Everybody has a go to. Today, I’m talking about my go to lunch!
I don’t know what your days are like, but in our house, with Izzy (8), our 2 year old (Mickey blue eyes – as we so affectionately call him), and little Lou (who’s only 6 months), our days can be very full and very busy. Sometimes I am lucky if I get to sit down to eat 2 actual meals. And sometimes I dream about sipping a cup of tea that is above luke warm!
I’ve been coming up with quick easy food ideas – especially lunches; because, when I”m super hungry and have about 10 minutes to make food AND eat it, I don’t have time to ponder. I want a meal that is healthy, filling, uses what I know I will find in my fridge or pantry, and that tastes good so that I’m motivated to make it!
I think I’m lucky because I happen to love vegetables! I love the tastes and textures of fresh (and preferably local) produce. So, for at least the next month, until the cool fall days really hit, salads will be my go to. I have one in particular that I can eat every single day. It’s easy to adapt and change for whatever ingredients I have on hand with a few staples to start off.
Now a days almost everyone has heard of the benefits of dark leafy greens, so I start with a huge plate full. Right now I’m really enjoying a spring mix of lettuces, but baby kale, spinach, chard or a mix of these also work really well. I literally FILL my dinner plate with these greens.
The toppings; chopped cucumber by the handfuls, red onion slices, a few halved grape tomatoes, cubed avocado (if the kids don’t want any I eat the full thing! #avocadoaffair #noshame) a sprinkle pumpkin seeds, and top it off with goat cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette.
If I have strawberries i’ll slice 3 or 4 to put on top. Left over baked chicken breast also pairs well with this meal. Sprinkle 1-2 tbsp chia seeds on top to add more protein!
For those of you who follow THM (trim healthy mama) this recipe is an S meal. For those of you who keep seeing THM everywhere and wonder what the heck it is, it’s a healthy eating lifestyle based around not eating sugars and feeding your body one fuel source at a time (basically protein with fats or protein with carbs). For more information check out the official website for Trim Healthy Mama.
So what are your go to lunches? I’d love to try out your ideas and I hope you’ll try out mine! I posted a copy of the recipe below.
A delicious quick salad that can be made using what you have on hand for a satisfying and filling lunch.
*use these great mason jar lids for storing salad dressings