Thursday, 17 March 2016

HEALTHY LUNCH IN 20 MINUTES


A few months ago wrote about living with Arthritis and my eating restrictions.  I always envy those that are able to quickly grab a cheese sandwich for lunch or buy a prepared salad.  Unfortunately most store-bought salads have added vinegar and I have to avoid bread as well as cheese..  

I opened the fridge the other day and groaned.  There was half a red onion,  half an avocado, one capsicum, a few florets of broccoli and half a cucumber!  I always have quinoa in the pantry as well as  garlic and ginger on the bench-top,  so I decided to use it all!

I put the quinoa (about 2 cups)  in a pot, covered it with water to boil gently while I chopped the red onion, ginger, garlic  and capsicum very finely and gently softened it in some coconut oil in the pan over a low heat.   



After softening these vegetables,  I added the broccoli for a short while so that it remained crunchy.



I then chopped fresh herbs from the garden with the remaining half a cucumber



I then drained the quinoa into a sieve,  running hot water through it and added it to the softened vegetables in the pan.  After mixing it all together,  I added the chopped herbs and cucumber,  freshly squeezed lemon and olive oil,  salt and cracked pepper.

After plating, I added the sliced avocado.  It was such a delicious lunch and took only 20 minutes.. Fortunately, Mr R-I also enjoys quinoa ..




Healthy eating can be quick and easy!
Have a great weekend everyone..  

4 comments:

  1. Looks delicious Jenny, I make a salad for me every day and a sandwich for my husband. I do long for cooler days though and a hearty bowl of soup. Sue Fogarty

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  2. Sounds great. Love vegetables and salads. Must try it. Would first have to buy some quinoa - have never used it myself. Have only eaten in restaurants. However, I use olive oil as when we lived in Colombo all food was cooked in coconut oil and our GP told us it was the major reason there was such a problem with heart disease there. Have you heard that olive oil affects arthritis? PS Love your plates - the green colours work so well with salads and veg. Pammie

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  3. This looks and sounds so very good. I rarely have lunch at home because I'm still working, but I think about the time, in the not so distant future, when I will be able to peruse the fridge for the makings for a healthy lunch. No more sandwiches!

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