Edamame & Quinoa Salad and some Healthy Lunch Ideas

I’m always being asked what I have for lunch and for some healthy lunch ideas… To be honest I’m usually in a rush and what works for me is throwing a combination of good things from my fridge into my lunch box and go. It’s all about having healthy staples to hand.. I’ll cook a big pan of quinoa or lentils at the weekend and keep them in the fridge batched up into potions for the week, cook a huge pot of soup and freeze in tubs (you can take them out of the freezer the night before work to defrost), make some hummus and pesto and then dollop some into your lunch box everyday.

I also keep a good supply of nuts and seeds in the cupboard so that you can add them to my lunches and take to work as a healthy snack.
Here’s what I usually have a combination of  – literally any or all of the following;

  • Some Quinoa, lentils, chickpeas or beans (frozen edamame are great!) for protein and keep my full up.
  • Lots of fresh veggies and leaves – whatever’s to hand but I like; chopped red cabbage, grated carrots, crunchy sugar snap peas, tomatoes, courgetti, red peppers.
  • Roast veg – cauliflower, sweet potato or squash.
  • Some seeds and nuts for the all important crunch and extra protein.
  • Some hummus or pesto – I pretty much always have some in the fridge.
  • Kimchi or sauerkraut – I’m obsessed. Delicious and so good for you.

Quinoa and edamane salad

 

And a tasty dressing – the most important thing to make your lunch taste amazing;

  • My favourite tangy salad dressing;
  • 2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp mustard of choice (Dijon or Wholegrain)
  • 1 tsp sweetener of choice – maple, agave
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Tahini dressing;
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1/4 cup water

Here’s some other lunch ideas (my fav soup and take leftovers for lunch);
Super green pea and mint soup

Super green soup

Spinachy dhal

Spinachy dal

15 minute chickpea and spinach curry

Chickpea and spinach curry

Harissa quinoa 

Harissa Lentils amd Quinoa

Info

 

  1 servings
  10 minutes preparation time
  20 minutes for the quinoa cook time

Ingredients

  • Avo, coriander and tahini dressing;
  • Juice 1 lime
  • Handful coriander
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp tahini
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salad;
  • Handful mixed leaves
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup frozen edamame – defrosted but running them under hot water
  • 1 tbsp. seeds

Directions

  1. Pop all the dressing ingredients into a mini chopper or blender and blitz to combine.
  2. Layer your salad ingredients in a bowl or lunch box. Serve with the salad dressing.

2 Comments

  1. Cassie on April 15, 2016 at 2:56 am

    I LOVE all of these lunch ideas! The edamame quinoa salad sounds delicious along with the dhal and chickpea spinach curry!

    • Niki on April 18, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      Hey Cassie!
      Thank you so much, really happy you like them xx

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