Lunch To Go On The Train And Skating In Ottawa

Lunch To Go On The Train And Skating In Ottawa
Heather Nicholds, C.H.N.

I put together a lunch to go for a train ride in about 5 minutes, and thought it might be helpful to show just how easy it is to make a healthy meal.

I had made the peanut dressing the day before. It’s always helpful when you make a sauce or dressing to make some extra, and then it can be used to quickly make different meals.

Spinach-Chickpea Salad With Peanut Dressing

Prep time:
Makes 1 serving

I also love to take my travel mug with me when I’m going somewhere – not only because it saves a disposable mug from being used, but because it keeps my tea hot for so much longer!

One thing I always make sure to do when taking lunch to go is to put it in a tight-sealing container and either in a plastic bag (although I really hate plastic… but I also hate leaking sauce) or in a pocket of my bag where a spill won’t wreak havoc.

On this trip, I had lunch in the train station and then picked up a tea, an apple and a banana for the afternoon. I often find when I sit on a train or a car or a plane that I don’t get as hungry as usual, but it’s nice to have something to munch on.

I also included a few quick clips of my skating practice, which was a lot of fun.

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  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas (cooked)
  • 2 Tbsp peanut dressing (recipe below)

Peanut Dressing

Prep time:
3-4 servings

  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp tamari (soy sauce)
  • water to thin


  1. Whisk together the ingredients for the peanut sauce until it’s smooth and fully combined, adding enough water to get the consistency you want.
  2. Layer the veggies in a lunch to go container, and drizzle with the dressing. Sometimes I put the dressing lower down, with the spinach layer, so that it doesn’t get stuck to the lid of my container.
  3. Keep your leftover peanut dressing in a container in the fridge – it’s great on stir fries, steamed veggies, bean salads or even stirred into the broth of a soup for instant flavor.

What do you like to take for a lunch to go? Let me know below, we can all always use more ideas.


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