Getting a healthy Lunch is tricky. When I am at Uni I have the choice of a soggy cafe salad or a spending all my vodka money on a tasteless pack of supermarket sushi if I wanted to be healthy (Vodka?! heathy?). Now I’m working it’s just the same- the main features of the salad bar look suspiciously familiar (no matter how small you cut it and how much rocket you add I can still see that three day old bit of quiche Lorraine in there!)
So I started taking a good old fashioned packed lunch when I’m on the go. With January being the month of saving pennies AND taking The Vow of Healthy Eating I thought I would start a ‘Lunch munch’ series. These are quick (under 30 mins), easy and healthy lunch ideas. Making a healthy lunch is a great way to resist the urge to cram a jacket potato with beans and cheese down your neck because you know you have a tasty home-made treat.
May I present this super scrummy, very purple, adzuki bean dip /sandwich filling, think of it like humous. I usually have it in a rye bread sandwich with some chargrilled peppers and avocado << HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. It also works well as a dip for crunchy carrots and cumber and will help to fill you up and stop the snacking because these beans are full of protein.The adzuki beans, even though they sound like they are from outer space, are actually from Japan and are easy to find in most supermarkets- usually with the dried lentils however kidney beans are a great substitute. Adzuki beans have an earthy flavour which is really good with the creamy tangy goats cheese and because of the crazy purple colour people always ask you what you are eating and when you reply ‘adzuki beans’ they are completely fooled into thinking that you are a massive health freak :D.
- 1 cup adzuki beans
- 2 tbsp low fat cream cheese
- 40g goats cheese
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- garlic clove
- black pepper
- Boil the adzuki beans in water for 25 minutes or until soft enough to mash with a fork.
- Blend beans and remaining ingredients in the food processor.
substitute kidney beans if adzuki beans are unavailable