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Monday, 11 May 2020

My Healthy Lunch Ideas

I am very much a lunch person! I don’t like just a sandwich for lunch, I like to have something cooked and warm at lunchtime. With avoiding bread I have some nice tasty but healthy lunch Ideas for you all.
I am big fan of vegetables, rice and pasta so most of my meals include all of those. My lunch ideas are not from any recipe book, it's mostly all I have in my pantry and this means you can add what ever you like to it too.
You can experiment with spices and use different veggies that you have at home or that you love.

Mushroom Veggie Risotto 

This had to be my first dish because it is the most cooked in my house. I am in love with this risotto and even though its very healthy I stuff myself like a pig literally and then want to burst...

I also love one pot meals and all my dishes are pretty much one pot only.
To make my risotto you need:

any veg you have at home
chorizo sausage chopped
rice (whatever rice I have at home I use, don’t have to be risotto rice)
salt, oregano, ground cumin
boiled water
1x chicken OXO stock cubes or any veg stock cube
30g cheddar cheese or more 

To my deep frying pan I pop little bit of oil, I use 1cal spray oil. You can easily start by frying chopped onion and add all the veg but I don’t like onion in my risotto so I skip that and jump straight to the veg.
Chop all mushrooms and veg, then add them into the pan( here I love using carrots, courgette, celery, peppers..) fry those on low heat for a little while.
Add chopped 30g of chorizo sausage  and fry with all the veggies.
Add cup of rice to your frying pan, any rice will do you have at home. I like basmati rice.
Meanwhile Boil some water in your kettle.
Pour water to the frying pan so that all of the ingredients are covered and couple of centimetres above.
Add stock cube, 1tsp of ground cumin, 1tsp of oregano and season with salt. mix a little then cover with a lid and simmer on low heat until all water evaporated. When you notice the water almost all gone taste the rice and if it is still hard add more water from the kettle then let cook longer.

Once cooked, water evaporated but not completely as you don’t want very dry risotto switch off the heat and grate the cheddar cheese over the dish, mix it up  so the cheese melts into the dish.

Bona petite!! Its amazing I’m telling you.. and healthy...

Another one of my favourite simple one pot lunch is :
Saute Chickpea Chorizo Dish

I recently discovered love for chickpeas and can’t believe I never included those into my diet before. I used to cook lots of pasta and rice but now adding just some chickpeas instead I feel so much fuller and healthier.
Here yet again use what you have at home and feel free to add your favourite veggies to this dish.
It literally takes only few minutes to make.


5 chopped mushrooms
2 chopped carrots
1 chopped courgette 
1 crushed garlic clove
30 g of chopped chorizo sausage
1 tin of drained chickpeas
half of sweet potato chopped finely 
salt, red paprika, oregano, ground cumin
1 cal olive oil spray
fresh chopped parsley
grated cheddar cheese for the top

Spray deep fraying pan with some oil, add mushrooms, veg and chorizo to salute for few minutes.
Add chickpeas and season with salt, paprika, oregano and cumin to your taste.
 Add fresh parsley.
Add some water from the kettle just enough to make sure it is not burning dry at the bottom and cover for few minutes to let the sweet potato to soften.
Check before you take it of the heat.
Sprinkle some cheese on the top for taste.

I just love those easy one pot meals that you can make in now tie at all and the best thing is you can use anything you like. As you can see i love chorizo sausage and I always include this in my dishes, I also love veggies and if I run out of fresh veg I go ahead and use frozen mix veg which does the job nicely too. 
It truly is up to you what you prefer in your lunch meals. There is nothing unhealthy but opposite in those lunch dishes. You just can’t go wrong, its so tasty. 

If you try this recipes please let me know how you liked it.
Have a lovely day!



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