Lunch is probably the most neglected meal of the day. Lunch does not have to be unhealthy, annoying and expensive. These healthy lunch recipes ideas are simple and should provide you with useful basic ideas to improvise upon them.
Best lunch recipes ideas
1. TASTY SPICY PASTA SALAD RECIPE
This recipe is wonderful for anyone on a gluten-free diet.
In a bowl, cover the packaged broad rice noodles with boiling water and let it cook for approximately 5 minutes. Then when done, rinse in cold water and drain it.
To the bowl, add finely sliced baby carrots, one small handful of broccoli florets, one finely sliced cucumber, 1/2 finely sliced yellow bell pepper, five quartered cherry tomatoes.
For the dressing, add one large handful of fresh minced coriander which will be added right when you are ready to eat, combine one tablespoon of mango chutney, two tablespoons of soy sauce, two tablespoons of sesame oil and one tablespoon of orange juice.
After mixing the dressing with the noodles, sprinkle a small handful of chopped peanuts on top. Then serve. Best served when hot.
2. MICROWAVE MEXICAN CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE
In a bowl, combine one teaspoon of fajita seasoning mix, one pinch of cumin and salt & pepper to taste. Coat six ounces of skinless, boneless chicken breast with the seasoning mixture and microwave for 6 minutes.
In a blender, mix one cup of nonfat sour cream, one cup of salsa and pulse until smooth not too thick. To serve, cut the chicken into 1 1/2 inch pieces, toss it with one small chopped lettuce, 1/12 cup of canned corn (drained) then top with salsa dressing. Best served when hot.
3. PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICH RECIPE
Begin by toasting two slices of whole-wheat bread.Spread two tablespoons of chunky peanut butter on one slice of the sliced bread.Slice the banana and arrange the above the peanut butter.
Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Top with bacon bits (real is better, use turkey bacon for low fat), add the second slice of toast, and it's ready to eat. It is mostly accompanied with a glass of juice or even a cup of hot coffee.
4. OLIVE GARDEN CHICKEN MARSALA RECIPE
Pound chicken breasts till it's a quarter inch thick. Season the chicken breasts with a mixture of salt, black pepper, flour, and oregano. In a frying pan heat both the butter and oil.
Cook the chicken for two minutes while turning and later add the mushrooms until they both turn slightly brown. Add one cup of either red or white wine to the mix. Then simmer the mixture for approximately 10 minutes. Then serve while still hot.
5. BENIHANA JAPANESE FRIED RICE RECIPE
boil two cups of water then later add rice and salt. Reduce heat and cover for 20 minutes. Let cool in refrigerator. Scramble eggs in a small pan and separate into small chunks. Add peas, carrots, eggs, and onions to cooked rice in a bowl.
On a medium heat melt the butter in a frying pan. Dump the bowl of rice and other ingredients and add soy sauce and cook. Then serve it while still hot.
6. MEXICAN PIZZA WEDGES WITH CHICKEN
This "pizza" lunch recipe uses corn tortillas as the crust, and the toppings are typical Mexican ingredients. Feel free to alter the ingredients any way you like. This warming and satisfying snack makes a delicious lunch.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Thin slice the chicken breast with a kitchen knife and saute them in half the oil until cooked through, then stir in the taco seasoning mix and salsa. Fry the corn tortillas in the remaining oil in another skillet, one by one, for half a minute or until they are crisp.
Drain on paper towels and arrange them on a baking sheet. Spread the beans over the corn tortillas, then the chicken, chilies, green onions, 8 oz. of the cheese, olives, and tomatoes. Bake for twenty minutes, and then cut the tortillas into wedges.
Spread the sour cream and guacamole on top, sprinkle over the rest of the cheese and serve the pizza wedges warm.
7. TOMATO AND MOZZARELLA WRAP
Put the tortilla on a flat surface. Apply some cream cheese or mayonnaise on the tortilla. Arrange sliced tomato, mozzarella and spinach at the center of the tortilla.
Wrap it up into a burrito and its ready to eat. You can either eat it cold or heated in the microwave. Best served with a cooling glass of juice; a flavor of your choice.
With the above lunch recipes ideas, you are up for a highly balanced diet and health living that are easy to prepare anytime instead of buying hence it is less expensive.