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Red lentil, chickpea and chilli soup

Once again I’m behind on Photo A Day April, I will fix this asap. However I wanted to take the time to show you a lovely recipe that I’m having for lunch today.


  • 2 tsp cumin
  • Large pinch of chilli flakes
  • Red onion
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 140g red lentils
  • 850ml vegetable stock
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 400g chickpeas


  1. Dry fry the cumin and chilli flakes until bouncing in the pan or the aromas are released.
  2. Add the oil and onion and fry for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the lentils, stock and chopped tomatoes. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and blitz.
  5. Stir in the chickpeas and season to taste.

There you have it, a nice simple recipe that really takes half an hour at the most! In my opinion, there needs to be more chilli in it but apart from that it’s a great meal.

Not the best picture I’ve taken

Following these quantities, I’ve managed to make 5-6 servings. Now, BBC GoodFood predicted that, if I was to buy the ingredients today from tesco, it would cost me 56p per serving (4 servings). 

So taking into account that I have 5-6 servings from it, and don’t need bread because of the chickpeas, lunch today has cost me between 37p and 45p. That’s fantastic for a student on a budget! 

Do you have any cheap, go-to lunches for days when you just can’t think?
Ktkinnes xx

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Ah lunch. One of the highlights of a day. When I saw this on the photo a day April challenge, I got so excited – finally something I could write about that would go under a new category! 


Photo A Day April
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of today’s lunch for you all so instead I’ve had to use the ever perfect resource that is Google Images. 

Today was delicious. As per usual, Dad, Rachel and I are left to use things up from the fridge and we’re constantly running out of ideas. Dad somehow managed to arrange it that he’d be out over lunch and so it was just Rachel and me to organise food for ourselves. Now, about 10 days ago, Mum had bought a bag of 6 avocados. As I’m sure you can imagine, the three sitting in the fruit bowl were getting extremely ripe! And so Rachel and I decided to have prawn cocktail in avocado shells.


credit to youtube, found through google images

Simply mix some mayonaise and ketchup together, I tend to do a 50:50 ratio of the two. Shake in some Tabasco sauce, as much as you like, and squeeze in a touch of lemon juice. Mix it all well and add pre-cooked prawns. Quick and easy! Then we took 2 of the avocado, cut them in half, removed the stone, and  spooned the prawn cocktail onto each half. It was great for a speedy lunch and not too many dishes either – perfect for students if you manage to get the prawns on offer!

However, the main lunch I wanted to share with you tonight was one I made last week. Once again it uses prawns but I’m sure you could substitute them for bacon or anything else you’d like to add.


I would definitely recommend both of these lunches, 10/10!

What did you have for lunch today?
Ktkinnes xx

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A quick and easy lunch

Yesterday, with Mum off work and lunch having to be more than a cheese and crisp sandwich (that really won’t help the diet), we decided to be a little bit more adventurous with the left overs in the fridge.

What we found was actually very simple. There were a few prawns left over from dinner the night before, some avocados getting close to their use by, and a looking-sorry-for-itself lettuce. As always, we had the staples like bread and cheese and eggs but no one wanted anything using them. This was when we had the idea to try a prawn mayonnaise salad.

Cutting the avocados in half and removing the stone, mum placed a half on each plate. While she did that, I mixed 3 table spoons of mayonnaise with a generous helping of tomato purée until it turned a nice pink colour before adding a splash of tabasco sauce. We then chopped up the prawns and mixed them through the mayonnaise before serving it on top of the avocado. To finish it off, a few chopped cherry tomatoes, a couple of slices of cucumber and some lettuce for a bit of a crunch. Et voilà! A perfectly simple lunch for anyone wanting something quick and easy.
What you need (serves 3)

  • 3 avocados
  • 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise (light if you wish)
  • Approx 1 tablespoon tomato purée (can use ketchup)
  • A splash of Tabasco sauce
  • 100g cooked prawns chopped
  • 6 cherry tomatoes chopped
  • Cucumber for garnishing
  • Lettuce for garnishing


  • Mix the mayonnaise, tomato purée, Tabasco sauce and prawns in a bowl
  • Cut the avocados in half and remove stones
  • Spoon some of the prawn mayonnaise onto the halves of avocado
  • Garnish with tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce
  • Serve with a spoon!

So there you have it, a quick and easy lunch for anyone wanting to try something new.


Ktkinnes xxx