10 Healthy Lunches That Aren't All Lettuce

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Don't let yourself fall victim to a lettuce rut. If you, like us, have made an end of summer plan to up your home-cooking and lunch-packing games, then salads may become a fallback meal. They're easy enough to throw together last-minute and can require little to no actual culinary skills. But after a week in lettuce land, the salad fatigue inevitably sets in and we are left to bitterly munch our last leaf of baby kale (damn you, baby kale).
Thankfully, it doesn't have to be this way! Escape this fate altogether by taking a deep breath, putting aside some time to plan ahead, and checking out the ten delectable lunch recipes ahead. Sure, some may hold salad in the title and yes, some have their fair share of romaine and arugula leaves...But friends, lettuce is no longer the main star of this show. So read on for your next week's worth of fresh, fast, and non-fatiguing, not-all-lettuce lunches.
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Mason Jar Chickpea, Farro, & Greens Salad
Put some punch back into your mason jar salads with hearty chickpeas, farro, and feta.
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Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes With Blackberry Salsa
Serve this savory veggie patty on its own or sandwiched between a toasted bun (lettuce optional).
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Photo: Courtesy of Lovely Little Kitchen.
Power Veggie Sandwich
Tailor this sandwich with your vegetables and spread of choice (we're thinking roasted red peppers, eggplant, onions, basil, and pesto).
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Dynamite Plant-Power Sushi Bowl
This sushi-salad bowl is a fresh and easy to pack-up-and-go lunch with flair.
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Photo: Courtesy of My Name Is Yeh.
Baked Falafel With Kale, Shallots, & Tahini Sauce
Bake up a batch of falafel and use your favorite greens simply as a bed to serve them over.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lovely Little Kitchen.
Grilled Chicken & Red Pepper Bowl With Whipped Avocado Cream
Whipped avocado cream over any green is A-okay with us.
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Photo: Courtesy of How Sweet It Is.
Black Bean-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Arugula & Poached Eggs
Don't have time for poaching? Try packing these stuffed sweet taters with a soft-boiled egg instead for easy weekday noshes.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Candid Appetite.
Mediterranean Couscous Salad
Chocked full of savory Mediterranean veggies and flavor, this "salad" doesn't need lettuce.
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Spicy Southwestern Salad With Avocado Dressing
Avocado dressing making our lunch dreams come true, again.
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Photo: Courtesy of How Sweet It Is.
30-Minute Asian Chicken Soup
Whip up this 30-minute soup for slurp-able lunch bliss.

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