People say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but many people overlook lunch as an essential meal. Here are ten healthy dishes to have for lunch!
Creamy Pesto Pasta Bake
This healthy lunch dish will be a great addition to the lunchtime routine. It’s simple to make this dish. You will need pesto, mix basil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan, salt, and pepper in a food processor for about 45 seconds. Add in olive oil and process until combined and set aside. Then cook fusilli to very al dente, or about 3-4 minutes before the package instructs for cook time, then drain pasta. You will then want Halve cherry tomatoes, and In a skillet pan, mix fusilli, cherry tomatoes, and pesto. Finally, top with grated parmesan and mozzarella balls. Bake at 400° Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes, or until the mozzarella has melted. Add with parmesan and fresh basil. This is a healthy lunch option that everyone will enjoy!
Easy Fish Tacos
First, In a large bowl, combine green cabbage, red onion, sour cream, lime juice, and salt. Chill until ready to serve. People should mix cayenne, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Season each tilapia fillet on both sides with the seasoning mix. Over the flame, on medium-high heat, cook both fillets at a time for about eight minutes, flipping halfway. Repeat for the remaining fillets. Once finished, break up the fillets into bite-size pieces. Before serving, heat the tortillas in the pan over medium heat. Remove from the pan and assemble the tacos with the cabbage slaw and tilapia. Sprinkle with cilantro and lime juice, and enjoy.
Honey Soy Glazed Salmon
A great recipe to prepare for lunch is the honey soy glazed salmon. The mix of honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger flavors together will put your taste buds through a wild ride. First, place salmon in a sealable bag or medium bowl. In a measuring cup, mix and then marinade the ingredients. Once done, pour half of the marinade on the salmon and save the other half for later. Let the salmon marinate in the fridge for twenty to thirty minutes. In the medium pan, heat vegetable oil. Add the salmon to the pan, but don’t use the cooked marinade. Cook salmon on one side for about two to three minutes, then flip over and cook for an additional two minutes. Once cooked, remove the salmon from the pan and pour in the remaining marinade, and reduce. Serve the salmon with a side of vegetables and a nice dipping sauce. This healthy seafood dish will be light, tasty, and delicious.
Cucumber, Tomato, And Avocado Salad
Another great recipe to prepare for lunch is the cucumber, tomato, and avocado salad. This dish is easy to prepare. First, slice and then dice cucumbers and tomatoes. Open an avocado and remove the stone. Scoop out inside and dice. Peel and onion and remove the tops, then slice after the onion is peeled. Slice and place cilantro in a large salad bowl with previous ingredients. Toss with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Serve in a bowl and enjoy! The cucumber, tomato, and avocado salad will be suitable any time of year and for any meal. This is a great and healthy dish that everyone will love. Although this salad is not a very filling dish, it is healthy and has a great flavor.
Avocado Chicken Salad
Just like many lunch dishes on this list, the avocado chicken salad dish is an excellent healthy option for everyone to enjoy. This dish is easy to prepare as well. First, mix an avocado, yogurt, lime, garlic powder, pepper, and salt in a bowl. Mash the avocado to desired consistency. After the mixture is made, add onion, celery, jalapeño, and chicken into the avocado mixture and stir to coat evenly. Make sure the chicken is already pre-cooked before adding it to the mix. Serve on toast with an optional topping of sriracha, chili powder, or cilantro. If you are looking for a healthy option for lunch with a nice flavor and a little spice, look no further than the avocado chicken salad.
Chicken Fajita Salad
For those looking to spice up their lunch options, the chicken fajita salad is the healthy option that everyone will enjoy. Although this lunch dish is easy to prepare, many people should be forewarned from preparing this dish at work. Start with the oil in a pan over medium to high heat. Then cook the chicken, bell peppers, onion, salt, chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder for about five to six minutes. The key to this recipe is stirring constantly. Flip the chicken, and cook for another five to six minutes, until chicken is cooked and vegetables are a lovely color. After, remove from heat and slice the chicken into strips. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, brown sugar, chili, and salt, stirring until evenly mixed. Once cooked, place in a large bowl, toss the romaine lettuce with the chicken, peppers & onions, avocado, and dressing. Although this lunch dish is messy, this lunch dish will be flavorful.
Shrimp & Avocado Tostadas
Start with preheating the oven to 425 degrees. Ensure the corn tortillas on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and lightly brush both sides with olive oil. Once placed, bake the tortillas for 5 minutes and then flip them over and continue baking another 5 minutes. The tostadas should be brown and crispy. Set the pan aside to cool. During the tortillas cooking, cut up the shrimp and transfer it to a bowl. Add to the bowl of shrimp the cucumber, tomato, avocado, onion, lemon juice, lime juice, cilantro, and salt. Stir rapidly until the mixture is complete and blended. Marinate for 10-15 minutes, and then add the shrimp mixture onto the tostadas. This healthy dish is filled with flavor and spices that everyone will enjoy.
Cauliflower Fried Rice
First, Break down a head of cauliflower in a food processor until it’s the size of rice. Heat sesame oil over medium to high, and then add with garlic and fry until fragrant. After, add the chicken or tofu and cook until about 75% cooked. Do not forget to add the carrots and cauliflower. Stir until blended. Mix in peas if you want. Remember to place ingredients on the side of the pan. Add and pour in 2 whisked eggs and let it sit for ten seconds. Scramble the eggs, and fold them into the cauliflower rice. Season with pepper and add soy sauce. Once cooked, sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped onions. This lunch dish is healthy, fulfilling, and has a lot of flavors.
Start with heating olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add shrimp, sausage, salt, and pepper to taste, and cook thoroughly. Add crushed garlic and a diced jalapeño pepper. Leave the jalapeño seeds in for extra spice. Stir in chopped onion, peppers, celery until they’re soft. Add chicken stock, tomatoes, rice, Cajun seasoning, bay leaf, dried thyme, cayenne pepper, and stir. Cover and simmer the stew for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure the rice doesn’t burn at the bottom of the pan. Once the rice is cooked, add in shrimp and season with salt and pepper, then continue simmering until the shrimp are cooked through.
Just like many lunch dishes on this list, the chicken wrap dish is an excellent healthy option for everyone to enjoy. It’s super easy to prepare. Start with placing two slices of provolone on a whole wheat tortilla, followed by lettuce, shredded chicken, sliced tomatoes, and ranch dressing. Roll into a wrap and place in a reusable container with fruits and veggies for sides. It’s that simple. Although this lunch dish is very light, it is very fulfilling. People will enjoy this healthy lunch dish at work, on the beach, or the go.
Those are few healthy dishes to have for lunch. Do you like our recommendations? Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comment section below?
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Hello! My name is Bryan Eglesia, and I am a Sports Writer/Digital Media Content Producer from the San Francisco Bay Area. I began my career as a contributor and reporter for the Reynolds School of Journalism in Reno, Nevada, where I developed many skills critical in Journalism and Sports Journalism. I'm passionate about storytelling in sports, through the spoken and written word, and I have a determined mindset to succeed in the Media Broadcasting field.