10 Quick & Healthy Lunch Ideas

White text against orange background reads "10 Quick & Healthy Lunch Ideas". Above text is birds eye view image of panini sandwich cut in two with sliced tomatoes and zucchini on the cutting board. Next to it is a red plate with a sandwich next to a cup of coffee.

 

To start off the New Year right I’d like to share with you some easy, low-cal lunch ideas that you can make in under 15 minutes.  I know, I know — another list.  However, one of the biggest pitfalls I can make is not bringing my lunch to work and succumbing to guilty-pleasure fast food.  (Wendy’s, I’m looking at you.)

White text against orange background reads "10 Quick & Healthy Lunch Ideas". Above text is birds eye view image of panini sandwich cut in two with sliced tomatoes and zucchini on the cutting board. Next to it is a red plate with a sandwich next to a cup of coffee.

 

These lunch ideas are fast, delicious, and…absolutely guilt-free.  In no particular order, here are some of my favorites.

1.) Herbed Cheese and Tomato Sandwich

Slice of red tomato with sprigs of green parsley garnished on top. The tomato sits on top of a brown wheat bread and white cottage cheese.

Why does this rule?

For example:  The secret ingredient is cottage cheese — an awesome low-fat source of protein.

Recipe Link:  https://bit.ly/2FqEOPV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.)  Healthy Cauliflower Rice

White cauliflower rice with green specks of peas in blue bowl. Next to bowl is a blue spoon with a little bit of rice in it.

First of all, I know everyone is jumping on the cauliflower rice trend, but here me out.  It’s seriously good!  And it’s about one-fourth of the carbohydrates of traditional rice.

Once you see how easy it is to make this dish at home you’ll never go back to traditional rice again.

Recipe Link: https://bit.ly/2ABrTaD

 

 

 

 

 

3.) Crispy Tuna Cakes

Tuna cakes crisped brown sprinkled with green parsley on top of a white plate. In background is a slice of a yellow lemon

This tasty riff on crab cakes adds some oomph to omega-3 rich pouched tuna.  I use old-fashioned rolled oats in place of breadcrumbs to sneak in some whole grains.

Plus, may I recommend drizzling just a little All-Purpose Tahini Dressing?  Delicious.

Recipe Link:  https://bit.ly/2TEFaGB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.) Five-Ingredient Soup

Brown Broth soup served in a black bowl. Soup is filled with a large green lettuce leaf, chunks of corn and brown beans

Five ingredients, 3 minutes to cook, and 2 minutes to prepare.

Five ingredients may be all that you need to make the perfect healthy soup to take to your lunch break.

Recipe Link:  https://bit.ly/2TMWDgn

 

 

 

 

5.) Mediterranean Chickpea Quinoa Bowl

Four different white bowls - top left corner is a bowl of parsley on top of a white napkin. The other three bowls are on a gray table. One bowl on bottom right is orange broth. The two middle bowls are filled with quinoa.

Quinoa has a very mild flavor and works well with chickpeas and any other delicious ingredients.

Featuring plenty of plant-based protein, you can whip up a batch of these Mediterranean meals and pack in containers with lids.  Then stash in the fridge for easy, healthy grab & go lunches all week long.

Recipe Link:  https://bit.ly/2FnYvId

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.) California Club Chicken Wraps

Two green wraps with green avocado on top. Inside wrap is chicken, tomato, and avocado.

Leftover cooked chicken in your fridge?

Here’s a great lunch idea using simple homemade chipotle mayonnaise sauce that gives it some kick.  And you know that I’m a sucker for avocados.

Recipe Link:  https://armagazine.com/2Fh2I1j

 

 

 

 

7. Greek Sushi

green sushi rolls on a white plate inside roll is white and red bits of tomato, cottage, cheese and ham

Yes, you heard that right.  And prep time in only ten minutes means this unique dish packs quite the punch for your lunch time fix.

Plus, I”m always a sucker for anything hummus.

Recipe Link:  https://bit.ly/2C9OGdS

 

 

 

 

8. Broccoli Quesadilla

Six brown triangle quesadillas against gray counter top background

A quick, cheesy (oh hey, protein) quesadilla with all of the flavors you love plus a special treat:  greens!

The recipe calls for nutrient-dense broccoli, but kale or spinach would totally work, too.

Recipe Link: https://bit.ly/2FeWqPD

 

 

 

 

9. Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup

birds eye view of white bowl filled with soup. Blue table top background with silver spoon next to soup.

This is the perfect winter time soup.

With its creamy, decadent texture and delicious scent you will fall in love with this recipe — and so will your co-workers.

Recipe Link: https://bit.ly/2VGufxQ

 

 

 

 

 

10.  Chili-Spiced Salmon Salad

Green lettuce, pink tuna, slices of tomatoes, and sliced red onions

Why not spice up your traditional salad?

This simple recipe uses canned salmon dressed up with avocados, grapefruit, onions, beets, and pistachios over a bed of Bibb lettuce.

Recipe Link:  https://bit.ly/2SOyRQS

 

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