Make lunch more interesting by thinking differently about how you combine the food. Midday meals can get a bit tiresome. There are only so many different ways to pack a sandwich, after all. Boring lunches, unfortunately, can sometimes lead to bad decisions like trips to the vending machine or the drive-through of a fast food place. Those things might taste good, and might satiate a craving for a moment, but unhealthy decisions like that can leave you feeling sluggish and gross later. To make your lunch more interesting consider how you serve it.
Make good decisions and spice up your lunch life with these delicious ideas:
Put your own spin on a Korean classic bibimbap bowl. A bibimbap bowl is typically a bowl of rice topped with different kinds of ingredients. Your ingredients can be anything from raw and cooked veggies, meat, cheese, beans, or whatever you can think of. You can use standard white rice, or choose a healthier base such as brown rice or quinoa.
A bento box is a takeaway container that has many small compartments. It is a typical Japanese way to take lunches to school or work. The many small compartments give you spaces to put a small amount of many different items. The idea is that you will stay more interested in your lunch this way.
The typical Japanese lunch would include rice, vegetables, fish or meat, and some pickled vegetables. You could have a traditional Japanese lunch, or you could make it your own with any of your favorite foods. For example, you could do hummus and pita, carrots, a mandarin orange, olives, and a couple squares of chocolate.
Sushi is one of those foods that is just fun to eat. Making your own sushi rolls is pretty fun too, and isn’t difficult. If you don’t like fish or typical sushi, you can make your own pseudo sushi rolls with all sorts of ingredients. You can make veggie rolls with cucumber, avocado, carrot, eggplant, and whatever other veggies you like. You can even make sandwich rolls, with chicken or turkey or literally anything you like in them.
Not Your Average Salad
A salad does not have to be just lettuce and a few toppings and dressing. A salad can be delicious and exciting. The possibilities are endless as to what you can put in a salad. You could make a taco salad with shredded chicken, black beans, corn, jalapenos, and salsa. Or, try a Mediterranean theme salad with feta cheese, olives, Roma tomatoes, red onion, and hummus as dressing. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
Veg Out Noodle Bowl
A delicious and healthy idea for lunch is a vegetable noodle bowl. Use a veggie spiralizer to make noodles out of zucchini, beets, sweet potatoes, and whatever other vegetables you like. You can boil or sauté them and then top with whatever sauce or toppings you like. Anything from marinara sauce to garlic and cherry tomatoes or even Alfredo sauce.
All of these are fresh, delicious, and much healthier options than the usual sandwich or fast food lunch. The best part about each of these ideas is that they can be modified with just about any ingredients you choose and varied so they never get boring. Start enjoying your lunch again with these fresh ideas.