Lunches and Dinners

Hi everyone! I just finished a lovely couscous, falafel and veggie dinner and need to wash dishes before starting my homework – but I wanted to quickly share some of the meals I’ve enjoyed for the past 2-3 weeks.

You can see my breakfast-only post HERE for 26 ideas that are guaranteed to draw you out of bed (well, it works for me!), and I recently shared a bunch of 2-minute dessert ideas on this post. Because what’s a meal without dessert?

Onto the savoury eats, though – enjoy! 🙂


LUNCHES

Pulled chicken sandwich with brie and wilted spinach

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Served with butternut squash soup!

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Mexican quinoa salad with black beans, corn and scallions, roasted red peppers, avocado, lime and salsa-greek yogurt dressing

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Leftover spinach, mushroom, and roasted red pepper frittata with feta, grapes, whole wheat crackers and brie

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Leftover quinoa chicken bake with parmesan, crackers, brie, and grapes

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Thai green curried salmon with zucchini, bell peppers, and carrots, steamed broccoli, quinoa

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Princess Cafe panini of the day: goat cheese, artichokes, mushrooms and caramelized onion, roasted red pepper

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Apple parsnip soup! With a side of neuroscience 😦

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Apple brie grilled cheese with tomato soup

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Couscous salad with black beans, feta, peas and corn, carrots, roasted red peppers

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Topped with pecans another day

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Apple-brie grilled cheese and soup

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Snack: crackers, brie, and grapes before a lasagna dinner

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Lasagna made with sharp cheddar, ricotta, mushrooms, and spinach

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With sauteed garlic-lemon broccoli. Yum!

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Another grilled cheese: this time apple-cheddar with Dijon mustard.

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Simple snack of crackers, grapes, and brie.

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Massive veggie sandwich with cheddar, roasted red pepper, grilled zucchini, and avocado

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This sandwich was so loaded that it fell apart as I was eating it! 😦

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Tomato scrambled eggs over quinoa with zucchini, bell pepper, and mushroom stir-fry

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Omelet with goat cheese mozzarella, scallions, zucchini, and yellow zucchini

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Grilled frittata sandwich with spelt bread and butternut squash + yam soup!

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This grilled sandwich also had a layer of mashed avocado, truffle salt, and fig goat cheese. One of my favourite lunches!

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Scrambled eggs with fig goat cheese, mushrooms, zucchini and yellow squash, toast and soup

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Princess Cafe lunch: sweet potato coconut curry soup

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And a delicious “yamwich”: roasted yams, brie, caramelized onions, spinach, and pesto on multigrain bread. Okay, THIS was my favourite lunch!

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Thai-fried quinoa with egg, pineapple bits, peas, scallions, garlic, lime, and coconut milk. A tropical feast for lunch that kept me full all afternoon!

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I went to Vincenzo’s, a famous Italian grocery store in Waterloo, one Saturday afternoon to grab groceries and a sandwich for lunch.

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I also picked up a cheesecake and received two MAJOR disappointments:

  1. The sandwich was not grilled. It was a cold sandwich, and I’m really not a fan of cold sandwiches. 😦 I had half and saved the rest for another time.
  2. The ingredients in the cheesecake were disturbing. Look above… this is never something I would eat, but I paid for it and didn’t want to throw it out, so…

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This was the horrible bananas foster cheesecake. I took a bite and nearly spat it out – it was like artificial banana medicine. Have you ever had banana medicine? This is what this cheesecake tasted like. 😦 What a disappointment! I was still craving something sweet after I threw this out (yes, I threw out food… and it was CHEESECAKE, what a surprise) and had some gelato: maple-pecan, chocolate-almond, and peanut butter chocolate. YUM.

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Leftover sandwich toppings from the second sandwich half were given another life: grilled up in spelt bread with apple slices and more brie!

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Apple-brie French toast. This wasn’t my favourite lunch but a drizzle of maple syrup did improve it 🙂

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DINNERS

Mexican quinoa topped with avocado, Greek yogurt, cheddar, black beans and corn, chicken, roasted peppers, salsa, and lime

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Spinach, mushroom, roasted red pepper frittata with feta

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Quinoa mixed with sauteed vegetables and shredded chicken, topped with sharp white cheddar. Pre-bake!

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And post-bake, served with sauteed garlic broccoli and sweet potato aioli.

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We all know that the cheesy topping was the best part: I’m definitely adding more next time!

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Poached salmon in a Thai green curry vegetable “stew”, sauteed broccoli and quinoa

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Bow ties with tomato vegetable sauce, spinach, and parmesan

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Thai peanut noodles with chicken, egg, carrots, spinach, scallions, and cucumber. I used my favourite peanut sauce recipe 🙂

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Scrambled eggs with spinach and mushrooms, feta, and two slices of different toast!

