Do you ever find that you are either too busy or just too rushed to make yourself a proper meal at lunch time and then come the kids dinner time you end up either eating their leftovers or snacking on some less than healthy sugar filled treat? Somedays you just need a little inspiration and meals that are super simple and quick to prepare.
So we got in touch with our wonderful friend Emma from Emma Louise Kitchen to give us some much needed inspiration. Thanks for saving our lunchtimes Emma!
A bit about me…
Hey, I’m Emma, founder of Emma Louise Kitchen. I am a real foodie and love to eat but i also love to keep healthy and feel good from the food I eat. Through my love of cooking, I realised that you can truly enjoy whole foods and make them into delicious, satisfying meals that won’t make you feel deprived. I believe in balance – you shouldn’t restrict yourself because that will only lead to a feeling of failure – if you have a ‘slip up’ don’t beat yourself up, just get back on track. The tips i would give are to Eat more veg, drink more water and move.
As a nanny, I really do know the struggle of not having time for yourself. At meal times, probably like yourself, I am always putting the kids first, making sure they are eating well and cleaning up after them. However, you mustn’t forget about yourself!
I will share three of my go-to lunches when I am short of time and have a child or two hanging off my neck! No technical cooking skills will be required, they will be super quick whilst still providing energy and goodness!
Rye bread with a selection of toppings
I usually go for the Biona Rye bread as it is isn’t too pricey at around £1.99 a pack and you can buy it from most supermarkets. I do like to try other rye breads so find one which you like best.
My favourite toppings are:
- Smashed avocado, cherry toms and rocket – smoked salmon would be a nice addition, the added protein will keep you fuller for longer and stabilise your blood sugar avoiding the 3pm sugar craving.
- Poached egg, wilted spinach and mushrooms
- Peanut butter, sliced banana and walnut pieces
- Almond butter, sliced strawberries and chia seeds.
The last two I would usually choose for breakfast, they wouldn’t cut it for my lunch (maybe as pudding after one of the first two options!!)
For the full recipes click the link here.
Twist on the classic tuna mayo
We all love a comforting tuna mayo jacket potato, however two big dollops of mayo wasn’t doing anything for my chunky thighs, and let’s be honest – tuna, olive oil and a bit of salt is not a substitute for creamy mayo! Try this easy and really quick alternative for a substantial and wholesome lunch:
1 tin of good quality, sustainable tuna
1/2 ripe avocado
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
The juice of 1/2 a lemon
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp sweetcorn (optional)
Mash the avocado in a bowl with a fork until smooth.
Mix in the olive oil, mustard, lemon, salt and pepper. Stir well until you have a creamy consistency.
Stir in tuna and add sweetcorn if you wish.
Serve with a sweet jacket potato which takes about 10 mins in the microwave or chuck it in the oven until soft if you are at home for the morning! Add a green side salad for some extra nutrients!
‘Jazzed up’ salad ideas
I know it sounds boring, and rabbit food is hardly a substantial lunch, but if your kitchen is stocked with the right stuff then it can be a tasty, filling meal. For an interesting salad, start with your usual salad leaves, cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, beetroot or whatever you like then jazz it up using:
- Protein – chicken or salmon
- Chick peas
- Cheese – halloumi, mozzarella, goats cheese, feta
- A dollop of hummus
- Sun dried tomatoes
- Edamame beans
- Grated carrot
- Fruits – mango, pomegranate
- Roasted veg
To finish the salad off, make a delicious salad dressing which can be made using ingredients such as lemon, olive oil, tahini, garlic, miso paste, honey, sesame oil, balsamic, mustard, pesto… Season with salt and pepper!
I hope you get some inspiration from this post and enjoy the meal ideas. You can visit my website for more nutritious recipes here, or find me on Instagram @emmalouise_kitchen sharing lots of ideas and foodie inspiration!
Thanks for reading 🙂