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11 Healthy Lunches That Aren’t Salad

by Marissa on January 28, 2014

healthy lunches that aren't salad

It’s cold outside and frigid temps mean your usual cold salad may not be as appealing as it was last June. That’s normal. Cold weather calls for warm food to keep your body temperature regulated naturally. Here, I’ve curated 12 healthy lunches that aren’t salad. Put these easy, creative meals on rotation to get you through the rest of this winter.

Kale and Mushroom Wrap
Source: Women’s Health Magazine

The combo of mushrooms and kale together is one of my favorites! You can wrap this goodness up in a sprouted grain wrap or even a steamed collard leaf for an extra dose of greens!

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup 
Source: Sprouted Kitchen 

Bursting with flavor and lots of texture, this soup is the perfect meal in a bowl.

Chickpea Curry Stuffed Sweet Potatoes 
Source: Fitness Magazine

You don’t have to limit yourself to chickpea curry. One of the best ways to use last night’s leftovers for lunch is to stuff them in a baked sweet potato for a hot, nutritious lunch option.

Winter Vegetable Dal 
Source: EatingWell 

Fight colds and flu with this anti-inflammatory dal recipe. Make a big batch and eat a few times. Perfect for keeping those pesky office germs at bay.

Brown Rice and Beans with Ginger Chile Salsa 
Source: Bon Appetit 

This burrito bowl is a healthier alternative to high-sodium Mexican food. It’s as filling as it is slimming and you won’t fall asleep at your desk midday.

Veggie Chili
Source: Where I Need to Be

Hands down the best veggie chili recipe. Freeze some to use for lunches  — and dinners — in a pinch.

Dr. Andrew Weil’s Sweet Potato Poblano Soup 
Source: Whole Living 

This Southwestern-style nutrient-dense soup by none other than the pioneer of integrative health, Dr. Andrew Weil, packs a subtly spicy punch.

Hot and Sour Peanuty Noodles with Bok Choy 
Source: Epicurious

Replace the whole wheat spaghetti in this Asian-inspired dish with soba noodles, amp up the veggies and add your favorite protein for a well-rounded and tasty lunch.

Asian Salmon Bowl with Lime Drizzle 
Source: Self Magazine

Upgrade your cold lunch-time sushi to this Asian salmon bowl. Use quinoa instead of white rice for more protein and a nutty flavor.

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Kale 
Source: The Pioneer Woman 

Transform a simple dinner side dish into a lunch entree by adding the protein of your choice: try lentils or ground turkey.

Asian Stir-fry
Source: Elana’s Pantry 

Chinese takeout always left me feeling hungry and tired so that’s why I recommend making your own! Try this Paleo-friendly recipe with cauliflower rice or serve it over these scrumptious Sesame Kelp Noodles.

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