ploughman’s lunch plate

On a trip to England in October last year for my birthday, I was so delighted by how wonderful the food was, especially at the country pubs I visited. Especially the abundant use of locally raised & grown food. It’s how I love to cook & eat. One dish I saw often on menus was the ploughman’s lunch: Cheese, cold cuts, pickled onions, veggies, chutney, an apple & bread – give or take any of the ingredients. It was one of my most enjoyable lunches as I love having a selection of small bites of food to graze on. This is my lower carb version of a ploughman’s lunch – minus the bread (*sniffle*). 

ploughman's lunch plate

For my version of the ploughman’s lunch, I made a quick & easy onion chutney, sweetening it with apple juice, grated apple & raisins. And I made a 30 minute pickled carrot recipe with apple juice & seeded mustard. I made both the chutney & pickled carrot yesterday because, what I’ve found keeps me on track with losing weight & dieting is being organized – it’s key. That means, spending a couple of hours on the weekend prepping & cooking for the coming week. 

onion raisin chutney

A good ploughman’s lunch needs a chtuney or a relish. Normally either of these would have quite a lot of sugar so I made my chutney with pure apple juice & raisins for sweetness. It is pretty sensational with the sharp cheddar cheese & the ham. 

pickled carrot

Ploughman’s lunch is usually served with pickled onions – which I love!! Because I’d used onion for the chutney, I opted for a quick pickled carrot instead, plus it’s looks so pretty on the plate. Carrots have a natural sweetness but they’re low in calories so they’re a welcome addition in my diet – cooked & raw. 

ploughman's lunch plate

I won’t lie, I did miss a chunk of good crusty sourdough with this lunch, although the meal was filling. If you want to lose weight badly enough you’ll stick to a good, healthy eating plan that is right for you. You’ll also plan your meals, make a list, shop for only what you need & do some prep work to help you through the coming week. As much as we all want an easy fix for losing weight there isn’t one. Consistency, perseverance, determination & willpower will help get you there, along with delicious, healthy food & some moderate exercise. Stick with it! Or, if you haven’t started, drop me a line, I’m always here to help you take that leap. 

ploughman's lunch plate
Serves 1
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
  2. 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  3. 1/4 cup apple juice
  4. 2 teaspoons seeded mustard
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 1/2 cups coarsely grated carrot
  8. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  9. 3 medium onions, thinly sliced
  10. 1 teaspoon salt
  11. 1 to 2 teaspoons crushed red chilies (peppers)
  12. 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  13. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  14. 1/2 cup apple juice
  15. 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  16. 1 cup grated apple
  17. 1/2 cup dark raisins
  19. 3 oz (85g) sliced ham, fat removed
  20. 1 oz (28g) sharp cheddar cheese
  21. 1 small cucumber, cut into wedges
  22. 1 cup watercress
  23. 1/2 apple, cored & sliced
  1. The make the pickled carrot: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover & chill 30 minutes or overnight. Makes about 1 cup.
  2. To make the onion relish: Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes or until golden & softened. Add chilies, coriander & cumin. Cook, stirring, 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir in apple juice, vinegar, apple & raisins. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, covered, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened; cool. Makes about 2 cups.
  3. To assemble the lunch plate: arrange ham, cheese, cucumber, watercress, apple, 1 /4 cup drained pickled carrots & 3 tablespoons of onion apple relish. Pickled carrots & relish will keep for 7 days in sealed containers in the fridge.
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