually makes a mess of it ~ unless he’s roasting a whole animal on a spit.  (I can’t even spell barbecue without looking it up.). However, I know the rest of the English-speaking world likes to have a BBQ, so here are some ‘cool’ recipes for things to ‘throw on the barbie’ (as our Antipodean Cousins would have it).

(All men think they can grill a great steak ~ so no steak recipes here.)

We start today with a recipe from the lovely Averie Sunshine at Averie Cooks.  Normally I would go a long way to avoid chicken wings of any description, but these baked spicy barbecue chicken wings look very appetising.


Baked Spicy Barbecue Chicken Wings

For me this is a fabulous dish from Real Simple ~ lobster tails with cilantro butter.


Lobster Tails With Cilantro Butter

From Chungah, (aka Damn Delicious), I can offer you these easy Korean short ribs, which are a 10 minute recipe…  So maybe my friend from Orange County will like this dish…Personally I like my short ribs pretty well done…


Easy Korean Short Ribs

I don’t think we can do a feature on BBQ without one burger, at least, so from Pittsburgh girl Jessica, (How Sweet It Is), we have this bbq havarti burger with curly sweet potato fries.  (I had to look up Havarti, turns out it’s a soft cheese… well there you go.)


BBQ Havarti Burger With Curly Sweet Potato Fries

This looks nice from Heather Christo, bbq turkey with blackberry jalapeno sauce ~ my friend from Southern California may like this too, I know she loves jalapeno chillies.

blackberry turkey

BBQ Turkey With Blackberry Jalepeno Sauce

This HAS to be my favourite recipe this week.  Until I saw this from Tieghan Gerard, I had never heard of cooking on a BBQ grill by placing the food on a cedar plank.  But, now I’ve seen this cedar plank salmon with watermelon feta salsa from Teighan’s site Half Baked Harvest, this is something I must try the next time I’m in California ~ that’s if my friend will let me.  As I said, I’m an Englishman, and my friend knows I’m terrible at a BBQ.


Cedar Plank Salmon with Watermelon Feta Salsa

Australians do like to barbecue.  Ros from the Perth Hills in Western Australia, (aka Cooking Up The Pantry), has a nice and easy recipe for barbecued prawns with smoky chipotle butter.  Two greatingredients in this recipe are the garlic, (add more), and the smoked paprika, (be careful), my friend in Orange County likes both of those…


Barbecued Prawns With Smoky Chipotle Butter

I’m pretty certain Petra,  (Food Eat Love), is a London girl, but she can cook.  Here’s her barbecue with quinoa salad and refreshing coconut water drinks.  (You know what?  I’ve never eaten quinpa ~ I must get out more).


Barbecue With Quinoa Salad And Refreshing Coconut Water Drinks

At a barbecue most people will drink beer.  But, given that I’m no longer allowed booze, here’s a refreshing alternative; fresh mint limeade from Jessica at how sweet it is.  I have to try this.


Fresh Mint Limeade

Thank you to all the cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.


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