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7 simple lunch ideas

September 22, 2014

I wish I could say I made delicious extravagant meals all the time.. but alas that is not the case. We live in a busy world where time is key and sometimes you need a quick, simple and nutritious lunch to fuel and nourish you. Here are 7 Simple Lunch Ideas.

I’ve had some people ask me what I make for myself for a quick lunch when I am pressed for time but don’t want to buy something. Well this one’s for you guys.

7 Simple Lunch Ideas

These can me made at home or have the ingredients prepared in the morning to take to work to be assemble there. 

1. Roast Tomato and Goats Cheese Ciabatta w/ Lemon and Chives
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Directions: Slice the tomato and bake in oven for 10-12 mins. When tomato is almost ready to be removed toast the bread, spread goats cheese (or cottage cheese, cream cheese), top with tomato, season with S&P, chives and a squeeze of lemon.

2. Avocado and Tomato bagel with Ricotta
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Directions: Toast your bagel and whilst toasting, slice the tomato & avocado. Once bagel is ready, spread avocado on bagel, top with tomato and ricotta cheese. Season and enjoy!  

3. Juicy Tomato and Hummus on toast
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Directions: Make hummus (recipe here) or buy hummus, toast the toast, spread a generous amount of hummus and top with tomato and lemon thyme (yum!)

My number one trick: Tomato on everything! These types of meals are personal favorites because they are so simple. I love tomato, but if it’s not for you, you could replace it with cucumber, avocado, capsicum or spinach.  Adding a vegetable in there ensures you’re getting the vitamins and nutrients you need to continue on your day.

4. Couscous and Spinach Salad
Couscous is my go to when I need to make a quick salad. It’s quick to cook, versatile, soaks up flavour and I use a wholemeal couscous so it keeps me full until dinner time. 
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Directions: Cook the couscous as per packet instructions, season with olive oil, salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon ground cumin. Mix with a handful of spinach leaves, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella/ricotta, cucumber and a drizzle of balsamic reduction or other dressing. Enjoy! 

There are some more cous cous salad recipes or salads with grains here:
Falafel and Tabbouleh saladRoast Cauliflower and Farro SaladIsraeli Cous Cous SaladRoasted Autumn Quinoa Salad

5. Oven Roasted Veggie Stack
Veggies are so easy to season and roast in the oven and you can continue working/doing something whilst they are in the oven! 

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Directions: Season Mushrooms with a sprinkle of ground cumin and rosemary. Place in the oven with the tomato on 180 deg cel for about 12-15 minutes. Once you are happy with them, remove and stack on a bunch of greens. Sprinkle with feta, ricotta or chèvre and enjoy! 

6. Easy Baked Eggs with Soldiers
Baked eggs can be very simple to throw together, place in the oven and are a nutritious lunch, brunch or breakfast. This took me 2 minutes of prep and 8 minutes in the oven! 

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Directions: Use 1/3 tin diced tomatoes drained and place in a baking dish. Make a well in the tomatoes then crack an egg into that well. Repeat with the second egg. Bake in the oven 180deg cel for 8-10 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with chopped spinach and basil, serve with toast soldiers. 

7. Oven Baked Fries w/ Herbed Sea Salt 
This isn’t the healthiest, but if the mood for hot chips strikes these are baked, not fried and can be made at home instead of buying. A healthier alternatitve to McDonalds!
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Some more quick recipes you may be interested in: Lentil Dahl w/ toasted chickpeas and flatbreadSweet Potato Rosto w/ fried egg and greensFancy Toast 4 ways or The Classic Sandwich

I hope there was something that caught your eye for a quick and healthy lunch idea. 

What do YOU have for lunch? I always love trying new ideas. 

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Have a great day, Bec  x

31 Comments

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday October 12, 2014 at 11:45 am

    There are indeed – mostly including tomato I realised but I love it (apparently!)

  • Reply Fairlie October 11, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Arggghhh..lunch. It’s the bane of my life. I can never think of anything interesting to make. But there’s some great ideas here!

  • Reply Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie October 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Yum! Can I have all of these please?! Thanks for joining the linkup again!

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday September 29, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Exactly! It can be as simple as hummus or avo on toast!

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday September 29, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I know, they didn’t last long at all!

