When I shared my last Savvy Tokyo article “Healthy Breakfast Ideas For Each Day of The Week” on my Facebook page, someone commented: “thankkkk you for this! now can you make one for me for lunch and dinner too???” Of course, I say, this is what I’m here for, so here it is — just for you my savvy ladies, a list of seven healthy lunch ideas for each day of the week. Each recipe is highly customizable and very easy to assemble. I hope that they please your bellies as much as they do mine.
Monday: Puffy Cakes with Toppings
Mondays are hard. Let’s start with something easy. Puffy cakes (rice, corn, quinoa, buckwheat, or combinations) are fuss-free and as versatile as a toast. I like mine with smashed avocado, smoked salmon, goat’s feta, cucumber slices and fresh basil. I also like basil pesto, mozzarella and fresh tomato. On Mondays when I don’t feel sweet enough I like two additional combinations: peanut butter, fresh berries and maple syrup or unsweetened yogurt, honey and pistachios.
Tuesday: Cold Soba Salad
In addition to being super delicious (my second favorite Japanese food after tofu) and hugely accessible in Japan, soba noodles offer a low-carb/calorie alternative to wheat pasta. Simply cook 8 ounces of soba as per packet instructions, rinse and let cool in a large bowl. Add in chopped favorite vegetables, herbs, nuts and/or seeds of choice (I used tomato, capsicum, cucumber, spring onion, cooked and shelled edamame beans, fresh basil, sesame seeds, and peanuts). For the dressing, combine 3 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp olive oil, juice of half a lemon or a lime and a sprinkle of salt and pepper to a small jar and shake to combine. Add in the dressing and …continue reading