Lunches part 2

Following on from my first installment, here’s part 2 in my quest to find easy and delicious lunchtime meals.

4. Wholewheat spaghetti with walnuts, blue cheese, & cherry tomatoes {my own recipe}
This is a quick pasta dish to whip up. Aside from toasting the walnuts (which I burnt, as you may be able to tell from the picture), there’s not much prep except cooking the pasta and chopping. Once the pasta is ready, simply toss all ingredients together with a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and enjoy.

5. Spicy baked beans & tomatoes with an egg on top {adapted from this recipe}
This is a little riff off a breakfast meal and it’s not your average baked beans either. This is essentially beans and tomatoes baked in the oven with an egg on top, along with a little cheese. To make it, combine a bit of oil, garlic, beans, a can of tomatoes, some cumin, and chiles if you’re using them in a pan and simmer for 20 minutes or so (note: I didn’t have any black beans so used kidney beans and it worked just fine). After that, assemble the mixture into a ovenproof dish, add desired number of eggs on top, and bake for about 5-10 minutes at 230C. The last step is to broil at the end after you’ve topped the mixture with a bit of cheese. Serve with a large handful of fresh coriander (which I unfortunately did not have!).

6. Indian-spiced chicken salad {based on recipe here}
This is great to make with leftover chicken (or turkey, as the recipe suggests). I simplified the original so all the needs to be done is make the dressing and a do bit of light chopping. I made my dressing using mayo, Greek yogurt, ground cumin and coriander, red chili flakes, ginger, lemon juice, and a bit of salt & pepper. Next time I would leave out the mayo and only use the yogurt. I topped with with green onion and chopped fresh coriander – would leave out the green onions next time as I didn’t quite like the texture.


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