These Healthy Lunch Recipes Will Help You Keep Your New Year Food Goals

Lauren Powell
by Lauren Powell

With each New Year come a set of New Year's resolutions and, for many of us, with those resolutions comes a new food goal for the year ahead. As a season of indulgence comes to an end and we slide back into our busy daily routines, there’s no denying a healthy diet can be tricky to maintain, but this year we’re going to give it the best crack we can. Are you with us?

Allow us to introduce you a selection of lunch recipes that are the secret to fulfilling that healthy eating goal while you’re stuck at your desk. They’re simple, satisfying, and nutritious—read: everything you want and need to break up a busy workday and to maintain that healthy eating promise. Scroll down for the nutritionist-approved recipes that your mind, body, and New Year’s resolutions list will thank you for.  

ROAST VEGETABLE TARTLET WITH HERBED CHICKPEA CRUST

This hearty, but equally as delicious roast vegetable tart from The Fit Foodie is the definition of #lunchgoals. The pumpkin and beetroot filling wrapped in a crumbly chickpea crust is a match made in culinary heaven. This simple and nutritious recipe tastes even better than it looks—and will curb your afternoon cravings.

ASIAN QUINOA SALAD

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Minimalist Baker 

Three words: Easy, crunchy, and satisfying. This 30-minute Asian-inspired salad courtesy of the Minimalist Baker is rich in protein and high in fibre making it a the ideal lunch option. Bonus: It tastes even better as a leftover so make enough for a few days and enjoy it all week long.

Roast Pumpkin, Carrot & Chickpea One Pan

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JS Health by Jessica Sepel

This substantial and simple dish from Jessica Sepel is low in GI, full of antioxidants and tastes so good you’ll want to make it for dinner, too. “I’m obsessed with these easy one-pan dinners—as simple as throwing some veggies and a protein onto a baking tray and roasting until delicious!” says Sepel.  

PUMPKIN, FETA + SPINACH SALAD

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The Fit Foodie

Pumpkin, feta, egg, and spinach make for a simple, but perfect combination in this salad recipe from The Fit Foodie. It’s packed with fibre and protein and will keep your appetite satisfied until the evening—everything we want in a lunchtime meal. Plus, it's so easy, you can make it fresh at work!

Roasted Cauliflower and Almond Salad with a Tahini-Cumin Dressing

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JS Health by Jessica Sepel

Food blogger, Jessica Sepel, admits that this nutritious recipe is one of the tastiest salads she has ever created. Roasted cauliflower and tahini are the stars of the salad and complemented with roasted almonds, a hint of cumin, a few greens—yum! Can we have it for every meal?

For more healthy eating inspiration, shop these New Year’s resolution-approved cookbooks.

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