(Disclaimer: I realise this post is the complete opposite of the advise given in guide to blogging No-one Cares What You Had for Lunch - not that I've read it).
I spend most of my weekdays either looking after the children at home, or working from home on the days they are both at preschool and school. And for lunch I usually end up eating what the children eat, which is a fairly plain sandwich or roll - cheese, vegemite or ham. Sometimes even peanut butter. I don't think there's anything terribly wrong with any of those things, but I've realised it is a bit of a missed opportunity for including extra vegetables in my diet. For breakfast I eat homemade muesli, with milk and sometimes yoghurt, and fresh or stewed fruit, which I think is fairly nutritious. And dinner is usually made from scratch and involves a good serving of vegetables or salad. But lunch has been a nutritional black hole. So, I've been trying to make a bit more effort, and instead of just having a sandwich I'm trying to make a salad (or at least put some salad on the sandwich). I really enjoy this kind of meal - it's what I would order if I was in a cafe. It just seems like a bit too much work to make for myself. But I have worked out that if I remember to buy some extra salad ingredients and interesting things - like some nice cheese, or smoked trout - it's not too hard at all.
This salad above was grated raw zucchini and carrots, purple lettuce, steamed asparagus, some tomatoes from a punnet of different coloured mixed cherry tomatoes, and flaked smoked trout. I dressed it with some rice vinegar, and it would have taken under 10 minutes to put together (not counting cleaning the food processor afterwards).
I'm also thinking that as the weather cools down I'll make some batches of soup and freeze them in portion sizes for an easy lunch. I like chicken soup (with celery, carrots, leek and / or onion and miniature pasta), and also this lentil and tomato soup, which is very quick but tasty. And pumpkin with coconut milk and curry paste is always good.
What do you eat for lunch? Do you have any good ideas for things that are quick + tasty + nutritious? Or good salad combinations?