Around the World Black Bean Burgers – The black beans as a base will leave you feeling satisfied for several hours, and the mix of spices will have you returning to this time and time again as your new go-to lunchtime burger. They’ve used whole wheat flatbread in the picture, which helps to cut down on the carbs, and also gives it a nice presentation. They say that it tastes great with a side of kale, and that’s an easy way to add a lot of nutrients to the meal.
Quinoa, Beet and Chickpea Burgers – Quinoa is the star of the show here, but you also have to love the fact that they’ve incorporated beets into this recipe so you’re getting two superfoods acting in harmony between one bun. The beets give it an amazing color that you probably haven’t seen on a burger before. The chickpeas act to add even more texture and their own flavor so you won’t have to worry about feeling like you’re missing out on meat.
Pizza is great anytime of the day, and it also works great as a lunch item. The trick is that you have to make it in a healthy way, but also make it delicious. Try these recipes for fast and delicious pizza that won’t weigh you down the rest of the day.
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15-Minute Mini Veggie Pizzas – This is a great pizza to make when you’re on a time crunch, which usually happens around lunchtime. By the time most pizzas are going in the oven this pizza is going into your mouth. The use of a pita for the crust takes out the crust-making time, and the use of simple, wholesome veggies keeps it healthy and makes it super easy to make. It’s also versatile, allowing you to put any veggies you choose on it.
Veggie White Pizzas – Using a mushroom for the crust is starting you off on the right foot, since you won’t be getting the carbs associated with pizza crust. The cheese is Parmesan, and they recommend using organic ricotta and mozzarella. If you’re in the mood for a delicious white pizza, this is the way to go. The mushroom and eggplant balance out the cheese you’re using, and if you keep it organic it’s not as bad for you as it might seem.
Mango Basil Personal-Sized Tortilla Pizzas – Here’s a fun lunch because you get your very own personal pizza, just like at a restaurant. It’s very creative because they’re using a tortilla as the crust, keeping it easy, delicious, and healthy. The mango and basil go together nicely. The tomato sauce gives you lycopene and there’s just enough cheese used to make it a pizza, without going overboard and making it fattening.
Skinny Pizza Rolls – We had to do a double take with this recipe, because everyone likes a good pizza roll, but it’s usually a guilty pleasure. Here’s a way to get the same sort of flavor without having to run an extra mile at the gym. The total cook time on this is about 30 minutes so this is a lunchtime or snack option that won’t have you working away in the kitchen. They say this is an award-winning recipe, and it’s easy and yummy to see why.
Peach, Arugula, and Ricotta Pizza – Peaches on a pizza? You’ll be a believer too once you try it out. The arugula adds its signature peppery taste to the dish, so what you’re left with is a sweet and spicy and cheesy result. It’s not your typical pizza, but it’s easy to get used to. They have a recipe for a balsamic reduction, and it’s highly recommended that you go with this option for added flavor, and a splash of dark color to contrast the light dough.
Rolls and Wraps
Rolls and wraps are great because they’re portable, so if you’re doing an on-the-go lunch you’ll be glad you packed these. They provide a well-rounded meal and are also healthy and taste great. They are also great for packed lunches, often retaining their shape well.
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Soba Noodle Salad Rolls with Peanut Sauce – Here’s a salad that’s a roll, packed with noodles and peanut sauce to give it an Asian theme. The soba is a buckwheat noodle that’s big in Japan, and when mixed with the likes of carrots and peppers you’re going to get lots of different flavors competing for your attention. The peanut sauce makes a nice addition and adds some novelty to the meal.
Shrimp and Avocado Summer Rolls – These take spring rolls to a whole new level by adding a good dose of protein from the shrimp, and some nice texture and healthy fat from the avocado. If you’re used to vegetable spring rolls, you’ll appreciate the subtle flavors of the shrimp and avocado, and how they still let you taste the cabbage, cucumber, and carrots in these rolls.
Greek Veggie Wraps – These wraps resemble a Greek salad all wrapped up and portable for an on-the-go lunch. Bursting with flavor from items like olives, tomatoes, onions, and spinach, you’re looking at 10 minutes total to put this together. Make it enough times and you can definitely get your time down. The tomato wraps add flavor to the meal, and help you skip the bread, which often adds too many calories and carbs to a meal.
Spicy Chicken Wrap – The chicken in this gets tucked away in a nice bed of arugula so it wouldn’t be the main focus if it weren’t for the spiciness which comes via sriracha sauce mixed with mayo. Use a teaspoon of mayo instead of a tablespoon to cut down on the calories and fat instantly. You can also sub in chicken breast instead of the drumstick for a better protein. The rest of the recipe is good to go, and this is one way to eat healthy at lunch.
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