My problem is I’m busy until I’m starving and then I don’t want a single thing in my pantry or refrigerator. Nothing. None of it looks or sounds appetising. I don’t want to cook, and if there are no leftovers or something easy, oftentimes I just won’t eat anything at all.
And then what happens? No energy for the afternoon, probably a shitty mood (depending on how hungry I am/how messy the house is/how many deadlines I have), and shoving anything I can down my gullet in the hour before dinner. FAIL.
I’ve tried to bump out of the luncheon rut, and spent a lot of time last year forcing myself to make a variety of lunches in under 10 minutes that were healthy, filling, and fast. Just to prove that it wasn’t much work at all, and that I’d feel better if I’d eaten properly.
Sometimes too I make a frittata or veggie slice at the start of the week and eat it only for lunches. In summer I do salads, (like Greek Risoni Salad, Herby Lemon Quinoa Salad, Brown Rice Salad, or Masterchef Raw Salad if I’m feeling fancy), and in the cooler months, I’m a soup freak – Vegetarian Corn Chowder, Thai Coconut Soup for One, or a straight up Roasted Pumpkin Soup being favourites.
And then there’s the days when my hands are in the air like I just don’t cay-ah and there’s basically a refillable cheese platter to stop me whingeing.
I first came upon the grazing plate lunch business when I was pregnant and I couldn’t handle a lot of food, but would NOT survive on not eating. I would put together a little plate of bits and pieces and pick at it when I could and just refill all the bits as I ate them.
It sounds pretty easy, and that’s because it is. Get a big plate, put little bits of things on there that you want to eat, cover it when your’e done and put it back in the fridge (knife and all! nobody’s looking), refilling when necessary. I keep the crackers and the nuts out of the fridge as they go soggy, but everything else on there is fair fridge game.
It’s a never-ending carousel of savoury (and occasionally sweet) bits, and usually means I’m eating nuts, beans, veggies, carbs and protein, and if I’m really being virtuous – fruit. It’s never boring, it’s filled with all stuff I like, and I’m usually pretty happy to see it come lunch time.
The rotating cast of characters includes:
- ** Cheese: all types. Usually two or three at once to keep me intrigued
- ** Crackers (I like Kurrajong Kitchen crackers, they seem to have the least amount of shit in them)
- ** Bread of some sort
- Quince paste or similar
- Semi dried tomatoes
- hommus and/or roasted veggie dips
- cashews, almonds and even walnuts even though they’re not my favourite. They’re good for me.
- Veggie sticks – usually carrots, cucumber, radish bits, raw green beans, celery, capsicum strips, and snow peas
- grapes and berries
- cherry or grape tomatoes
- gherkins or pickles
And that’s about it! Whatever happens to be in the fridge usually goes on the plate and I’m a happy lassie.
How do you sort out your lunch troubles? Or do you have no troubles?!