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Spinach-ricotta ravioli topped with spinach tomato sauce, mushrooms, and parmesan

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Simple pan-fried salmon, roasted potatoes, and steamed broccoli with sweet potato aioli

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Salt, pepper, and a little lemon make excellent seasoning.

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Tomato scrambled eggs with scallions, quinoa with peas and corn, broccoli

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Quinoa stir-fried with zucchini, corn, mushrooms and topped with sweet potato harissa hummus and sweet potato aioli

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Thai green curry with carrots, spinach, eggplant, peas, and mushrooms over quinoa

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Frittata for one: two eggs with zucchini and mushrooms, ricotta on top, broccoli and sweet potato aioli

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Wish this was goat cheese instead! Ricotta has such a mild flavour.

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Leftover lasagna with parmesan broccoli

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Heating it up in the oven makes the edges nice and crispy 🙂

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Pan-fried salmon, roasted brussels sprouts, potato and zucchini gratin made with goat cheese mozzarella: the gratin was the highlight! Thin slices of zucchini and potato baked with simply goat cheese mozza, salt, pepper, and dried basil for about half an hour to 40 minutes. Perfection!

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Indian coconut curry with chickpeas, spinach, and peas, zucchini and bell pepper stir-fry, quinoa

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Chickpeas, curry, and coconut go together beautifully. This is such a classic Cindy-meal 🙂

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Avocado, lemon, and truffle salt on toast, frittata with zucchini, bell pepper, mushrooms, and sweet fig goat cheese

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Hideous photos because it was late and I was still freaking out over setting off the smoke alarm – even toasting bread a minute too long will set of the smoke alarm at my place!

Goat cheese with fig spread is so, so good – I’m never buying another goat cheese in my life! By the way, this was the same frittata that made the delicious sandwich above.

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Coconut chickpea curry with spinach, broccoli, mushroom and zucchini stir-fry

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I love little veggie stir-fries as a side dish.

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Thai-style fried rice with coconut quinoa, scallions, egg, peas, and pineapple, sauce of soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice

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Lasagna with parmesan-garlic broccoli

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Goat-cheese stuffed chicken meatballs, sauteed basil mushrooms, cheesy broccoli and zucchini over quinoa. This meal (minus quinoa) was made by my Master Chef roomie. She is an excellent cook and such an inspiration!

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Zucchini and potato gratin with goat cheese mozzarella, Thai green curried salmon with yellow bell peppers and lime, quinoa with peas and scallions

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Goat cheese chicken meatballs with mushrooms and zucchini, topped with arugula and basil ricotta over quinoa: my roomie inspired this dish. Her meatballs were stuffed with goat cheese but I got lazy and mixed the chunks in 🙂 By the way, quick oats work as a substitute for breadcrumbs!

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Vegetable ricotta lasagna with parmesan broccoli – I like this version better than my previous one!

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Leftover meatballs mixed with tomato sauce and spinach, served over quinoa with goat cheese and sauteed broccoli

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So that’s it for today – what are your favourite lunches and dinners?

9 thoughts on “Lunches and Dinners

  1. Dear, your lunch and dinners are much better than mine. You are such a cheese lover. I like your leftover quinoa chicken bake with parmesan idea that makes everything look so delicious . And crackers, brie, and grapes are the best friends. They are teasing so yummy and can’t stop eating them. Also your tomatoes and eggs stir fried looked wonderful. A university student loves cooking! You rock! Keep it up! Be healthy and eat well!

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    1. Thanks mom! Actually there was no chicken in here. I haven’t had chicken for a long time now! Crackers, brie, and grapes make such a good combination – they are one of my favourite snacks!

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  2. I want that fritatta lunch!
    If the whole college thing doesn’t work out for you, you should totally be a professional chef. I feel like you really respect & honor good food. 😀
    Also do you have stove/oven in your dorm room?

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    1. Frittatas are amazing. I want to find new frittata combinations to try!
      Becoming a chef can be my backup backup backup option if pediatrician, dietitian, and teacher don’t work 🙂
      Thank you! I think that is such a high compliment that I’ve never received before – it is really nice to hear from such an esteemed blogger that it seems like I respect food 😀 That made my day!
      I’m actually not living in my university residence – I live off-campus about ten minutes (bus) from my school in an apartment. I share a “unit” with my housemate, so I have my own room and we share a kitchen (with stove, oven, fridge, and all the kitchen-y stuff) and a bathroom. It’s so wonderful and thinking about living in a kitchen-less dorm kind of scares me!

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