I recently read Mark Bittman’s book VB6, because I needed inspiration for lunch ideas. The focus of the book is eating more vegetables, fruits, and grains.
Here are some lunch ideas inspired by Bittman’s book. You’ll notice each one includes a large green salad (see the “Daily Salad” post for more ideas). Have fresh fruit for dessert.
1 cup soup, 1 serving bread or crackers, and 1 large green salad
1/2 cup beans, 1/2 cup cooked quinoa or brown rice, and 1 large green salad
1/2 cooked sweet potato topped with 1/2 cup black beans and cumin (or chickpea salad), and 1 large green salad
1/2 cup cooked quinoa, 1 cup sauteed spinach (or green beans), and sauteed mushrooms, and 1 large green salad
1/2 cup cooked quinoa, 1/2 cup black beans, 1 cup roasted squash and broccoli (or other roasted vegetables), and 1 large green salad [this lunch is shown in the photo]
Asian noodles with stir-fry veggies and tofu
“The Big Bowl“: 1/2 cup roasted chickpeas; 1/2 cup cooked quinoa; 1/2 cooked sweet potato; avocado pieces; and shredded carrots. Can be served on a bed of mixed greens.
Black bean tacos and 1 large green salad
Veggie burger on a bun with sliced tomatoes and 1 large green salad