Breakfast is often called “the most important meal of the day” and we find ourselves planning ahead and giving consideration to family dinners. But then there’s lunch, that mid day meal battling with meetings, nap schedules, activities, pick ups and drop offs. It is often the sudden stomach growl or dizziness that reminds us “We forgot to make lunch!”. So, here are our top 5 lunches ready in under 20 minutes. Each recipe can be assembled in minutes, or prepared ahead to have on hand when hunger strikes, or when you have ten free minutes to sit and eat.
These recipes travel well and once preprared, can be enjoyed multiple times throughout the week. Time savers and lunch savers! They are perfect for you or your whole family. All they require is a little prep and your fridge will be stocked for a week of delicious lunches.
Wrap me UP: Collard Green Protein Wrap with Vegan Pesto
*1 Collard Green Leaf or Romaine Leaf or Nori Seaweed
*½ handful of any microgreens or sprouts
*Shredded vegetables: carrots, cabbage, broccoli, zucchini, radish all work well!
*1 tbsp of sauerkraut (get your probiotics in!)
*1 tbsp hemp seeds or 1 tsp chia seeds
*Add any lean protein of your choice. We suggest grilled chicken breasts or fish, hard-boiled eggs, beans, etc.
Layer bottom of wrap with our pesto, hummus or djon mustard. Add veggies and ROLL!
Nourish Superfood Salad Bowl with Turmeric Tahini Dressing
Base: Spinach, Kale, Arugula, Cabbage, Any Leafy Green or Combo of all
*Veggies: 1 cup carrots, celery, tomatoes, radish, peppers, microgreens, etc.
*Healthy Fats: ¼ cup of avocado, nuts/seeds or olives
*1 tsp each: chia, flax and hemp seeds
*Optional: ¼ cup berries or kimchi or raw sauerkraut (get those probiotics in!)
*Dressing: 1-2 tbsp
*Lean Protein: 2 hard boiled eggs, free range, organic chicken (size of your palm) or beans
Mix all together in a large bowl. Top with 1-2 tbsp of dressing.
Turmeric-Tahini Dressing (servings: 8-10):
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup tahini
¾ cup water
1 tbsp turmeric powder
1 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
½ cup finely chopped fresh parsley or any herb
Blend all except parsley in Vitamix until smooth, then add parsley and blend a few seconds more. Do not overblend. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.
Chickpea Salad Served Over a Bed of Arugula
1 cup arugula
1 15oz can of chickpeas rinsed well or ~ 2 cups of cooked chickpeas
2 tbsp vegan mayonnaise or mashed avocado
1.5 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 medium sized cucumber, chopped
1/2 small red onion, thinly chopped
1/2 cup black olives, chopped
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tsp flax seeds
1/2 cup dried currants
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
Squeeze of lemon
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Pulse in blender/Vitamix chickpeas, mustard and mayo for 2-3 pulses. You want it to be roughly combined, not smooth.. Scrape into a bowl and add all the remaining ingredients (except the arugula), folding to combine. Serve 1 cup of chickpea salad on top of the arugula. Garnish with microgreens and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and squeeze of lemon.
Super-Seeded Superfood Salad
½ cup arugula
1 cup of kale
½ cup of microgreens
½ cup of cucumbers chopped
¼ cup of chopped red onions or chives
¼ cup of chopped parsley
2 tbsp of hemp seeds
1 tsp of chia seeds
1 tsp of flax seeds
Sprinkle of fresh Lemon + Splash of Apple Cider Vinegar + EVOO + Himalyian Sea Salt.
Energizing Alkaline Green Soup + Large Kale Detox Salad:
*3 cups of veggie stalk
* 1 cup of any nutmilk (experiment with 2 cups of coconut with 2 cups of veggie stalk for more richness)
*1 handful spinach
*1 handful kale
*1 handful arugula
*1 handful parsley
*2 inches fresh ginger (peeled)
*1 red onion chopped
*4 cloves garlic
*1 tbsp turmeric
*1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
*1 lemon (juice used for garnish)
Add all to one soup pot and cook on low/medium for ~20 minutes. Transfer to Vitamix/Blender and blend for 20 seconds. Garnish with juice from ½ of lemon, pumpkin seeds, EVOO + Himayian Sea Salt. Enjoy it warm. Lemon juice on the top is a must! This soup cold too is lovely.
Kale Avocado Salad (massage ingredients into your kale!):
*1 bunch of organic lacinato kale
*1 organic avocado
*2 teaspoons lemon juice
*1 tbsp of EVOO
*2 tbsp of Hemp Seeds
*Sea salt to taste
*Pepper to taste
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