We have in mind our go-to simple breakfast and easy dinner recipes, but what about lunch? You know, that mealtime during the middle of the day that causes our minds to draw a blank when we think of what to eat.
We're rounding up 15 of our favorite lunch recipes that are wicked quick, delicious, and get the job done! These recipes require minimal ingredients, simple steps, and offer paleo and vegan-friendly options for everyone to enjoy.
Refuel throughout the day the right way with these real food recipes with flavors that will have you dreaming about tomorrow's lunch special.
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1. Vegan Mac N' Cheese
Do we actually have to justify why mac n' cheese makes the list? No, you get it. This healthified and undeniably delicious version is completely plant-based made with a creamy cashew cheese sauce that will blow your mind.
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2. Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Nothing hits the spot quite like a thick and loaded sammie. This creamy chickpea salad version is similar to your classic chicken salad, but is made with chickpeas, some vegan mayo, and other simple ingredients.
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3. Cucumber Quinoa Salad
There's nothing more refreshing than this light cucumber and quinoa salad. This recipe features wholesome ingredients like spiralized cucumber, quinoa, creamy avocado and flavorful spices to amp up this tasty combination.
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4. Roasted Cauliflower Broccoli Bowls
Lemon-roasted cauliflower, warm steamed broccoli, and avocado and pumpkin seeds to add in a healthy dose of nutritious fats. This recipe is sure to leave your taste buds happy and appetite satisfied.
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5. Vegan Spring Rolls
If you're looking to add a colorful pop of color to your meals, then these spring rolls are exactly what you need! Refreshing, crisp veggies wrapped in smooth rice paper, with a creamy peanut sauce perfect for dipping.
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6. Paleo Sweet Potato Crust
Pizza lovers rejoice with this grain-free and paleo version of a fan-favorite. Made with just 7 key ingredients and endless topping combinations, this just might become your go-to pizza recipe. Load on your fresh veggies and go to town!
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7. Paleo Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders
Tender crusted chicken tenders just how you like, but make 'em grain-free and good for ya. We got creative with our deliciously versatile hot cereals and created these lightly coated chicken tenders best paired with an easy homemade honey mustard sauce that's to die for!
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8. Guacamole Chicken Salad
Throw it on a piece of sweet potato toast, sandwiched between two pieces of toast, on top of a salad, or any other way you prefer to enjoy. This recipe features creamy avocado, tender chicken, and spicy jalapeños for a fun kick.
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9. Mediterranean Power Bowl
Like Chipotle, but way better! This loaded bowl features a crisp cucumber and tomato salad, tender beef, warm buffalo roasted cauliflower, and some creamy avocado to top it all off. Stop what you're doing and refuel with this bowl!
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10. Garlic Butter Chicken Meatballs and Cauli Rice
Warm and juicy chicken meatballs drenched in a decadent dressing, this meal is perfect when paired with cauliflower rice, avocadoes and spritzed with lemon juice. The perfect recipe for meal prep to enjoy one day after the next.
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11. Ground Turkey & Veggie Stir Fry
Juicy turkey mixed with tender zucchini, broccoli, bok choy, and many more veggies where those came from. This recipe is the perfect nutritious refuel meal to enjoy when energy levels drop throughout the day.
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12. Paleo Cauliflower Falafel
Crispy and crunchy cauliflower falafel that can be cooked how you like it: pan-fried, baked, or even air-fried. This recipe requires just 7 base ingredients and loads of spices to knock your taste buds out of the park.
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13. Macadamia Coconut Crusted Salmon
Perfectly crispy and flaky salmon crusted with unsweetened coconut and macadamia nuts, plus a spritz of lemon juice for a refreshing citrus pop. It's grain-free, paleo, Whole30-approved, and the perfect meal for everyone to enjoy!
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14. Easy Jackfruit Tacos
Did you know that jackfruit can be prepared in such a way to mimic pork?! Plant-based win! Flavorful tacos drenched in a creamy poblano cashew-based sauce. Top with the fresh veggies of your desires and devour.
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15. 15-Minute One Skillet Sausage Stir Fry
Lunch in 15 minutes? Yes please! This stir fry recipe is loaded with crispy brussels, tender sausage, mushrooms, and a creamy cilantro lime drizzle for the perfect finishing touch. Place atop a bed of warm cauli rice or fresh spinach for a balanced meal.