The only thing more soul-crushing than a sad desk lunch is spending a fortune on overpriced food at the chains around your office. Trendy salad spots and healthy assembly line variations know they can overcharge the lunch crowd because let's face it, you've got to eat, so whether your grain bowl is $10 or $15 is nominal so long as your curing your hunger pangs.
There's another cure for being #hangry, though, and it's doubly good for your bank account: making a healthy lunch at home. We know that in theory it sounds a bit daunting, but when you're using colourful, fresh ingredients and creating a filling meal at a fraction of the cost of the lunch spot around the corner, you'll feel good about those few extra minutes spent prepping your meal in the morning.
Take, for example, lettuce wraps. They're a highly searched-for recipe category not only because they're delicious and fast. It's a sandwich without the processed flour and extra carbs-plus the added greens. While the concept may seem a bit one-note, we promise there are a ton of delicious variations that will keep you more satisfied than your usual avocado-quinoa-ginger standby.
Take a look at some of our favourite lettuce wrap recipes below!Good Life Eats
Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Chicken Lettuce Wraps
For an interesting rendition on Taco Tuesday, opt for theseВ sweet potato, black bean, and ground chicken lettuce wraps. The creamy sweet potato adds a warm, cozy component to a traditional taco that you'll absolutely love.Wholesome Patisserie
Vegan Asian Lettuce Wraps
TheseВ vegan Asian lettuce wrapsВ call for fresh pieces of spinach, rather than romaine. The mix of cabbage, cucumber, carrots, and bean shoots is ridiculously good (and easy to pull together!).В
Ground Chicken Thai Lettuce Wraps
The highlight of theseВ Thai lettuce wrapsВ is the semi-sweet sauce, which pumps crazy flavour into the chicken and veggies. Plus, you can serve the filling hot or cold, making them the perfect on-the-go snack.Kalyn's Kitchen
Buffalo Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Not only are these wraps low-carb, gluten-free, and Keto-friendly, but they're incredibly delicious.В The recipeВ calls for ground turkey, crumbled blue cheese, and a seriously enticing hot sauce.Little Broken
Spicy Coconut Shrimp Lettuce Wraps With Mango
Seafood lovers, delight-these lettuce wrapsВ are loaded with grilled shrimp and a top-notch mango salsa.ВConnoisseurus Veg
Ginger-Sesame Tempeh Lettuce Wraps
Pan-fried tempeh cubes are combined with soy sauce, ginger, chili paste, and a variety of veggies forВ these delicious sesame lettuce wraps.ВCooking Classy
Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Not about making your own sauce? Try theseВ teriyaki-chicken lettuce wraps flavoured with a store-bought, preservative-free sauce for a quick but tasty meal.Vegan Richa
Sweet Spicy Gochujang Chickpea Lettuce Wraps
Gochujang packs these lettuce wraps with a savory and spicy punch.В The recipeВ calls for an incredibly tasty combination of red bell pepper, paprika, and chickpeas.Kalyn's Kitchen
Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos With Tomato-Avocado Salsa
Eating healthy has never tasted so damn good-these turkey lettuce wrap tacosВ are decked out with an easy-to-make tomato-avocado salsa.Cilantro and Citronella
Vegan Mushroom Tofu Lettuce Wraps
TheseВ one-pan lettuce wrapsВ are great for a quick and easy bite. Plus, the combination of tofu, ginger, and mushroom is one that you'll crave over and over again.
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