Lunch is the ultimate “middle child” of scheduled meals. It doesn’t get the same respect that breakfast and dinner receive. Breakfast is the “important” meal, and dinner’s clout comes from its importance as part-meal, part-evening ritual and part-family socializing time. Dinner and breakfast are the “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” to Jan Brady’s lunch.
Lunch’s relative anonymity is also due to its chronological bad luck – it’s stuck smack-dab in the middle of the work day. We’re much more likely to grab McDonald’s than prepare a meatloaf around noon.
The top ten healthy lunches will put lunch back on the map.
From savory side dishes to hearty lunches that rival the most filling dinners, these recipes are perfect for individuals (leftovers are always great the next day), couples and families.
Chili Lime Wings
Zesty chili (not too much) and the citrusy burst of lime make these wings an ideal bridge between breakfast dinner. They’re also great for party appetizers, too!
Chili for lunch? Won’t it take too long? Actually, this tasty non-bean chili from Mark’s Daily Apple takes surprisingly little time to prepare. You could also make it in the evening and have it for lunch the next day.
Zucchini Waffle Sandwiches
The name of this recipe alone is enough to grab your attention – and wait ‘til you try them! This one comes courtesy of The Saffron Girl, and it’s sure to become a go-to lunch option. Mix up the ingredients between the waffle “bread” for endless variety.
Mussels & Coconut Broth
Seafood lovers, rejoice! You have to love a lunch recipe with less than 10 ingredients and basically just one step. Don’t let that first ingredient scare you away – alternatively, you could try scallops, shrimp or lump crab meat in place of the mussels.
The folks over at Primal Palate always come up with a different take on cooking vegetables. Think turnips aren’t for you? Try this dish and expand your culinary horizons. Like the chili lime wings above, this is a great in-between meal snack.
BBQ just isn’t for dinner anymore. And this recipe utilized a pressure-cooker, which shaves significant time off of traditional rib recipes.
Meat Bowl Lunch
Sometimes, lunch requires extra innovation. We think an edible bowl, stuffed with whatever ingredients you have on hand, qualifies as an out-of-the-box (or bowl) lunch recipe.
South by Southwest Chicken Soup
Soup is the perfect lunch meal. And this slightly spicy, totally tasty chicken soup keeps the noon-time hunger at bay. Also works wonders as lunch the next day!
Side Dish: Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Black Garlic
Sweet potatoes and black garlic are a match made in heaven. If you can’t find black garlic, the regular stuff will suffice.
Dessert: Chocolate Pudding Pie
If you’re having a light dinner and looking for lunch dessert, try this recipe. Chocolate. Pudding. Pie. Need we say more?
We hope these recipes make your lunch a little more exciting. Remember, the mid-day meal deserves some respect, too. Thanks for reading the UCE blog! Urgent Care Extra has over 40 locations and can also help you with your weight loss goals with our Medical Weight Loss Program!