Tuesday Eats: hashed lunches

Posted on March 8th, 2011

Everyone keeps asking me for lunch ideas…here you go.

I love making a hash of my lunch. Hashes are all about efficiency and sustainability and heightened flavour. For me they entail mixing up leftovers – grains, meat, beans, vegetables – from the night before and frying them with some cheese and/or an egg and tossing through some fresh herbs for zing. I also like to squeeze lemon on mine, to cut through any saturated flavours. And invariably I throw in capers. Oh, and some chia seeds! See what you think of these hashtastic ideas:

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Rebecca Woolf’s “Quinuevos Ranchero”

  • Leftover quinoa (for other quinoa ideas, see here and here)
  • Eggs (two per adult, one per child. For a family of four, I cook six eggs.)
  • A spoonful of butter or olive oil
  • An avocado
  • Shredded cheese of your liking
  • Coriander (or something similarly green. Chives may just be equally delicious.)
  • Salsa
  • Seasoning of your preference

Cook your eggs as you usually do. I cook mine in a weird-wackadoo way which consists of cracking the eggs over the pan and letting them sit for a few seconds before kind of mixing the yolks and sort of pushing it around for three minutes before it’s cooked through.

Sprinkle the eggs atop the quinoa [me, I’d personally toss the quinoa through the eggs and the cheese – Sarah] then add a few pinches of shredded cheese, ASAP so it melts from the heat.

Then top with chopped coriander, avocado, salsa and seasoning for taste.

ps: Rebecca’s site Girl’s Gone Child is so much fun.

Mushroom hash with black rice

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This dish is via The New York Times…I’d have it with a poached egg I reckon.

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds mushrooms, stems trimmed, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste, dissolved in 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup cooked black rice (optional but recommended)
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Poached eggs for serving (optional)

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy nonstick skillet. Add the shallots and celery. Cook, stirring, until tender, about three minutes. Raise the heat to high, and add the mushrooms. Cook, stirring often, until they begin to color and stick to the pan, about five minutes. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring often, until the shallots and celery are tender, juicy and fragrant, five to eight minutes.

Add the garlic and stir for a minute, then add the wine, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, for five minutes. Add the diluted tomato paste, and cook for about five minutes, pressing the mixture down into the pan, then waiting for a minute until the surface begins to brown, then stirring and pressing it down until the surface browns again. The mixture should be lightly colored and the tomato paste no longer discernible. Taste and adjust seasoning. Stir in the rice and parsley, heat through and serve — topped with a poached egg if desired — with crusty bread and a salad.

Serves four.

The hash will keep for three or four days in the refrigerator.

some more delicious hashy recipes:

Vegetable hash

Turkey and red pepper hash

Vegetable hash with poached egg

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  • Brilliant thanks Sarah. I have heard so many people talking about Quinoa but I have never tried it. Being a vegetarian I really need a good source of protein so I am going to try this out! Also tried the OOE exercises – love it! Thanks! Erin


  • I was scarred by my Dad’s ‘hashed’ dinners as a kid: invariably made up of tomato paste, hoisin sauce, eggs, leftover ham and some frozen peas for good measure. I’ve since rediscovered the wonders of thrown-together lunches, and these look totally divine.


  • Sarah Wilson

    Oh my, my Dad did the same. Wostershire sauce was always in his.


  • deb

    Yum! Hash for lunch! This would be a good way for me to include quinoa, since I don’t like the taste so much (much more of a millet person). Thanks for the tantillizing pic! This is a must try :0)


  • Lisa

    Love quinoa I put it in everything ! Really good on roast vegie salad, made up of pumpkin,sweet potato, zucchini, capsicum and red onion. Then combine hot vegie salad with cold green salad mmmmm yummy . Love your work Sarah !


  • Yum! I LOVE quinoa! Obssessed really. It’s getting rather out of hand. Most of the recipes I have posted on my blog contain quinoa. I should look into Quinoaholics Anonymous groups… haha!


  • Diana McDonald

    Awesome! I don’t feel so alone … it’s not just me that bodges together meals like this 🙂


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