Do y’all have a least favorite meal? I know most people have a favorite meal. Mine is breakfast. I’d eat it 3 times a day (Actually I sometimes do.) My husband’s is probably dessert. But a least favorite? I know mine for sure. It’s lunch.
Lunch is just so…meh. I don’t really get excited about it because my lunch is usually so predictable. Toss whatever leftovers are in the refrigerator on top of whatever green things are in the refrigerator before heading out the door. Then noon rolls around and I end up feeling, well, sad, about my #SadDeskLunch. But lately I’ve been trying to plan ahead and prepare lunches that I can get excited to eat (like this Brown Rice Sushi Bowl) so I don’t feel like lunch was a meal wasted on food that’s just meh. That’s why this month’s Recipe ReDux theme is so great. It’s all about lunch this month, and it’s helped me to get a little more creative so I can use my mid-day meal as an opportunity to not only get lots of different nutrients, but to also get excited about eating something #NotSad. So my lunch recipe that I’m sharing with you today is this healthy but super delicious Asian Miso Chicken Salad.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because I’ve already posted my Miso Chicken. (What, you didn’t think I was going to do lunch completely free of leftovers, did you?) This way, it’s easy to prep an extra chicken breast when you cook Miso Chicken for dinner and make a fabulous lunch for the next day! All you have to do is chop some veggies, put them all in a container, and add the cooled chicken. Then top with some fun toppings. You can’t forget the toppings. I love adding nuts, and edamame for some extra healthy fat and protein in addition to the chicken. Plus the salad dressing is extra-delicious. You could even get really fancy and add sesame seeds or some crispy chow mein noodles if you want.
All of the bright colors and flavors in this Asian Miso Chicken Salad are oh-so tasty and provide tons of healthy nutrients, which, hello, is the purpose of lunch- to keep you going through the day. And you will definitely feel happier once you open your Pyrex and compare your happy lunch to your neighbor’s leftover cold pizza. #Winning.
If you are like me and get lost in the dullness of last minute fridge-cleanout lunches, make a little extra time in the evening to prep your lunch for the next day. I promise it’ll brighten your day at least a little bit. And for even more healthy lunch ideas, check out all of the links below to keep you going all month long!
An Asian-inspired salad with Miso Chicken and lots of healthy toppings is a delicious, satisfying, gluten- and dairy-free lunch that is easy to prep ahead for the next day!
- 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
- 6 oz Miso Chicken
- 1/4 cup edamame, cooked and shelled
- 1/4 cup mandarin oranges, drained
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
- 2 tbsp cashews
- 1/4 cup cucumber, chopped
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tsp peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sriracha to taste
- Divide lettuce between two bowls. Divide remaining salad ingredients between bowls.
- Mix dressing ingredients. Pour over salad before enjoying!