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9 Healthy Lunch Ideas That You Can Easily Make at Home

By Betty Gold | May 22, 2020 | Real Simple

We're willing to bet you've been a victim of a #saddesklunch. We've all been there—at the office or when working from home. We know how unfortunate it can be to sit at your desk faced with a bowl of cereal for lunch (string cheese on the side, amirite?), or worse: a soggy spinach salad you should have tossed last Wednesday.

Let's live a little and kick your noontime nosh up a notch. How? By getting these nine better-for-you recipes into the rotation any time you need a little healthy lunch pick-me-up

Caesar Salad With Yogurt-Parmesan Dressing

Caesar Salad With Yogurt-Parmesan Dressing

This Caesar salad’s dressing is made with yogurt, which packs probiotics for a healthy gut. It’s cheesy, delicious, and doubles as a dip for cut up veggies or chips.

Get the recipe: Caesar Salad With Yogurt-Parmesan Dressing

Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Here, chickpeas roll in for a vegetarian version of a chicken salad sandwich (read: not your grandmother's). If you want to lighten it up, swap yogurt for the mayo. Once you try it you'll be eating it daily—it’s so quick, you'll have no excuse not to make it.

Get the recipe: Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Sweet Potato and Kale Tortilla Soup

Sweet Potato-and-Kale Tortilla Soup

This comforting bowl of tortilla soup is made righteous (and anti-inflammatory) with heart-healthy sweet potatoes and kale. Have it with or without the shredded rotisserie chicken. The softened corn tortillas plump up in the broth and go deliciously with the crispy ones on top. Avocado, radishes, and cilantro freshen it up, but are totally optional.

Get the recipe: Sweet Potato and Kale Tortilla Soup

Celery and Apple Salad With Toasted Buckwheat

Celery and Apple Salad With Toasted Buckwheat

Celery, apple, and toasted buckwheat pack a variety of tasty textures that make this healthy lunch extremely satisfying. Toasted buckwheat is a fun and nutritious add-on that fits into a gluten-free diet. Bonus: this healthy pick doesn't wilt like other salads by the time the clock hits lunchtime.

Get the recipe: Celery and Apple Salad With Toasted Buckwheat

Cauliflower Tartine With Romesco Sauce

Roasted and Pickled Cauliflower Sandwiches With Romesco

This delicious open-faced sandwich may look fancy, but we promise it's super easy to make. You'll start with the delicious combination of Romesco and cauliflower, then add golden raisins and fresh parsley to the mix for a bright—and subtly sweet—kick. Don't love one (or both)? No problem: you can use cilantro and chopped dates instead.

Get the recipe: Roasted and Pickled Cauliflower Sandwiches With Romesco

Green Chilaquiles

Green Turkey Chilaquiles

Complete with homemade oven-baked tortilla chips and a green enchilada sauce, this recipe for chilaquiles is about to become your new go-to for lunch leftovers. The sauce adds moisture back to the turkey meat, and thinly sliced radishes bring all the fresh crunch. Add a fried egg on top to give it an extra kick.

Get the recipe: Green Chilaquiles

Slow-Roasted Citrus Salmon

Slow-Roasted Citrus Salmon Recipe

A gorgeous side of salmon deserves a worthy preparation, like this recipe, in which you’ll slow-roast a side of salmon sandwiched between layers of lemon and orange slices, topped with sprigs of dill and oil.

Get the recipe: Slow-Roasted Citrus Salmon

Eggplant Mushroom "Meatball" Sub

Eggplant Mushroom Meatball Sub

These meatless Eggplant Mushroom "Meatball" Subs are so satisfying, we guarantee you'll wonder why you ever bothered with meatball sandwiches that actually contain meat. The eggplant and mushrooms each pack plenty of delicious savory flavor and serve as a solid source of fiber, too.

Get the recipe: Eggplant Mushroom "Meatball" Subs

Slow-Cooker Bean and Spinach Enchiladas

Slow-Cooker Bean and Spinach Enchiladas

We found a method of making this delicious dish without the extra work of cooking the filling, then rolling, then baking: the slow cooker. If you're feeling a bit tired of eating leftover tacos for lunch, these easy enchiladas are the perfect swap.

Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Bean and Spinach Enchiladas

This article was written by Betty Gold from Real Simple and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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