Originally Answered: what would be a balanced nutritious meal for lunches?I can do o.k.for breakfast and dinner,but not lunch?
There are so many things to suggest to you--a lot depends on whether you have access to refrigeration and a microwave but--here goes.
You can buy salad in a bag that has a good shelf life. You can buy chicken in cans. Then, mix the salad and chicken together with a dressing of your choice and then put it in a "wrap" when you get ready to eat it. Wraps come in packages and so do pita breads--some people call them pocket breads. Bean sprouts, avocado and bacon with tomato and ranch dressing is a great combo--and different from a regular sandwich. What you want is variety AND nutrition.
Sliced low-fat turkey, low fat cheese, carrots, hard boiled egg wedges and mixed greens make a chef salad--with your favourite dressing.
Invest in a good thermos and you can make things like chili, stew or soups at home and then take them with you for a hot lunch. If you have a microwave at work, that would help.
Bagels come in a variety of flavors and are great to use as a base for things like cream cheese, fruit and nuts. Tuna salad , lettuce and tomato are also good on bagels.
Then there are the old dependables such as egg salad, macaroni and cheese, vegetable lasagna, beef stew.
Baked apples are a nice change from a regular apple, and dried fruits such as pineapple, banana chips, apple chips, apricots, dates, raisins or trail mix are a good energy food that doesn't need special storage. Rice cakes are another excellent food that comes in a number of flavors. They are a good platform for any of the nut butters and raisins sprinkled on top.
Fresh fruit is always good. You can cut up your own strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, grapes and melon and make a mixed fruit bowl to take with cottage cheese and crispbreads on the side. Fresh fruit salad will hold in the fridge for several days if tightly closed.
Then there are all sorts of casseroles that you can make at home, cut into portions and freeze. Then, take one to work--warm in the microwave and eat with a side salad.
Then there are the beans and legumes. Bean soup, pea soup--re-fried beans with salsa in flour tortillas--warmed with some good cheese, add garbonzo beans to your salads, use hummus which you can buy, as a spread. Purchase ready made Tabbouleh, which is a wheat salad. Think about how you can use rice such as in broccoli, rice and cheese, rice pudding, chicken and rice casserole with veggies, etc.
Remember, many vegetables can be eaten in their raw form, such as...cucumber, carrot, cauliflower, celery, bell pepper, zucchini and grape tomatoes, with dressing or dips. They can also be good steamed in a vegetable medley.
And, what about a vegetable and cheese stuffed baked potato? Or a plain baked potato with baco bits, low fat sour cream and low fat margarine?
Most importantly, you want to have a meal that won't be to heavy in the middle of the day but will give you a good amount of protein, a small amount of fat and carbs and a good enough amount of bulk to keep you fuelled and satisfied until you leave work.
If anything here strikes a chord with you, let me know and I will send recipes.