I would like to start by thanking everyone who voted for me to be the next food blogger for Mamamia.
Since I was little, all I wanted was to become a TV chef and host “Elly’s Kitchen” (cheesy, right!?). I used to walk around the kitchen, pretending to talk to a hidden camera within the tiles and devotedly finish each ‘segment’ with “tune in next time for more delicious recipes by me, Elly”.
Now, as I’m older, I’ve grown out of my imaginary TV studio and developed a love for blogging. Which is why I’m ecstatic to be joining Mamamia so I can share my recipes with you (and not just my imaginary viewers)!
And so, here’s what I’ve come up with for challenge #1.
Healthy lunches for the time poor.
Today, the majority of us are time poor.
Each year we seem to say the same thing; “this year I’m going to become organised and eat healthier” however, by the end of June we struggle to understand how six months has passed and why we have reverted to skipping breakfast and buying our lunches.
Due to this, I have created three lunch recipes that tick all the boxes:
✓ They can be prepared the night before ✓ Quick ✓ Healthy ✓ Delicious ✓ Most importantly, they create workplace food envy
THE SALAD JAR
The perfect lunch for those on the go
Vegetarian and Gluten Free.
I love a robust salad . This one is perfect to eat the next day because the flavours infuse overnight.
Cooking time: 20 minutes
What you need :
o ¼ cup of quinoa
o ½ butternut pumpkin, cubed
o 1 roasted capsicum (jarred versions are perfect)
o 1 lebanese cucumber (remove the seeds and cut into small quarters)
o 100g reduced fat feta
o 6 baby tomatoes, quartered
o 8 red grapes, quartered
o a handful of thinly sliced purple cabbage
o a handful of toasted pine nuts
o a handful of fresh rocket leaves
o a large sprig of fresh mint (roughly torn)
o A large empty jar
o ¾ cup of extra virgin olive oil
o juice from 1 fresh lime
o juice from ¼ of an orange
o salt and pepper to taste
1. Pre-heat the oven to 250 degrees.