15 Healthy & Filling Lunches
Looking for some new healthy lunch ideas to spice up your tired-out rotation? From grain bowls to hearty salads to soups, we've got you covered
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Millet Amaranth Buddha Bowls
Imagine a classic Asian-style rice bowl, but with a risotto-like blend of millet and amaranth as the base. At Vital Root in Denver, chef-owner Justin Cucci tops the grains with loads of vegetables and tofu, then drizzles on a silky tahini sauce.
Recipe: Millet Amaranth Buddha Bowls
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Saffron Tomato Chickpeas, Freekeh, and Brussels Sprouts
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Chicken Salad with Miso Dressing
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Black Bean Soup with Avocado, Orange, and Cucumber
We left the soup chunky with a clear broth, but you could easily purée it to create a smooth soup. Just don't skip the avocado mixture, as it makes a refreshing contrast to the beans and spice.
Recipe: Black Bean Soup with Avocado, Orange, and Cucumber
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Salmon and Grains Salad with Pistachio Salsa Verde
Kris Tominaga serves this dramatic salad at Cadet restaurant in Santa Monica. Wild rice and black quinoa (the quinoa fried until crunchy) form a backdrop for colorful greens and salmon. In winter, frozen sockeye salmon is an excellent choice.
Recipe: Salmon and Grains Salad with Pistachio Salsa Verde
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Snap Pea Minestrone with Poached Eggs
This lovely soup is practically spring in a bowl. To make it heartier, scatter quartered cherry tomatoes and croutons on top. Snap peas often have a fibrous string that runs down the pod's straight side; to remove it, snap off the stem end and pull down sharply.
Recipe: Snap Pea Minestrone with Poached Eggs
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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili
Earthy sweet potatoes add depth to this vegetarian chili. New Mexico chile powder is fruity and mild, so don’t be scared off by the generous amount called for here. Feel free to swap in any other kind of chile powder you have on hand—just use less of it.
Recipe: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili
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Kale Salad with Red Quinoa, Fennel, and Carrots
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Red Quinoa Bowl with Swiss Chard and Poached Egg
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Sumac Hummus with Kale Ribbons and Roasted Delicata Squash
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Spicy Peanut, Carrot, and Snap Pea Wraps
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Quinoa Salad with Chicken, Avocado, and Oranges
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Black Rice Salad with Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Seeds
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Spiced Red Lentils with Caramelized Onions and Spinach
This gently spicy dish uses a North Indian technique called tadka or chaunk: seasonings are sizzled in hot oil or clarified butter, then swirled into the lentils right before serving for a massive flavor boost.
Recipe: Spiced Red Lentils with Caramelized Onions and Spinach