I must confess that just the thought of a Monday places a slight touch of dread into my middle. You see, once Sunday evening rolls around and the weekend is fast approaching being nothing more than a sweet, elusive vapor, a mere memory of the carefree fun that was had with my family doing whatever our hearts found to do that weekend, the sinking feeling of mild melancholy, which I've learned to associate with Monday's inevitable approach, takes over. Having to say goodbye to the freedom of the weekend — those two days that belong to me to use exactly as I wish — and hello to all of the requirements that have been patiently awaiting my return and attention, is what's so difficult. And though there is gratitude for a fresh beginning and the new opportunities that the upcoming week holds within it, it's not easy to let go of the familiar coziness of my weekend “blanket” and again begin the journey into the unknown territory of Monday. I procrastinate for a while until finally, barely keeping my eyes open, I reluctantly say, “Well, goodnight everybody...” and head off to bed, later than I should be, on Sunday night. Tomorrow, you see, it's every man, woman and child for themselves, all going in separate directions; at least that's what Monday's sort of feel like to me. So if Monday will wait for no one, and will insist on boldly marching in without invitation, then a little “security blanky” in the way of food is what's going to be needed as an armament in that case; a little lunch from home, made with love and tenderness, and a few healthy and simple ingredients wrapped up together, will act as the protective shield. And that should make any Monday just a little less melancholy and a bit more inspired.
Bringing a delicious, healthy and comforting lunch from home when Monday rolls around, especially when the soul still longs for the warmth of the weekend's bed, helps soften the edges of a new week just a bit. The comfort found in a lunch that is simple yet special, like a Smoked Salmon Lavash Wrap with fresh spicy greens, sprouts, cucumbers and a savory lemon-dill cream cheese spread, thoughtfully prepared in one's own kitchen, informs that small amount of time in the middle of one's work day, those few moments essential to refueling and refreshing one's self; it makes a lunch hour a touch more special and cozy on a slightly melancholy Monday. And not only does a lunch prepared in your own kitchen taste better than something that is purchased without much thought beyond quieting a rumbling tummy, it can also be healthier for you because you know exactly what goes into every bite. You end up bringing a little taste of home along with you to consciously enjoy and take some comforting pleasure in.
Though Mondays will most likely never be a favorite day of the week for many of us, they can be made a little more enjoyable by bringing a little something made at home along as an accompaniment. A delicious and healthy Smoked Salmon Lavash Wrap can bring a touch of extra flavor to your Monday, and help you ease into the new week in a fresh way. And I don't know about you, but when melancholy Monday rolls around for me, I can use all the inspired help I can get, that's for certain.
Taste what's good and pass it on.
Smoked Salmon Lavash Wrap with Spicy Greens, Fresh Cucumber and Sprouts with Savory Lemon-Dill Cream Cheese Spread
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(Makes 1 lunch portion)
1 whole-wheat lavash
• Savory, Lemon-Dill Cream Cheese Spread (recipe below)
1 cup wild arugula greens, loosely packed
4 oz sliced, smoked salmon
¼ cup alfalfa sprouts
1 small Persian cucumber, sliced length-wise into thin matchsticks
-Place the lavash vertically in front of you, and spread the Lemon-Dill Cream Cheese spread over the entire lavash; next, sprinkle the arugula leaves into a neat row about 1” from the bottom of the lavash, and top with the sliced, smoked salmon; next, add the alfalfa sprouts over top, and finish off with the matchstick cucumber slices.
-Fold the bottom of the lavash over the ingredients, and continue to roll the lavash upwards, wrapping all of the ingredients fairy tightly. To store, you can cut the wrap in half diagonally and wrap each half in parchment paper, foil or plastic wrap and keep refrigerated until you're to eat; or, keep the lavash wrap whole and wrap in the parchment, foil or plastic wrap, keeping it refrigerated, and slice in half once you're ready to eat; serve with some reduced-fat, kettle-cooked potato chips or fresh fruit such as honey-dew melon on the side, if desired.
Savory, Lemon-Dill Cream Cheese Spread ingredients:
2 oz cream cheese
1 teaspoon mayonnaise
1 ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
1teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh, chopped dill
• Pinch salt/pepper
-Add all ingredients into a small dish and mix together thoroughly until well-blended; use immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and store in fridge until ready to use.