Quick Lunch Recipes for Working Parents

Cucumber SaladWhether your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight or improve your overall health, eating more nutritious foods is a great way to start. Making positive changes to your diet can be difficult, especially if you already have a busy work schedule. Here are some healthy, no-heat lunches that can help you keep your cool when time is short.

Creamy White Bean and Avocado Wrap

You will need:

  • 4 tortillas or wraps 8 to 10 inches in diameter
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 shredded carrot
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 2 Tbsp. minced red onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 can white beans (15 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar

Directions:

  1. Whisk salt, oil and vinegar in a medium-sized bowl. Toss in cilantro, carrot and cabbage.
  2. In a separate bowl, mash together avocado and white beans. Add onion and cheese.
  3. Spread a 1/2 cup of the avocado and bean mixture onto each wrap. Top with 2/3 cup of the carrot-cabbage mixture. Roll and cut in half before serving.

Cucumber Salad

You will need:

  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 tsp. dried dill
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. salt

Directions:

  1. Slice onion thinly. Slice cucumbers lengthwise and remove all seeds. Slice seedless cucumber halves thinly.
  2. Toss onion, cucumber and salt in a colander, and then drain 20 minutes and rinse with cold water.
  3. Combine sugar and vinegar in a medium-sized bowl. Toss with cucumber mixture. Stir in dill and serve.

Ham, Mozzarella and Pineapple Sandwich

You will need for each sandwich:

  • 2 slices of pumpernickel or other brown bread
  • 2 ounces of smoked ham, thinly sliced
  • 3 slices pineapple
  • Thinly sliced jalapeño
  • Fresh cilantro

Directions:

  1. Place thinly sliced ham on one slice of bread.
  2. Place cheese on top of ham.
  3. Layer slices of pineapple on top of cheese.
  4. Scatter jalapeño slices on cheese.
  5. Top with fresh cilantro and the other slice of bread.

Let these no-cook lunch recipes help make your workday a little less hectic – and more delicious.

 

Source:
1) http://www.food.com/recipe/strawberry-julius-24088
2) http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/creamy_avocado_white_bean_wrap.html
3) http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/cucumber-salad-recipe/index.html

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