I’ve got a special post for you today. Usually I eat lunch at school, and 100% of the time, it’s leftovers from last night. I microwave it at school for about a minute and thirty seconds, so that it’s hot but not too hot, but not warm either… you know? There is always some rice on the bottom, either fat sushi rice or fragrant jasmine rice. On top, I’ll have a couple dinner “side dishes”, like fried trout, sauteed vegetables, squash, stir-fries, braised meat, wintermelon, steamed eggs, whatevah. See this post for a wonderful Mom meal. 🙂
It’s rare that I ever have lunch at home!
That leaves Saturday – but on Saturdays, I’ll usually have a small lunch because it’s before aerial silks (I don’t want to feel weighed down). Saturdays I’ll often eat an apple with some kind of dip and scrambled eggs. Scrambled eggs work any time of day! If I have spinach at home though, I’ll always have a spinach omelet, which I make with two eggs, white cheddar, and a big handful of baby spinach. Oh yeah, and a ton of black pepper. So good!
During the spring break – yes, I know, I’m so behind! – I often had rice cakes and tasting platters. Let’s start with rice cakes! Rice cakes are practically calorie-free. THREE of these big, palm-sized (and my palms are huge!) rice cakes are under 50 calories. That’s comparable to raw veggies and flavoured water. Wow! The one that I buy is made without rice (ha!). Instead, it’s filled with other goodies like millet, quinoa, and flax. I really like this one.
Here, I top it with hummus + black pepper, peanut butter + banana slices + cinnamon sprinkle + honey, and almond butter + ground flax seeds + Craisins (dried cranberries) + shredded coconut + maple syrup drizzle. That’s three different toppings. 😛
Rice cakes might taste a leetle like cardboard, but the toppings really do make up for that. Try some of these topping ideas and let me know what you think!
Light salads are a great lunch idea. This is just romaine mixed with store-bought Kraft Caesar dressing. I made the croutons myself, out of fresh focaccia bread from the local bakery. Cut into cubes and bake until toasty. I don’t even add olive oil – I don’t think you need it. It still gets crunchy.
Here I add a pan-fried chicken breast for protein. If salads don’t fill you up, just add a chicken breast! It’s filling and delicious. Simply season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, then cook until done over medium-high heat. You might have to cover it. Easy peasy.
Another light lunch idea is a tasting platter. Inspired by The Vegan Platter from Rumpus Room, I made my own little tasting plate. Here I have grapes, cucumber sticks, carrot sticks, and two types of crackers, all to be dipped in creamy hummus. The grapes were the best part. I got them at Whole Foods, and they’re SO crunchy and sweet! I love the ones that just burst open when you bite down. These crackers are amazing, too. Some of the best I’ve ever had! They do have a grainy/wheat-y/seed-y taste, which I love.
Crackers are also excellent with egg salad! I make my egg salad with two hard-boiled eggs, a tiny scoop of mayonnaise, some plain/Greek yogurt if I have it, lots of Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and lots of black pepper. I really recommend letting it rest in the fridge for an hour or two for the flavours to develop. After it’s done “marinating”, smear it on crackers, rice cakes (!), bread, or use it to top a salad. Eaten with grapes on another day! The crackers without egg salad have hummus on them.
There’s a reason why sandwiches are the #1 most popular lunch food. They’re great! When my mom bought a loaf of French bread from the local bakery, I turned it into grilled cheese (made with sharp white cheddar).
Another variation, shown here, is made with peanut butter, banana slices, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a drizzle of honey. Delicious! Sweet or savoury – I can’t decide. Both of these sandwiches were scrumptious. Crispy on the outside and super flavourful inside. Cooked on a skillet in olive oil (grilled cheese) or coconut oil (PB + B sammie). Yum! I want one right now. 🙂
This is half of a sandwich from Whole Foods, as I mention here. It’s made with turkey, apple, and brie cheese. There are also some mixed greens and tomatoes inside, as well as a smear of canola-mayonnaise. I grilled it for maximum crunch! This sandwich was delicious. I had the other half for dinner, along with some yogurt and berries for dessert.
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I liked writing it. 🙂 Have a great weekend, and let me know if you try any of these!