  • Reply ClaireyHewitt September 25, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    I love lunch, It’s my favourite meal of the day, it’s easy and less pressure.

  • Reply Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living September 25, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Oh my gosh, those fries look amazing. Fries are my weakness!! 🙂

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday September 25, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I am a huge tomato fan. Aw Thanks Kloe that’s super sweet. I’m off to check your blog out and welcome! Can’t wait to do the same xo

  • Reply Kloe's Kitchen September 25, 2014 at 11:49 am

    This looks awesome! I love the tomatoes! I am such a tomato fan. Seriously! Your blog is amazing. I think we have a lot in common….Absolutely will enjoy poking around and getting to know you better. Best of Luck! -Kloe

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday September 25, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Yes it’s still tomato time, grab them all up and put them on bagels! x

  • Reply lucinda September 25, 2014 at 3:17 am

    i’m drooling over every one of these! good thing our garden is still overflowing with tomatoes too! 😉

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday September 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Not at all – I have eaten every single thing above hehe. Make them they’re the best!

  • Reply Sonia Life Love Hiccups September 24, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    OMG Oven baked fries with sea salt? Get in ma belly now… in fact I wan all these lunches now. Not too greedy huh? 😉 xx

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday September 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Yes! You (and the babe) deserve some delicious seeded bread with hummus, avo, tomato and spinach! x

  • Reply Susanna Cummings September 24, 2014 at 4:32 am

    My kids are back in school and I’m finding myself eating boringness for lunch….this post was just what I needed to be inspired to eat some REAL food, even if it’s just me & the babe!!

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday September 23, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Any day lady! (if I lived in Sydney!)

  • Reply vegeTARAian September 23, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Oh heck, these look GOOD! Can you make me lunch please?!

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday September 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Yes, I realised almost all of the recipes had tomatoes involved- I love them! How delicious. I do ‘cafe style’ ciabattas and foccacias too – so yumm! Thanks Tegan x

  • Reply Tegan September 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I’ve got a tomato plant bursting with tomatoes so these are perfect! I also like having chicken, avocado, mushroom and cheese on melted on a ciabatta. It’s like a cafe meal at home!

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday September 22, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks Lennae, it makes it easy to get your dose of greens without starving yourself.. I can never eat just a salad.! No problem, Bec x

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday September 22, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Awh, well I hope you get better soon miss and until then, keep dreaming of salmon and mango salsa <3 x

  • Reply Lennae87.wordpress.com September 22, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Yum, I like the sound of the spinach & couscous salad! I love looking for new lunch ideas. Thanks for sharing.
    Lennae xxx
    http://www.lennae87.wordpress.com

  • Reply Raych aka Mystery Case September 22, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I’ve had a pretty restrictive and somewhat boring diet for a little while now while we try and work out what is going on with my health. I’m looking forward to adding a lot more variety soon. Lunch at the moment is usually soup or a green smoothie. Right now I’m dreaming of a mango salsa on smoked salmon.

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday September 22, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    gah, I know what you mean Kirsty! I am starrrrrving, dinners in the oven!

  • Reply Kirsty @ My Home Truths September 22, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I should not have read this just before dinner time…delicious! That vegetable stack and the eggs and soldiers – haven’t had that for years!!!

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday September 22, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Haha, I know! Eeeep. I love them and they are just so easy but if the aren’t for you, maybe cucumber or other veggies?! Yeah I am the same but if I incorporate some sort of carb (plus protien – ricotta or some sort of cheese for me) I am fine! Bec x

  • Reply Oddlylovely September 22, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Hahaha, I couldn’t help but notice that six of your seven recipes include tomatoes! I love the idea of a couscous salad, since one with just spinach usually leaves me ravenous by four o’clock.
    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday September 22, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I am the same but nah, it’s just the San Remo Wholemeal CousCous from woolies! I was very happy when I stumbled across it. http://sanremo.com.au/product/san-remo-wholemeal-couscous/ x

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday September 22, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Opps! Thanks Katie x

  • Reply Nicole - Seeking Victory September 22, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Whole meal cous cous?? I love cous cous but don’t usually buy it because nutritionally it is a bit token but wholemeal? Is that a fancy Fitzroy deli type thing?

  • Reply Katie September 22, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Yum! Excellent lunch inspiration. Although it’s made me hungry at 10am…

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