Starting with a healthy lunch

healthy lunch recipe idea

When I first started my maternity leave I was determined to to lead a much healthier lifestyle away from the office. After all, I’d have more time to exercise and prepare a healthy lunch every day and would no longer have cakes and sweet treats on offer daily from colleagues (miss you!). And to begin with, I did. I would set aside time to make homemade soups and salads for lunch and would make myself spend 20 minutes doing those all-important post-baby ab workouts and pelvic floor exercises when Taylor was napping.

healthy lunch recipe idea

But alas, this was short lived and lately I’ve fallen back into old habits of snacking and grabbing whatever’s quick for lunch – usually of the canned variety. The exercise has dropped off (apart from the dog walks) and Mr M and I seem to be spending most of our evenings at the moment on the sofa watching Netflix, glass of red wine in hand.Β 

So I’ve decided that enough is enough and I need to start on a health kick before the gluttony of Christmas well and truly begins. After 31 years I know myself pretty well and know that drastic measures just don’t work – rigorous exercise routines and strict diets just aren’t me. But lifestyle changes that are easy to adopt do.

So when I saw this idea for a *ahem* kid’s meal on CBeebies, I thought, ‘what a bloody good idea’ and decided to adapt it for my own healthy lunch. I’ve had this ‘skinny pizza’ every day this week with different toppings and I’m a big fan. It’s so easy to prepare and I just pop it in the oven whilst I’m preparing Taylor’s lunch, so that we can sit down and eat together.

I keep the tortillas in my freezer and just get one out each day (they only take ten minutes to defrost). You can use whatever ingredients you have in your fridge for the toppings but here’s my favourite combination.

skinny pizza recipe for a healthy lunch

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 x tortilla
  • Tomato puree
  • Half a mozerella ball sliced
  • Handful spinach
  • cherry tomatoes halved
  • Diced yellow pepper
  • Sliced red chili
method:

Spread tomato puree over the tortilla and add chopped ingredients. Put in the oven on 180Β° for 12 minutes. That’s it! I always have mine with a salad for some added healthiness!

What’s your go-to healthy lunch? I would love some more inspiration! x

 

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  1. Silly Mummy
    November 9, 2015 at 1:53 am

    I keep meaning to try tortilla pizzas! It looks really nice. I’m awful for snacking instead of eating a healthy lunch. #sundaystars
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 9, 2015 at 9:24 am

      They are so quick and easy! I love that you can just throw on whatever toppings you have in the fridge. You’ve totally pointed out to me that I keep calling the tortilla a fajita – must have them on the brain! x

  2. NewMummyBlog
    November 9, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    This is one of my favourite lunches too. Like you, I had great intentions at the start of maternity leave and with weaning…. I imagined having so many homemade soups. Maybe I will in winter with the weather being more suited to soup and rolls. Thanks for sharing you’ve inspired me to make soup again now the weather is colder #sundaystars
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      I too really need to get back into making soups! They are so healthy and I really enjoy making them actually…think I need to spend less time blogging and more time in the kitchen! πŸ˜‰

  3. beth
    November 9, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    mmmmm that looks delicious. Never had a thin pizza like that before. x
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  4. Christine
    November 9, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    That’s a great idea, never thought of using a tortilla before – bit messy to eat though? My packed lunches for work are pretty boring but I do make an effort at the weekend. I made butternut squash soup last Sunday which was easy and tasty. #sundaystars

    1. Mum in Brum
      November 11, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      I just eat it with a knife and fork rather than trying to pick it up with my hands! I need to get back into making soups now that it’s winter again.

  5. Julie Downes
    November 10, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    That looks really yummy, I could do with changing my lunchtime eating. Might give it a go! #Twinklytuesday
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 11, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      It is so tasty, I just find it so easy to make which is a must for me if I’m going to stick to healthy eating. x

  6. Kaye
    November 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Wow, this is a great idea. I’m always on the lookout for simple, healthy dinners to make so I’ll have to try this. Thankyou for linking up to Marvellous Mondays, hope to see you again next week! Kaye xo
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 11, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      You should definitely give it a go. I love it as I get bored so easily of eating the same thing each day, but can just change the toppings with this! x

