Ottawa is a modern-day city known for clean and relaxed urban living. The stylish Panoramic Properties’ accommodations at Baseline Court are no exception. For those working in this great city, it would be a crime to fuel through the work day on substandard brown bagged lunches.
Why not try some healthy and interesting alternative options to get the stomach smiling?
Zesty Pasta Salad
This is as simple as it gets. Cook up a batch of pasta, mix with a combination of lemon zest, olive oil, chopped herbs, spring onions and plenty of seasoning. Store in a large container in the fridge and you’re set for lunches for the week. Just spoon out a portion each morning. Add a different protein to the recipe to keep it interesting. Vary the pasta salad day-by-day with the addition of chickpeas, ham, salami or salmon! It’s quick, easy and delicious.
Roasted Vegetables and Couscous Salad
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine chopped onions, peppers, zucchini, butternut squash and eggplant (feel free to add your other favourite vegetables) season well and drizzle in olive oil. Spread evenly on a large pan and roast in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add couscous and remove from heat, fluff it out with a fork as the water soaks in. Allow to sit for approximately 5 minutes. Add some lemon juice and your roasted vegetables. It’s easy as can be; you’ll be able to get the ingredients from the nearby Farmboy.
Tortilla Cheese Wrap
This is a delicious low-carb alternative to a sandwich. Lay out a tortilla and scatter your choice of ingredients. Our favourite combination includes cheese, some chorizo sausage and jalapenos. Place a second tortilla on top and grill for three minutes on either side or until crispy. Slice into triangles and away you go! Brown bagging will never be the same again! Try it out this week and grab your ingredients from the Wal-Mart Supercentre just up the road.
Beyond these simple ideas, there are of course a number of combinations and possibilities available. If you’re lacking a little imagination food-wise, check out the Ottawa Wine & Food Festival this November.
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