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15 Easy and Healthy Lunch Ideas | Healthy Lunch Recipes

The love for food is eternal, not because it is essential for staying alive, but some people live to eat. Deciding on lunch every day is a difficult task, and when it comes to choosing a healthy meal, it becomes even more difficult.

So, people who are looking for healthy and easy lunch recipes should surely take a look at the following-

Smoked Turkey and Farro Salad

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Smoked Turkey and Farro Salad

This whole-grain faro is a perfect summer salad recipe made with a lean turkey, celery, smoked cheese, and crunchy bell paper.

It involves –

  • 1 cup of faro
  • ¼ cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp chopped shallots
  • A ¾ inch thick slice deli smoked turkey (skin removed and cut into ½ inch cubes)
  • 3 tbsp of red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup diced smoked cheese, like Cheddar
  • ¼ tsp of ground pepper
  • A cup of chopped yellow bell pepper

All these elements are then prepared to make a salad along with the smoked turkey.

Chopped Quinoa Salad with Cranberries

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Chopped Quinoa Salad with Cranberries

A healthy go-with dish along with cranberries is all you need for lunch. With all the veggies it becomes a lot healthier. Try it!

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Chicken Rice Salad with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

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Chicken Rice Salad with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

This salad is packed with flavor and is served colorfully along with ginger, lime dressing, and sesame.

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Ingredients used for salad-

  • 1 ½ cups of brown rice
  • 2 tbsp of chopped cilantro
  • A large shredded carrot
  • Six sliced green onions
  • One re/d bell pepper
  • ½ cup of dry-roasted peanuts

Required for the dressing-

  • 3 ½ tbsp of lime juice
  • 2 ½ tsp sesame oil
  • Two tsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • One tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin oil
  • Two cloves minced or pressed garlic
  • 1/8 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes

Now how to prepare it,

Prepare the brown rice according to package directions.

Transfer the rice to a bowl to let it cool.

Now, add chicken, carrot, green onions, cilantro, and bell pepper with rice.

Stir it to combine.

Whisk together all the contents in a small bowl. Pour the salad and then stir it to distribute the materials evenly.

Complete it with seasoning it with pepper and salt.

Serve and enjoy!

Green Power Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

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Green Power Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

What else do you need?

When you can have a creamy avocado dressing and a green powder salad.

Ingredients-

  • 2 cups cooked edamame
  • One peeled and sliced cucumber
  • Two sliced avocados
  • Two heads of chopped broccoli
  • 4 cups of fresh spinach
  • 1 cup of salted cashew halves

Required for avocado dressing-

  • One mashed avocado
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp of black pepper
  • ¾ cup of Greek yogurt
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt

Prepare a salad with mixing all the ingredients of the mixture. Also, prepare the avocado dressing in order make this dish a perfect go for lunch.

Pearl Barley Salad with Chickpeas, feta, and lemon

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Pearl Barley Salad with Chickpeas, feta, and lemon

It is a healthy yet straightforward salad which contains a lemony flavor and a great option for lunch.

Ingredients-

  • 1 cup uncooked pearl barley
  • 4 ounce of container crumbled feta
  • ½ cup chopped fresh dill
  • Some juice of 2 lemons
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound of washed and trimmed fresh green beans (cut into two pieces)
  • 15 ounce can be rinsed and drained chickpeas
  • Pepper and salt to taste

How to prepare-

  • First, make the pearl barley following package instructions. Place it in a large bowl, once cooked.
  • Alongside, put the beans in boiling water into a large pot and bring back to boil.
  • Heat it for 3 minutes or until it becomes crisp-tender. Drain it well.
  • Now, add the chickpeas, green beans, dill, lemon juice, and a ½ cup of oil with pepper and salt to taste.
  • Stir it gently to combine.

Serve warm and enjoy.

Shrimp Cobb Salad

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Shrimp Cobb Salad

This Salad is a salad which is a quick and healthy recipe, to make it quickly we use Cobb instead of Chicken.

What do you require?

  • 3 cups of chopped hearts of romaine
  • ¼ cup of sliced cucumber
  • One sliced hard-boiled egg
  • Five grape or cherry tomatoes
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • Five cooked, peeled shrimp

Prepare all these ingredients to make a salad, afterward serve and enjoy!

Skinny cheese stuffed potato

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Thin cheese stuffed potato

These cheesy and mouthwatering peppers are one of the best dishes for lunch. Contains 220 calories each and provide 17 grams of protein, along with 9 grams of fiber and all credit goes to the veggies, especially the beans and cauliflower.

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Zesty Shrimp & Black Bean Salad

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Zesty Shrimp & Black Bean Salad

This salad is loaded with tomatoes, cilantro, and seasoned with cumin and chile, and peppers. A no-cook recipe with flavors of fresh salsa.

What do you require?

  • ¼ cup of cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of minced chipotle chile in adobo
  • 3 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup of quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined, cut into ½ inch cooked shrimp
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • One large chopped poblano pepper or bell pepper
  • ¼ cup of fresh cilantro

Nutrition Info-

It contains 272 calories per serving, 21 g protein, 80 mcg folate, 143 mg cholesterol, 12 g fat, 6 g fiber, 19 g carbohydrates, 5 g sugars, 108 calcium, 2 mg iron, 533 potassium, 410 mg sodium, 756 IU vitamin A, 32 mg Vitamin C.

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

This crust is considered as a delicious and a better alternative to a regular pizza.

What do we require?

