Tuesday eats: what I eat for lunch (quick, fast, office-preparable, gluten-free) * plus four more

I’m shifting my eating a little at the moment. I’ll post more on this shortly. But in a nutshell: I’m on a protein mission. When I eat a solid portion of protein at lunch, I’m not hungry until dinner. Again, I’ll explain soon.

In the meantime. I just ate this for lunch, prepared in my office kitchen (a microwave…which isn’t ideal…but…): two eggs and some Parmesan cheese shavings whisked with a fork in a bowl with a nob of butter, microwaved for a minute or so. I sprinkled basil leaves (chopped), cherry tomatoes, witlof leaves (chopped) and olives on top and stirred through the “omelette”. Then poured anchovy oil (I keep the jar of oil after I’ve eaten the fish) over the top. Holy yum!

Another trick I’m into: taking in ziplock bags of frozen par-cooked broccoli (I do in bulk when it’s cheap at my organic veggie shop) and leaving in the office fridge. Then I bring in a quarter of a roast chook (from dinner the night before). I heat a little. With salt and pepper. Plus quarter of an avocado. Happy.

I asked a few of my nutritionist mates for their favourite lunches. My gorgeous e-pal Aran at cannelle et vanille provided this one:


Mushroom, Walnut Quinoa with Fried Egg and Watercress Salad

  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms (shiitake, oyster and baby bella)
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs mascarpone
  • 1 Tbs walnuts, chopped
  • 1 Tbs fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbs chives, chopped
  • Eggs, to fry
  • Watercress to garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium pot, heat the olive oil and saute the garlic and mushrooms on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes. Add the quinoa and stir for about a minute. Add the chicken stock and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for about 15 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat and add the mascarpone, walnuts, parsley and chives. Adjust seasoning.

Gently cook the eggs in a little bit of olive oil and serve on top of the quinoa. Dress the watercress with olive oil and place on top of the egg.

Read more