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Lovely Lunching

I must admit that when it comes to meals, I always pick favourites and breakfast typically wins out.

But for some reason this week I’ve been all about eating/packing/buying big, elaborate lunches.

Happiness is the soup & salad combo at Hibiscus.

The trick for me is that on any given day I crave a massive-bowl-of-salad more than just about anything but even I can find that tiresome after a while. So I’ve been using a few strategies to continue enjoying my salad bowl while also making my midday meal just that little bit more exciting. Here are some of the tactics I’ve come up with so far:

Kale salad with roasted carrots and broccoli, marinated tempeh cubes, toasted pepitas and about 1/2 cup cooked millet. Topped with a simple dressing of tahini, lemon, agave and tamari.

1) Switch up your greens.

Used to light, crunchy romaine? Swap out for a heartier green like collards or kale. Bored of bland spinach? Top it off with a handful of peppery arugula. Personally I’ve been enjoying kale salads like its nobody’s business. The trick with kale is that you need to rub your dressing right onto the leaves with your fingers before eating. Sounds weird but it works!

2) Roast your veggies.

I always forget that I can use roasted veggies in a salad but I never regret it when I do. It’s as easy as making a double (or triple) batch of roasted zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, fennel, broccoli or cauliflower the night before. Then just toss with a little olive or flax oil and seasonings and refrigerate for use the next day.

3) Pump up the flavour of your protein.

Whether you’re topping your salad with tofu, tempeh, tuna, eggs or chicken remember that lean protein sources like these tend to lack in the flavour department…but that’s where you come in! Tandoori Tofu? Barbeque Tempeh? Curried Egg Salad? The options are endless.

4) Don’t skimp on the toppings.

Sure it’s easy to dig into a salad once you’ve got the bare bones together but topping off a salad with toasted nuts and seeds, chopped up fruit, a handful of edamame et. al. will enhance the flavours of the whole meal not to mention adding healthy fats and fibre-loaded fruits that will keep you feeling full and satisfied!

Extra tips: 

  • Always pair with a delicious beverage aka. tasty kombucha or…say…an almond milk misto courtesy of Capitol Espressso

  • Don’t forget a hot lunch date…

Clearly my bestie knows his way around a smoothie…
And yes. There are two pink straws in that strawberry mango masterpiece cause we’re adorable.

And there you have it! The perfect recipe for a happy, healthy midday meal! 🙂

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6 Comments

  • Reply Tricia Bain April 21, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Yes, you and your bestie ARE adorable

  • Reply Nadiya@ Milk and Honey April 21, 2012 at 9:50 am

    First off love the TTC streetcar picture right behind you! Hmm I usually reserve salad’s for dinner as I like to eat something light towards the end of the day but yeah there’s just so much variety with them. It’s like oatmeal, you can put (almost) anything in it and it will still taste awesome 😀

  • Reply Nadiya@ Milk and Honey April 21, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Actually i’m not sure if it’s a streetcar or a bus…

  • Reply m April 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I love fresh faced springtime healthy hipster! Too cute 🙂

  • Reply Helen Vong April 27, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Cute!

  • Reply Brittany April 27, 2012 at 9:48 am

    So adorable! I just discovered your blog ’cause I realized I am a “health hipster.”

    I Googled to see if someone else in the world shared my opinion. Glad to see it’s true!

    Awesome blog and photography. I’ll definitely be back for more fixins. 🙂

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