It’s been a hectic morning and lunch is sounding pretty good right now. Sadly, today’s crazy day has you craving for more than the leafy rabbit food that awaits you. If you fast-food it, you’ll fall off the “eat healthier” resolution bandwagon. But if you succumb to the boring salad that awaits you, chances are, you’ll binge eat on all that’s bad when you get home. So what’s a girl to do?
Well, say goodbye to your boring, sorry excuse-for-a-lunch, iceberg salad! Because we at West of the 5Ohh have found 10 fast and easy lunch ideas to make that are NOT salads!
Baked Honey Sriracha Lime Salmon If you’re an all-things-hot-and-spicy kinda gal, then you’re gonna love this recipe. The lovely and talented Tiffany Azure of Creme de la Crumb, says it’s one of her favorite recipes, Tiffany swears it’ll be your new go-to brown bag fave. (Courtesy of Creme de la Crumb)
Chipotle Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken Wings Normally, I’d save this recipe for Super Bowl Sunday, but when it comes to chicken wings, all bets are off. We’re always down for some good ‘ol slow cooked BBQ wings. Add white rice to pair and you’ve got a full-on meal to see you through your crazy-busy workday. (Courtesy of Climbing Grier Mountain)
Sundried Tomato Lemon Chicken There are a number of reasons why I add sundried tomatoes to just about every dish I make. For starters, their characteristically sweet taste livens up any dish with an explosion of flavor. But don’t take my word for it. This recipe incorporates a brilliantly orchestrated array of flavors that is not only healthy, but is packed with nutrients and antioxidants, thanks in part to our friend, the sundried tomato. (Courtesy of The Whole Cook)
Spring Veggie Stir-Fry I love this recipe because it calls for all that’s healthy, clean, and colorful. And it calls for ingredients that can be found at your local farmer’s market. So grab your recyclable bag and head out for a fun-filled day at the market perusing Mother Earth’s bounty. (Courtesy of COOKIE + kate)
Garlic Shrimp Asparagus Skillet A huge shout out to Primavera Kitchen’s lovely founder, Olivia, for sharing this gluten free, low-carb, one-pan-wonder. When time is of the essence, but you don’t want to compromise on taste or nutritional value, this recipe checks off both boxes. And bonus: it takes less than 25 minutes from beginning to end. (Courtesy of Primavera Kitchen)
Pasta with Snap Peas, Basil, and Spinach This one-pot-wonder (do you sense a theme here?) is a great stand-alone meal packed with all of the season’s colorful ingredients. However, if you’re a carnivore at heart like me, throw in some leftover chicken or turkey breast to complete this protein-packed nourishing meal. (Courtesy of Delish)
Chili Lime Chicken Wraps with Mango Avocado Salsa Coming from So. Cal., it’s hard not to be obsessed with wraps. With the strong influences of So Cal’s Hispanic community, it’s no wonder tortillas have become a popular substitute for bread. So when you can’t decide what to pack for the day’s lunch, just whip out this recipe and you’ve got yourself a super-fast, super-delicious meal that won’t disappoint. (Tastes Better from Scratch)
Spaghetti with Clams Dubbed the “hottest demographic in the labor market” by AARP, women (and men) are working not only past traditional retirement age but into their 70s, 80s and sometimes beyond. With that said, is it any wonder we have no desire to spend time cooking up a long, drawn-out recipe after a long day at the office? Today’s wonder women want nutritious meals packed with flavor, but don’t require lots of prep time. Which is why we had to share this amped-up spaghetti recipe as your salad alternative. (Courtesy of Family Circle)
Pork Chops with Sweet & Sour Glaze New York transplant, Chungah Rhee, is the curator and founder of Damn Delicious, where she delivers the promise of taking you on a culinary adventure using simple, fresh ingredients and transforming them into sophisticated and elegant meals for the everyday home cook. After having tried this recipe, I can attest to her claim. It’s gonna take lunch to a whole new level. (Courtesy of Damn Delicious)
Quick Pineapple Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice This delicious low-carb recipe is packed with an abundance of protein and flavor. It is so fast and easy to make, it’ll become your new grab-and-go lunchtime meal. After all, who has the time to cook in this so-called “adulting” life. (Courtesy of Cotter Crunch)