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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.

Happy eating.

Quick easy salad that satisfies THM (S)

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: very easy
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A delicious quick salad that can be made using what you have on hand for a satisfying and filling lunch.

Credit: Nadine @ Making Her Mama


  • 2-3 cups of salad greens
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onions
  • handful of halved grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 – 1 ripe avocado, cubed
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese (i.e. unripened goat crumbles)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette


    1. Prepare all ingredients.
  1. Fill your favourite bowl or plate – make it look pretty if you have time!  Its so enjoyable to eat nicely presented foods.
  2. Drizzle with salad dressing and enjoy!

Balsamic vinaigrette

  • 2/3 cup cold pressed olive oil
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard


  1. Place all ingredients in a pint jar and shake to combine.
  2. Can be stored in the fridge or on the counter if its cool for up to a week (though mine never lasts that long!
  3. *use these great mason jar lids  for storing salad dressings


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Nadine Best

I am a follower of Jesus, SAHM, THMer, and homeschooler to my 4 boys. I love to garden and am a wanna be homesteader. I also LOVE organizing.

  • Our first #harvest of #rhubarb ! We got 1/4 pound. So what do you do with such a small amount of this vegetable? (That's right! Even though we often enjoy it like a fruit #itsavegetable ). I made #pop , rhubarb pop!! It was delicious 😋What is your favourite rhubarb treat??
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  • Our first #harvest of #rhubarb ! We got 1/4 pound. So what do you do with such a small amount of this vegetable? (That's right! Even though we often enjoy it like a fruit #itsavegetable ). I made #pop , rhubarb pop!! It was delicious 😋What is your favourite rhubarb treat??
  • #messy tables usually cause me grief! But not this time, when I turned around and saw our #kitchentable a complete cluttered #mess, I felt happy 💕 today my table reflects the mom I want to be for my kids always. We went on a #naturewalk together, #collected leaves, make #leafprint artwork and enjoyed each other! Our messy kitchen table reflects the love and learning that happened here today. What about you? What made you smile today?
  • This #sweet and #serious boy is on the count down to #threeyears! Time goes so fast it's crazy!!! If you've been following my feed for awhile you know how old my baby is! If you multiply his age and Mickey Blues age - they are the square root of my next oldest son! He just had a birthday. How old did he turn??? #math #riddles
  • I'm not good at #mushroom identification but I still like to #photograph them!! We found these little ones growing on the side of the road on our #naturewalk this morning. Izzy and I are starting a #couchto5k program and today was our first #run. We enjoyed our walk back looking at leaves and everything growing along the side of the road. He wants to learn to #identifymushroom . Anyone that can #identifythis ?
  • Things are certainly coming along well in the #garden !  The #garlic is about 2 feet tall, the #potato plants are ready to mound up, as our everbearing #strawberries have flowers on them! Despite the cooler than normal #weather at this time of year, everything is growing and growing well! I can't wait to walk through the garden in full bloom and pick our food 💕
  • Happy Mother's Day everyone! I don't get to see or be with my mom this year so I wrote this letter to her for #mothersday. It's my #mothersdaygift to her and my #encouragement to #moms and #daughters everywhere. #linkinbio 💕
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