  7. Ellie @ Hand Me Down Baby
    November 10, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I love this! I’ve got tortilla’s in the cupboard too, so this might be tomorrow’s lunch.
    I typically have a baked potato for lunch: microwave it first for about 6 mins, then throw in a pre-heated oven for a further 15-20 mins to make the skin crispy. During that time, make toddler’s lunch and prepare salad and toppings for your baked potato. Sit down and enjoy together!
    #MarvMondays
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 11, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      Baked potatoes are a favourite of mine too, but I never seem to be organised enough and get inpatient with waiting for them to cook! Love them with cheese and beans though πŸ™‚

  8. Jessica
    November 11, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Yum! This looks great! I have way more success with salads for lunch if I chop everything ahead of time, and store it in the fridge. Then, I just need to assemble it at lunch time.
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 11, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      That is such a great idea! I’ve read this before but never get around to it – I’m such a last minute person! I definitely need to get more organised and do this.

  9. Chloe
    November 11, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    haha I’m glad I’m not the only one that gets food-spiration from Cbeebies. I must have missed this one though, it sounds so tasty and looks even more tasty!!! And so easy to make. I’m definitely going to be trying this. πŸ˜€ xx
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  10. Alexandra @imeverymum
    November 12, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I love this, thank you for sharing. I’m always looking for ideas for us. I am so unhealthy and have been using my lack of mobility as an excuse for far too long. This is a great lunch idea xxx #brilliantblogposts
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 12, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      It is a great option and I love how easy it is to prep. Hope you manage to give it a go! xx

  11. Kyles @ Pickles and Pords
    November 12, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Yum!! This looks absolutely amazing. I’m definitely going to try it out. Thanks for sharing your recipe and good luck with the new health resolution! #coolmumclub
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 12, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      No problem, hope you enjoy it! We’ll see how long the health kick lasts! πŸ™‚

  12. mummuddlingthrough
    November 12, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Mmmm love this idea! We use ready made pizza bases but they’re a bit thick even for Tigs. Our lunches routinely consist of a bit of this, a bit of that…but I definitely reckon this would go down a storm with all of us girls. Thanks for sharing over at #coolmumclub Natalie! x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 12, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      It is a great option for when you’re in a rush. I’m so bad at just grabbing whatever’s easy but this has helped me to be a little healthier. I’ve never tried the ready made pizza bases, but can imagine they’re popular with kids x

  13. Emma T
    November 12, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Yum, I might have to try these with N because he’s not a fan of normal pizzas, but he loves wraps. He could just wrap up the pizza in it! #brilliantblogposts
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  14. Helen
    November 13, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Looks delicious and I like that it can easily be adapted for babies to enjoy too πŸ™‚ #PicknMix

    Helen x

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  15. ema
    November 13, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Looks amazing! Saying bonjour via #brilliantblogposts
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  16. Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    November 14, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Natalie, this looks like my gluten free pizza! My family loves to make pizzas, but I don’t always want to make my own gluten free crust so I use some gf tortillas for my crust. And you can’t go wrong with the caprese style toppings! Looks so good! Want company for lunch? LOL
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 15, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Haha! That’s a good idea to use the gluten free tortillas for the crust – you sound like a pizza pro! Company for lunch is welcome any time – just a trip across the Atlantic! πŸ™‚ LOL

  17. Kim (sisterkin)
    November 14, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Yum – definitely doing this. So quick and easy and healthy to boot! #PicknMix
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 15, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      Hope you enjoy it Kim! It’s definitely quick and easy x

  18. Mummyandmonkeys
    November 17, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I make this for lunch too sometimes. It’s so quick and easy and tasty. I know what you mean about all the good plans! thanks for linking to #PickNMix
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  19. A Cornish Mum
    November 18, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Yum thanks for the inspiration! Im trying to be healthier at the moment but finding it a struggle. Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x
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  20. Mrs H
    November 19, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    That looks yummy! I often make Little Miss H and I pitta pizzas but I haven’t done tortilla pizzas. But i definitely will now. Good luck with the health kick. Thanks for linking up to #SundaysStars. I am sorry that it has taken me so long to comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx
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  21. Mummy here and there
    December 23, 2015 at 10:37 am

    That sounds a lovely healthy lunch. Thank you for sharing X merry Christmas #MarvellousMonday
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