You probably won't find a "recipe" for lunch. You might get further asking what we consider when we plan lunches. For example I start with This or That?
Home or Away (like take to work or the beach, or restaurant)
Hot or cold? Both?
Cooked or raw? Both?
Nutriblast, salad, sandwich, soup, stir fry, or other?
Then I get a little more specific with
Calorie goal _________
1 fruit _______________
2 veggie servings of ______________ & ______________
1 serving protein (legumes, dairy, poultry, fish, nuts, or lots of veggies)
So when I know the ingredients I'm using, I either go ahead and combine to make the plan, or go the SP Recipes Data Base and look for a recipe for a main dish, side, smoothie, salad, etc. that used that ingredient. I have used all of the types of things you mentioned in your original post, and more.
Once you decide what you are considering as the right kind of food for lunch that day, then you can look for a recipe--crepe, layered salad, soup, sandwich, wrap, fruit salad, muffin, casserole, . . .
I find green salads can accommodate all of the different food groups: fruit, other veggies besides greens whether raw or cooked or even frozen, meat, cheese, grains, legumes, bread (croutons or crackers, or pretzels), nuts, and could be considered to be pretty complete in itself.
I do make a "cold casserole" that combines almost everything I need to eat in one dish: cooked rice or whole grain mix, 1 apple peeled, cored, sliced, dried cranberries, minced celery, (scallion if you're at home), walnuts, cinnamon, black pepper, cooled grilled chicken. Still not enough veggies though, so I'd add a side of a roasted or steamed veggie like carrots, broccoli, or beets.
Edited by: BRAVELUTE at: 4/24/2013 (16:22)
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