Ditch your plain-old sandwich for one of these veggie-packed lunch options. Great-tasting, nutritious and packed with energy to perk up your afternoon.
Weekday lunches are all about ease, health and portability. Whether you’re packing a lunch for the office or grabbing a bite between errands, your lunch shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to prepare.
ADOBE CHICKEN WRAP
Wraps are a healthier alternative to doughy sandwich bread. The best part? You can fill a wrap with almost anything for a portable lunch. Try wrapping up veggies, lunch meats, chicken salad, marinated veggies or even leftovers. Add some extra condiments like salsa, mayo, mustard or salad dressing to liven up the flavors. Combine whole kernel corn, black beans, salsa and sour cream to leftover chicken for quick and delicious adobe chicken wraps.
GRILLED SHRIMP & WILD RICE SALAD
Salads are a healthy lunchtime staple, but they can get boring if you rely on the same ingredients everyday. Adding quinoa or rice to a bed of greens gives you energy in the form of carbohydrates, and makes for a more filling and satisfying lunch. Use a unique dressing, like the lime-and-honey concoction on this garlic shrimp and wild rice salad to avoid getting bored by the usual Ranch or Balsamic.
ITALIAN LAYERED SALAD
Even if you’re relying on your staple salad ingredients, try to combine and serve them in different ways. For example, a chopped salad makes it easy to take small bites and really mix up your flavors. An Italian layered salad of broccoli slaw, lettuce, peppers and garbanzo beans is best when chilled for a few hours, which makes it a great mid-week lunch option: simply prepare it in the morning or the night before.