Mie Goreng is a staple in the diet of many cultures: the Indonesians, the Malaysians, the Singaporeans and of course, the students. Anyone who has lived a #studentlife—and come out the other side of it—has successfully survived off the cuisine. It’s cheap, easy and seriously filling but packaged MSG, sorry MieG, is not always that good for you.
Just because you’re cash deficient doesn’t mean you should be nutrient deficient too. Despite popular belief, you can eat healthy on a budget.
So whether you’re living a student life or working full time, finding cheap, easy and healthy lunch meals can be difficult. It helps to stock your pantry with versatile ingredients and find recipes you can whip up in no time. Here are some of our favourites.
Jacqueline Alwill’s recipes look like a work of art so when we came across one that also proved to be super simple, we couldn’t help but share it. It’s free from meat but full of greens and ridiculously good for you.
Wraps are probably one of the easiest lunch choices on the menu and they happen to be super satisfying too. As the name suggests, this tuna wrap—courtesy of Lorena at Green Healthy Cooking—takes only 10 minutes so it’s easy to whip up when you’re pressed for time.
This detox salad from our friend, Jessica Sepel is a go-to work lunch in the Sporteluxe HQ. It contains six ingredients, requires little preparation and can be thrown together in no time. It pairs best with her ‘The Clean Life’ dressing but a little olive oil and lemon also does the trick.
“Gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, low carb, paleo friendly, and really, really good!!” is how Linda Wagner describes her 5-minute chicken salad, and we’d have to agree. She admits to getting everything pre-cooked and pre-cut but hey, time is money, right?
500g pumpkin (butternut or kent), cut into 3cm cubes
Extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch chives, finely chopped (or dried chives keep longer)
1 bunch thin asparagus, woody ends trimmed, cut into 1.5cm pieces and blanched in boiling water for 1-2 minutes
120g goats curd
1/2 cup black quinoa (cooked)
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1 red apple
1 carrot (grated)
4 tsp goats curd (keeps better than goats cheese)
3 tbsp olive oil
1⁄2 lemon squeezed
1 tbsp hot English mustard
Salt and pepper
1⁄2 cup firm Ricotta
Handful of basil, roughly chopped/torn
1⁄2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)
2 slices soy linseed, sourdough or rye bread
1 ripe tomato, sliced
Salt and pepper