Lunchin’ / Brunchin’

For those of you (morons) who aren’t familiar with the concept of brunch, your life is about to be changed. I’m obsessed with breakfast food, and so brunch is just the perfect excuse to have an even bigger breakfast, with an even bigger coffee, and basically label it as lunch. For me it normally looks like this:

 

Buuut that really isn’t worth blogging on, because if you know how to poach (if you don’t – http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/videos/techniques/how-poach-egg) then you know how to brunch.

SO that leaves me to ramble on about the meal that comes in second place, lunch. 

I think in today’s society, lunch has a tendency to be forgotten about. Being in France and Spain, I’ve seen how culturally different they are in comparison to England. Most of us tend to eat our lunch out a tupperware box whilst sat at a desk, whereas here and in France, everywhere just shuts for lunch. Imagine if HSBC decided to close it’s doors for 3 hours every day?! There would be outrage and it would probably make national news and end up with a load of angry business men/women running round like headless chickens. Whereas here, everything is just way more chilled and school children/working parents will go home and spend a few hours round the table making/eating lunch and socialising. Having a healthy lunch full of nutrients can benefit you both mentally and physically, so why not spend a bit of time either the night before or the current day making your plate a bit more interesting. If you’re eating the same old boring lunch every day, your body will get sick of it, start to tire and you will just generally feel sluggish. If you’re mixing things up,  your body will be left feeling re-energised and it will raise your blood sugar levels raising your levels of concentration and making you feel like a queen. It also keeps your metabolism active, especially if your lunch is moderately sized and you snack before and after.

Something I hate more than anything is people that think that skipping meals is a good thing. ‘I lost 5 pounds in a week just by skipping breakfast/lunch.’ ARE YOU MAD!? Skipping meals will do nothing but rev up your appetite so you go home and eat a mountain sized plate for dinner and leave you feeling gross. Also, if you’re anything like me, I’m normally planning what I’m eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner the day before, and the thought of missing a meal genuinely scares me. So here are my 3 fave go to lunches that are easy to make, and keep you full till snack/dinner time:

  1. Salad without the actual salad

What you’ll need: 

  • 1/2 red pepper
  • Green olives
  • Feta
  • Chickpeas
  • Handful of spinach
  • Cucumber
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 3 sundried tommys
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

Method:

  • Start by preheating your oven to around 180.
  • Pop your chickpeas into a roasting dish. Cover with a bit of olive oil, seasoning, paprika and cumin, and leave in the oven for about 20 mins until they’re all crispy and just GREAT. Note: you could make extra and keep for a snack. 
  • Whilst they’re popping away (they will actually make a popping sound, don’t worry) start on your salad. Make a bed of spinach, add your avo, cucumber ribbons (use a peeler), olives and sundried tomatoes.
  • Whip up your dressing in a little glass. Honey, olive oil, lemon juice, salt n pepper, and mix up.
  • Put your peppers in with the chickpeas for the last 5 minutes and mix it all up a bit, add more oil if needed.
  • When they’re done, add to your bowl, crumble on some feta aaand you’re good to go!

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2. Almond Omelette

What you’ll need: 

  • 2 eggs
  • Splash of almond milk
  • Courgette
  • Handful of spinach
  • Avocado
  • Flaked almonds
  • Baby tommys
  • Chia seeds
  • Feta
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 garlic clove

Method:

  • Start by frying all your toppings. Put a tsp of coconut oil into a pan on medium heat and fry your garlic, onion, courgette, spinach, almonds and tomatoes in the pan for about 5 minutes.
  • While these are frying, in a mug, whisk your eggs, almond milk and seasoning until combined well.
  • Put your toppings to the side and in the same pan and a bit more oil if needed and pour in your batter. Gently push the cooked edges into the middle so the whole thing cooks through and when/if you’re brave enough, flip the omelette. I tend to get half way then chicken out so end up just having an omelette folded in half, but it’s just as yummy.
  • Put your omelette onto a plate, all your extras and the avo, feta and chia seeds, and enjoy. Best served with a hot cwofeeee.

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3. Sweet sweet potato 

What you’ll need: 

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • A few broccoli florets
  • Sundried toms
  • Salted almonds
  • Humus
  • Green olives
  • Feta

Method:

  • If you have time, season your sweet potato, oil it up and give it a few jabs with a fork and put in the oven on 180 for an hour. If not, do the same and leave it in the microwave for 8-12 minutes depending on the size.
  • While that’s getting yummy, boil your broc and chop your tommys and olives.
  • Take out your sweet potato, add the broc, almonds, humus, olives, tomatoes, almonds, crumble your feta over it all and enjoy – best lunch to date.

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