Nine Creative Office Lunches

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Posted July 30, 2014 by Maris Callahan in Life After Five
Whether you are trying to eat healthier or save a few dollars by eliminating your daily midday burrito, it is possible to bring a lunch from home that will be ultimately more satisfying than Lean Cuisine, soup from a can or peanut butter and jelly.

To keep your lunch hour can get a little repetitive (and to keep you from feeling sluggish by your 3:00 p.m. meeting) what you really need is a healthy lunch that is filling, nutritious and delicious. Next time you’re tempted to grab the freezer meal or hit the corner deli, consult some of these healthy options to help you get from nine to five.

Mashed Chickpea Salad: If hummus and crackers are your go-to snack when your stomach starts to rumble around 4:00 p.m., kill two birds with one stone. A protein-packed salad on whole wheat will not only be tasty, but help you fuel through the rest of your day. Get the recipe.

mashed chickpea - the simple veganista

Creamy Crunchy Chicken Salad: When you order chicken salad out, it’s almost always full of hidden fat and calories. Make your own and pack it full of celery, grapes or dried cranberries and chopped almonds. Eat it over lettuce or on a pretzel roll.  Get the recipe.

Turkey Caesar Salad Sandwich: Skip the chicken caesar that that never leaves you satisfied and make a lighter version from Martha Stewart’s arsenal of lunch ideas. Perfect for days when you want something heartier than a salad or if you’re lunching on the go. Get the recipe.

turkey caesar - MARTHA STEWART

Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad: People who think they don’t like salads are the same people who are used to limp iceberg lettuce topped with wilted vegetables from a sad salad bar. Turn your Tuesday night tacos into a chipotle chicken taco salad for lunch on Wednesday. If you’re worried about soggy salad, bring the dressing on the side in a small Ziplock container. Get the recipe.

chipotle chicken taco salad

The Elvis Burrito: Feel like a kid again with an Elvis sandwich, burrito style. Spread peanut butter on a toasted whole wheat wrap and then top with crumbled bacon, honey and sliced banana. Now all you need is a Saved the Bell lunch box to fully embrace your nostalgia. Get the recipe 

Pesto, Barley and Edamame Salad: Skip the lettuce pack your next green salad with pesto and edamame. Barley is filling and will stick to your ribs for the day without sticking to your waistline. Get the recipe.

Pesto Chicken Rolls: Take cues from the kids. There are plenty of school lunch ideas out there for children, so next time you’re making lunches for the whole family, prepare your own too. Think simple, hearty fare for palates of all ages like pesto chicken salad and whole grain rolls. Get the recipe.

pesto-chicken-rolls -Bon Appetit

White Bean and Arugula Pasta Salad: If your office kitchen doesn’t have a microwave, promote your favorite pasta salad from side dish status by adding white beans, arugula and goat cheese. If you want to add even more bulk, go ahead and add extra veggies or some lean chicken breast. Get the recipe.

Spicy Salmon and Grilled Pineapple Wrap: Bringing fish for lunch might seem like an office faux pas – no one wants to be the girl who stinks up the office with leftovers. Luckily, this spicy wrap can be eaten (or devoured) cold. Get the recipe.


About the Author

Maris Callahan

Maris Callahan is a publicist and the editor of In Good Taste, an online food and lifestyle magazine about simplifying cooking, dining and entertaining for young professionals (or anyone who wishes there were more hours in the day). After beginning her career at some of the country's largest public relations agencies, Maris parlayed the knowledge and experience gained from the corporate world to start her own public relations consulting business. Maris began In Good Taste in May 2008 as a way to channel her love for both cooking and writing and she has since been a freelance writer and food editor for several websites. Maris lives in Chicago where she is usually reading, writing, cooking, or doing a combination of the three.

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