  • ½ head cauliflower
  • One lightly beaten egg
  • ¾ cup of Mozzarella
  • ½ tsp of Oregano
  • ¼ cup pesto
  • One sliced tomato
  • Extra virgin oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • ¼ tsp of minced and pressed garlic
  • 1/3 tsp of garlic salt
  • A tbsp of chopped fresh basil

Instructions to prepare-

  • Preheat oven to the 450 degrees F.
  • Remove the leaves and stems from the cauliflower and chop it into small pieces.
  • Place the chopped cauliflower into the food processor to pulse it grain-like. When done, transfer it to a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Now, microwave it on high for 8 minutes, and afterward add the half of the beaten egg and mix it, also add mozzarella, garlic, oregano, and garlic salt.
  • Then transfer this mixture to a nonstick cooking spray sprayed cookie sheet. Now, form a 4-5 inch crust like a round.
  • Bake it in the center of the oven for 15 minutes after brushing it with the olive oil.
  • When it is done, top it with a tomato, remaining mozzarella, basil, pesto, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place it back in the oven for about 3-4 minutes until the cheese melts.

Black bean burrito bowl

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Black bean burrito bowl

This bowl of black bean burrito is spicy and has great texture and crunch. This dish is easy to make and take along for lunch. The black beans contain fiber and protein whereas the rice and veggies make it light and healthier.

 

Green-Green Grits

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Green-Green Grits

A healthy lunch recipe is coming your way.

We require-

  • One large green onion
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 tbsp of unsalted butter
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • One tsp salt
  • A bowl of uncooked grits
  • One bunch of collard greens or kale

How to prepare-

  • Cut the tough stems & ribs of the grasses out. Chop them roughly. Trim the green onion and chop roughly. Keep them in a food processor.
  • Now, process it until it becomes a uniform paste (add little water when needed).
  • In a saucepan combine the milk, water, grits, and salt to boil over medium-high heat.
  • Stir it, cover the pan and reduce the heat to low.
  • For 15 minutes, simmer it, stirring frequently. For additional 5-10 minutes, stir the greens mixture and simmer (stirring frequently) till the grits become thick as sour cream.
  • Continue cooking after adding more water (if required).
  • Remove the grits from heat, season it with butter and black pepper.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Asian Pan Seared Salmon salad

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Asian Pan Seared Salmon salad

This dish is a delicious salad provides Omega-3’s and also contains veggies, especially Napa Cabbage, which has the potential for cancer protection elements. So, this does not only fill your stomach but also work as a medicine for your health.

 

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

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Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

These rolls are ready to eat under 45 minutes and comes with the best combination of peanut sauce.

What is required for Shrimp?

  • 1 pound shelled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • A finely minced clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp of light soy sauce
  • A tsp of rice wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp of chopped fresh ginger

For the spring rolls-

  • 12-22 cm of rice paper wrappers
  • ½ cup of fresh basil leaves
  • 140 g of shredded red cabbage
  • ½ cup of cilantro leaves
  • One large thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • Pickled carrots and cucumber
  • Six large sliced strawberries

Required for Peanut Sauce

  • ¼ cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp of rice vinegar
  • ½ tbsp of lime juice
  • One tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tbsp of honey
  • ¼ cup of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp of light soy sauce

Instructions to prepare it-

  • Heat a tbsp of sesame oil over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and ginger and let them cook for 2 minutes.
  • Now add the shrimp and cook both sides for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • When shrimp turns orange and curls inward, know that the shrimp is cooked.
  • During the shrimp is cooking, stir the rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, and honey.
  • Take the cooked shrimp drizzle the sauce over it.
  • Keep it to cool for 20 minutes.
  • For the spring rolls, fill a bowl with lukewarm water.
  • Now, dip a rice paper wrapper sheet in it to wet it entirely.
  • The paper should be moistened and keep on adding ingredients in it.
  • Keep the wrapper on a flat surface and fill the wrapper with shrimp and strawberry, vegetables, cilantro leaves, and 2-3 basil leaves.
  • Fold the lower half of the wrapper over the filling.
  • Then, fold the left and right sides to the center of the wrapper and keep on rolling everything.
  • For the dipping sauce, take a bowl and mix all the ingredients for it until it is mixed.
  • Serve it immediately.

Corn tortilla with Melted cheese, Sauteed Baby Greens, Salsa, & Fried Egg

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Corn tortilla with Melted cheese, Sauteed Baby Greens, Salsa, & Fried Egg

It makes a great breakfast and is formed in a single skillet. Quick to prepare just with the mixing up of the elements.

Almond Meal Crusted (Baked) Chicken Nuggets

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Almond Meal Crusted (Baked) Chicken Nuggets

It is an excellent alternative to fried chicken nuggets, and this spice crust also provides a high dose of lean protein and healthy fats which is a meal to make you feel fuller for a quite longer.

What is required?

  • 8 oz of Chicken tenders or chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup of almond meal
  • Spices -1 tsp of Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika, salt, pepper.

Instructions to prepare-

  • Preheat the oven to 375F, and combine the almond meal and spice mixture to cook the crust mixture.
  • Cut the chicken into two pieces.
  • Then coat the chicken pieces on the egg.
  • Now, cover the crust mixture.
  • Take a parchment paper and place the nuggets on it and bake them for around half an hour maximum, or when the chicken is cooked.

So, people, these were some of the dishes you could try and have a healthy and tasty lunch and that too easy to make.

Enjoy!


 

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