Who else's interest isn't piqued in the least when they're offered "low-carb" options for anything? You go from thinking no bread to no potatoes to no pasta to no way. But would you feel the same if you could have low-carb lunches that were so tasty you wouldn’t miss your sandwich? We think not. And we're here to tell you that if you dig a little bit deeper through your recipes, friends' Pinterest boards, or even rifled through some hard-copy cookbooks, you'd always be able to find some options that fit in with a low-carbohydrate diet (that you'll actually want to eat at lunchtime, too).
Your lunch break is a great time to take a walk outside of your cubicle or home and just reset. But the moment you leave with the intention of grabbing something remotely healthy, the smell of greasy French fries or your favorite double-meat hoagie usually sidetracks you. Never fear: We're arming you with three totally awesome low-carb lunch options that you'll actually want to eat on repeat (plus, there's no digging for recipes required). Enjoy!
CAULIFLOWER RICE CARNE ASADA BOWLS
The Hero Ingredient: The cauliflower rice that soaks up the carne asada sauce is the true hero in this low-carb lunch recipe. Like a grain, it keeps you full way past lunchtime.
The Recipe: Mexican-style flank steak is marinated in a delectable sauce of orange juice, olive oil, garlic, chipotle pepper in adobo, and lime juice, then grilled. It's topped with a mango and jalapeño salsa and thin slices of avocado and sits atop the cauliflower rice we mentioned above.
The Clincher: Let your meat marinate in the refrigerator overnight for a more intense flavor. (It's totally worth it.)
SPANISH QUINOA-STUFFED PEPPERS
The Hero Ingredient: Sweet bell peppers become the perfect vessels for a spicy quinoa stuffing. Choose a mixture of colored peppers for some variety.
The Recipe: This low-cal lunch revolves around roasted peppers stuffed with a delicious mixture of quinoa, corn, black beans, salsa, and nutritional yeast for a pop of cheesiness.
The Clincher: Top your peppers like you would your favorite taco—avocados, hot sauce, onion, and salsa are all fair game.
GREEK HEALTHY BROCCOLI SALAD
The Hero Ingredient: Cashews are the secret behind a creamy lemon salad dressing you almost won’t believe is vegan.
The Recipe: This filling salad recipe is whipped up from hearty broccoli florets, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, red onion, and cucumbers tossed with a homemade cashew-curry dressing.
The Clincher: It's not only low-carb, it's Paleo, vegan, and Whole 30–approved, too.
What dishes do you make when you're trying to go low-cal? Share your favorites in the comments.