Things have changed and with that, our lunchtime eating habits have too. Some people are making fermented tofu in their spare time while others are homeschooling, working and caring for family members in ways they never have before. My hope is that, below, you find a lunchtime tip or two that resonates— whether you fall into the first or second category, or in somewhere between.
The Late Breakfast
Toast makes a damn fine meal (as long as it’s not from three hours ago, when your toddler discarded it). For extra points, rub the bread with a halved garlic clove prior to toasting and drizzle with olive oil to finish. Here, some ways to drag your toast from breakfast to lunch:
Hiding in the bottom of your fridge could be a very decent bunch of ingredients. I am here to help that wilted kale, those wrinkled mushrooms, the forgotten zucchini and last night’s potato bake work for you:
Sautée the vegetables in a little garlic and olive oil.
Add a can of chickpea or butter beans.
Remove from heat.
Add half a raw, grated beetroot.
Garnish with a fried egg and parsley.
Drizzle with dressing of 50:50 lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to olive oil
Other add ins: Brown rice, quinoa, pearl barley, last night’s roast chook, dilly beans, seeded mustard, a good old slice of bread with butter, danish feta, pine nuts or sesame seeds. You do you.
The humble kale chip, adding nutrients to food since 2005.
I researched the invention of kale chips and found the following (I cannot vouch for its authenticity): “Kale chips were invented sometime around the year 2005 by a New York chef and potato chip addict named Herbert Rindfleisch. Having gained a significant amount of weight as a result of his profession and love for salty fried treats, Rindfleisch was distraught when he met and fell in love with a nutritionist with whom he could not share the full breadth of his passion for food.” states the website Cook, Serve, Delicious. “Jumping right into the deep end, he set about finding a substitute for his potato chip addiction, eventually finding that baking kale into chips was not only more healthy, but delicious and addictive as well.”
So there you go! Add these to salads, poke bowls, eat as a snack or turn it into kale dust and sneak it into your kids’ bolognese. You can thank Herbert for it.