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5 Healthy Lunch & Dinner Recipes That You Will LOVE

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If you listened to the Ask Abbey Podcast Episode where I discuss living a healthy lifestyle with a 9-5 job, you know that I make two servings of whatever I’m eating for dinner so that I can automatically have lunch ready for work the next day! (If you didn’t, click here to listen in!)

Then I don’t have to spend 2 hours in the kitchen after work because that’s NOT an option for me (Netflix is waiting!!!). Every Sunday I usually buy ingredients for two different lunch/dinner recipes, and then I rotate between the two recipes throughout the week!

I have tonssss of recipes that I love, but here are the 5 that have been most consistent for me lately. Portions for these recipes are honestly just up to personal preference, so there’s no exact measurements listed (except for one) here!

1. Green + Grain Bowl

I get comments about how big my “salads” are at work all the time (LOL told you a girl can eat). But that’s because it’s not your traditional salad. I don’t know about you… but leaves don’t keep me full. I always add some type of grain, protein & fats to my salad. So I like to call it a Green + Grain Bowl.

  • Greens: Spring Mix
  • Grains: Farro
  • Protein: Roasted Chicken (season with Chili Powder, Paprika & Garlic)
  • Carbs: Sliced Red Grapes & Sliced Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Fats: Sliced Almonds
  • Top with: Green Onion
  • Dressing: Balsamic Vinaigrette + a drizzle of Balsamic Glaze (drooling this is like candy)

2. Creamy Bolognese

  • Chickpea Pasta- I use Banza
  • Sautéed Onions, Garlic & Mushrooms
  • Lean Ground Beef, Turkey, or Chicken (season with Chili Powder & Paprika)
  • Roasted Zucchini (season with Chili Powder & Paprika)
  • Sauce: 3 parts Marinara Sauce (check those labels!!!), 1 part Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Top with Fresh Basil

3. Roasted Veggie Fajita Bowl

  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Roasted Red Onion
  • Roasted Peppers
  • Lean Ground Beef, Turkey or Chicken
  • Sliced Avocado or Guac if you’re feeling crazy
  • Season with: Chipotle Chili Powder, Cumin, Garlic, Cilantro

4. Creamy Broccoli Pasta (2-4 Servings)

  • Chickpea Pasta
  • Roasted Broccoli (season with Chili Powder, Garlic & Pepper)
  • Roasted Chicken (season with Chili Powder, Paprika & Garlic)
  • Optional: Sautéed Mushrooms & Peas
  • Healthy Cheese Sauce (put it all in the blender & blend until creamy):
    • 3/4 cup Raw Cashews (soaked overnight or boiled until soft)1
    • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Nut Milk (less milk = thicker sauce)
    • 1/4 cup Chicken Broth
    • 2 tsp Coconut Aminos
    • 1 clove Garlic
    • 3 tbsp Nutritional Yeast (for cheesy flavor)
    • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
    • 1/4 tsp Ground White Pepper
    • 1 tsp Ground Mustard
    • Pink Himalayan Salt & Pepper to taste

5. Classic Protein + Veggies with a Twist

Plain chicken, broccoli and rice is just so boring (I’d know I ate this for an entire summer once). BUT it can be super quick & easy to make. My favorite way to eat protein + veggies is to get a good variety of veggies + spice it up with a fun dipping sauce

  • Protein Ideas: Roasted Chicken, Lean Ground Turkey, Beef or Chicken, Tofu, Fish, whatever your heart desires
  • Veggie Ideas: Sweet Potato, Squash, Zucchini, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Tomato, Asparagus, Green Beans, Red Onion, whatever your heart desires again
  • Sauce Ideas (this is where you can get some healthy fats into your meal too!):
    • Hummus or Tahini + Sriracha
    • Avocado + Lemon + Basil + Garlic
    • Greek or Coconut Yogurt + Lime + Sriracha
    • Greek or Coconut Yogurt + Lemon + Dill + Garlic

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