Here are my 5 top healthy lunch ideas for family meals that are all made from scratch which I am making currently in my kitchen.
Whether you homeschool, work from home or do neither. We all have to eat and lunches can be tricky. Especially when you are trying to make something healthy with using whole foods. For a lot of us cooking from scratch seems daunting, especially when you are hungry or worse, when you have other hungry people staring at you for lunch. These healthy lunch ideas are satisfying and simple to make. They use whole food ingredients you can feel good about serving to your family.
This one is good for either lunch or a dinner. It might seem that a soup would, especially a creamy fresh tomato soup, might sound like a something that requires a long day over a hot simmering pot at the stove. But this soup comes together pretty quickly. It is fresh, healthy and delicious. Serving it with a bit of bread makes it a filling meal. Try my No Knead Artisan Loaf for a quick bread option to go along side it.
The most complicated of all the meals listed today but certainly not complicated to make are these delicious crispy taquitos. They are filled with flavor and make for a very satisfying lunch. Since they are are great source of proteins and have the onions in there as well, I simply pair them with a side of avocado. For the avocado I like to salt, pepper and drizzle a bit of olive oil over. Avocados are a great simple side option for meals like this.
Not really a recipe but just a quick meal idea to get on the table. I like to use cream cheese in place of mayo for these. I find the cream cheese is a nice flavor for the cucumbers and adding the ham for a bit of protein. A simple lunch that kids love. I take a croissant cut it in half sandwich style and spread both sides with cream cheese. Lay a few pieces of sliced cucumber, salt and pepper it. Add about 3 slices of sliced deli style ham or turkey to it. Cream cheese, cucumber and ham or turkey. I served this with a side of sliced peaches and carrot sticks.
Vegetarian Taco Salad
This salad comes together with little effort and honestly was my favorite one out of all. The crispy chips and flavor of the beans with the salsa is delicious. When it comes to chips, I like to buy ones that are fried in a healthier oil such as avocado or olive oil such as these. To add some protein to the dish I take a can of beans, today was kidney beans, add a tbsp of cumin, two garlic cloves, salt and pepper then allow it to simmer for about 5 minutes on the stove top while I get my assembly line ready. I stack the chips, then a bit of salad mix, beans, fermented yogurt, salsa, cheese and olives. You can always add onions or avocado here as well. Really this one is fun and you can alter it simply if you have any picky eaters.
Always a hit in our home. The frittata. This one is so simple and truly easy to make but very tasty. I love it especially because there are many times that I have forgotten to take meat out of the freezer and this meal has saved me. A bit of spinach, fried potatoes, and a egg batter with cheese. Who doesn’t like a breakfast style any time of day.