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Lunches High in Protein and Low in Calories

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1. Pasta Salad Bowls

Pasta salad is a traditional summer side dish, but adding protein and additional vegetables transforms it into a filling lunch.

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Pasta Salad Bowls

We use baby spinach, but baby kale or arugula also work. Just before serving, top with a vibrant and tangy basil vinaigrette.

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2. Chicken Quinoa Fried Rice

This nutritious dinner recipe replaces rice with quinoa to increase the protein content of fried rice.

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Chicken Quinoa Fried Rice

This quinoa fried rice can be made with any available vegetables; broccoli, green beans, and mushrooms are all excellent options. 

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3. Chimichurri Noodle Bowls

In these straightforward, flavorful meal-prep bowls, we're combining whole-grain spaghetti and zucchini noodles to increase volume and reduce calories. 

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Chimichurri Noodle Bowls

The condiment first appeared in Katie Workman's salmon recipe for EatingWell magazine.

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4. Sweet Potato, Kale

These robust kale salads keep well for four days, making them ideal for meal prep. 

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Sweet Potato, Kale

To prevent the salad's ingredients from becoming soggy, garnish it and sprinkle on the peanuts just before serving. 

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5. Spicy Ramen Cup of Noodles

Using this vegetarian ramen recipe, you can make your own instant broth at home. Pack multiple jars at once for effortless picnics throughout the week.

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6. Cumin Chicken

With cumin, paprika, and pepper, this protein-rich chicken stew recipe draws flavor inspiration from a shawarma.

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