Let’s pretend, just for a second, that the lunchbox sitting in the communal fridge at work filled with the tastiest morsels of healthy, nutritious, incredibly delectable flavourbombs belongs to you. Wouldn’t that just be awesome? Aha, it sure would.
Now, let’s make that dream a reality. Because let’s face it, there’s few things more rewarding than knowing that you’ve totally smashed it on the lunch front, and experiencing that eager anticipation of actually getting to eat it in only a few hours. YESSS!
The other day I talked about cooking ahead, and how this can really help you in your plight to becoming the next Top Lunch Chef. It’s such a simple way to ensure you’ve got all the goodies ready to go – plus – if you prepare it the night before as was suggested in the comments (great tip by the way), you can go to town with exploring new recipes.
But what to prepare? That is the eternal question. Here are some ideas.
1. Raw Meal Monday Supergreen Salad
As it is, after all, Raw Meal Monday, I thought I’d kick the inspiration off with this insanely delicious salad that ticks all the right boxes. It’s raw, rammed with micronutrients, and so insanely tasty you may just never want it to end. It’s a super salad – and one that will have the entire office eying you off in envy.
Here’s what you need:
fresh coriander/parsley/basil (all of one of these)
lettuce (any variety except iceberg – it’s only good for lettuce cups)
soaked almonds or cashews
cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
And here’s what you need to do…
To make the salad, simply chop all the green ingredients finely. Chop the kale and cabbage as finely as you can – they taste better that way. Now, throw your nuts in too.
To prepare the dressing, simply mix tahini, olive oil, lemon, and apple cider vinegar together to taste. I never measure so I can’t tell you exact amounts, but slowly add each ingredient to get the perfect balance.
Once 12:30 rolls around, pour the dressing over the salad and enjoy. I make HEAPS of this as it’s nutrient dense, but calorie low, so go for gold. The nuts will also add protein, and if you’re feeling super fancy, you can replace them with home-made nut butter or cashew ‘cheese’ instead. I’ll post on making them at a later date but they’re delicious. Oh, and on the weekend when you’re not afraid of stinking out the office, add a finely chopped clove of raw garlic on top. DELICIOUS!
2. Lettuce Cup Sandwiches
If you’re new to The Happiness Cocktail you may have missed one of our all-time favourite meals – Lettuce Cup Sandwiches. They are an incredible way to add some zing to your lunch, and are healthy, nutritious, and easy to assemble at the office.
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Another old-time favourite of my husband and I, these sandwiches are SURE to beat the blahs.
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So, you’ve tried all of the above and feel like something a little less green, and more orange. Then this carrot salad is for you! You’ll die.
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I always find leftovers to be an amazing way to satisfy your lunch palette. They’re already made, and you know they’re tasty, so all you need to do is eat, and enjoy. Hooray!
This is one of my most crowd-pleasing dishes. It’s an eggplant moussaka made with quinoa, homemade tomato sauce, a shit load of vegies, and no cheese! It’s unbelievable, and even better the next day.
And here’s a visual…