The truth is your workday lunches have become a sad rotation of fast food, or left over spaghetti from last Sunday's dinner. We do understand your sentiments. It's been a long day, and you're already worn out from work, so making tomorrow's lunch isn't really in your schedule. So instead, you settle for what's easily there—crispy, deep fried chicken, mozzarella-filled pizza, or perhaps a quarter pounder patty burger.
It sounds so good, but so unhealthy. And it doesn't have to be that way all the time. You have loads of healthy options out there, and most of them you can fix in your kitchen.
To start off, here are simple, easy-to-make healthy yet delicious meals you can quickly prepare the night before that will surely make workday lunches something to look forward to.
Eggplant and Goat Cheese Sandwich
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Here's a tasty and high in dietary fiber meal for you. Other than fiber, eggplants are also a good source of Vitamin B1, B6, and potassium which is great for the kidney, and also relieving anxiety and stress. Wow!
You may peel the eggplants but it's looks prettier with the skin on.
All you'll need are eggplant, tomato, goat cheese, arugula, sandwich bread, and a dash of salt and pepper to taste.
Creamy Avocado Pasta
[caption id="attachment_4911" align="aligncenter" width="621"] Replenish your vitamin intake with just an avocado, or better yet an avocado pasta! (Photo from TastyYummies)[/caption]
Here's one healthy pasta recipe you'd surely love—avocado pasta! Heard of such thing? We neither. But when it's pasta, it's always a good idea. Avocado is full of nutrients (Vit. K, C, B5, Folate, Potassium, Iron, Zinc) which is why many health buffs love to mix this with their food. They often call it superfood because of its wide variety of nutrients. Best part of this is, it'll only take you 15 minutes to prepare.
All you need are pasta, lemon zest, garlic, basil, salt and pepper to taste, and avocado.
Crisp Tuna-Cabbage Salad
[caption id="attachment_4707" align="aligncenter" width="459"] Classic tuna sandwich with a twist. (Photo from thekitchn.com)[/caption]
Say goodbye to plain tuna salads, and hello to a crunch in every bite. This meal is healthier than you might think—it has protein from tuna, while the cabbage adds the fibers, potassium, and of course, the crisp. A great fix for your tuna cravings.
All you need are canned tuna, cabbage, chives, mayonnaise, plane yogurt, and black pepper.
Mushroom Fried Rice
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This one's a classic. You can never go wrong with leftover rice cooked to perfection. Plus, the mushrooms have an array of essential nutrients like vitamin B, potassium, just to name a few. It's also has an abundance of antioxidants, perfect for keeping you healthy.
All the basic things you'll need are cooked/leftover rice, olive oil, sliced mushrooms, garlic cloves, eggs, green onions, and soy sauce.
Whoever said egg sandwiches are overrated hasn't been paying attention to Gordon Ramsey. They have evolved, and they're yummier than ever. Check out Natalie Forte's version of a fantastic egg sandwich, and we dare you not to drool.
All you need are eggs, olive oil, onions, spinach, salt and pepper, cheese, sliced bread, and avocado (optional).
Broccoli & Feta Omelet with Toast
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Another one of 'em eggtastic meals, and it only takes 5 minutes to cook. This one packs a punch that will leave you energized and satisfied all throughout your day. The broccoli provides filling fiber (30 calories per serving), while the egg's loaded with protein that's perfect for your late-morning (or noontime) craving.
All you need are eggs, broccoli, feta cheese, pepper for seasoning, and whole wheat bread.
And there you have it folks—simple, delicious, and healthy (almost) lunches to bring to the office. No need to be the best chef in town to whip something as easy as this. All you need is an apron, a pinch of love, and a dash of dedication.