Cauliflower and Hummus Pita Pockets

Cauliflower and Hummus Pita Pockets

The crispy cauliflower gets cooked in the same amount of time it takes to make everything else you need which means the whole meal will take you just a little over half an hour. It’s mostly plant food and it’s delicious. You should eat it. Soft pita bread filled with creamy hummus, crunchy cabbage and crispy roasted cauliflower. All the good things. So give it a shot!

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Quick and Easy Back to School Lunches

Hello Lovely,

So the kids are back to school and you're back to standing in the kitchen every morning scratching your head. What in the world are the kids going to eat for lunch? For many parents the answer is simple: the kids can buy lunch at the cafeteria. But for others who don't go that route, coming up with a lunch item every day for their kids can be a real task. No one wants to hear, "That again?!" from their kids. And even as adults, you want to be excited about what you're going to have for lunch. So here are five quick and easy lunch recipes I've tried over the years, that I've rounded up for you to make that morning prep a little easier.

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Make Healthy Lunches Exciting with These Chickpea Sandwiches

These easy chickpea salad sandwiches will definitely shake things up a bit and keep you full all day long! This creamy chickpea salad can be made in advance and stored in the fridge, so its ready to go whenever you need to pack a quick lunch. The salad is also really easy to customise so feel free to use whatever veggies you have in the fridge and add fresh herbs, spices, cheese and whatever else you need to see you through the work week.
 

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CALIFORNIA INSPIRED CHICKEN FLATBREAD

This recipe mimics a California chicken flatbread with juicy chicken, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, cilantro, and sweet yet savoury balsamic vinagrette! 

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Vegan Spinach & Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich

There's no beating the classic grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. But trust me, this is not your mama's grilled cheese! It's fresh, fun and cheesy! It's a great combination of flavours. Imagine a spinach dip between two buttery slices of bread. Absolute bliss!
 

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Turkey Burrito Lunch Bowls (Meal Prep)

Trust me when I say you will not have time to prepare food every single morning if you expect to make it to school and work on time without sacrificing some major sleep. But fear not! This lunch recipe can be meal prepped and is super easy to put together. All you'll need is ground turkey, brown rice (or cauliflower rice) and a vegetable. You can even add cheese if you want.

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Grab-and-Go Salad

Rushing through the usual morning routine, we often have to choose between healthy and fast when it comes to our meals: especially lunch.  An easy way to combine both ideals is to prep a salad the night before and place it where you can have quick access the next day. Using the basic lettuce and tomatoes, you can add fun ingredients such as cranberries, carrots , celery and cheese with the added protein of chicken , turkey or ham.  One of the best parts of this salad: Shaking it up!  By adding a vinaigrette based dressing the night before or right before eating the salad, you can quickly combine the salad and dressing in 3 – 4 quick shakes.
 

FLATBREAD WITH IRISH CHEDDAR, APPLES, AND BACON

Hello Lovely,

I'm so excited to share this new recipe with you. I was looking for ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day but I was tired of everything green and wanted something more original. Then I discovered this recipe from Kerrygold and I knew I had to try it.

This is hands down one of my favourite all time recipes! It's so simple, healthy and delicious I could eat this all the time! It's vegetarian and you can even make it vegan by swapping out the cheese for vegan cheese and using a vegan flatbread. I love naan bread and I love making flatbread pizzas with it (it's the only time thin crust is acceptable).

Naan bread is something you should always have on hand for party snacks and quick & easy meals. In this recipe, I piled Kerrygold Aged Cheddar, crisp, salty bacon and sweet apple slices high on the naan bread and pop it in the oven until the cheese becomes melty and gooey. A quick sprinkle of crunchy green onions is all this Flatbread with Irish Cheddar and Bacon needs before it’s ready to eat. Is your mouth watering yet? It should be. This recipe has all the great flavors you want in a flatbread without being overly rich. And who can say no to anything with bacon?

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FLATBREAD WITH IRISH CHEDDAR, APPLES, AND BACON

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 ounces grated Kerrygold
  • Aged Cheddar Cheese
  • 3 pieces of bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
  • ¼ of an apple, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Top the naan crust with the grated cheese. Sprinkle the bacon on top of cheese and add the apple slices. Bake in preheated oven for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Sprinkle green onions on top of flatbread. Slice and serve.

Salmon Pasta Salad

Hello Lovely,

Eating well is so important. Lately I just do not have the energy to cook or bake. Time isn't a factor but the creative energy and the physical energy are just....not...there! I had a week of meal prepping and while it helped me tremendously to cut down on time spent getting ready in the morning, it left me feeling drained. One of the things I was able to create before throwing in the towel was a delicious Salmon Pasta Salad!

I love easy pasta dishes and I had a salmon fillet in the freezer for weeks that I didn't want to go bad. So I thought, what about a pasta salad with Salmon? It was really easy to put together. If you thaw and marinate the salmon overnight, all you have to do in the morning, is grill it and boil the pasta. You could even save some of the marinade as a dressing for the pasta. So before I hop on a plane today for the annual VIVA conference tomorrow night, I thought I'd share this quick and easy lunch dish that anyone can make!

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Salmon Pasta Salad

Serves 1 (simply double ingredients to serve more)

Ingredients

  • Salmon fillet thawed
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes 
  • 2 cups pasta of your choice (I used Rotini in lieu of Bow Tie pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 cup Kraft Raspberry vinaigrette
  • 1/8 cup Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • pinch of salt
  • grated cheese for topping

Directions

  1. Thaw salmon then mix the vinaigrette, seasoning, salt and olive oil in the salmon pouch. Allow to marinate overnight.
  2. Boil pasta according to directions on box, then drain.
  3. Saute the salmon in a skillet while the pasta cooks.
  4. Once pasta is complete, combine the noodles with the salmon, marinade and tomatoes in a dish. Feel free to add other items like corn, bacon or spinach. I just used what I had on hand because I was in a mad rush.
  5. Top with grated cheese and serve!
  6. Enjoy!
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If you try this and any of my other recipes, don't forget to shout me out on Instagram by tagging @life_by_olivia or #lifebyolivia; or on Twitter at @lifebyolivia!

 

 

Bruschetta-Style Thin Spaghetti

Hello Lovely,

Making healthy choices for lunch can be difficult. It's not always easy to get up early enough to make something and let's face it, we don't always make the best choices when lunch time rolls around. If you're trying to eat healthier this year, this recipe is so easy and takes so little time, you'll almost feel guilty about it. You'll have a healthy and fancy lunch and all it took was the ability to boil spaghetti.

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Bruschetta-Style Thin Spaghetti

Ingredients:

12 oz Ronzoni® Healthy Harvest® Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti

2 Tbsps olive oil

4 Tbsps minced garlic

3 cups fresh tomato, chopped

2 Tbsps balsamic vinegar

 fresh oregano, to taste

 fresh basil leaves, if desired

 shredded or grated Parmesan cheese, to taste

 salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cooking Directions:

1.  Prepare pasta according to package directions.

2.  Heat a large saucepan over medium heat with olive oil.  Saute until golden.  Add tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and herbs.  Heat until warmed (about 2 minutes).

3.  Combine cooked pasta and tomato mixture and heat until warm (approximately 2 to 3 minutes).