It’s 10:30 am and though you ate breakfast a few hours ago, your stomach is already growling. Can your coworkers hear the creaky gurgling coming from the depths of your belly? It’s too early for lunch, but you’re hungry now.
When it’s finally time to feast (11:45 am is a totally acceptable time to bring out the lunch bag, right?), fill your belly with something that will make you full and satisfied. Something with protein and healthy fats that’ll keep the unhealthy snacks at bay so you can spend more time focusing on what really matters rather than mentally planning your next meal.
Here are 10 hearty lunches that will satisfy people who are hungry all the time.
The Muffaletta, a popular New Orleans sandwich that’s successfully migrated to delis and sandwich shops around the world, tastes delicious and looks impressive, but actually only takes a few minutes to put together. With layers of cheese, meat and veggies, it’ll tide over the hungriest of hippos.
Salads are a standard lunch food, but not all are as filling as other. The Nicoise, however, opts for protein-plentiful ingredients like tuna and egg, making it one of the heartier options on the salad menu. This olive and rice cracker-crusted tuna with green beans version is a nice twist on the classic.
A thick and satisfying squash soup is a surefire way to fill stomachs. It’s an easy meal to prepare in bulk over the weekend, freeze into meal-sized portions and microwave for lunch throughout the week.
Be the envy of the office when you pop open two tupperware containers full of veggie chilli and crunchy tortilla avocado salad. You could just as easily add meat to the chilli to make it even more substantial, but don’t kid yourself, with beans, avo and tons of veg, this is a full meal.
Pulses like lentils have great satiety staying power thanks to a naturally high amount of protein and fibre. Get some in sandwich form with these lentil sloppy joes. As the name suggests, these are “sloppy,” so consider packing a fork.
You don’t need meat to satiate hunger. The chickpeas that make up falafel balls are packed with protein and fibre, which will keep you feeling full. The vegetable salsa, meanwhile, is the perfect way to sneak in extra veggies.
Meatball subs are relatively simple to whip up day-of, so long as you’ve pre-made the balls and gravy. Make sure to use a fresh, crusty roll to load the sauce meatballs into and top with greens. (Pro tip: if you’re taking this to eat later, keep the sauce separate so as not to make the bun soggy.)
Tortellini provedes just the right vehicle for the flavours of lemon, olive oil, peas, goat cheese, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, banana pepper and more that are married in this deli-style salad. It tastes best after chilling in the fridge, so set it and forget it for a day or so.
Throw in a side of rice and this is a super simple lunch you could live on. No, seriously, like half of the humans on earth survive on the complete protein created by combining rice and beans. You’re a human, right?