HEALTHY EASY MEALS: HOW TO EAT A HEALTHY LUNCH AT WORK

As the second part to my 'How to Eat Healthily at Work' series we're talking about lunch. Now if like me you work 9-5 and don't have access to a hob/oven on lunch then it's all about food prep - meaning the night before you prepare your food so all you have to do is pop it in the microwave! As protein should be in every meal, I usually rustle up my lunch the night before with my dinner and split the portions, this makes it much easier and less like a chore.
Spicy Carrot and Lentil Soup: chop ten large carrots, a whole white onion, two parsnips and a leek add to a large pan and bring to the boil. Add in a Knorr veg stock pot, cajun and paprika spice to taste then leave for 20 minutes stirring every so often. Add in red lentils and cook for a further 15 minutes or until the veg is soft. Drain the excess liquid into a bowl so you're just left with the veg and lentils. Using a blender, blend the contents of the pan adding in the liquid gradually. This will determine the consistency. Serve with a handful of spinach and a sprinkle of feta. 

Tasty Salmon Pine Nut Salad: Take a fresh salmon fillet and coat in ginger, parsley and mixed herbs oven-bake for 20 minutes in tin foil to keep all the juices in. Using Fry Light fry off mixed peppers, onions and pine nuts until brown. Steam a handful of spinach and you're ready to box up for the morning. Now you can either heat this up at work or enjoy cold - either way it's delicious!

Spicy Turkey Skewers - Nandos Style: Using a turkey steak dice into cubes, coat with paprika spice and Nandos salt. Do the same to a bell pepper and chestnut mushrooms. Run a skewer underneath a cold tap (this is so it doesn't set alight) and assemble your kebab as you wish, pop under the grill until cooked through. Wait until cold and wrap in foil. Then when you get to work reheat the skewers and pop a sweet potato in the microwave until soft. Peel and mash with the paprika spice. Serve with chilli sauce and you're in for a tasty lunchtime treat!

Thai Green Kale Curry: easily one of my favourite dishes for lunch or dinner. Cut turkey or chicken pieces into strip, using Fry Light spray fry off until half cooked in half a clove of garlic and a chopped up red chilli. Throw in two tablespoons of green curry paste and a can of light coconut milk (do half if you only want one portion) throw in green beans, broccoli and kale then simmer on a low heat for a further 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lime - yummy!

And for the lunch you forget to prepare: nip to Tesco on your break and pick up rice cakes (gluten free Kallo are my go-to) salmon slices and an avocado. Mash the avocado and spread on the rice cakes, top with salmon slices are you're done. A simple yet super tasty lunch that's got a lot more nutritious than a packet sandwich. 

Don't forget to check out my Healthy Easy Meals: How To Eat Healthy Breakfasts at work post!
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  1. Loved reading this Soph. My wedding diet started Mon so 5 months of no sugar or carbs and the occasional drink 1-2 times a month...waaah! I just got a spiralizer, so hoping to get more inspired in the kitchen...preparation is key! xx

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    1. You'll smash it in 5 months! You should get the Lean in 15 cookbook, it's soooo good, I take most of my recipes from there xx

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