Lunch always seems to be the meal getting the shaft. I’m either busy with housework, or still full from a late breakfast because I’m too worried about getting everyone else fed. Before I know it, 10 o’clock rolls around and I’m all, “Hey! I should probably eat something if I want to get rid of this hanger!” Or we are out and about and grabbing something from the dollar menu. (Am I supposed to talk about things such as evil fast food joints on a food blog? Is that one of the unspoken rules I am breaking or don’t know about?) When I am home, I always try to eat clean, so I thought I’d share some of my go-to quick and healthy lunch ideas!
Fig and Beet Salad. Throw together 2 cups of mixed greens with some diced red onion, one chopped beet, two sliced figs, and a handful of feta cheese.The combination of the sweet and tangy flavors are gettin’ figgy wit it—Big Willie Style.
Quinoa Veggie Bowl. I always keep a batch of pre-cooked quinoa in my fridge for lunches. Veggie bowls are the quickest and tastiest way to go. For this one, mix one cup of quinoa, one cubed avocado, 1/2 cup of sliced tomatoes, and 1/4 cup of sliced almonds. Drizzle with some balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. I love this one from my head tomatoes.
Roasted Eggplant with Grilled Veggies. There are few more delightful things than fried eggplant. I make mine with butter, obviously. I know that isn’t an immaculately healthy choice, but frying it in coconut oil is! Both equally delicious, and it gives the eggplant a soft yet crispy texture. Grill some radishes and cucumber, and throw them on top for a radishing display of food.
Caprese Salad. I know this is generally eaten as an appetizer, but it surprisingly makes a filling lunch. Slice one tomato, 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese, and toss it with a couple handfuls of fresh basil leaves. I was having a Jackson Pollock moment with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Guess I should take my act to Art Basil this year. (This is absolutely my best pun work yet. I’m giving myself two thumbs up and a pat on the back.)
Strawberry and Cucumber Quinoa Salad. Once upon a time I threw a bunch of random stuff from my refrigerator onto a plate, and this is the magic that ensued. One cup of quinoa, 1 cup of sliced strawberries, and a few slices of cucumber topped with feta cheese and balsamic vinegar. Cuencumbered this salad is not! Be free with your salad pairings, my friends!
I hope these healthy lunch ideas are ones you will try in order to switch up the ole’ routine. Also, be sure to follow along on with The Butter Half on Instagram and Snapchat (@thebutterhalf) for daily meal ideas and inspiration!