Cure the Cafeteria Blues: Three Healthy DIY Lunch Ideas
Tired of waiting in a cafeteria line to purchase something that doesn't look at all like the appetizing picture on the menu board? Well, these delicious, easy, and affordable lunch ideas will have you feeling great about what you eat.
From freshly sliced avocados and tomatoes in a whole-wheat tortilla wrap to a hearty roast beef and cream cheese sandwich, our lunchtime suggestions will keep you healthy and energized for the rest of your workday!*
Egg, arugula, and charred asparagus salad. You don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy this tasty salad recipe from CookingLight! You'll need a boiled egg; some asparagus spears; baby arugula; extra-virgin olive oil; kosher salt and black pepper; whole-milk Greek yogurt; lemon juice; and water.
Cut the egg into quarters and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Next, add a pinch of salt and pepper to the olive oil. Spread the asparagus on a baking sheet, and drizzle the olive oil mixture over it. Broil until it's lightly charred. For the dressing, combine a tablespoon of water, three tablespoons of yogurt, a teaspoon of lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Put the arugula in a bowl, add the dressing, and toss. Then top with the asparagus and egg. Tip: For a little bit of extra crunch, add a tablespoon of pine nuts.
Roast beef, dill cream cheese, and cucumber sandwich. This yummy sandwich idea from Allrecipes is quick and easy to make. You'll need a roll of white bread, such as Italian or Portuguese bread. You'll also need cream cheese; chopped, fresh dill; peeled and grated cucumber; some cucumber slices; a portion of thinly sliced roast beef; and salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Wrap a few teaspoons of the grated cucumber in a paper towel and gently squeeze to release the liquid. Then mix it in a bowl with the cream cheese, dill, salt, and pepper. Slice the roll, and spread the cream cheese mixture on one side; then place the roast beef, cucumber slices, and the other side on top. Your sandwich is ready to enjoy!
Avocado tomato wrap. This super-healthy wrap from Taste of Home takes only 10 minutes to make, so it's not only tasty, but also very convenient. You'll need a thinly sliced avocado and a tortilla (use your favorite flavor). You'll also need a leaf of lettuce, half a tomato, some shredded Parmesan cheese, garlic powder (optional), and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Using a fork, mash an eighth of the avocado and spread it over the tortilla. In layers, add the lettuce, tomato, and half of the remaining avocado. Sprinkle the garlic powder, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese on top; then roll up the wrap tightly. Not a vegetarian? You can easily spruce up this lunch with some sliced deli turkey.
If making your own lunches has brought out your inner Wolfgang Puck, then the good news is that there are plenty of blogs, magazines, books, and other resources out there with more tasty recipes. And who knows? Once you've got the hang of things, you might even start creating your own lunches with your favorite ingredients and flavors!
* Note: Amounts are approximate and can be adjusted according to taste and desired serving size.