Say it with me: we will stand for the lunch rut no longer. We will not eat the SAME.BORING.SALAD every day. We will not resort to downing the ENTIRE bag of pita chips and container of hummus. We will finally pay attention to our board on Pinterest dedicated to Healthy Lunches & Snacks. We can do this. I believe in us.
Doesn’t it seem like lunch just gets neglected? I mean with all of the attention on breakfast (the first meal of the day) and dinner (the family meal) lunch just ends up being sandwiches and leftovers. But no more, my friends, no more. Although leftovers and I have had our differences, when Harper was born, I learned to embrace the leftovers. But sometimes it’s just nice to look forward to lunch. To be happy about what new, exciting flavor combo awaits you.
So today I’m dusting off that Pinterest board, taking a break from publishing a weekly dinner meal plan, and instead, I’m bringing you an easy+healthy+awesome lunch meal plan. YES. We can do this. Just say no to lunch ruts.
Alright, so the food. Lunch isn’t meant to be a whole production. With a one year old scaling the walls lunch needs to be easy – minimal assembly required. Lunch also needs to be baby and mom (and/or dad) friendly. Nobody needs to be making two separate meals here. Bonus: most of these recipes have components that can be made in advance or prepped in bulk for the week (quinoa, roasted red pepper sauce, hard-boiled eggs, chicken) and as always, these recipes use similar ingredients (kalamata olives, avocado, chicken, feta cheese, spinach, roasted red peppers) to help that grocery budget. Double Bonus: this meal plan can also work for dinner if you’re looking to keep things on the lighter side. Triple Bonus: if you’re looking for some lunches to take to work, these fit the bill as well. No more excuses. No more sad lunches.
A week of fun, healthy lunches in 3…2…1…
Meatless Monday: Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (can just add the peppers without making sauce to save time)
T: Zucchini Pizza Bites (serve with pita bread to make it more of a meal)
Th: Chicken Power Bowls (sub feta for goat cheese, add avocado)
Sat: Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich (with or without the salmon)
Sun: Naked Turkey Burger Bruschetta (make burgers for dinner and use leftovers for lunch)
Plus a fun, healthy treat to make that you can snack on throughout the week: Homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Lara Bars
Remember that you obviously don’t have to make everything on the menu. Even changing up one day a week can shake up your lunch game.
Which recipe this week sounds drool-worthy? What’s your go-to meal for lunch?