When it comes to making lunch, it’s easy to get stuck in your ways and make the same boring salad, or have the same uninspiring meat and veg combination. Lunch should be an exciting way to split up your work day and it should be something that you look forward to eating. Here are 6 low carb lunch ideas to spice up the middle of your day.  

1) Stuffed Peppers

A great idea for making in bulk, stuffed peppers are really easy to make and can be served on their own or with a simple side salad. Simply de-seed a handful of whole peppers, cutting the top off sideways and then rubbing some coconut oil around the body of the pepper. Whilst baking at 180 degrees for around 30 – 40 minutes, create your ‘stuffing’. You can use beef/chicken or turkey mince, season well and add chilli, garlic and paprika. Once the mince is cooked and the peppers are soft, stuff the middle of the peppers with the filling, add a sprinkling of cheese on top and put back in the oven for 5 minutes. Voila! Peppers can also be stuffed with chopped veggies, or beans and legumes for a vegetarian option.

High Protein Low Carb Cheeseburger Buns

2) Lean Beef Burger

Using the high protein low carb cheeseburger buns recipe, making burgers couldn’t be easier. I like to make my own burger patties, mixing together lean beef/chicken or turkey mince, (I try and use to 5% fat beef mince) chopped onion and your favourite herbs and spices. I don’t tend to need to use an egg to bind the ingredients together, just mix well with your hands and shape into small round patties. Add some lettuce, avocado and tomato for some extra filling.

3) Peri Peri Pizza

Making a protein bread co. pizza is a great idea for lunches. Simply make one pizza and have it across 2 lunches with a side salad. I especially like the peri-peri chicken recipe and usually add some broccoli onto it too to get my greens in. A half of this pizza has 65.5g of protein and only 7.9g carbs. A simple side salad for me would include spinach, tomatoes, avocado and some toasted pine nuts (and most probably Brussels sprouts because I love these at the moment)

4) Tuna and Chilli slaw salad

Tuna is a very lean protein and is a really in-expensive every day staple that can be used to create a filling and tasty lunch. With so many flavour varieties, a quick way to make a lunch is to combine a tin of tuna (my favourite is the chilli variety) with a bag of shredded slaw vegetables, and you can add some avocado, sweet corn, sundried tomatoes and chickpeas. Toss well and you’ll end up with a yummy slaw-like salad.

5) Salmon stir fry

Baking salmon with garlic, ginger and chilli in a tin foil parcel in the oven is a quick and healthy way to cook up your salmon. Thrown together with a bag of cooked stir fry veggies, it can make a healthy lunch that you can make across a couple of days. Create a simple dressing that will go across three stir fry’s using 1tsp chilli paste, 3tbsp. soy sauce (opt for the reduced salt version), 1 tbsp. sesame oil or fish sauce and 1tsp ginger. Top stir fry with sesame seeds for an extra crunch

6) Vegetarian Sweetcorn and black bean chilli

Combined with cauliflower rice instead of tacos, vegetarian sweet corn and black bean chilli is an inexpensive and satisfying lunch option. I like this recipe: https://www.thespruce.com/black-bean-corn-vegetarian-chili-recipe-3378408  as it’s really simple. Feel free to freezer some portions for a later date too!

 

I hope this has given you some inspiration to mix your lunches up for the week ahead – I’d love to know if you gave any of them a go! Get creative too; add different herbs and spices in or veggies. If you want to boost the chances of prepping in advance, I would recommend buying yourself some nice and colourful Tupperware – that helps me ☺

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