I'm a creature of habit who likes routine when it comes to food - 8am: morning smoothie; 10am: boiled egg; 3pm: yoghurt with nuts or a protein ball. Occasionally though, I get bored of having the same thing for lunch every day. I tend to eat something until I am so sick of it I can't face it for years - like my 2 minute noodle (cheese flavour) obsession at uni, or the period at school where I ate marmite on everything, and I do mean everything, including flapjacks and potatoes.
My usual weekday lunch is steamed broccoli and baby marrow with a chopped grilled chicken breast, hummus and mixed seeds. I love that combination, but there comes a day when you just. can't. anymore.
Variety is the spice of life and so it is in cooking, especially healthy cooking where I do feel a responsibility to make my meals interesting and inventive. It's hard enough to encourage people to put down the Victoria sponge, but so much harder if you then confine them to a life of limp lettuce and spiritless brussel sprouts (judge me, I just can't get into them).
Yesterday I made one of my favourite alternative lunches. It was my husband's birthday and I was at home, so it was a welcome departure from the norm for both of us. It's also easy to throw together the night before if you want to take it ready made to work.
Smoked Salmon & Sweet Potato Salad
120g smoked salmon (or trout)
1 medium sweet potato
Feta or goat's cheese
Unsweetened Greek yohgurt
Chilli paste or flakes
1. Cook the sweet potato in the oven until soft and then scoop out of the skin. Chop into rough chunks.
2. Layer lettuce, feta/goat's cheese, sweet potato and smoked salmon on a plate.
3. Mix the dressing in a separate bowl: yoghurt, a couple drops of lemon juice, a small squeeze of chilli paste and a palm sized portion of finely chopped dill.