Salad not appealing when the temperature is low? Try these warm winter lunch ideas to warm you up without spreading you out!
Quick winter soup Serves 2
1 tblsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 long red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 cup canned red lentils, rinsed, drained
1 L chicken or vegetable stock
½ cup low fat natural or greek yoghurt to serve
1. Heat the oli in a large saucepan over medium heat, add the onion, chilli, celery and carrot. Cook for 2-3 mins.
2. Add the spices and stir for a further minute.
3. Add the lentils and stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until lentils are tender.
4. Season to taste. Serve with ¼ cup low fat yoghurt each.
Zucchini, carrot & ham slice Serves 6
2 tsp olive oil
150g sliced ham, finely chopped
1 brown onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup low fat milk
3 zucchini, coarsely grated (squeeze to remove excess fluid)
2 carrots, coarsely grated
1/3 cup plain flour
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Line an 18cm-square cake pan with baking paper. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add ham, onion and cook, stirring often for 8-10 minutes or until soft. Set aside to cool.
2. Whisk eggs and milk together. Season to taste. Stir in zucchini, carrot and ham mixture. Stir in flour.
3. Spoon into pan and smooth the surface. Bake for 30-35 mins or until set and golden.
4. Cool for 15 minutes before cutting into pieces. Serve with leftover vegetables or a packet of frozen vegetables for a quick but warm lunch.