Six Salads Perfect For Spring Lunches

Sometimes I make myself a little sick by eating too much cookie dough, or buttercream, or ice cream, or…anyway, you know how it goes. Luckily I am also just as in love with big green leafy things, nutty grains, and fresh food straight from the earth, or the farmer’s market. Now that spring has come barrelling in here with an explosion of green from the earth and skies so blue they make your heart ache when you are trapped inside an office, it’s time to break out some of my favourite lunch box salads!

Here, in no particular order, are six of my favourite spring-perfect gluten free and vegetarian salads! Green is always in fashion darlings 😉Six Salads for Spring | Gluten Free | Vegetarian | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Number One: Parsley, Chickpea, Avocado, and Greens Salad. Big, green, fresh and full of all of my favourite flavours. Parsley, Chickpea, Avocado, and Greens Salad | Gluten Free | Vegetarian | Thoroughly Nourished LifeNumber Two: Apple, Celery, and Walnut Salad with Mustard Dressing. Crispy, crunchy and sweet with a mustard and yoghurt dressing. Fill me up!Apple Celery Walnut Salad 1Number Three: Moroccan Roasted Pumpkin and Quinoa Salad. Hearty quinoa salad with a generous dose of exotic spice and sweet roasted pumpkin. Moroccan Pumpkin and Quinoa Salad | Vegetarian | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeNumber Four: Pear, Quinoa, and Walnut Salad. Golden-skinned pears coupled with salty feta, hearty quinoa, and toasty walnuts – you can’t go wrong.Pear, Quinoa, and Walnut Salad | Gluten Free | Vegetarian | Thoroughly Nourished LifeNumber Five: Summer Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs. This is a great dinner salad: nutty brown rice pairs with fresh seasonal vegetables and protein-rich drippy soft-boiled eggs.Summer Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs | Vegetarian | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeNumber Six: Strawberry, Haloumi, and Quinoa Salad. Sweet, plump fresh berries paired with salty grilled haloumi in a hearty quinoa based salad. My new favourite and it practically sings of spring!Strawberry, Haloumi, and Quinoa Salad | Vegetarian | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life | www.thoroughlynourishedlife.com

There you have my six picks for a healthy, gluten free, vegetarian spring lunch. Make your colleagues jealous and pack a big luscious green lunch today!

Tell me, dear readers, what’s your favourite salad combination? Or what’s something weird that you love in salad? Mine: I loved tinned, vinegary beetroot and sometimes I sneak a few pieces onto the side of my salad no matter what else is in the bowl!

Eight Gluten-Free Sweet Treats for Father’s Day

It’s time to celebrate our Dads and I have eight perfect, gluten free recipes that are the perfect way to say thank you to your Dad! Come Sunday morning I will be sitting down in a sunny spot sharing some cake with my Dad to say thank you for all the love he shows me every day in so many little ways. I’m grateful to be your daughter and grateful for all the ways you have shown me to live my life so that I can be proud of myself at the end of every day. I love you Dada. P.S. Yes, there will be cake on Sunday!

Sprinkle Birthday Cake Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Don’t be fooled by the name, these fluffy, sprinkle-speckled, gluten free cupcakes are perfect for any occasion! Make a batch for your Dad and watch him smile!Sprinkle Birthday Cake Cupcakes | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

Every peanut butter loving dad’s dream! These bars are over-the-top peanut butter flavour made even more special with the addition of chocolate chips. And your dad will love that he can freeze and defrost the leftovers – if there are any!Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life | thoroughlynourishedlife.com

Snickerdoodle Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Cookies

Want to wow your dad and any other guests? Try my gluten free Snickerdoodle Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Cookies! This one is for when you need to make a statement and you want to give your dad the best of both worlds: fluffy spiced cake and cookies!Snickerdoodle Chocolate Chip Cake | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life | thoroughlynourishedlife.com

Cake Batter Puppy Chow

Making sweet treats or snacks for a crowd this Father’s Day? Make this super sweet and festive Cake Batter Puppy Chow and you’ll be the crowd favourite for sure!Cake Batter Puppy Chow | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Orange Layer Cake

This is a simple but substantial gluten free layer cake and the orange flavour is perfect for a morning celebration. Make sure you garnish it with your dad’s favourite coloured sprinkles!Orange Layer Cake with Vanilla Buttercream | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Chocolate Chocolate Chip  Zucchini Cookies

All dads love chocolate: it’s scientific fact. Your dad won’t be able to resist eating these chewy, chocolaty, gluten free double chocolate chip cookies! For bonus points: serve them in a quirky cookie jar that you can refill for him!Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Passionfruit Curd Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream

My Dad has planted a new passionfruit vine and I can’t wait until it fruits so that I can make these with homegrown passionfruit! These gluten free cupcakes are a hit with my family every time I make them, and they are the perfect sweet thank you for my Dad this weekend!Passionfruit Curd Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Vanilla Celebration Cake

And now, the cake that you make when you want to pull out all the stops for your dad: Vanilla Celebration Cake. This classic gluten free cake is two perfectly fluffy white cake layers sandwiched with sprinkled vanilla buttercream. It’s classic, and perfect for celebrating your awesome dad!Vanilla Celebration Cake | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

A very Thoroughly Nourished Life happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! Thank you for all that you do for us!

