One of the biggest challenges to eating healthy is finding easy healthy recipes so you don’t burn out on the same old things. It’s fine to make the same salad for lunch every week, but if by Wednesday you’re always craving something else, it’s time to try a new approach! That being said, I also get the challenge of not having a ton of time to whip up a fresh healthy meal every single day, especially working in an office. It’s a balance.
So one thing I like to do is make one meal that can work multiple ways. Maybe some days you have it as a salad, but other days you mix it up and turn it into a wrap, bowl, or pita. The beauty of a little prep ahead of time is that you can just take a few scoops of each item, and assemble into a completely different meal, depending on the base and ingredients. Below is just one of the examples you can use to prep once, and re-use five ways.
Easy Lunch Ideas | Greek Flavors Edition
Meal Prep (1 Hour or Less)
- Bake the chicken for 20 minutes at 400 degrees, then dice into bite-size pieces. (25 minutes)
- While the chicken bakes, cook the quinoa according to package instructions. (15 minutes)
- Rinse all the veggies. Dice the romaine, tomatoes, and cucumber. (20 minutes)
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 2 pounds chicken breast
- 1 bushel collard green leaves
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 2 cucumbers
- 5 tomatoes
- 1 jar black olives
- 1 package feta
- 1 package hummus
- 1 package tzatziki sauce
- 1 package almond-flour tortillas or pitas
Monday: Greek Salad
Toss together chicken, romaine, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and feta. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic.
Tuesday: Power Bowl
Scoop quinoa into a bowl as a base. Add chicken, romaine, tomatoes, cucumber, hummus, olives, and feta.
Wednesday: Pita Wrap
Wrap chicken, romaine, tomatoes, cucumber, and tzatziki sauce into almond-flour tortilla wrap or pita.
Thursday: Collard Green Wrap
Top two collard greens leaves with hummus. Add chicken, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and tzatziki.
Add tomatoes, chicken, and feta into almond-flour tortilla. Heat until cheese is melted. Serve with leftover veggies as side salad: cucumber, tomatoes, and olives. Drizzle salad with olive oil and balsamic.
Have you ever tried something like this? Would you like more of these styles for easy lunch ideas? Let me know in the comments below so I know to compile future editions!