When I worked in an office most of the week, I took in sandwiches, bought a salad from the staff restaurant and ate my lunch chatting to colleagues. It was easy, quick and kept me feeling full all afternoon. But now I'm at home, I find it harder. I do still eat sandwiches sometimes, but they seem like more of a pauper's lunch when I'm eating alone. Several people eating sandwiches is a picnic, just one person eating a sandwich is not so much fun.
Sometimes I eat leftovers, but not very often because I like variety in my meals. Eating the same thing for lunch as you did the night before can make you feel a little bit unloved.
So there are rules for solo lunches:
- Variety is necessary
- Healthy and light is mostly necessary
- It must be quick to make
- It MUST be tasty and good; poor lunches do not make for a good day.
- Minestrone soup (although hard to make in small, solo quantities, so does create its own leftovers).
- An omelette and salad. Omelettes always make me want a glass of wine, but that's generally not a good idea in the middle of the day when the children are at school.
- Couscous - easy to make in small quantities. I throw in all kinds of things. This week it was some chorizo, pine nuts, a couple of chopped tomatoes and some chopped cucumber.
- A very basic ploughmans - a homemade roll, some nice cheese, an apple and pickle (got to be Branston).
- Scrambled eggs and toast.
- A substantial salad. I'm getting better at these. Lettuce and cucumber doesn't keep me going until supper, but something like a salad nicoise does.
- Anything involving smoked mackerel. Because I love it but nobody else in my family will eat it. Often I'll make a very lemony mackerel pate and have it with toast and carrot sticks.
- Baked eggs
Baked eggs for lunch
You will need an egg, plus ingredients for a tomato based sauce:
- 1 small onion, chopped finely
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
- 1 tin of tomatoes
- other veg - I used a small green pepper and sun-dried tomatoes this week
- a pinch of chilli flakes if you like it hot; I do.
Spoon half of the tomato sauce into a small ovenproof dish (save the rest of the sauce for another day - it freezes well).
Make a depression in the sauce with the back of a spoon. Break an egg into this depression and then put the dish in the oven at Gas 6 for ten minutes, or until the egg white is set.
Eat hot, with a toasted pitta bread to mop up the sauce.
What else can I add to my list? What are your favourite solo lunches?