Category Archives: Lunch

Sheet Pan Cashew Chicken

I love sheet pan meals! All in one, quick to make and clean up is a breeze!

https://lifemadesweeter.com/cashew-chicken-sheet-pan/

I left a few ingredients out (hoisin sauce and sesame oil) but this dish is delicious! You can swap out the veggies and use what you have on hand or those that your family likes.

I used red peppers and broccoli but the options are endless. I like to serve it over brown rice or quinoa. I love these boil in a bag items:

Enjoy!

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Bento Boxes

Have you heard of this fun lunch idea? Bento boxes are a Japanese style packed lunch that is appealing, nutritious, filling and delicious! It’s a perfect solution for an easy on the go meal.  It’s not a new idea, just a quick and portable way to prepare a healthy balanced meal.

Practical yet fun storage containers are available at Amazon, SAMS club or local retail stores. Simply add an ice pack in the morning and it’s ready! The basic idea is to combine fresh items; protein, carbs, fruit and veggies and maybe a small dessert or treat. There are endless ideas on Pinterest that can be adapted to your family tastes. You might also search under “bistro boxes” for more results.

Similar pre-made lunch/snack boxes are available at cafes or grocery stores but it’s going to be more expensive than making your own. I prefer to meal prep to save money and guarantee that the food is really fresh!

I could go on and on about this lunch idea because it’s so easy, fresh and healthy! Here’s a great pic to help you get started.

Bistro Chicken Pasta Salad

I’m always looking for new lunch ideas that don’t need reheated.  Especially in the summer, it’s refreshing to enjoy a chilled delicious lunch.  My husband has recently started traveling daily for work and his office (his car) doesn’t have a microwave and it’s not always convenient for him to go to one of his stores to use their break area.  So, for this reason I’ve been constantly searching for healthy, delicious cold lunches….something other than boring cold sandwiches.  


We recently tried this chicken pasta salad and it’s a keeper!  So simple and fresh, it’s quick and easy to put together the night before.  

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/bistro-chicken-pasta-salad-53126.aspx?cm_mmc=Social-_-Pinterest-_-Ahalogy-_-53126
Instead of feta, I used fresh mozz balls.  We added a few crackers on the side and a cup of cold applesauce.

Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad


I’m always anxious to try new salad ideas and new dressings, especially if it’s a chicken salad!  


I’m not sure if I messed up this buffalo sauce or if it’s meant to be super spicy but Wow!!  It’s delicious but hot, even mixed with all the veggies.  If I make it again, I think I will add extra honey to cut the heat a little.  I like spicy foods but this one was too much on a salad.  Add a few crackers and applesauce for a filling and healthy meal.  

https://cleanfoodcrush.com/eat-clean-buffalo-chicken-cob-salad/

Pizza Tortellini Salad

It seems there are a million pasta salad recipes going around recently.  And for good reason, who doesn’t love a cold pasta salad especially on a hot day?  This recipe is full of flavor and very filling.  The homemade dressing is a little strong when you first make it but it settles nicely for a great flavor!  Keeps well for a few days in a sealed container.  


Enjoy!

http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2017/06/pizza-tortellini-salad/

Turkey Roll Ups


These little roll ups are a great cold lunch idea….easy to make and delicious! Add some cut up veggies and fruit for a quick lunch. The turkey is paired with a yummy spread made of cream cheese and cranberry sauce. These would also be great party appetizers, sliced and served on a pretty tray. Plan ahead so the wrapped roll ups have time to chill for awhile before slicing.
https://www.culinaryhill.com/turkey-rollups-with-cranberry-cream-cheese/

Taco Lunch Bowls

This might be my new favorite lunch!  

This lunch is full of fresh ingredients and great flavor!  I wasn’t crazy about using brown rice but I used the boil in a bag method and added a little salt and lime zest to the water, just as the recipe says.  It turned out fluffy, not dry and flavorful.  Brown rice is full of vitamins and nutrients and fiber which keeps you full longer.  It’s also a great source of whole grains.  

I really like the fresh salsa mix of cherry tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno and lime juice.  So fresh and delicious!  I added a few crushed tortilla chips and a little cheddar cheese on top.  


This recipe makes 4 servings.  I love to meal prep so lunch is ready for a couple days.  

http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2017/01/turkey-taco-lunch-bowls-meal-prep.html