Deep-fried falafel can be a total calorie bomb. But this baked falafel still gets crispy with equally satisfying results. It's super easy, full of flavor and a really healthy, protein-filled vegan lunch!
If you can make the slaw up to a day ahead, do it – it tastes even better when it’s had time to relax and the flavors have blended. Simply cover and refrigerate until serving time. Get creative and add additional toppings like sliced radishes, diced avocado or sour cream.
Cheddar crisps stand in for tortillas in this lower-carb version of tostadas topped with greens and a zesty, spicy dressing. For even more heat, add sliced jalapeño to garnish the salad.
The low-carb bread holding together these gooey grilled cheeses is a grain-free combination of cauliflower rice and almond flour. This recipe comes without excess carbs – helping to keep insulin levels in check. Plus, cauliflower is rich in dietary fiber that helps keep your body’s fullness signals on point.
A high-quality bone broth in place of traditional broth not only makes this dish Whole30-compliant, but it also helps boost your immune system, treat leaky gut and improve joint health, thanks to the collagen it contains. This soup tastes even better the next day, so it makes a perfect weekday lunch.
Quinoa doesn’t have to be relegated to being a base, it can also be a topper! Here, it’s broiled until crisp then sprinkled over the salad.
Roasted chickpeas seasoned lightly with curry powder make a crunchy topper for this orange-infused salad.
Maple-roasted pears and cashews adorn this hearty kale salad with chicken and a rich buttermilk dressing.
While this soup may seem virtuous with a trifecta of healthful green vegetables, including green peas, baby spinach and asparagus, it tastes anything but. Fragrant herbs and green onions add zing, and a dollop of crème fraîche adds a touch of indulgence to the soup.
Also called pitaya, dragon fruit is a dramatic-looking tropical fruit is rich in vitamin C, iron and red pigments called betacyanins, which help protect the heart from damage.
This genius jar of healthy, quick-cooking ingredients is the answer to your desk-lunch woes. If you’re using precooked shrimp, add it to the jars while still frozen – it’ll thaw in the fridge overnight and be ready to eat by lunchtime. If you're using fresh shrimp, simply cook and add to the jars as directed.
Bitter arugula’s got bite, but late-summer peaches and a citrusy maple dressing hit the sweet notes to give this seasonal salad the perfect balance of flavors. If taking this salad to go, store the dressing in a separate container and toss with the salad when you’re ready to eat.
Applesauce is rewarding to make at home for its better, fresher taste, and compared to store-bought, it’s entirely free of added sugars and preservatives. Strawberries give a tangy bite and pretty pink hue and take advantage of the extra-flavorful, first-of-the-season fruit.
These Asian-inspired chicken burgers get a burst of umami flavor from a homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce. Serve them on whole-wheat buns, or, for a lighter take, try lettuce leaves. In addition to the grilled pineapple, sliced avocado and grilled onions make tasty toppings.
A creamy ginger and lemongrass–infused dressing makes this bowl a tropical treat, while hemp hearts and toasted unsweetened coconut add a bit of crunch.
Jicama is a crunchy, mild vegetable that’s common in Mexican cuisine. It looks a little intimidating because of its size and odd shape, but once you peel it, the cool flesh is easy to slice and adds a crisp texture to salads.
The herbal taste of basil with lime juice and a touch of salt and pepper make the fruits in this bowl taste even sweeter. Mix and match with your favorite melons and berries.
Inspired by the Middle Eastern tradition of mixing sweet fruits with savory foods like tahini, this fresh bowl is ideal for serving at your next barbecue or breakfast. Garnish with a little citrus zest for extra brightness.
Crispy baked plantain chips and creamy cilantro sauce top this easy layered bowl for a variety of textures and a tropical salty-spicy, savory-sweet flavor combination.
This striking riff on a caprese salad uses seasonal berries instead of tomatoes. Feel free to use whatever berries you can get ahold of – this salad is perfect for mixing and matching. To add visual interest, slice some of the blueberries and blackberries in half.
This hearty bowl is a staff favorite – we just love the pairing of the sweet and tangy raspberry sauce over savory chicken and crunchy vegetables.
Need more plant power in your life? This vegan dish featuring carrots, broccoli, ground almonds and the superfood spice turmeric will rev up your metabolism and keep you satisfied for hours.
Rich in fiber and warming Moroccan spices, this flavorful stew makes a hearty meal when combined with a baked potato, cooked grains or a fresh side salad.
Pile these slow cooker pulled chicken sandwiches sky-high with coleslaw, radishes, tomatoes, sour cream or hot sauce – we love eating them open-faced with a knife and fork, but you can also serve them as a regular sandwich. Alternatively, skip the buns entirely and make a Mexican-style bowl by spooning the pulled chicken over brown rice and adding your favorite toppings. If you can’t find fresh Anaheim chiles, broil the tomatillos as directed and add a 16-ounce BPA-free can or jar of diced roasted green chiles to the blender in Step 3.
Make this ahead and have lunch on hand for several days - simply refrigerate salad and dressing separately and combine in the morning or right before eating.
Chipotle chile powder lends a smoky note to roasted cauliflower; if you prefer less heat but still want that smokiness, use smoked paprika instead. The real star of these tacos, though, is the creamy, herbaceous sauce, so don't skip it - some of our staff members are it by the spoonful! Serve these veggie tacos with toppings of your choice: shredded cabbage, tomatoes, cilantro, hot sauce or salsa verde, and lime wedges for squeezing all work well here.
The final step of this recipe, removing the loaf from the pan and baking it directly on the oven rack, might seem unusual, but it’s key to achieving a gorgeous golden crust – a genius method inspired by Wellness Bakeries. Use ground golden flaxseeds for this recipe; they have a more buttery taste than regular flaxseeds and the color blends seamlessly into the bread. Wrap the finished loaf in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to three days, or refrigerate for up to one week. You can also freeze it sliced and pop it straight into the toaster oven.
Flavorful, gorgeously hued Green Goddess dressing was the inspiration for this fresh and tangy chilled soup that features kefir, a type of fermented milk drink. It pairs nicely with orange-scented shrimp lettuce cups for a well-rounded spring lunch .
If you have trouble getting your family (or yourself!) to eat fish regularly, these soft, creamy dumplings are a clever way to add it into your weeknight repertoire. To avoid overcooking them, make sure the water returns to a boil between each batch of dumplings, and then set your timer for 3 minutes. If you’re able to find fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, try them in the broth – they add a smoky depth of flavor.
The subtle sweetness of acorn squash shines when brushed with a touch of honey and lime. Cranberries and walnuts add richness and tang, while quinoa provides enough protein to keep you full for hours.
There's no need to soak the beans overnight for this easy slow-cooker version of an all-American favorite. The corn bread recipe makes more than you'll need, but here's a tip: Heat up the leftovers and drizzle with honey for a super fast breakfast the next day.
Sweet strudels tend to steal the spotlight, but it's time to take this flaky pastry to the savory side. We've used a store-bought phyllo dough for the easiest prep – look for it in the freezer section of your supermarket. To keep the pastry sheets from drying out and make them easier to handle, cover them with a damp towel when not in use.