Heartwarming Lunch Ideas For Cold Days

The cold weather outside, dark nights and shorter days make lunchtime all the more important. In today’s post, I wanted to share with you my go-to lunch meals. Salads are just not cutting it anymore… Having nice heartwarming meals at lunch make the afternoons in my home office a lot better! 

Pasta al Lemoni (with our own twist)

My boyfriend actually found the recipe for this one when researching traditional pasta recipes. We’ve since then added our own twist to it, as traditionally it is a very summery recipe. This recipe usually takes about 10-15 mins to do. 

For the traditional recipe you’ll need:

  • 1 x Lemon zest 
  • 1/2 x lemon juice
  • Spaghetti
  • Salt and Pepper

Optional:

  • Mascarpone 
  • Broccoli/Spinach 

Boil your spaghetti al dente. Once done drain the pasta keeping a bit of the water. 

In a bowl mix the mascarpone (optional), lemon zest, lemon juice and a splash of water. 

Add all to a hot pan and mix well before serving. 

You can add the veg to the pan and mix or serve them on the side. 

You can also add some chicken strips if you are wanting to add some protein to your meal. 

Mozzarella and chorizo toasty

For this meal, I use oven-ready rolls, a small mozzarella ball, Spanish chorizo (if you like spice go for the spicy one) and pesto. 

All you need to do is put the roll in the oven until golden. 

In a frying pan fry chorizo slices (both sides) and top them with mozzarella until slightly melted. 

Open the roll, spread pesto in one side and the chorizo and mozzarella on the other. 

And enjoy!

Burrito bowl

I usually make the bean chilli for a dinner with rice and use leftovers for a burrito bowl.  

Bean chilli mix:

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Black beans
  • Read beans
  • Mince (optional)
  • Tomato paste
  • Chopped tin tomatoes

Cook the mince until brown on a large frying pan. Once done remove and set aside.

Cook the onion in olive oil until soft and then add the garlic. 

Once cooked add the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, beans and mice and let it simmer for 40-60 minutes. 

Avocado:

  • 1x Avocado 
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • Olive oil
  • Chilli flakes 
  • Salt

Mash the avocado and mix in the juice, olive oil, chilli flakes and salt. 

Serve in a bowl or wrap with rice. 

Couscous and peppers

This is probably the main meal I have on rotation. It’s quick, tasty and healthy. 

All you need:

  • Couscous
  • Red and Green peppers
  • Garlic
  • Feta Cheese
  • Coconut oil

Cook the peppers and garlic in coconut oil. 

Cook couscous on a bowl. When done season with olive oil and salt. 

Mix with peppers and add feta cheese cubes. 

What is your go-to lunch meal in winter?

Love,
Carolina

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