Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Healthy Habits: Quick Lunch Options

Since my schedule has been so hectic lately, I am constantly looking for quick and simple lunch options that are healthy for me as well.  Eating at restaurants day to day can not only be costly, but also unhealthy for the body.  What I like to do is cook or put together some dishes for the week so I save time and stay organized.  I don't know about any of you, but I have to keep everything organized or I will go crazy.  It helps keep my life in order, especially with being a mother to a 9-month-old baby. 

Here are some of my latest healthy lunch options:

1) Small Salads - Since I like to keep my lunches fairly light, these small salads are great for a quick bite and they are easy to throw together.  I added a handful of lettuce and arugula, diced chicken, tomatoes, red onions, green peppers, goat cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, and a vinaigrette dressing on the side

2) Wraps - These are also so easy to make and they keep well throughout the week.  I added some shredded chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, low-fat shredded cheese, red peppers, yellow peppers, and a drizzle of raspberry dressing.  I pre-package everything in advance so I can grab them quickly and I'm out the door!

3) Eggs Florentine with Turkey Bacon - This dish could apply for a quick breakfast or lunch, but I prefer eating it for lunch since it's packed with protein so it gives me a mid-day boost of energy.  I bake it ahead of time and portion it out for the week.  Enjoy the recipe!
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 5 cups chopped spinach
  • 4 cups whole-grain bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • About 5 strips of diced turkey bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 3/4 cup low-fat shredded Swiss cheese
Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a large baking dish or a 2-quart dish with cooking spray. Whisk eggs, egg whites and milk in a medium bowl. Add mustard, rosemary and pepper; whisk to combine. Toss spinach, bread, turkey bacon and roasted red peppers in a large bowl. Add the egg mixture and toss well to coat. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and push down to compact. Cover with foil.  Bake 40 to 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese and continue baking for 15 more minutes.