Who doesn’t look forward to lunchtime? It’s usually the first hour of the day where we can sit back, relax and enjoy our favorite dishes during busy workdays. Here are some of the easiest and tastiest lunch recipes to consider the next time you want to cook.
Chicken salad with a twist
Any kind of chicken dish is a crowd favorite because of two main reasons. Firstly, chicken is universally liked because it doesn’t have a specific taste like let’s say lamb does. Secondly, chicken goes well with pretty much any kind of flavoring exactly because it has a bland taste. Furthermore, you can also pick different parts of the chicken to use, be it the more muscular chicken breast or more flavourful chicken thigh. One of the easiest and tastiest chicken recipes is a chicken salad, to be more specific we are aiming towards a chicken salad with a BBQ dressing, a BBQ chicken salad if you will. Simply cook your favorite part of the chicken, dice it and mix it with some beans, shredded cheese, red onion, lettuce, tomatoes, and all your favorite toppings and simply bathe them in your favorite BBQ sauce.
For those days when you simply don’t have the time or the patience to spend an hour in your kitchen preparing lunch, we’ve got a tip for you. Microwavable food has been around for quite some time, and as experts suggest, the market for it is constantly growing. While this is a quick fix, it might not be the tastiest or the healthiest, which is why we’re suggesting you make your easy lunch in no time. What better dish to make in a microwave than nachos. Who doesn’t love nachos? You can use any kind of meat or meat substitutes you like, but make sure you cut it thin and then spread it on your tortilla. Once you’ve got this down, cover it with your favorite meltable cheese, toppings such as pico de gallo, beans, or corn, and simply microwave it for a few minutes. Voila!
This hearty dish
If you’re looking forward to indulging yourself for lunchtime, this is the recipe for you. What better way to enjoy lunch than with a hearty roast. While there are many great roast recipes out there, you should look for ones that don’t take up a lot of time to cook. In other words – the ones which are easiest to make such as a delicious bottom round roast and which are still very tasty. In addition to this, it’s a super affordable cut of meat. Simply make your favorite marinate, cover the whole roast, and cook it fat side up (this is super important!). To make sure it’s well cooked, use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature of the roast to know when it’s perfectly cooked.
Tuna salad for pescatarians/tuna lovers out there
One of the ways to make lunch preparation much easier is to use versatile ingredients. Tuna cans are a very versatile ingredient compared to many, and there is certainly a lot more you can do than simply mixing it with mayo and Sriracha sauce. We’re looking at a healthy tuna salad that is highly adjustable to your taste. To add a depth of flavor to an already crowd favorite spicy tuna – add some roasted bell peppers and green onion and add more sauces such as soy sauce, sesame oil, and a little bit of brown sugar. Serve with a side of crackers and sliced cucumbers for a balanced and tasty lunch.
If you’re after a healthy lunch
If you’re looking for an easy and tasty lunch, but want to remain on the strictly healthier side of things, we have a great salad recommendation for you. It’s quite easy to make as it involves a lot of easy ingredients and techniques. Take a couple of carrots and radishes and use a speed peeler to well, peel them. Once you have colorful ribbons on your plate slice a little bit of orange and add a touch of watercress. You know what they say – it’s healthy to eat the rainbow. Then, make a vinaigrette out of lemon juice, orange juice, honey, and olive oil by your taste and dress the salad. Add a little bit of salt and pepper to better adjust the taste and there you have it an easy and tasty lunch.
The tastiest lunch sandwich
You didn’t think we were gonna make a list of easy and tasty lunch recipes without throwing in a sandwich did you? While there are many options for a sandwich, since we’ve mentioned a lot of different meats and meat substitutes, let’s focus on turkey slices. Heat a small skillet on medium heat and toast two big slices of hearty bread on some butter. POnce golden, add a generous coating of cranberry sauce or preserve on one slice and mayo on the other. If you have cooked turkey on hand – great, if not use deli turkey slices and some lettuce,(maybe a slice of bacon in between or an egg if you’re really hungry). There you have it, an easy and tasty lunch sandwich.
Easy vegan option
Let’s not forget that there are plenty of vegans out there and plenty of soul-satisfying vegan food, who are also looking to be matched. So what better way to make these terms combine than in a simple vegan fried rice recipe. Put some rice to boil while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. The secret to best-fried rice is to use some stale rice. While the rice is being prepared (if you don’t have leftover rice), roast some tofu in your pan, and once it’s done fry a few vegetables you have on hand – any kind of mixture you like. Once done, combine everything in the pan and cover with soy sauce and sesame seed oil. Serve with green onion topping.
Whichever recipes you decide to prepare, they will all be tasty without a doubt. The accent here is on how easy they are to make, so even if you’re a beginner cook you will be able to find your way in even the trickier dishes such as roasts. Bon appetite!