It’s melting here in Buenos Aires!
Shops are closed for holiday, the metro is wicked nasty and it seems impossible to cool off mid-day. That is unless you’re one of those people that have a pool in their apartment building. Rrrrrrrr.
Come lunch time I like to keep it light and cheap.
Having a big meal in the hot afternoon puts me in I want AC and cama mode and these days that is not cutting it.
So I’m on a salad kick.
One can go to the verduleria and leave with an avocado, lemon and pack of arugula for less than 10 pesos, about $2 bucks.
Lately I’ve been adding leftovers from Nola to these leafy lunches. Monday was extra salmon rosada quickly blackened in the cast iron with a hefty sprinkle of Creole seasoning and lemon. Tuesday was braised pork shoulder & shrimp sautéed in a soy, sesame oil, habanero mustard sauce. And there’s something sexy about leaves getting slightly wilted from the heat of the protein. Weird?! Yes. I’ll take it.
But I gotta admit I was feeling a bit gordita after the holidays and those negative thoughts have so kindly vanished bringing me a touch of inner peace. Thank you, Liza!
With these leafy lunches I’m getting loads of nutrients and the freedom to be naughty at dinner time. And it’s funny because I want to be less naughty since I’m feeling so good from my leafy lunches. Double score.
So if you’re feeling motivated grab some fresh greens, citrus and maybe a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts. Throw it all together and give it a quick season and dab of olive oil. Take a moment, enjoy your lunch, drink loads of water. Feel good!