A quick lunch for two.


I’m working from home today which means I am working between nappies and naps!

When Scarlett is snoozing I am happy to take a break from work to prepare us some lunch. Two things it has to be are quick and nutritious. Oh, and something we both can eat. I’m not keen on making two meals when one will do. We can learn a lot by eating like our babies. No added salt or sugar in the recipe, just good wholesome ingredients.


* Couscous

* Smoked Mackerel fillets

* Avocado

* Zest and juice of a lemon

* Half a lime

* Fresh coriander

As usual, when looking after a child all best laid plans are put on hold when they don’t follow what you want them to do. So no sooner have I put Scarlett down for a nap, she is awake again so joins me in the kitchen for a cookery lesson.


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To start add one parts couscous and and two parts cold water to a small pan. Add the finely grated zest and juice of a lemon and the juice of half a lime. Pop the used lemon and lime in for extra flavour. I added some fresh chopped coriander as I had some left over from last nights dinner but you can add any fresh herbs you like. Parsley would be nice too.

Cover the pan and put on a low heat.

Let the water, herbs and citrus juices infuse into the couscous under the heat for 5 minutes, fluffing with a fork a couple of times during the process. Watch it and dont be tempted to answer a quick email or reply to a text like I did as it will stick to the bottom of the pan, makes cleaning it a pain!

When its done take off the heat and leave it covered while you get on preparing the rest of the ingredients.

Remove the skin off of the smoked mackerel and then with two forks shred the fish carefully discarding any bones you find. I bought boneless fillets but you can never be too careful especially when it serving to children.

Mash the avocado with a fork.

Discard the lemon and lime from the pan and mix in both the mackerel and the avocado to the herby lemony couscous. And you are done!

Serve with some more fresh herbs on top and slices of sweet red pepper, which are great for little fingers to pick up.

As this is less about cooking and more about an assembly of ingredients then you can use whatever you want to create a healthy lunch using couscous as a base, salmon and fresh dill or parsley would make a nice combination served with a little Greek yogurt on top.

Enjoy x