8 Gluten Free Treats for Father's Day

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Yeasted baked buttermilk doughnuts. Be still my heart. These will be undergoing a gluten-free makeover soon!

Adding these places to my travel destinations list, oh and spotting the place my Mama is from (hi, Aarhus!)

Chocolate. Bourbon. Cream. Pie. Boom.

Shortbread Strawberry Crumble. I can’t wait until the season starts, I’m already stocking up on ice cream!

I finally bought ‘All the Light We Cannot See‘ after months of hearing great reviews. I know what I’m doing next weekend!

A sad but important story. It’s okay to not be okay and it’s okay to ask for help.

These are sensible enough for walking, but shiny enough to let you know it’s PARTY TIME!

I need more polka dots in my life. Obvi.

I’ve told you before: I’m scared of going to prison (for what? Crimes of the crumb?) but fascinating by ‘stories from the inside‘.

Women in science! I can’t wait to read this new book highlighting 52 amazing lady scientists – rock those lab coats my brainy sisters!

What interesting or delicious things have you found around the web this week?

Lunchbox Love: Recipe Round-Up and Inspiration

I have fond memories of my school lunches. Peanut butter sandwiches (before good old PB was banned from the schoolyard), Vegemite sandwiches, carrot sticks, muesli bars (my favourites were choc chip or apricot and yoghurt), almonds, little tubs of yoghurt, a homemade treat. My lunches were never boring and always contained a balance of everyday foods and sometimes foods. My sister and I started packing our own lunches (for the most part) when we were about nine or ten, but the days when Mum or Dad would pack our lunches were a little more exciting – with Mum there was always a little extra treat –a slice of cake or a cookie – and my Dad makes the best curried egg sandwiches on the planet (his secrets: fresh white bread and lots of butter and curry powder).

I was never the kid who swapped her lunch in the playground, but sometimes Caroline (who I have known since we were twelve!) would bring me some homemade garlicky, spicy Indian chutney that I would spread on my white bread and ham sandwiches in a blend of Danish-Indian culture that was delicious.

When I was working at home there was no need to think ahead about lunch. Whatever I felt like when midday struck is what I would conjure up. Usually some variation of salad, or in the winter a huge bowl of steamed vegetables with mustard (or cheese…). Now that I have rejoined the full-time workforce I don’t have the opportunity to make whatever I would like, and given my picky stomach I can’t rely on the local sandwich/ hot food bar when lunchtime rolls around. I am also quite conscious of making the healthiest, most nourishing decisions whenever I can because I need to fuel my exercise correctly, and I have room for cookies/cake/m&ms/cheese/chocolate…

After a few weeks of ‘just winging it’ when it comes to my lunch I have noticed an increase in the number of times I have reached for a carton of low-fat cottage cheese and some crackers or a carton of microwave soup. As someone who loves her vegetables I am missing my midday veggie fuel, and as someone who also likes to have a bit of routine/planning in her life (ahem), I have decided that I need to get re-inspired to love my lunchbox again.

I have rounded up my favourite lunchtime recipes from Thoroughly Nourished Life, and a few for inspiration to get me going. My aim is to share something new and delicious with you all every week and inspire you to love your lunchboxes too.

From the archives:

Tomato, Butter Bean, and Brown Rice Salad – Two lunches from one cook!

Butter bean, tomato, and brown rice salad

Roast Pumpkin, Mushroom, and Brown Rice Salad with Soy-Sesame Dressing

Big batch of salad.

Roasted Tomato Thyme Soup – Pop into a plastic container and reheat at work. Sprinkle cheese and onions on afterwards.

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Summer Vegetable, Herb, and Cheese Fritters – Two days worth of lunches  (without the egg of course)

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Inspiration from around the internet:

And, a little something sweet…

Or maybe one of these…

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Okay readers, hopefully that should provide all of us with some inspiration for our lunchtime nibbles. I can’t wait to share some lunchbox love with you all in my next Lunchbox Love post.

Tell me dear reader, what is your favourite work day lunch? Weekend lunch? 

Any memories of school yard lunches?