25 Paleo Lunches to Brown Bag for work

Can we all agree that lunch got the short end of the meal stick? It doesn’t have the finger-licking waffles and crisp bacon that breakfast lays claim to, and most of us don’t have time to make the casseroles or meat-and-potatoes dishes we enjoy at dinnertime. Heck, it can be tough to even escape from our desks to get a midday meal in.READ

For Paleo lovers, lunchtime can be even more of a challenge—no grains typically means no sandwiches, and how many salads can one person eat? No need to stress. The following recipes are easy to make and take to work so you have a hearty, flavorful meal that will help you stay awake and focused the rest of the day. But you don’t need to be on the Paleo plan to enjoy them: Feel free to add them to your brown bag rotation no matter what “diet” you follow.

Sandwiches

leo Lunches to Brown Bag to Work
Can we all agree that lunch got the short end of the meal stick? It doesn’t have the finger-licking waffles and crisp bacon that breakfast lays claim to, and most of us don’t have time to make the casseroles or meat-and-potatoes dishes we enjoy at dinnertime. Heck, it can be tough to even escape from our desks to get a midday meal in.READ

For Paleo lovers, lunchtime can be even more of a challenge—no grains typically means no sandwiches, and how many salads can one person eat? No need to stress. The following recipes are easy to make and take to work so you have a hearty, flavorful meal that will help you stay awake and focused the rest of the day. But you don’t need to be on the Paleo plan to enjoy them: Feel free to add them to your brown bag rotation no matter what “diet” you follow.

Sandwiches

1. Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps

If you think lettuce wraps are limp and too light to sustain you, get ready to have your mind—and taste buds—blown. Between the jalapeno chillies and homemade chipotle sauce, your lettuce won’t know what hit it. Plus, they’re super easy to make, and you can use any extra chicken in other sandwiches or on grain bowls later in the week.

2. Cuban Picadillo Lettuce Wraps

Sure, it might not be the most authentic picadillo recipe, but it’s probably one of the tastiest. Ground beef is combined with capers, green olives, bell peppers, and seasonings, then topped with fresh pico de gallo. Despite the lengthy list of ingredients, it’s easy to make (and all of those ingredients are easy to find)—and who doesn’t like a taco-ish meal?

3. California Turkey and Bacon Wraps With Basil Mayo

Satisfy your California dreaming with these West Coast-inspired wraps. Spread lettuce leaves with a fresh basil-mayo combo (make your own mayo if you’re a die-hard Paleo), then stack deli turkey slices, your favorite bacon, thin-sliced avocados, and tomatoes. Roll ‘em up like burritos and enjoy.

4. Italian Sub Roll-Up

We all know it’s what’s inside the sandwich that counts, and that’s why this is genius. Forget the bread or lettuce leaves; your deli meats are the wrap and filling here. Overlap two rows of your faves on wax paper, place your favorite veggie fillings on one side, roll it all up, and slice in half. It’s super adaptable and so delicious.

5. Steak and Sriracha Lettuce Wraps

Sriracha adds a spicy kick to this fast, Paleo-friendly dish, but you can always adjust the amount if you prefer a milder version. The recipe is delicious as is, but feel free to get creative with extra garnishes to tailor it to your ideal taste. Sweet peppers, sprouts, raw diced onions, sauteed eggplant, chopped blanched almonds—whatever you’d like to add is fair game here!

Bowls

6. Cajun Garlic Shrimp Noodle Bowls

Shrimp meals tend to come together quickly, and this one is no exception. Cajun-seasoned crustaceans are cooked with onions and peppers, then piled atop a bed of zucchini noodles. Best of all, this tastes great hot or at room temp, so if you don’t have a microwave at work, no worries.

7. Egg Roll in a Bowl

Satisfy your Chinese takeout cravings with this inverted egg roll. Fiber-full cabbage gets sliced and diced, then sautéed with carrots, coconut aminos (a Paleo lover’s answer to soy sauce), sesame oil, and green onions. We recommend making this heartier by adding protein like eggs or meat.

