Healthy Lunch Ideas |Healthy food | Healthy meal

 

A lunchbox is what you eagerly open during that short break from work. The second meal of the day after breakfast should be a platter which provides you with all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals you need during a break from your work. The best advice is to take a power packed lunch which can satisfy all your midday cravings for that piece of chocolate or be it for a packet full of potato chips. Pack your lunch for your family with the healthiest of the recipes so that you don’t have to cling to those drive throughs or take away shops every time you return home. Here we got some lip smacking healthy lunch preparations which can help you keep a check on your weight and make you healthy all along.

 

Whole Wheat Pasta with Veggies 

 

A whole wheat pasta and that too with vegetables is an excellent option as a lunch which can keep you full for longer and also provide with sufficient nutrients required. Here goes the recipe. 

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 small chopped cauliflower
  • 2 medium red onions, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced.
  • 2 small squash, cut into thin wedges.
  • 1 small bowl of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1-2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbs cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper powder
  • Required whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese for garnishing

 

Preparation 

 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt to it. Put cauliflower, onions, carrots, and squash in the pot and cover until water comes to a boil. Uncover and cook for 2 minutes. With a spoon, transfer vegetables to a plate. Reserve the water for later use. 

In a pan, toss vegetables, tomatoes, oil, garlic, cumin seeds and red pepper powder. Keep stirring until veggies are tender and cooked. Now use the reserved water from vegetables to boil the pasta. After pasta comes to a boil drain the water. Now toss pasta with vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Now garnish with some cheese.

 

Pita bread with spiced hummus 

 

It’s a fulfilling lunch with garden fresh veggies and healthy chickpeas. A perfect meal to carry in a lunchbox to your workplace or school. See the recipe. 

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 bowl of boiled chickpeas, drained
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tsp  garlic paste
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tbs coriander powder
  • 1/2 tbs cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp pepper powder
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • Some vegetable oil 
  • Some pita breads

 

Preparation

 

In a blender, blend chickpeas, onion and garlic until you have a fine paste. Now transfer it to a large bowl and salt, coriander, cumin and cayenne. Stir until well combined. 

Toss some bread crumbs and parsley. Mix until well blended. Now stir in some lemon juice and olive oil. Your hummus is ready to serve with pita breads and some salad.

 

Bean wraps 

 

Wraps are an all time favorite meal to dine on. But having them in a lunch can make you feel full for longer and healthy. Bean wraps are wrapped with goodness of proteins, fiber, antioxidants, minerals and other essential vitamins. Carrying a bean wrap with some salad in your lunchbox is something that will make your day.

 

Ingredients

 

  • ½ cup red kidney beans, boiled
  • Boiled ½ cup white beans
  • Boiled ½ cup corns
  • ½ cup chopped coriander 
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • ½ tsp paprika, Black pepper powder 
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil as required

 

Preparation

 

Heat oil in a pan and add chopped onions.  Stir till it turns pink. Add chopped garlic, chopped tomato, salt, black pepper powder, boiled red kidney beans, boiled white beans, boiled corn kernels, chopped coriander and cook until done.

Make pores in the tortilla wraps with the help of a fork and slightly roast on both sides in a pan. 

Place the stuffing in the centre of the wraps and fold them from the end and then both sides. Roll it in tissue paper and serve with a salsa or a salad.

 

Vegetable and lentil soup

 

A bowl of steaming soup with vegetables is something your body will thank you for. Try this amazing soup recipe which is very healthy and at the same time delicious too. 

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1-2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and halved 
  • 6 boiled baby potatoes
  • 1 cup green or brown lentils
  • 1 cup green beans,
  • 3  tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

 

Preparation

 

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium flame. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients, except the tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the lentils are tender now cook for another 25 to 30 minutes. 

Add the tomatoes and simmer 5 more minutes. your soup is ready to serve.

 

Broccoli pan chapatis 

Chapattis with vegetable rolled in is something amazing to indulge in during a lunch time. Here we got a chapati made from broccoli. See how to go about.

 

Ingredients

 

  • Whole Wheat flour - 1.5 cups
  • All purpose flour - 1 tbsp
  • Broccoli - 1/2 
  • Onion - 1/2 minced
  • Garlic - 1 clove 
  • Green chilies - 2
  • Garam masala - a pinch
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Carom seeds  - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste

 

Preparation 

 

Wash the broccoli and cut into dices. Bring some water to boil and add add some broccoli  florets to it with some salt. After 2 minutes remove the florets and grind it into a fine paste with turmeric powder, garlic, and green chilies.

In a mixing bowl add wheat flour, all purpose flour, the ground mixture, some minced onions, carom seeds and salt. Knead it like chapatti with required water. Let the dough rest for a while. Now roll out chapatis from the flour. Enjoy with a vegetable of your choice. 

Now there’s no need to worry about on what to prepare and pack for your lunch. This list will help you plan on your meal. Enjoy these healthy and delicious recipes and thank me later!