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Healthy Lunch Recipes

by Qua Nutrition recipe

Indian staples at lunch are rice and wheat depending on your preference. Dishes that are well balanced and complete are easy to eat and digest. Here are a few recipes that are nutritious, filling, healthy, and easy to prepare. A review on age old recipes with few ideas to make it more wholesome with a twist.

1. Vegetable and Egg Brown Rice

Ingredients

  • Brown Rice (cooked) – 150 g
  • Corn – 50 g
  • Peas – 50 g
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Assorted cut Vegetables – 100 g (Can include cauliflower, sprouts, mushrooms, spinach, carrots, beans, boiled beans etc)
  • Olive Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Egg – 1 / 2
  • Sauces, Tomato puree, pickle as seasoning – 1 tsp
  • Seasoning as per taste – Salt, spices

Method

  • Heat one tablespoon oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add ginger garlic paste and stir fry for one minute. Crack the egg/s directly onto the pan and gently stir till partially cooked.
  • Add the cooked brown rice and stir fry for a few minutes. The egg/s should coat the rice.
  • Add the corn, peas, assorted cut veggies and stir fry for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add any sauce or special seasoning to bring out the chef in you.
  • Remove from heat, stir in any additional add-ins (parsley or basil) and seasoning and serve!

    Note: Brown rice takes longer to cook; a soaking of minimum 45 min-1 hour is required. For long-grain brown rice, use 1 1/4 cups water to 1 cup rice. For short-grain, use 1 1/2 cups water. Bring rice and water (add a teaspoon of salt to it) to boil and simmer it for 30-45 minutes.

Nutrition

The health benefits of eating brown rice with vegetables is numerous. It controls vitamins and mineral deficiencies, repairs tissue damage due to free radical oxidation and improves digestion. It is healthy food and it can be a part of a diet plan to reduce weight.

  • Brown rice is a more nutritious alternative to white rice or noodles. The high percentage of fibre and lecithin content present in brown rice takes time to break down, thus does not cause a spike in blood glucose levels. This further helps with weight loss.
  • Eggs are natural fat burners as they are rich in protein and they help in building muscle. It also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants found in the yolks, which helps to protect the eyes from light and free radicals.
  • An ideal receipe to use a bit of everything and make a tasty, wholesome meal. A good take away option for travel and office. Great with pickle and curd to enchance its flavours

2. Egg & Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

  • Quinoa (cooked) – 100 g
  • Tomatoes – 2 medium
  • Cucumber – 1 medium
  • Spinach (Shredded) – 100 g
  • Avocado – 1 medium
  • Coriander Leaves – 2 tbsps
  • Boiled Egg – 1
  • Olive Oil – 2 tbsps
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp
  • Seasoning as per taste – Salt, spice

For Dressing

  • Lemon Juice – ½ Cup
  • Mustard Paste – 2 tsps
  • Olive Oil – 2 tbsps

Method

  • Combine Quinoa with oil & season with salt and spices.
  • In a bowl combine cucumber with tomato & keep it aside.
  • In another bowl toss chopped avocado with coriander leaves & lemon juice.
  • Finally in a salad serving bowl, spread spinach at the bottom. Top it with a layer of quinoa, then tomato mixture and avocado mixture.
  • Sprinkle with dressing as per taste and then top it with boiled eggs cut into halves.

Nutrition

This quinoa salad is a healthy eater's dream: flavourful, full of protein and veggies and can be a perfect add on for your balanced diet lunch option.

  • Quinoa contains more vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants than any other grain. Its protein balance is similar to milk and has more protein compared to rice, millet or wheat. So it can be a part of high protein diet.
  • Veggies like tomato, cucumber, spinach have low calories which help in fat burning and can be a part of a diet to reduce weight.
  • Avocadoes are packed with MUFA (Monounsaturated Fatty Acids) which help reduce blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  • Eggs are a quality source of lean protein & contain only 70 - 80 calories. Lean proteins are a vital component to weight management, when accompanied by fresh vegetables and whole grains. Eggs also help build muscle strength and prevent muscle loss.

3. Sweet Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • Sweet potato (boiled and peeled): 2 nos
  • Apple (diced): 1 nos
  • Cucumber (diced):1 nos
  • Tomatoes (diced): 1 nos medium
  • Mint leaves for garnish
  • Seasoning as per taste – Salt, pepper, etc

For dressing

  • Mint: 1/2 cup
  • Coriander: 1/4 cup
  • Lemon juice: 2 tbsp
  • Honey: 2 tsp
  • Green chilli (chopped): 1
  • Cumin powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Olive oil: 1 tsp

Method:

  • Put all the dressing ingredients into the blender and make a paste.
  • In a bowl put the dressing and all other ingredients and except mint leaves and mix it well. Garnish it with mint leaves.
  • Season with salt & pepper.

Nutrition

Fresh with a sweet sour combo, hits the right taste buds. Small in size but a hearty fulfilling lunch.

  • Sweet potato is good source of B carotene, a precursor of vitamin A which is good for the eyes and acts as an immunity booster. They are also a good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, potassium, dietary fibre, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and phosphorus.
  • Apples are a source of fibre and rich in antioxidants. It helps in preventing stroke, maintains lipid profile and helps in weight loss.

4. Vegetable Roll

Ingredients

  • Cucumber – 1 medium, cut lengthwise
  • Tomato – 1/2 finely cut
  • Sprouts – handfu
  • Bell peppers (Red, yellow & green) – 1/2 Cup
  • Onion – 1/2 finely cut
  • Carrot – 1 small grated
  • Lettuce leaves/Salad leaves- 2
  • Mint Leaves – 1 tbsp, crushed
  • Hummus or Cutney or Tomato Sauce or pickle – 2 tsp
  • Whole Wheat Wrap Chappati– 1 no. (Gluten Free Chappati for Gluten sensitive)
  • Olive Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt & ground Black pepper and seasoning (chaat masala, chilli flakes) – to taste
  • Optional add – Boiled eggs, Tofu, Paneer, Boiled/grilled chicken or fish

Method

  • Spread hummus/cutney/sauce over warm whole wheat chapatti. Line lettuce leaves/ salad leaved over it.
  • Top with vegitables cucumber slices, tomatoes, onions, sprouts, bell peppers, carrots, onions, and optional adds .
  • Dress with mint, seasoning to enchance taste.
  • Roll wrap bread, toast on pan and cut in half on a diagonal. Serve with dip or eat plain.

Nutrition

Wraps are options that you can pack and carry with you for lunch. By choosing your ingredients carefully and varying your choices, you can use lunch wraps to help you lose weight and prevent boredom in your diet. They can be a part of your list of healthy diet foods that you can have.

  • Eating more vegetables can help you lose weight because they are low in calories and high in fibre, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • One of the healthier options for dips/spread is hummus ( made of white boiled / steamed channa) . It provides you with protein and a number of essential vitamin and minerals, and while it can be high in fat, it is mostly heart-healthy unsaturated fat.
  • Combining it with Protiens in the optional, the variability that it provides can be perfect option for all options