Becky and I are breaking down our favorite go-to lunch recipes that keep us going through our day. 

Here are some of our favorites: 

  • Lettuce Wraps
  • Egg Salad Sandwich
  • Pesto Veggie Sandwich
  • Black Bean Wrap
  • Build Your Own Salad

Recipes and Tips

Lettuce Wraps

For the Filling –  

1 lb. ground chicken 

1 small yellow onion, diced 

1 tbsp olive oil 

2 cloves minced garlic 

1 tbsp fresh ginger 

1 large head of lettuce  

For the Sauce –

1.5 tsp sesame oil 

Sriracha, to taste 

2 tsp rice vinegar 

3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce 

3 tbsp hoisin sauce 

2/4 cup chopped green onions 

  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Add onions and sauté until translucent.  
  2. Add in garlic and ginger. Cook for about one minute, then add the chicken. 
  3. While the chicken cooks, prepare the sauce – in a bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, sriracha, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and hoisin sauce. 
  4. Add in the sauce to the chicken and reduce heat to simmer. 
  5. Stir in diced green onions and allow sauce to thicken.  
  6. Remove chicken mixture from the heat. 
  7. Wash and dry lettuce leaves, then add about 1/3 cup of the mixture to each leaf.  

Egg Salad Sandwich

For a healthier version of egg salad, try replacing the mayonnaise with nonfat Greek yogurt and using slices of whole grain bread! 

Add a dash of hot sauce for some spice, or mustard for a bit of tang.  

Pesto Veggie Sandwich

Whole grain baguette   

½ small sweet onion chopped 

1 red bell pepper 

1/3 cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped 

2 tbsps. pesto  

Salt and black pepper to taste  

Balsamic vinegar 

  1. Slice the baguette in half, then slice into the four segments 
  2. Meanwhile, combine onions, bell pepper, and Kalamata olives in a bowel. Salt and Pepper to taste. 
  3. Spread the vegetables into the bottom of the bread, being mindful not to get too much of the liquid from the veggies.
  4. Spread pesto on the top side and drizzle balsamic vinegar over the veggies. Enjoy! 

Black Bean Wrap

1 large whole grain tortilla 

1/3 cup salsa (use your favorite!) 

1/3 cup black beans (rinsed and drained if you’re using a can) 

¼ avocado, chopped 

1 cup arugula (or other favorite leafy green) 

Sprinkle of shredded cheese 

  1. Warm tortilla in the microwave for 30 seconds  
  2. Add salsa, black beans, avocado, and cheese, then top with the arugula.  
  3. Tuck the ends of the tortilla then wrap it tight. 
  4. Cut in half and enjoy! 

Build Your Own Salad

Here are some ideas for building a delicious, easy salad for your lunches.  
Start with your favorite leafy green (like spinach, lettuce, arugula, kale, etc.) Next, add some toppings. These are just a few common ingredients to add:  

Veggies – carrots, onions, bell pepper, broccoli, cucumbers, celery, avocado

Dried or fresh fruit for some added sweetness – blueberries, raisins, oranges, mangos, apples, raspberries, strawberries  

Whole grains – quinoa, brown rice, barley, farro 

Protein – tofu, walnuts, almonds, chicken, shrimp, cheese, hardboiled eggs  

Finish it off with your favorite salad dressing! 

Comment below with your favorite quick, healthy lunches!

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