8. Mexican Paleo Super Bowl

Fries and chicken tenders don’t exactly sound like health foods. Except when you’re whipping up baked carrot fries and sautéed chicken strips. Serve ‘em with pico de gallo for tomato’s healthy benefits, eggs for extra protein, iron-rich spinach, and silky smooth avocado, and you’ve got a bowl that’s south-of-the-border worthy.

9. Bowl of Doom

The more accurate name for this might be “bowl of amazing.” Make a hash-like combo of potassium-rich sweet potato and ground beef, then cook an egg how you like it. Transfer the hash to a portable container, top with the egg, and pack some salsa and avocado to add once you’re ready to dig it.

10. Burrito Bowl

What’s a burrito bowl without rice? Pretty darn tasty. Use broccoli slaw that’s sautéed with onions, peppers, and celery as an antioxidant-loaded base, then add the usual suspects: spicy beef, cilantro, salsa, and avocado. There’s no need for beans or cheese when you have all this flavor, plus the fiber and protein to keep you feeling full for hours.

11. Cuban Sandwich Bowls

With crispy cabbage, sweet shredded pork, salty deli ham, creamy avocado, fried plantains, and tangy mojo sauce, who needs bread? Make the pork and plantains ahead of time on the weekend, then pack a serving of everything into a plastic container, and tote it to work on a day when you have back-to-back-to-back meetings—this way you’ll be sure you don’t miss lunch (or resort to leftover doughnuts from the break room).

12. BLT Bowl

It’s all the good parts of a BLT, plus a few extra additions that you’ll love. Crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes, and fresh lettuce welcome avocado, cucumber, feta cheese (strict Paleos, simply omit this), and a balsamic dressing to the party for a meal worth celebrating. Or at least leaving your desk to enjoy.

13. Mason Jar Healthy Taco Salad

Your co-workers will be jealous when they catch you eating this. Not only is the lunch delicious, but it’s portable too. You’ll get a good dose of protein thanks to chicken and a variety of colorful veggies, like red bell peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes.

14. Paleo Avocado Tuna Salad

When you need a lunch that’s ready in less than five minutes, turn to this recipe. Not only is tuna awesome for your heart, but it’s also hard to resist when stuffed inside an avocado half. Add a dash of lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and lunch is served. Plus you can easily pack all the ingredients (just remember that can opener!) and make it at work

15. Antipasto Salad

If the Italian sub is your first choice at the deli, this antipasto salad is for you. Opt for meats free of weird ingredients and, if using jarred veggies like olives or sweet peppers, be sure they’re packed only in heart-healthy olive oil or vinegar. Served over a bed of your favorite leafy greens and drizzled with homemade Italian dressing, this is a real meal.

16. Salmon Salad Power Bowls

There are so many awesome things happening in this bowl: salmon, which is may reduce the risk ofcardiovascular disease; high-fiber and low-sugar raspberries; and heart-healthy avocado oil. Choose your favorite greens and toss for a salad that’s anything but sad.

17. Broccoli Salad With Cashew Curry Dressing

Although it’s traditionally served as a side dish, this is filling enough to be a main course. A creamy curry-cashew dressing jazzes up basic broccoli, which is mixed with tart dried cranberries and bacon, then topped with crunchy sunflower seeds and cashews. So much flavor, texture, and color!

18. Thai Chopped Chicken Salad

This mason jar salad is bursting with fresh flavors. From mangos and roasted peppers to a spicy chili vinaigrette, it’s like a party in your mouth. And thanks to the jar, your lettuce won’t get soggy while you wait for your lunch break.

19. Shrimp and Avocado Salad With Miso Dressing

Similar to a ceviche, this one’s perfect for warmer days—or anytime you want to satisfy an avocado and/or seafood craving. The miso dressing is delish, but you can omit it or add a different sauce if you prefer.

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