3 HEALTHY GHANAIAN-INSPIRED PACKED LUNCH BOWLS!

 

I’m definitely not one to settle for a boring packed lunch. I’ve learned that the more exciting your lunch is, the more you will look forward to actually eating it as opposed to wasting money on something unhealthy. The most exciting food I can think of is Ghanaian food so I try to add some Ghanaian touches to my lunches during the week.

I try to keep my packed lunches balanced by having a carb, a protein and some vegetables. The carbs provide me with energy to enable me to keep studying in the afternoon, the protein makes me full and the vegetables are great for those added nutrients. I also make sure to snack on fruit during the day and other healthy homemade treats.

The flavour combinations in these packed lunch bowls are incredible and definitely give me something to look forward to during the day. There’s no point in making something you don’t like for the sake of being healthy and forcing yourself to eat it. It’s not sustainable and you will most likely end up binging by the end of the day. What’s important is that you make healthy living fun and enjoyable by eating foods that you actually love and that are good for you! Another bonus is that each meal takes under 1 hour to prep. Without further ado, here are the recipes:-

 


 

Recipe 1:- My signature salmon with rice and stew

 

 

 

Ingredients (4 portions)

2 cups brown rice

Frozen peas

Salmon:-

4 fillets

(Find ingredients here)

Stew:-

2 tins of chopped tomatoes

1 onion

2 cubes of chicken or vegetable stock

Salt (to taste)

2 tbsps Coconut oil

1 tsp chilli powder/1 ground kpakposhito

How to:-

  1. Cook your salmon. (See recipe here)
  2. Boil your brown rice according to packet instructions.
  3. Whilst the salmon is in the oven and your rice is boiling, start prepping your stew. In a pan, add your coconut oil. Chop your onions and cook in the pan until translucent. Add your tinned tomatoes and spices and leave to simmer whilst stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.
  4. Prepare your peas according to packet instructions.
  5. Once everything is ready, dish together in your tupperware containers.
  6. Enjoy! x

 

 


 

Recipe 2:- Chicken suya with quinoa and shito

 

Ingredients (4 portions):-

2 cups Quinoa

Peas

Chicken:-

4 chicken breasts

2 tbsps suya powder

1 tsp thyme

1 tsp chilli powder

2 cloves of garlic

2 pinches of salt

Extras

1 tsp shito (per portion)

Flat leaf coriander to garnish

How to:-

  1. Cook your quinoa according to packet instructions.
  2. Whilst your quinoa is cooking, prep your chicken. Spice your chicken with the seasonings and place in the oven on an oven tray at 200 degree celsius on the grill setting for 20 minutes or until fully cooked.
  3. Cook your peas according to packet instructions.
  4. Once everything is ready, dish everything together and add your extras.
  5. Enjoy! x

 

 


Recipe 3:- The waakye dupe- Quinoa with beans stew and kelewele

 

Okay so this obviously is not waakye, but the combination of the different ingredients makes it taste and smell just like it!

 

 

Ingredients (4 portions):-

2 cups quinoa

1 egg per portion

Beans

2 cans of black eyed peas

2 tins chopped tomatoes

1 onion

2 cubes of chicken or vegetable stock

Salt (to taste)

2 tbsps Coconut oil

1 tsp chilli powder/1 ground kpakposhito

Kelewele

2 plantains

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tsp chilli powder

A piece of chopped root ginger (the equivalent of 1 tablespoon)

A pinch of salt

A pinch of nutmeg

Extras

1 tsp of shito per portion

How to:-

  1. Cook quinoa according to packet instructions BUT leave for an extra 5 minutes for it to develop a smoky flavour. (This gives the quinoa the same smoky effect as waakye.
  2. Cut your plantain into pieces, drizzle with coconut oil and seasoning. Leave in the oven on the grill setting for 15 minutes.
  3. Whilst the quinoa and plantain cook, make your stew according to the instructions above. When the stew is done, leave the fire on and add your beans and let cook for an extra 5 minutes.
  4. Boil your eggs.
  5. When everything is ready, plate into portions and add your shito.
  6. Enjoy!x

 


 

I hope you liked these unique and easy-to-make recipes!

Give them a try and share pictures of your creations with me!

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