healthy eating on a student budget: two tasty salads


hi sorry for my absence! uni is heating up and i have lots of pressing big assignments on at the mo along with tons of tiny ones too. however in better news, we have enjoyed stunning weather which has made everyone so happy! we got up to 23ºC (73F) the other day which is incredible for the start of spring. we had to celebrate so enjoyed a cheeky G&T sitting in the sunny backyard that afternoon – bliss!

although we seem to be back to arctic conditions again, i’ve been enjoying two tasty lunches that i wanted to chat to you about:
vegetarian soba noodle salad and falafel bowls!
the fact that i should be writing an essay right now has nothing to do with this haha …

they are both cost effective, filling, don’t involve much wheat, have protein and include a bit of prep upfront but easy after that! i was so sick of soup, roast vege salads were feeling too heavy and dense and one note. i was craving asian/middle eastern flavours and they can both be doused with chilli which i both love and find it satisfies my hunger really well.

noodle salad
150g soba noodles
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp garlic
1 tbsp ginger
1 tbsp oil (sesame would be nice)
2 tbsp minced chilli
1 tbsp honey/brown sugar
2-3 tbsp soy sauce
julienned carrots
2/3 head cauliflower, in small florets
red pepper/spring onions/broccoli as desired

cook noodles according to packet, blanch carrots and cauli. mix with dressing.

falafel bowls
2 tins chickpeas
juice 2 lemons
2 tbsp olive oil
good handful of parsley/chives
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander

blitz it together in food processor. to make, fry little balls of it for about 5 mins each side. i have them atop shredded iceberg lettuce, grated carrot and with a feta dip and sweet chilli sauce as a dressing. a yoghurt sauce would be super yum too.
note- remember the flour!! i forgot when i originally made them and ended up with stirfried hummus haha absolutely essential! 

i have also been heartily enjoying popcorn, which i just make on the stove. 1 tbsp of popcorn kernels in a little oil with some dried chilli, smoked paprika, and then scattered with little salt when popped is the perfect snack! all this talk of chilli is giving me the sweats- addict much!

also, a list of things to be glad about
(which i need to remember when i look at my planner and see all my assignments for the next few weeks!)

– pretty blossoms around campus
– warm weather allowing summery clothing
– the country being united and excited around the rugby world cup
….(except when its 4 in the morning and the tv wakes me up! time differences..)
– delicious coffees with fellow addict friends who require zero persuading
– beautiful new music and a gripping new podcast
– a fun new restaurant we need an excuse to try out
– downton abbey, mindy project and greys anatomy being back!
– …and possibly my favourite ever tv show being revived for another season!
– remembering that its my last 6 weeks living in dunedin and to just savour every bit of it!

…. i may even look back at the library with nostalgia.. or maybe not.

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