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BEST HOMEMADE LUNCH IDEAS

How many greasy french fries, sloppy sandwiches, lackluster burgers can you eat in a week? A month? A year? The same old, same old. Remember when your mother would pack your lunch? Those were the blithe days we miss. Sigh.. how we long for the peanut butter sandwiches, surprise cookies, fruit, a chip or two, bologna and cheese… even a lunchable. With SO MANY things to worry about as a kid, for many of us lunch was not a bother.

With competing priorities, it’s hard to find a suitable lunch in a timely manner. For most of us, lunch is a luxury and finding a healthy, responsible or inexpensive lunch can be a daunting task.

As adults, our tastes have changed from the days of the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But Why? My mommy made the best PB&J sandwiches on the planet. Sometimes, she even got creative with recipes. One time, I became ambitious and prepared by OWN lunch – A LIVER SANDWICH ( a bland piece of calves liver shoved between to pieces of white bread). I think I stayed at my single Aunt’s house the night before.

When I proudly took my sandwich out, the kids laughed. I was humiliated. I will never forget my liver sandwich.

A big girl now, I can eat whatever I like.


Like many, my taste for different foods, change. As a vegetarian, I LOVE most vegetables. As a vegetarian who does not eat anything containing acid, hybrid or genetically modified, the food pyramid looks mighty slim.  For the most part of my diet, everything tastes like dirt (LOL) so my best homemade lunch recipes may not be suitable for everyone’s tastes.

As for the the rest of you humans, we’ve compiled an all inclusive list of 10 of the Best Homemade Lunch Ideas that are fulfilling, delicious and flavorful.

 

Best Homemade Lunch Ideas for Veggie Lovers and Meat Eaters

1. Asparagus Salad

A super delicious asparagus, tomato and feta salad drizzled with an easy balsamic vinaigrette. This salad uses few ingredients but they’re all powerful in flavor creating an incredible salad that you won’t be able to stop eating!

Click here for the Full Recipe: Asparagus Tomato Feta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

2. Shrimp Avocado Taco Salad

Alyssa Rivers from the Recipe Critic says her Shrimp Avocado Taco Salad is tried and true. It is full of fresh avocados, tomatoes, red onions, black beans and corn. The shrimp cook in a blend of delicious taco seasonings. Serve it with some tortilla chips and this salad is unforgettable! 

Full recipe is here: https://therecipecritic.com/shrimp-avocado-taco-salad/

3. Spicy Tuna Fish Sandwich

Catherine Brown Strachan gives the traditional tuna sandwich some pizzazz using jalapeno peppers, sweet pickle relish and shredded cheese crumbles.

Click here for the recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/

4. Annie’s Turkey Salad

This chunky turkey salad recipe can be made with leftover turkey, or a turkey breast and served with assorted crackers or breads. I can also be served on a bed of red leaf lettuce and garnished with red and green seedless grapes and pecan halves. Adding cubed jellied cranberry sauce can make this a true delight.

Click here for the recipe: Anne Sizemore’s Turkey Salad

5. Cucumber Sandwiches

Who can go wrong with Cucumbers, cream cheese, dill and mayo? Brooke & Emma, the mother-daughter team behind Savor the Flavour gives a delicious cucumber sandwich using edge-less white bread, thinly sliced cucumbers and love! The best thing about this sandwich is that it’s about 70 calories.

Click here for the full recipe: Cucumber Sandwiches

6. Mexican Potato Skins- Vegan

As easy as potatoes, protein-rich black beans with spiced with cumin, cinnamon, paprika, and chilies. Add a fresh avocado, tomatoes, green onions, and some, lime, fresh cilantro, and you’re done!

 

7. Catina Style Grilled Chicken Tacos

Cantina-style chicken tacos with roasted red peppers are Diabetes-Friendly, Soy-Free, Family-Friendly, Gluten-Free.

Click here for the Full Recipe: Grilled Chicken Tacos

Photo Credit: Sunbasket.com

8. BBQ Chicken Pizza with Veggies

Shredded, cooked chicken breast drizzled with BBQ sauce, zucchini, yellow onions peeled, red or yellow bell peppers stem removed, olive oil and shredded mozzarella cheese = A delicious and flavorful BBQ Pizza.

Click here for the Full Recipe: BBQ Chicken Pizza with Veggies

Photo Credit: Kingsford.com

9. BLT Ranch Burgers

The ranch dressing is rich and creamy next to the beefy burger with that crispy bacon, lettuce, and tomato. They are truly indulgent!

Click here for Full Recipe: BLT Ranch Burgers

Photo Credit: Cookstr.com

10. One Pot Mexican Skillet Pasta

Salsa, corn, beans, tomato, avocado and ground turkey comes together in less than 30 minutes, perfect for those busy weeknights!

Click here for the Full Recipe: One Pot Mexican Skillet Pasta

 

You may need the following kitchen gadgets to get you started


 

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