With so much going on right now, the last thing you probably want to do is sweat over a stove just to make some lunch—especially as the weather gets warmer. You’re probably craving something that’s delicious and nutritious, but—more importantly—you want something that’s easy to make. Skip cooking something on the stove and whip up one of these no-cook lunches in minutes.
1. Cobb Salad
What You Need: Lettuce, hard-boiled egg, tomato, chicken, bacon, avocado – Here’s an easy way to eat the rainbow. Red tomatoes, yellow hard-boiled eggs, green avocado, purple onions, brown bacon, and white chicken, all layered on top of a bed of lettuce. For a healthy hack, we recommend skipping the heavy dressing. Instead, mix together some red wine vinegar, mustard, and olive oil. Then you’re set for satisfaction. Nutrient-packed, filled with a perfect crunch in every forkful, this can be made in a simple mason jar if you’re on the go, or brought outside to your back patio on a plate.
2. Steak Sandwich
What You Need: Steak, arugula, pears, goat cheese, sprouted bread – It’s the middle of the week and that steak from the weekend is still sitting in your fridge. Don’t waste it! Place it on sprouted bread and layer with peppery arugula and sweet pears. Sprinkle a little goat cheese on top. When in need of cheese, think goat: it’s lower in calories, and a little can go a long way. Take a knife and spread it out. With such a strong flavor, you’ll be able to taste a bright bite of cheese in every bite.
3. Turkey Lettuce Wraps
What You Need: Lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, sliced turkey – Yes, that lunch you brought to school in 4th grade is just as delicious as ever. Turkey is low in fat, filled with protein, and is the perfect protein to keep in your pantry. Need some more flavor? Throw in a little dijon mustard. For a healthy version, you can cut 210 calories by switching from a sodium-heavy wrap to lettuce.
4. Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado
What You Need: Canned tuna, red pepper, tomato, avocado – Scoop out an avocado where the pit would be, and make yourself a “bowl.” Load it with your favorite tuna salad. (We like a simple canned tuna with red vinegar, a touch of olive oil, salt, and metabolism-boosting cayenne pepper.) Adding some color with tomatoes and red pepper to increase your vitamin intake.
5. Berry Quinoa Bowl
What You Need: Berries of your choice, goat cheese, quinoa, spinach, a splash of balsamic vinegar. – Don’t let that quinoa from last week go to waste! This grain is high in protein and is great to add to your diet if you’re a vegetarian, specifically because it has an amino acid profile that’s similar to animal proteins. Not to mention, its crunchy texture always makes for a better bite. Berries, such as blueberries and strawberries, will help slow down the digestion process thanks to their fiber content, which ultimately allows you to feel fuller for longer. Toss in some spinach, and a light coat of balsamic vinegar. Just like that you have a bowl filled with color, fiber, and awesome nutrients.