Courtesy Megan Casper, M.S., RDN
Veggie-based meals are a great bet and this eggplant-based stew is a health star. “Ratatouille is a savory, filling, and nutritious comfort food that can be cooked up fast in a slow cooker for a week’s worth of healthy lunch,” says Megan Casper, M.S., RDN a nutrition expert and writer for Nourished Bite. She says the benefits of the dish include high water volume (to fill you up), loads of fiber, and that it’s low-calorie. “Serve on its own or over a half cup of quinoa or whole wheat pasta,” suggests Casper.
Vegan quinoa cakes
Courtesy Natalia Levey, healthyintent.com
Packed with protein to keep hunger at bay, this healthy lunch recipe also has the benefit of being quick to put together, says Natalia Levey, a healthy lifestyle expert and founder of Healthy Intent. Made with cooked quinoa, garbanzo beans, and seasonings, try the cakes served with a simple arugula salad, dressed with olive oil and lemon for a healthy crunch. Alternatively, serve as vegan burgers with a lettuce “bun,” and garlic “aioli.”