Friday, 23 January 2015

Cooking For One: Lunchbox CousCous Salad

This is a really quick lunch to prepare either in the morning or the night before. As usual, you can pretty much switch out any of the vegetables and dressings I’ve included, but this is how I like it best.

1 serving of CousCous (about 30-50g dried)
1/5 Pepper (I chose orange)
4 Cherry/Plum Tomatoes
Large Handful of Spinach
5-6 Pitted Olives
1cm thick strip of Feta
Balsamic Vinegar

1) Pour your coucous into your lunchbox, then pour in boiling water so it just covers the couscous.
2) Chuck your handful of spinach on top then put the lid on your lunchbox. The steam from the water will wilt the spinach.
3) While your couscous is fluffing up, chop up your pepper, tomatoes, olives and any other veg you’re including.
4) Scrape a fork through your couscous and spinach mix. If your couscous is ready, add in your other ingredients and mix it up.
5) Crumble in your feta and drizzle the whole thing with balsamic vinegar.
6) Place a sheet of cling film over top of the whole thing. Now you can fill up the rest of your box with whatever else you want: a banana, a couple of oranges, a chocolate bar – and don’t forget a fork!

In total this takes about 5 minutes to make and is really delicious and filling. If you want to make it even more healthy, you can swap out the couscous for quinoa (but it will take a little longer to cook) and add in kale rather than spinach. Adding chopped hardboiled egg is a great way to add extra protein if you don’t like feta or can’t eat dairy. Carrots, beetroot and cucumber all go really well with this mix too (and I probably would have used them if I’d had any in!). This keeps well in the fridge too, so if you know you'll be in a rush in the morning you can make it up the night before.

Let me know if you try out this dish by tweeting me @VickiMaitland or levaing a comment below.

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