I usually like soup for lunch, but with the weather warming up, sometimes I like a little variety. Yes, salads are good, but even salads after a while get boring.
How about a Ploughman’s Lunch?
If you like to nibble or snack, this is a great lunch. It is a English “farmer’s lunch”. It can consist of hard boiled eggs, cold cuts, bread, crackers, cheese, fruits (fresh or dried), vegetables, dips/spread and nuts.
Starbucks even has some bistro boxes that look like a ploughman’s lunch.
I love Machego cheese, crackers, apples, cashews or almonds, hummus, carrots…..the list goes on.
Here’s a quick trick to hard boiled eggs. I take a muffin tin, either 6 cup or 12 cup, and place an egg in each one. Preheat the oven to 350. Bake the eggs for 30 minutes and then place immediatly into an bowl of ice water. Let them cool 5-10 minutes and then store in the fridge.
We also eat a lot of oatmeal. I buy a 7lb bag of steel cut oats at a time. I can grind up my own oat flour or eat oatmeal. Steel cut oats take a long time to cook, so to short cut a breakfast, I bring 3 cups water to boil in a pot in the evening. When I it boiling I add 1 cup steel cut oats, turn the burner off, and cover the pot. I let it sit overnight. In the morning, I add 1/2c. milk and heat up the oatmeal. It’s creamy and perfect and makes for a hearty fast breakfast. I have one who likes to stire in peanut butter, one who likes raisins and I like dried fruit and a little granola.