Looking for some new healthy lunch ideas to spice up your tired-out rotation? From grain bowls to hearty salads to soups, we've got you covered
Imagine a classic Asian-style rice bowl, but with a risotto-like blend of millet and amaranth as the base. At Vital Root in Denver, chef-owner Justin Cucci tops the grains with loads of vegetables and tofu, then drizzles on a silky tahini sauce.
Recipe: Millet Amaranth Buddha Bowls
Create this tasty vegetarian bowl using chickpeas and Freekeh with Parsley and Onions, topped with thinly sliced brussels sprouts, plain yogurt, and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.
We left the soup chunky with a clear broth, but you could easily purée it to create a smooth soup. Just don't skip the avocado mixture, as it makes a refreshing contrast to the beans and spice.
Kris Tominaga serves this dramatic salad at Cadet restaurant in Santa Monica. Wild rice and black quinoa (the quinoa fried until crunchy) form a backdrop for colorful greens and salmon. In winter, frozen sockeye salmon is an excellent choice.
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This lovely soup is practically spring in a bowl. To make it heartier, scatter quartered cherry tomatoes and croutons on top. Snap peas often have a fibrous string that runs down the pod's straight side; to remove it, snap off the stem end and pull down sharply.
Earthy sweet potatoes add depth to this vegetarian chili. New Mexico chile powder is fruity and mild, so don’t be scared off by the generous amount called for here. Feel free to swap in any other kind of chile powder you have on hand—just use less of it.
A simple vinaigrette and creamy goat cheese perfectly dress crisp and crunchy veggies. Quinoa adds a punch of protein to a main-dish vegetarian salad that’s sure to please.
Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Amy Machnak
Technically a seed (so no gluten), quinoa is touted as a superfood for its high fiber and protein. The runny yolk of a poached egg creates a little sauce on top.
Bring together some of our favorite vegetarian flavors in this dish. Don't forget to bring out the warm pita or lavash.
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Swap in a low-carb whole-wheat tortilla and these crunchy vegetarian wraps will become a new lunchbox staple.
Photo by Annabelle Breakey
In this balanced and nutritious salad, you get protein from two sources, the citrus brightens up the flavors, and the avocado adds a touch of richness.
Everyone loves the sweet, nutty flavor and chewy texture of black rice; add crunchy pomegranates and a hint of smoky paprika, and you’ve got a home run combination.
Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Margo True
This gently spicy dish uses a North Indian technique called tadka or chaunk: seasonings are sizzled in hot oil or clarified butter, then swirled into the lentils right before serving for a massive flavor boost.