So since I’ve been on a healthy living kick lately I though I’d do a post with 5 easy and healthy lunch ideas. I’m all about easy food options, but if I let myself I’d probably end up mac and cheese right out of the pot. But instead I’m going to give you some ideas that are quick, easy and healthy for you. I also know that some of you may live in a dorm that isn’t allowed to have anything but a microwave. So this is going to be a mix of things that could work for everyone.
- DIY Starbucks Bistro Box – I have seen these at different Starbucks, and I love them don’t get me wrong. But paying $7-$8 on a big kids lunchable is pretty ridiculous. So why not make your own.
My first Homemade Starbucks “Bistro Boxes” Included:
- 2 hard boiled eggs
- 10 grapes
- 1/2 large strawberry
- 10 baby carrots
- 10 sugar snap peas
- 1 mini sweet pepper
- 2 Tbsp almond butter
- 1 ounce sharp cheddar cheese (not paleo and easy to leave out)
These Homemade Starbucks”Bistro Boxes” Include:
- 1 white peach (which I peeled and sliced)
- 10 blueberries
- 2 Tbsp hummus (not paleo, but we love hummus so make an occasional exception here)
- A few pieces of celery
- 1/3 bell pepper (mixed red and yellow)
- 3 ounces turkey deli meat
- 1 hard boiled egg.
The original post for these can be found here. I used the pictures from this site because for some reason I can’t find mine on my sd card.
Fiesta Chopped Salad – I love me a good salad, especially ones with tons of ranch, but I also know that isn’t always good for me.
Fiesta Chopped Salad
(serves 2 large salads, or 4 smaller side salads)
4 cups of your favorite lettuce, washed, dried and roughly chopped ( I used romaine and butter lettuce)
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1/2 cup black beans
1 large avocado, roughly chopped
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 cup cooked chicken, shredded or chopped. ( for vegetarian version, substitute with extra black, pinto or garbanzo beans)
Recommended Dressing: Homemade Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing
- Cowboy Caviar – I know there are some days that you just don’t feel like a heavy lunch but you still feel like you have the munchies. I love this cowboy caviar for just that reason. Depending on you likes you can leave out the onions or beans, but it tastes amazing with all of it. Be adventurous and try something new.
Cowboy Caviar Recipe
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained and rinsed or 1.5 cups of fresh corn
3 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 diced avocados
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped finely
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup Italian dressing
1. Place beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, onion and cilantro into a large mixing bowl.
2. Squeeze lime juice over the avocados so they don’t brown as quickly. Sprinkle on salt and pour in Italian dressing. Stir until well combined.
3. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for an hour to marinate flavors together. This is best served the same day. The avocado might start to brown the following day, but still tastes great!
4. Peanut Butter Apple “sandwiches” – I love this version of a alternative sandwich. You can use any type of apple and which ever peanut butter that is your favorite… or even some nutella if you want. Not to mention the extras like rasins or granola would make this so amazing! 2 circular apple slices & 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. It’s pretty self explanatory.
5. Wraps – Being the Mexican raised girl that I am, I pretty much love anything that comes in a tortilla. So I love wraps for this reason alone, the other reason is that you can put just about anything in a wrap and it will taste amazing. I’ve listed two different ones below, but have fun with it and enjoy.
Cobb Salad Wraps
- 1 cup chopped deli rotisserie chicken (from 2-lb chicken)
- 1 1/2 cups torn romaine lettuce
- 1/4 cup blue cheese dressing
- 1 small tomato, chopped (1/2 cup)
- 2 tablespoons cooked real bacon bits (from 3-oz jar)
- 1 hard-cooked egg, chopped
- 2 flour tortillas (10 inch)
- 1/2 avocado, peeled, sliced
- 1 In medium bowl, toss chicken, lettuce and dressing to coat. Stir in tomato, bacon and egg.
- 2 Place tortillas on large microwavable plate; cover with microwavable plastic wrap. Microwave on High 15 to 30 seconds to soften.
- 3 Spoon chicken mixture down center of each tortilla to within 1 inch of edges. Top with avocado slices. Fold opposite sides of tortilla up toward center about 1 inch over filling (sides will not meet in center); roll up tortilla, beginning at 1 open end. Cut diagonally in half. Secure with toothpick, if necessary. Serve immediately.
Southwestern Chicken Fajita Wrap
1 can (11 oz) Southwestern style corn, undrained
- 1 small tomato, seeded, chopped (1/3 cup)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
- 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
- 1 package (11 oz) Old El Paso™ flour tortillas for burritos (8 tortillas; 8 inch), heated as directed on package
- 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 oz)
- Old El Paso™ Thick ‘n Chunky salsa, if desired
- Sour cream, if desired
- 1 In medium bowl, stir together corn, tomato, red pepper and salt; set aside.
- 2 In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; sprinkle with cumin. Add onion; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- 3 Add bell pepper; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until chicken is no longer pink in center and bell pepper is crisp-tender.
- 4 To assemble each wrap, spoon 3/4 cup chicken mixture down center of warm tortilla. Top with 1/4 cup corn mixture; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese. Fold 2 sides of tortilla toward center; secure with toothpick. Serve with salsa and sour cream.
Well that’s it for this edition of eating easy and healthy. I hope I gave you some great ideas. If you decide to try any of these feel free to tag me on instagram (@tabithajeanett), snapchat (@tabbyja) or twitter. (@tabithajeanett) and show me how it went. Subscribe so you don’t miss any of my future posts.
Until Next Time!