Okay, so this is a cheats version of a much longer recipe that I love, when I have the time for it (which is never). Who who really has time for anything these days?! If I can make is quicker, simpler and just as nourishing, then it’s going to be hitting my lunch bowl a few times a week. This one has steamed spinach (for iron), brown rice (to keep you fuller for longer), broccoli (for vitamins), mushrooms (for minerals) and an optional egg for protein. You can go all-out and top with some cubed avocado for those good fats, or just drizzle in a little olive oil. Regardless of all that healthy balanced stuff, it just tastes sooo damned good. Oh, and it’s on the table in under 10 mins. Forks at the ready.
Delicious on it’s own, or an impressive accompaniment to cold meats, tarts, and quiches, this one will become your winter staple. It’s packed with anti-oxidants to keep your skin glowing. Red cabbage is also high in potassium – tuck into it after a workout to help reduce muscle soreness.
Pumpkin stars alongside creamy feta in this tasty spinach salad. This one is packed with fibre, keep you fuller longer and your appetite at bay until dinner thanks to the pumpkin and flax. You’ll also get a lovely dose of protein from the feta (option to add egg for those who need it!) and healthy fats with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Now thats what I call a balanced meal.
When the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, nothing hits the spot like a bowl of warm soup. Store-bought varieties are convenient, but they can be shockingly salty, and packed with heavy cream. This recipe is deliciously nourishing, surprisingly filling, and low carb. A great recipe for rest-days from the gym, curled up on the couch with your favourite blanket.
Though this recipe is nothing like the plain old veggie sticks you’ve been told to eat a thousand times before, you gain all the nutritional benefits of raw goodness, and prep time is minimal. This dish makes a great lunch on it’s own, or is a welcome addition to any BBQ. Make extra and store leftovers in a container for the rest of the week – you’ll be amazed at how many dishes this compliments!
To get beautiful skin (I’m looking at you, Scarlett Johansson*), healthy fats should be an essential part of your diet. Your nutrition is paramount in achieving supple, hydrated, wrinkle-free skin. The recipe? Essential fatty acids, which irritatingly your body can’t make on its own. This dish is sure to boost your natural glow – chocked full of EFA’s with avocado, mackerel and caviar.
*Disclaimer: this meal does not guarantee an overnight transformation to Scarlett.
Cauliflower is so underrated. You probably remember it as the wet, mushy tasteless stuff of your youth that most likely brought horror when laid next to roast meat on a Sunday. Granted, it isn’t packed with flavour, but it can be one amazing vehicle for plenty of punch. This spicy version is a great metabolism booster, and can be enjoyed on its own or as an accompaniment to a main dish.
This delicious lunch will keep you satisfied until dinner – a delicious mix of satiating good carbs and fats (lentils and olive oil / walnuts / cheese), with plenty of fresh greens thrown in for good measure. Goats cheese is the perfect cheese to select if you’re cleaning up your diet. It’s creamy, comparatively low in kilojoules, and has no added nasties. Whip this up in under 10 minutes.
Cauliflower (member of the cruciferous vegetables) is often overshadowed by its lovely green cousin broccoli. However, Cauli deserves a regular rotation in your diet because it contains its own impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals. Get your dose in this simple but tasty soup!
A deliciously satisfying gluten-free loaf, full of wholesome ingredients. Skip the store-bought stuff for a happier tummy, and have this on your table within the hour. Top with a thin spread of goats cheese or freshly mashed avocado and a slice of smoked salmon for a delicious lunch.