I get into a boring lunchtime routine. Bread, cheese, maybe a salad.  Honestly, there are days I don’t look forward to lunch and would rather just skip it and snack through the day instead. It’s hard to get a good lunch organized with a 9-month old, but I know I cannot neglect my health, or my food.  According to many eating philosophies, such as Ayurveda, the midday meal is important and should be the largest one. When I lived in Spain, I loved following the custom of eating a big hot lunch meal, allowing plenty of time for my body to digest the food during the remainder of the day. Here in the US, we don’t place that same value on lunch, but often rush through it or sometimes even forget about it.  To avoid that, I’ve come up with a few tasty and healthy go-to lunches that are easy to put together, light on the wallet, and packed with energy-boosting nutrients.

Whole grain pita with hummus, baby spinach, sliced tomatoes & shredded carrot. Shred enough carrot in advance for a few days. Simply assemble the pita, and serve with mixed greens and olive salad.

Goat cheese Salad with Arugula & Frisee: Two of my absolute favorite greens come together in this salad with herb goat cheese, black cured olives and sunflower seeds. Serve with crusty French bread.

Peanut Buckwheat Noodles with Steamed Veggies: Love this one! Simply cook buckwheat noodles according to directions, put cut veggies of choice in a steamer basket above noodles so they cook at the same time. Combine peanut butter, soy sauce or tamari, lemon or lime juice and a dash of hot sauce in a blender or whisk. You may need to add water to thin to your liking. Toss sauce with veggies and noodles when done.

Do you have any more ideas? Post them here!

For more ideas, read my previous article on Healthy and Easy Back to School Lunches http://appetitesforlife.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/healthy-and-easy-back-to-school-lunches/