If you are planning to start bringing a packed lunch to work then you are probably looking for some brown bag lunch ideas. Contrary to what you may have experienced back in your schooldays, a brown bag lunch does not have to mean a soggy peanut butter sandwich, potato chips and a warm can of soda. If you want a packed lunch that’s easy to prepare and nutritious to eat, here are some ideas for you to try.
1. Turkey Sandwich
Thanks to the fact that they are filling, tasty and easy to prepare, sandwiches are the quintessential brown bag lunch. If you are tired of the usual peanut butter and jelly or cheap sandwich meats, why not make yourself a healthy turkey sandwich? Start by purchasing whole-grain bread. Whole-grain bread is much healthier than your usual white bread. If you can buy gluten-free bread, that is even better. Spread some unsalted butter over two slices of bread. Next, get some waxed paper and place the slices on the sheet, with the buttered side of the bread facing down. On one slice, place a slice of cheese, sliced turkey breast, spinach leaves and mayonnaise. Seal the sandwich with the other slice of bread, making sure that the buttered side is facing up. Cook the sandwich in a waffle iron for about three minutes or until cheese melts and the bread turns golden-brown.
2. Low-Fat Pizza With Salad on The Side
If you’re used to eating greasy pizza for lunch at your favorite pizza joint then it might be a good idea to make your own brown bag pizza. Not only will you get to eat a healthier type of pizza but you will also get to save money. Start by slicing an English muffin and spreading some pasta sauce on the slices. Top this off with a sprinkling of mozarella cheese. For toppings, use mushrooms or slices of bell peppers. Use a plastic wrap to seal the pizza slices and to keep the shreds of cheese from spilling out. Pair it with a simple vegetable salad and you have a quick and healthy packed lunch.
3. Chicken Salad
Today’s chicken salad has evolved from the usual chicken-and-mayonnaise recipe. To make a tasty modern-day chicken salad, start by boiling boneless parts of chicken like tenders or breast fillet. Once they are cooked, shred them and place the pieces into a bowl. Toss in some sliced red grapes, green onions, chopped pecans or your preferred nuts and chopped celery. Mix in the mayonnaise and add some salt and pepper to adjust the taste. You can make this recipe the night before you go to work or during the weekends. It’s usually best to make a large batch so you can store the leftovers in the fridge for future use. For a bit of variety, try adding a scoop of the chicken salad to a vegetable salad. You can also spread the salad between slices of whole-grain bread for a tasty chicken salad sandwich.
4. Leftover Pasta
If you’ve just had pasta for dinner the night before, you can turn this into a good brown bag lunch by taking the plain pasta (without the sauce) and mixing it with some olive oil, steamed broccoli or spinach and parmesan cheese.