Welcome to 2015 one and all! I hope you are feeling rested (and most expectedly stuffed) after the festive season and ready to take on the challenges and adventures of the new year ahead! I expect you all have aims … Continue reading
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Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Peppers
Who needs to carve a pumpkin when you can just downsize to a pepper? Plus its actually edible. With Halloween this week I have conjured up a twist on your average stuffed pepper to give it a spooky (if not … Continue reading
Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut dressing
After travelling around South East Asia I have been obsessed with the delicious sweet/salty/sour flavours that are typical of the region (thank goodness for China Town in London). During my time away I was fortunate to sample multiple cuisines, allowing me to … Continue reading
Survival Series: The Lunchbox
Lunch should be about having lunch and enjoying it. It can be super dull when you consume the same sandwich everyday with one hand on the keyboard mulling over why that darned Excel formula WILL NOT WORK (calm thoughts, calm thoughts…). They can also be pretty unhealthy and expensive – that M&S wrap, packet of crisps and fruit pot will set you back £30 a week friends = £1,440 a year… without counting the lattes. In order to make the lunch break a highlight rather than just routine, I am posting some simple and portable lunch ideas to make all your tuna-mayo-sandwich-colleagues jealous!
One of the easiest (and my favourite) ways to pack a quick, nutritious and cheap lunch is using your leftovers. I purposely make surplus food at dinner during weeknights so that I have a homemade lunch to tote into work. For example, if I had roast chicken and vegetables one evening I would add some rocket and dressing the next day for a beautiful salad. Made chilli con carne? Either eat it the next day with leftover rice or chuck it in a wrap with some cheddar and you are good to go. Don’t you love leftovers?
Another trick for easy prep is making your packed lunch in bulk, which is particularly handy when feeding more than one. On a Sunday have a cook up which will save you tonnes of time on weekday mornings; for example whizz up soup with leftover veggies in the fridge, make mini frittatas which are freezable or chop up 3-days worth of salad and store it in individual containers. Also, it helps to have some great tupperware, so stock up!… I am a bit of a tupperware geek and I don’t care to admit it. I have quite the collection in all shapes and sizes; I would put up a picture but I don’t think it will be appreciated that much. Sadly.
Finally, it is completely okay to have a sandwich for lunch, just try and make it yourself! Honestly, I have worked in a supermarket and its amazing how long those sarnies sit there on a semi-refrigerated shelf. Also check out these low sugar snack ideas which will fit beautifully aside any of the lunchbox ideas listed below (which will be added as I make them)!
- Caprese salad
- Carrot and coriander soup
- BLT Chopped salad Recipe to follow
- Black bean, corn, edamame and feta salad Recipe to follow
- Green salad in a jar Recipe to follow
- Asian chicken shredded salad
- Sweet potato, blue cheese and pecan salad
- Wild rice and edamame salad Recipe to follow
- Southern slaw and green beans
- Avocados on toast
- Greek-style quinoa salad Recipe to follow
- Broccoli, almond and cheddar salad
- Bacon, mushroom, cheddar and green pepper frittatinis
- Egg and smoked ham wrap Recipe to follow
- Prawn and avocado salad Recipe to follow
- Salmon nicoise Recipe to follow
Also, if you can drag yourself away from that Excel formula, get outside and stretch your legs – it will do wonders for your energy levels and I promise you will crack it after lunch…
Orange Spice Macadamias
I heart macadamias, they are the tastiest of nuts in my humble opinion. They taste of sweet butteriness for goodness sake! And what is my favourite spice? Well cinnamon of course. And favourite fruit? You guessed it… Oranges!!! What a … Continue reading
One Pot Pasta
#ThisIsGenious Seriously, you chuck everything in a pan and leave it to boil for 15 minutes. There is one chopping board and one pan to wash up – and you can take leftovers to work the next day. Also it … Continue reading
Low Sugar: A day in the life
This post is dedicated to all the family, friends, colleagues and everyone inbetween who ask me what I eat after quitting sugar. I have a tonne of questions on how my diet has changed, what food is permitted, and if … Continue reading
Easter Bird Nests
I admit it – Easter is a bit of a nightmare for sugar quitters. It is a holiday built on sugar and fuelled by chocolate induced craziness. It is EVERYWHERE. Everything has gone haywire in the last decade, no longer … Continue reading
Sugar – Why give the Sweet Stuff up?!
Sugar, why give it up? The first blog entry is difficult. I have spent an hour procrastinating over whether it is worth doing – and it isn’t made any easier that the blog is based on such a controversial topic: … Continue reading
Fructose Free Chocolate Mud Cake
Serves 8 Ingredients 200g unsalted butter, softened 125g dextrose 1 teaspoon vanilla Extract 3 medium eggs 180ml buttermilk 180g plain flour 50g unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda Chocolate Icing 375g Dextrose 125g unsweetened cocoa powder 200g unsalted … Continue reading