Three Easy Low-Carb Lunches For Meal Prep

Even working from home I am in need of easy meals that can be prepared ahead of time or thrown together in a few minutes. Otherwise, I find myself standing over the sink at 3pm shoveling a packet of tuna down. Notttt my fave!

 

What I like most about these three recipes is that while they are low-carb, it’s super easy to add in carbs if you want. Which is v handy for me because I carb-cycle. Today I had the tuna recipe, and threw in some brown rice to up my carb intake since I’m on a high-carb day. It’s really that easy!! I’ve paired a few suggestions for each below if you need to make similar adjustments.

 

Tuna Bowl:

I seriously shovel this in my mouth without breathing every time I make it. It’s embarrassing. I don’t even know how it tastes so good with these basic ingredients, but it does. And I don’t even love tuna.

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet (2.6oz) low sodium tuna in water
  • 1/8 c black beans
  • 1/8 c diced tomato
  • Half one small avocado
  • 1-2 tbsp cilantro
  • Optional to increase carb count: brown rice, quinoa, farro

 

 

Rotisserie Chicken Salad:

I love this salad because 1) you make make many of them with one rotisserie chicken, and 2) it’s super easy to layer in a container for meal prep & just shake up when you’re ready to eat! Plus, you can really put whatever vegetables you want in it. Salata at home for a fourth of the cost amirite??

Ingredients:

  • 1 c pulled rotisserie chicken
  • 1 c romaine hearts
  • 1/8 c black beans
  • 1/8 c chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1/8 c roasted corn
  • 1-2 tbsp cilantro
  • 1 tbsp vinaigrette (I make my own with lemon juice and olive oil)
  • Optional carb load: throw in some cooked rice, quinoa, or wrap it in a whole wheat tortilla

 

 

Baked Tortilla Nachos:

Ingredients:

  • 1 burrito size flour tortilla
  • olive oil spray
  • 1/4 lb lean ground beef
  • shredded cheese
  • low fat sour cream
  • 1-2 tbsp cilantro (can you tell I love cilantro? lol)
  • 1/2 c red salsa
  • diced tomato

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Slice the tortilla up in to 8 slices (like a pizza). Lay the tortilla slices on a baking sheet (I put down parchment paper first), and lightly coat them with olive oil spray. Bake for 8-10 minutes, flip, spray bake the other side for 8-10 minutes.

While the tortilla slices are baking, you can cook the ground beef. Once it’s well done, drain any fat, and mix in the salsa.

Top the tortilla chips with the beef mixture, and whatever toppings you desire. Just don’t over do it on the cheese or sour cream cuz grams of fat ya know?

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