Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A quick & healthy lunch recipe

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Bonjour! For today's post I thought I'd share with you a recipe for one of my go-to lunches, which I reach for especially when I'm lacking time/inspiration. My gluten allergy, or 'the life ruiner' as I fondly call it, means that I can be quite restricted in terms of what I can eat, so for lunch I often start by chucking together a variety of veg and take it from there. It's a pretty healthy recipe too so you can feel all righteous and Victoria's Secret model-esque (at least until 3 o'clock when it's tea and biscuit time). It's INCREDIBLY easy, so you don't need to be of the Delia variety to be able to make it!

Quick healthy lunch recipe the little magpie
Half a pepper (in whatever colour you so fancy)
4 mushrooms
6 sundried tomatos (I had to use cherry toms here as I'd ran out, but sundried will make it a lot more flavoursome)
1/2 a courgette
A handful of mangetout
1/3 Aubergine
Feta or goats cheese, I use around 8-10 cubes (it's also really good with Halloumi. I love cheese.)
Seeds (I like sunflower, sesame and pumpkin)

1) Slice and dice your veg to your preference. Heat up some oil in a frying pan - I use coconut as it's nice and healthy and gives another tasty layer to the salad - and throw in your peppers, courgettes, mangetout and aubergines, as these'll take a little longer to cook. Fry these on a med-high heat for 3/4 minutes then add in your mushrooms and tomatoes and cook for a further minute or so (until you see them browning slightly). Here you can choose either to add the spinach to the pan, or lay the spinach uncooked on a plate as a little bed for your hot veg. Whatever tickles your pickle! Either way, just make sure to, you know, wash it.

2) Pop you veg in a plate and sprinkle your cheese and seeds over the top. I have my salad sans sauce but if you'd like to add a little balsamic or something then this is the time to go crazy.

And that's it; a delicious and healthy lunch cooked and prepared in under 15 minutes! If you'd like to add a little more substance to it then I'd add in some chickpeas, sweet potato or tuna - it's delicious with all. 

Happy eating!


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Unknown said...

Looks yummy! I hope you're going to do some more gluten free recipes as I have a gluten intolerance too! Such a pain! xx

Unknown said...

I have to try it!

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Unknown said...

I always love a mix of raw and steamed veg in salads, tastes delicious! You cannot beat feta and tomato :)

Lauren x
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Unknown said...

this looks so good, defintley something i want to try!

Unknown said...

This looks both easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing!

x Sarah

Chelsea Maria said...

This is my favourite kind of lunch! Constantly take a salad with all the trimmings to work with me, and its always surprisingly filling!

I like to add Feta, Halloumi but mostly I add a couple of spoonfuls of cottage cheese! :P


Anonymous said...

Seems so delicious

The Style Rawr said...

This looks absolutely delicious! You're so healthy, I'm impressed. I always have veggies for lunch!

Tara x

Emily Bashforth said...

Omg look sooo yummy!!!


Tusks and Tails said...

Sooo delish! I love adding soy sauce to this!


Dream in Lace said...

This is so often how my meals come to be as well. Just throwing a bunch of good veggies in a pan...and topping them with cheese and pumpkin seeds. Voila! So much simpler and healthier than making a carryout run.

xoxo - Kelly

Unknown said...

It's 9 in the morning and this made me hungry. Jesus, it looks so good! I have to give it a try :) Thanks for sharing it!

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Unknown said...

Ah this has made me soo hungry, can't wait to try it out. Looks amazing :)

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Unknown said...

Loos really good, need to try it!


Laura xx

Nikki Williams said...

this sounds amazing!

xx nikki

Una B. said...

I'm going to try this recipe tomorrow for lunch, yum yum!


Jandyersn said...

Thanks for sharing

Vomail said...

Glad to have this wonderful quick and healthy lunch recipe. The colors in this dish are making it more interesting. Thanks for this post! I would also be learning healthy cooking and found most useful Nom foodie app for that.