Sometimes, just making it out the door with a matching pair of shoes defines a successful morning. When working full time, it can be hard enough to grab a breakfast and even harder to plan for lunch. Both are important.
Having a fantastic lunch at lunch doesn’t mean spending a small fortune on a fancy salad that will barely keep you going until 2pm. Lunch also does not mean grabbing something quick from the vending machine. It is possible to have a healthy lunch with some minimal prep time at home. Set the alarm for 10 minutes earlier, head to the kitchen and prep your lunch. You’ll be so happy you did.
Lucky for you, I’ve compiled a plethora of recipes for you, all from registered dietitians, so you are getting an amazing recipe AND you know it’s healthy! You’re welcome!
Lunchbox Chickpea Salad
This lunchbox chickpea salad looks like it might be a favorite on my lunchbox list.
I LOVE panzanella salad! It is one of my all time favorites and it really is a cinch to pull together fast.
Tortellini Mason Jar Salad
This is such a great idea. There are so many great fresh pastas in the market now – this looks so fast to whip up on a busy morning.
Mason Jar Greek Salad
I am going to have to get on this mason jar salad thing. These recipes look amazing! Another great use for hummus!
Avocado Lime Tuna Salad
This is a great idea! Use avocado instead of mayo. RDs have all of the great ideas.
Freekah and Black Bean Salad
I have never had freekah, but this salad makes me want to try it. Looks delish!
Easy Tuna Edamame Salad
True to the 10 minute limit, this salad comes together in no time at all. Protein packed with tuna and edamame. A must!
Lentil Chickpea Vegetable Salad with Feta
You had me at feta. The dressing on this salad sounds so delicious and versatile!
Spinach Mozzarella Tomato and Chickpea Salad
If you need a filling lunch, this is it, with minimal prep time. These are my favorite flavors all put together in one perfect salad!
Quick Edamame Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Use a quick cooking package of brown rice or quinoa and you have yourself a hearty lunch and a tangy dressing in less than 10 minutes. Perfect for busy days!
Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich
This is such a great idea to get more plant based protein and fiber into your diet. And a croissant? Who can resist?
Mayo Free Tuna Hummus Sandwich
I’m not a huge fan of mayo and this recipe uses hummus instead of mayo – genius! This is in my future.
Easy Egg Wraps
What a perfect idea to add some protein to your diet and cut some carbs. I love eggs, so this is definitely something I need to try!
Avocado Chickpea Salad Sandwich
These sandwiches just keep getting better. The perfect blend of plant based protein, monounsaturated fat, and tons of fiber. A total winner.
Chickpea Walnut Sandwich
I am definitely stocking up on chickpeas after seeing all of these wonderful combinations. Why have I never tried a chickpea salad before?
BOWLS AND BITES
3 Step Mediterranean Buddha Bowl
I love a good “bowl”. I think they bring together the best of every food world. This one looks divine!
Greek Lentil Power Bowl
Anything with Greek flair is a winner for me. These flavors look to blend so well together and did I mention there is feta in this?
5 Ingredient Healthy Kale and Quinoa Bowl
Quinoa is coming back. I think most people forgot about it, but I still think it’s amazing and I’m super happy to see it in this amazing recipe! Use precooked quinoa and this comes together quick.
Asian Chicken Salad Cucumber Bites
Use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken to whip these up faster than your coffee maker heats up. Pack these up and you will be the envy of all of your work friends!