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The Dish: Working From Home Power Lunch

Work-from-homers, are you having a challenge navigating meal breaks? In this new, remote environment, it’s more important than ever to take a break and allow time to breathe, decompress, refocus and eat. Research shows that being “always-on” and accessible by technology while working remotely leads to stress; and I would add that skipping meals can actually leave you feeling low energy, drained, and brain fogged. Dietitian’s orders are to take your power lunch break for productivity and self-care.

A power lunch can give you that energy boost to stay focused for the rest of the workday. Such a lunch would have protein( meat, dairy, nuts, beans), grains, plenty of veggies, and fruit. This might demand that you do more planning, but on rushed days don’t be bashful about throwing a meal together in an interesting way. There are lots of great ideas out there, so here is just my favorite. Chili, stews, and soups in a crockpot or in an Instant Pot is great too.

Salmon pizza is an example of ingredients in your pantry that can make a great lunch. I’ve sautéed my veggies before putting them on the crust, but you don’t have to. You can sauté the veggies or you could just make this without cheese and with any leftover meat or seafood. It’s important to use what you have and adjust ingredients as needed.

OMG Salmon Pizza!

Serves 2

  • 1-2 oz leftover cooked salmon/smoked salmon/canned salmon drained

  • 1 Favorite Pre-baked pizza crust, focaccia, naan, flour tortilla, or flatbread (Cauliflower crust, whole-wheat crust will require more time to cook)

  • 1 clove garlic, minced (optional, but a must for garlic lovers!!)

  • ¼ medium onion, sliced

  • ½ Bell Pepper, sliced

  • 1-2 Regular/Cherry Tomatoes, sliced, chopped

  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese

  • ½ Cup Feta

  • Basil (Optional or can sprinkle with dried herbs)


STEP 1 Preheat oven to 450° F.

  • STEP 2 Place pizza crust or flatbread on ungreased baking sheet.

  • STEP 3 Top crust with mozzarella cheese, flaked salmon, onion, peppers, tomato, Feta cheese

  • STEP 4 Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese melts.

  • STEP 5 Cut and serve

Eat in Peace. Just for Once

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