Five healthy lunches (and one dessert!) you have to try!

POSTED August 16, 2018

Whether it’s back to back meetings or a day full of errands to run, busy days are par for the course this time of year. Luckily, we’re ready to stock you up with a bunch of recipes that will help you avoid the pull of that fast food drive-through. We’ve even got some options perfect to pack up for school! With fresh, simple ingredients and veggies aplenty, these energy-boosting meals will have you powering through your afternoon.

Yes, this is a recipe for delicious zucchini pasta, but we can’t help but get sidetracked by what’s on top. Can you say brown butter breadcrumbs?? Let’s start there and then work our way through the rest of the dish.

First, you’ll want to sauté your panko, or Japanese breadcrumbs, lightly in butter and garlic before you add basil, lemon, and salt. Once the panko is toasted and golden, pull off the heat and set it aside. Boil up your penne and then cook your vegetables with shallot, red pepper, and a bit more garlic. Combine all your ingredients with the parmesan cheese and scoop into individual bowls.

When you’re buzzing through the grocery store or farmer’s market to get zucchini for this dish, remember that smaller is better. Larger zucchini can be a bit watery and flavorless so don’t go bigger than about the size of a flashlight.

Did you think we forgot those breadcrumbs? No way! Sprinkle the panko over the bowls with a bit more parmesan and enjoy a light lunch before some back to school shopping.

Want in on the “avo toast” craze that’s been sweeping the nation? Consider your wish granted. But this isn’t any ordinary piece of toast, we’re kicking things up with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil pesto.

If you haven’t tried our Basil Pesto Topping, it’s a super versatile condiment brimming with handpicked Ligurian basil, garlic and parmesan. Just a squeeze can transform any dish, so having one on hand in the office too just may be your saving grace if you find yourself with a bland store-bought sandwich on a busy day.

For this recipe, you’re going to combine our fresh and flavorful Basil Pesto Topping with sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, chili peppers and lemon juice. Now, cut your bread into long, narrow pieces, brush with olive oil and pop under that broiler.

Goat cheese, in all its tart earthiness, goes on first before you spread on your avocado mixture. Top with tomato slices, and you’ve got a gourmet avocado toast perfect for your lunch table.

If you live a low carb lifestyle or follow a ketogenic diet, this pizza is tailor-made for you. With a crust made of coconut flour, mozzarella, and cream cheese, you’ll hardly miss a wheat crust.

After you prepare the dough, bake the crust in a 425° oven for just about eight minutes. With

Simply Pesto Basil sauce subbing in for traditional pizza sauce, you’ll also load up your crust with burrata, prosciutto, zucchini and cherry tomatoes. It’s just about as fresh and healthy as it gets.

If you’re looking for another keto-friendly snack you can reach for during the day, try our Sliced Prosciutto. Paired with a handful of nuts, half an avocado or just on its own, the savory, buttery slices will give you the boost you need to get to that late-afternoon gym workout.

What kid wouldn’t love a creamy, zesty wrap nestled in their lunch bag with some cucumber slices or carrot sticks? This rad wrap has a little bit of everything…goat cheese, greens, chicken, and tomato.

Want a little trick to help you roll up the perfect tortilla? Zap it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Now, lay it out flat and get to work with some fresh spring mix, cooked chicken breast, goat cheese and, of course, Simply Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil, and Cheese. Good luck going back to peanut butter and jelly!

Who needs mayo when you have plump, juicy shrimp and tender tortellini? This is definitely a “take to work” the next day meal, as the flavors just get better the longer it sits (in a cold fridge, of course).

Cook and rinse your tortellini, but don’t you dare throw out that water! Use it to poach your shrimp. Mix your simple dressing together and then pour over your onions, celery, capers, and olives. Add back your shrimp and tortellini and toss for a gorgeous salad you’ll swear took longer than it did. Even if you made it!

Ok, ok…guilty as charged. We can’t quite seem to finish a “healthy lunch” post without dessert. But there’s yogurt and heart-healthy olive oil! And we’ll eat small pieces!

First, you’re going to grease your bundt pan olive oil and give it a generous dusting of flour. Combine your oil, eggs, yogurt, lemon juice, and sugar. Give it everything you’ve got not to lick that spoon! Next, you’ll want to sift your baking powder and flour together (don’t cheat, this makes a difference) and pour your dry into wet ingredients. Bake for forty minutes, whip up your icing and celebrate a day of “pretty much” healthy eating.

If there’s anything we want to leave you with, it’s this. Don’t make “healthy eating” so serious! Enjoy fresh, whole foods prepared in exciting ways, and you’ll never feel like you’re missing out on anything. Until next time!

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