Is it just us, or does everything suddenly seem harder in winter? The cold mornings and shorter days can often reduce our productivity and wreak havoc on our health and fitness goals. No matter how you’re feeling as the winter settles in, it’s important you still keep eating well by making meals that are heavily veggie-focused. To help you get through the work week we have four exciting winter lunch ideas that are very easy to make and are high in essential vitamins and minerals.
Naked Veggie Burgers
Boost your winter vegetable intake with a delicious naked veggie burger. These naked patties can be served with a side of homemade sweet potato chips or fresh fruit if you need something a little more substantial.
Healthy Pad Thai
For a healthy pad thai, substitute half the amount of pad thai noodles for thickly sliced zoodles. Lightly stir fry julienned carrot and capsicum in a wok with sesame oil. When tender add garlic, spring onion and mushrooms. Whisk together 1tbs fish sauce, tamari and honey, ½ tsp rice vinegar and some finely chopped chilli. Pour sauce into veggies and add pad thai noodles and zoodles to the pan. Stir Fry on low heat until sauce is spread evenly. Serve with fresh coriander, chopped peanuts and lime wedges.
Greek Pita Pockets
For a simple lunch that doesn’t need reheating try making marinated lamb pita pockets. Marinate diced lamb or chicken in greek souvlaki marinade. Fill pita pockets with rocket, sliced tomato, cucumber and red onion. Top with lamb, sliced black olives and pack a bit of tzatziki to add at lunch.
Roast Pumpkin and Goats Cheese Salad
Salads are a great way to get in all your vegetables, and they don’t have to be boring, bland lunches. For a salad that’s a little more satisfying try roast pumpkin served with spinach, rocket, goats curd and topped with pomegranate seeds and pepitas. For those wanting a little protein to serve with sliced roast beef or lentils.
Salmon Poke Bowls
Poke bowls have burst into the food scene and for good reason. These bowls are packed with veggies and complex carbohydrates giving you an exciting and satisfying lunch. Make the Asian dressing by combining lime juice, ginger, sesame oil and tamari with a dash of water. Place brown rice at the bottom and top with your choice of veggies and salmon. A nice combo is diced cabbage, cooked edamame beans or peas, cucumber, shallots, broccolini and salmon. Drizzle sauce over the top and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Broccoli Super Soup
Get your greens in with a heartwarming broccoli soup for lunch. Soup is the perfect way to boost your energy on a cold weekday, and it can be served with toast, crackers or brown rice for extra sustenance.
Find Your Local Fruit Shop
Your Local Fruit Shop stocks a range of fresh, seasonal winter produce to inspire your lunch menu. Find your nearest store to collect your free Sam’s Kitchen Recipe and winter veg sample.