Last July and after two years of freelancing, I took the life-changing decision of going back to a full-time job. Naturally, I thought about all the possible consequences. Only one of them escaped me: weight-gain. The main reason I slightly gained weight once I started spending time in an office, was peer pressure. Those who know me well are aware of my unconscious and continuous fear of rejection. In a work environment, one must make a huge effort to fit in, make friends and have everyone on their side. Being the ambivert that I am, the only solution to me fitting in, is to be extremely nice. Needless to say this has consequences on its own.

I am not necessarily a candy person, but where I work, it’s apparently the thing. Instead of coffee breaks, they have candy breaks that involve munching on the most calorific chocolates and having ice cream or a nutella sandwich after lunch (depending on the season). These things don’t mean that much to me but getting weird stares when I said no added pressure to eat. That’s how I gained the extra weight that I’m working on getting rid of now. I simply learnt to say no and to stop pleasing people.

So it’s been 3 weeks and my packed lunches mostly consist of protein salads. This beef salad, which literally takes 10 minutes to make is my favorite. Here’s how to make it for a healthy and filling weekday lunch.

What you’ll need:

  • 120 g of lean beef, sliced
  • 5 fresh white mushrooms
  • Freshly washed rocket leaves
  • Pink peppercorn

For the dressing:

  • 1 Tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp Grape seed oil
  • 1 pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Heat a grilling pan then throw in the beef slices. Cook to your preference. I like the beef medium rare.
  2. In your lunch container, place the rocket leaves, top them with the mushrooms and beef. Sprinkle pink peppercorn on top.
  3. In a separate container, prepare the dressing: mix the 3 kinds of vinegar, add the honey and mix, add the oil then mix, add the salt and mix again.

Enjoy!

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