Post # 1
I am trying to eat healthier and one way I feel I could do that is with my lunches. I would like some ideas of healthy ideas for the “main portion” of my work lunch. I currently eat things such as sandwiches, or a 1/4 cold quiche or 1/4 cold pizza. Ideally I would like something I can make at the beginning of the week and will give me at least a few days worth, if not all week, before I have to make it again.
The facilities for cooking/warming food are not wonderful at my place of work so it has to be food that can be eaten cold.
If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, I would love to hear them!
Post # 3
@FromA2B2013: I’m interested in this as well, although I do have access to a microwave. HATE salad, though. 🙂
Post # 4
I personally enjoy chicken breast and broccoli — I even eat it ice cold. I usually stir fry it with a tiny bit of olive oil and a sprinkle of Mrs. Dash and make a whole bunch of it. I’ll go through it in less than a week.
What about roast beef or pot roast? Both are excellent cold, especially over toast with a smidge of thin gravy. Of course there are salads but those get boring quickly. You can cube up some squash, cheese, and raw veggies (I love cauliflower) and give it a light toss with some olive oil or some vinegrette dressing. What about some pre-made beef or chicken burritos?
ETA: Stuffed tomatos, egg salad, hard boiled eggs, some raw nuts (Pistachios, walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts?) A whole avocado, fruit salad, jerky, maybe a pasta salad, meatloaf, peanut butter & bananas, hummus or cottage cheese (Another favorite of mine), dates, lasagna..
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
Quinoa! (: So tasty, extremely filling, complete protein, naturally gluten free, total superfood AND it tastes good too! I love mine cold with cucumber, feta cheese, red onion, and radish. It’s also good warm with pieces of pork chop or chicken breast.
Post # 6
I like cold soup.
Or fruit with peanut butter!
Or (if you have a fridge), Greek yogurt with cereal! (Use the yogurt instead of milk)
Post # 7
Commenting to follow! I never know what to bring for a healthy lunch either other than the obvious salad.
Post # 8
@Hyperventilate: Oh man, I forgot about a good, tangy egg-salad sandwich and now my mouth is literaly watering!!
Post # 9
Do you have access to a kettle?
Not your ususal lunch group, but oatmeal is super healthy and filling.
I have glass tupperware with a rubber lid that I use:
– bring 1/3 cup of dry instand oatmeal to work.
– bring your measuring spoon with you (they have one for me at work).
– boil water in a kettle
– add 2/3 of hot water in, stir, and put on the lid for 10 min.
Enjoy your hot (well, warm) meal 🙂
It’s real nice with a side of fruit.
Post # 10
I usually make very healthy dinners and intentionally make more than I need so that I can take leftovers. That ensures that I’m eating something healthy for lunch AND I don’t have to put in the extra time or effort to make lunch (yes, I’m lazy).
Post # 11
@nber0815: I do that too :), but OP doesn’t really have access to a micro-wave.
Post # 12
Get a really good thermos and you can eat hot foods for lunch! Soups, stews, stir fry, rice dishes, etc.
Post # 13
I know this isn’t exactly what you’re looking for (because it’s sort of a sandwich) but one of the best lunches I’ve made recently was a variation of bagel and lox. I used bagel chips instead of an actual bagel, smoked salmon, capers and red onion. However, instead of cream cheese I used an avocado spread. 1 avocado, tablespoon of lemon juice, salt and pepper mixed together. Was DELICIOUS and tasted amazing cold.
Also, fried chicken tastes fantastic cold! But doesn’t really meet your “healthy” requirement :-/.
Post # 14
Oh, and how could I forget good old chicken pasta salad? I used to make this all the time when I was a teacher. Lasts forever, gets better each day as the flavors “meld” and tastes great cold!
There are lots of recipes out there, but I usually do a 1lb of boneless chicken breast (cubbed and sauteed), turkey bacon bits, bow-tie pasta, green pepper, red pepper, yellow onion, celery, lemon juice, poppyseed dressing, salt, pepper and whatever else I have on hand that I want to toss in. You could always use a different kind of dressing and/or gluten free or whole wheat pasta to make it healthier.
Post # 15
I actually really like salads for lunch-is that weird? Haha. I prep all 5 on Sunday night. Sometimes it’s caprese salad (bocconchini cheese, whatever veg I have) or Greek (chicken?) salad.
Quinoa/couscous with veg and a lean protein thrown in (tuna, chicken, fish) drizzled with lemon juice, salt, pepper, oregano,etc.
I make sure I also have enough snacks during the day so I’m not starving. Babybell cheese, apples, bananas, hummus and veg/pita (you could even take this as the main).
Try drinking at least a full cup of water 20min before hand so that you can eliminate the feeling of hunger vs thirst.