With the beginning of the school year for many, packable lunches are high on the list. While my normal lunch routine involves re-purposing leftovers from dinner like we do in the meal plans, sometimes it helps to have a few easy recipes or ideas up your sleeve for quick and easy lunches. Here are some of my favorites, what are yours?
1. Curried Chicken or Chickpea Salad: While most of today's items are more ideas than specific recipes, I wanted to include at least one recipe for one of my all time favorites lunches. Using either rotisserie chicken or chickpeas, yogurt curry powder, and grapes - you can make the most delicious salad that will hold up multiple days in the fridge. Have it on toasted bread, over greens, in a wrap, stuffed in a tomato, or wrapped in lettuce or kale for different lunches everyday.
2. BTLA Wraps: Looking forward to a BLTA is enough to get me through a busy morning. For a low calorie version layer light bread or a low carb wrap (2-3 PointsPlus®, 100 calories) with 1/4 avocado (2 PointsPlus®, 80 calories), lettuce, sliced tomato, and either turkey bacon, reduced calorie regular bacon, or vegetarian bacon (2-3 PointsPlus®, 100 calories) for an amazing lunch. My personal favorite bacon to add is the Peppered Turkey Bacon from Trader Joes.
3. Mediterranean Plates: When I need something quick, I usually make some version of a Mediterranean plate. My plate usually involves lots of chopped veggies (carrots, celery, cucumbers, and red peppers) with 1/4 cup hummus (3 PointsPlus®, 110 calories), 5 black olives (3 PointsPlus®, 30 calories) and 1/2 cup of store bought or homemade Tabouli (3 PointsPlus®, 100 calories).
4. Pinwheel Sandwiches: Rather than making a simple wrap, I like to make pinwheels instead. Essentially it is the same thing, but something about eating multiple pinwheels feels more satisfying than one wrap. Just layer a wrap or tortilla (2-3 PointsPlus®, 100 calories) with your favorite deli meat (4 oz. for 2-4 PointsPlus, 100-150 calories), lots of fresh veggies, your favorite mustard or light dressing and roll. Then cut horizontally into pinwheels and be on your way. Try one with light cream cheese, deli ham, cucumbers, lettuce, and thinly sliced apples.
5. Kitchen Sink Salads: Since I almost always have greens in my fridge, a salad is a great option. It can be topped with leftover proteins, canned beans, canned tuna, or tofu for protein. Then add whatever chopped veggies or fruit you have around and light dressing for a healthy lunch. I usually like towards Asian flavors in my salads by adding chopped cilantro, edamame, mandarin oranges, sprouts, and a sesame ginger dressing.