Well, it's back to real life after all all of the eating (and drinking) of the last few weeks. I've found in the past that I'm not great at puting together lunches for work each morning, but if I make a big pot or bowl of something on Sunday, I don't mind doing some quick assembly each evening. Nor do I really mind eating the same lunch every day, as long as it is (1) tasty and (2) only for a week at a time. So, this January, I'm making it my mission to cook up a big serving delicious and healthy lunches to last me for the week.
This week's lunch: Spinach, roasted pepper and tomato roulade from the Avoca Cafe Cookbook.
Avoca is a lovely chain of Irish shops and cafes. The cafes emphasise freshness and flavour, and use local ingredients whenever possible. I was (or rather, we were) given the cookbook as an engagement gift. I highly recommend it.
Since it is a new cookbook I had trouble narrowing down exactly what I wanted to make, but this roulade sounded perfect. Light yet still filling (my stomach is, after all, currently very used to feeling full and I knew that something too light would leave me wanting to snack in the afternoon), healthy (I cut down slightly on the recipe's butter and oil), tasty, and full of veges. Plus easy to transport and requiring very little effort after the first cooking. In fact, all I needed to do was take a slice out of the fridge in the morning, and then pop it in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes at lunchtime - perfect!
This week is a short one, only 3 days. The roulade could easily have been stretched to 4 days' worth of lunches by serving it with a handful of salad leaves on the side, but in this case I just sliced it into 3 individual portions. And yes, I'm aware that my roulade isn't the prettiest in the world (I failed miserably at rolling it) but trust me, it tasted great!
Go buy the book and make it yourself!