5 Quick and Healthy Lockdown Lunches

Being a massive foodie myself, I thought it was about time I dedicated a post to some of my favourite meals out there to give you some lunchtime inspo that you can rustle up during this lockdown period… Keep reading to find out what they are!

Admittedly, I am the kinda person who has to eat at least three times a day; otherwise I like to pretend I can’t function and 99% of the time, I will become very hangry. With this in mind, food has always been one of my favourite things… In fact, ever since I was young, my family have always compared my appetite to that of a horses, and if that doesn’t tell you something, I don’t know what will! When it comes to food though, I do try my best to eat as healthy as possible, but I also definitely don’t forget to treat myself as a result. Having a sweet tooth is a bit of a weakness when it comes to eating healthy though, but with the quick dishes that I have put together down below, they’re enough to satisfy you without having to turn to the snack cupboard afterwards…

WHITE GIRL BRUNCHIN’

Avocado is definitely up there as one of my favourite foods. I love it with poached eggs (classic white girl, I know) but recently, I have discovered that it actually tastes 10 times better smashed on toast on it’s own. I like to add salt and pepper, and a sprinkle of chilli flakes for a little after kick, and the best thing about this dish? It literally takes no longer than 5 mins to prepare!

HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR EGGS?

Poached eggs are definitely a winner for me. If I’ve learnt anything from working in hospitality over the last few years, it’s how to poach a perfect egg. On their own on toast, poached eggs are delightful, but when I’m feeling extra hungry I like to fry mushrooms and spinach in cajun spices and add these under my eggs! I used to hate mushrooms but trust me, this is a game changer as they taste completely different once you’ve spiced things up a lil’…

BRING NANDOS TO YOUR KITCHEN

If you don’t like, or haven’t tried halloumi before, then I’m sorry but we just can’t be friends… This summer halloumi Nando’s inspired salad I made the other day was full of flavour; I added lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, green beans and grapes (weird, I know, but just try it) to my bowl, then cooked my halloumi for about 5 mins on either side. I topped this salad off with a chilli, lime and ginger dressing which tasted amazing… who said salads have to be boring?! This is a perfect dish if you’re trying to eat less meat but still want something salty in your meal.

HAM N CHEESE TOASTIE… IN A PAN!

Who doesn’t love a ham and cheese toastie?! For those of you who don’t think you can make this beauty of a classic at home… think again! I learnt from the best (aka my mum, the toastie queen); all you have to do is add the bread to a warm pan, place your fillings on top, followed by another slice of bread and then watch the magic unfold! There’s no need to add oil to the pan as the secret for making the best toasties is to leave them on a low heat with a plate on top… just remember to keep flipping it. It may sound mad but they’re seriously good and definitely worth a try.

ONE FOR THE SWEET TOOTHS…

I came across this BBC Good Food blueberry pancakes recipe the other week and now I’m completely hooked. These are by far some of the nicest pancakes I have ever tried and they’re so easy to make! The mixture says it makes 10 pancakes but obviously, it depends on how big you make them, and you can always save the batter in the fridge for another day. Topped with golden syrup these pancakes are a dream lunch for anyone with a sweet tooth.

What are your favourite lunches to make at home? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Obviously, I’m no Gordon Ramsay but all these dishes are delicious and great for making at home during lockdown. If you make any of them, feel free to tag me on Instagram (@lydiafleurfashion) as I’d love to see your creations!

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Lydia ❤