foodie friday… tranquil & replenishing lunch ideas

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after a nourishing breakfast and tranquil morning routine, you embark on a day of purpose… whether you are an entrepreneur balancing meetings about branding or a yogini balancing in headstand, it is so essential to find moments of tranquility within your day. the wonder of food is that it is not merely what sustains our bodies, but it is also what satiates our souls. amongst our long days, we need reminders to be still, to reflect and to care for ourselves, which is why the meal we eat at midday is so uplifting. a wonderful lunch will perk up your body, your mind and your spirit. even more, your lunchtime can be a space in your day where you carve out beauty – perhaps you’ll set your table with some fresh flowers, or sit near a window, or even take a picnic outdoors when the air is warm enough. ideally, you’ll enjoy an hour in the midst of everyday to sit and to savor. enjoy these nourishing suggestions for your lunches in this upcoming week… whether you have the luxury of preparing elaborate cuisine at home or are quickly picking up something between your commitments, find something on this list that inspires you to carve out time for being tranquil. enjoy these meals with a hot cup of water with lemon and fresh ginger for an energizing and replenishing boost.

a tabbouleh salad made from couscous or bulgar wheat with vine ripe tomatoes, dill, mint, red onions, lemon, olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt served with a dollop of homemade tzatziki

a thai noodle salad with a yummy peanut and lime dressing

a quiche inspired by a french cafe, filled with fresh vegetables and enjoyed with ripe fruit drizzled in balsamic vinegar

a green smoothie made with spinach, banana, cacao powder, almond milk and spices

a chilled whole-wheat pasta salad with tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and slices of grilled chicken

a platter of maki made of nori and brown rice wrapped around delicious yam or avocado, sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds

a toasted baguette with rosemary ham, thin slices of pear, brie cheese and a balsamic glaze served with a spinach salad

a whole-wheat roti filled with spiced grilled salmon, turmeric-hinted rice, mango chutney and raisins

a steaming bowl of homemade soup made from carrots, apples and butternut squash served with a toasted wedge of rustic artisan bread

a warm serving of risotto filled with wild mushrooms and garlic

a leafy salad with argula, spinach, kale, dried cranberries, chevre, pine nuts and homemade honey vinegrette

a grilled panini with proscuitto, red onion, spinach, feta and roasted red peppers

tell me: how do you carve out time at midday?

posted by robyn. visit her blog: this is life.

robyn michelle-lee is an ashtanga yogini, a foodie, a literature student, a photographer, a marketing assistant, and a lifestyle writer. live this moment – live your lifestyle.