We chose to stack this light summer salad on bread and grill them for a heartier meal. Definitely make a couple extra sandwiches because you will be craving more with this combination of melted cheese, basil, and juicy tomatoes.
Facebook tip via Debra Campbell: I make a very healthy tuna salad sandwich. Ingredients: Albacore tuna, organic celery (for crunch), organic red onion (for kick), mayo made from olive oil (for heart), Mt. Olive relish (sugar and calorie-free for glucose), pinch of salt (for taste.) Serve on organice whole-grain bread, with sliced organic tomatoes. Heaven...
Tuna salad is possibly one of the greatest lunch idea staples, and why not? Eat it plain or spread it on bread, tuna salad is easy to make and fills you up!
Twitter tip via PilarMarrero: Mmm, I bring carrot sticks to dip into hummus, dressed in olive oil and sprinkled with spanish paprika.
Hummus is the ultimate easy-to-pack, savory lunch idea that goes great with bread, pita chips, and raw vegetables. Try our nutty version of hummus to make a quick, light lunch. Just throw the ingredients in a food processor or blender and give it a whirl.
Facebook tip via Tabitha Raquel Stroup: A big hunk of Central Ca’s THREE SISTERS La Serana washed rind farmstead cow's milk cheese with some of my strawberry balsamic white pepper jam and ACME Baguette. Voila!
If you don’t have jam, add some olive oil and fresh herbs to make our version – another simple twist on cheese and crackers.
Facebook tip via Jennifer Goebel: My husband brings a tomato salad -- fresh tomatoes from our garden with basil and mozzarella cheese, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar -- in a Tupperware. Pair with some fresh bread or fruit and you've got lunch.
Ferrara Sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar adds the perfect touch to these juicy tomato slices. Throw them on a plate or in a bowl and spend more time relaxing than preparing your food.
Facebook tip via Natalie Alvanez: This fab summer salad is sort of a twist on pico de gallo: Chopped tomato, cucumber, red onion, cilantro and a squeeze of lemon. Spoon into a pita and top with grilled chicken and feta cheese. YUM! :)
Simple and fresh, this salad is our twist on pico de gallo. Simply slice up the tomatoes and add a flavorful kick with some chile and lime to enjoy your own Mexican-style meal.
Facebook tip via Penny Bratko: Plain or vanilla non-fat yogurt (soy if you can't have dairy), over Naked Granola (any flavor but I like banana-nut), plus what ever fruit is in season like berries and peaches. Take the items in separate containers and dump together just before eating. Mmmmmm...
Yogurt with granola is a classic breakfast favorite, but why does it have to stop there? If you can’t get away from your desk, this dish will tide you over. If you ever have time, try making your granola from scratch.
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Spinach and leek frittata
Twitter tip via MettD: @SunsetMag Garden-Fresh Frittatas. Grab the eggs from your chickens, scour the garden for fresh veggies snag local cheese, bake and take!
MettD has a good case – we have wonderful chickens, some delicious greens in our garden, and a market right across the street. For this lunch recipe, we added spinach and leek to add some “green” flavor. Light and fluffy from the ricotta, these savory frittatas are healthy and a perfect lunch to pack.