Delicious Brown Bag Lunches

You don't have to go the two-slabs-of-bread route just to save some money, and a homemade meal is healthier than anything you'll pick up on a whim. Think outside the paper bag with these healthy DIY lunches.
  1. Chickpea and Spinach Pasta

    Tip: Swap regular pasta for whole-wheat for a healthier take, with up to three times as much fiber.

    Ingredients:
    4 cups bow tie pasta
    2 tomatoes
    1 can chickpeas
    1 package frozen spinach
    4 tsp Parmesan cheese
    Dash of red pepper flakes

    Directions:
    Cook pasta according to directions. Thaw spinach and drain. Combine and heat with chickpeas and tomatoes. Top with red pepper and Parmesan. Makes four servings.

    Nutrition facts (per serving):
    446 calories
    14 g fat
    53 g carbs
    5 g fiber
    17 g protein

  2. Hummus and Veggie Wrap

    These take five minutes to make (if that!). Makes three wraps.

    Ingredients:
    3 tortillas
    2 tomatoes
    1 (16-oz.) container of hummus
    1/2 lb. olives
    Head of lettuce
    1 pear (on the side)


    Directions:
    Spread hummus on tortillas and layer with veggies.

    Nutrition info:
    371 calories
    15 g fat
    57 g carbs
    8 g fiber
    8 g protein

  3. Broccoli Quiche

    No surprises here: Broccoli is always a healthy ingredient thanks to its high calcium and vitamin-C content.

    Ingredients:

    2 eggs

    1 cup broccoli

    1 cup spinach

    3/4 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese

    1/4 cup Bisquick mix

    1/2 green pepper

    1/2 cup onion

    1/4 cup skim milk

    Directions:

    Whisk Bisquick, eggs, and skim milk together in a bowl. Pour into dish. Add veggies and top with cheese. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees. Let cool. Makes 1 9" quiche - enough for three servings.

    Nutrition per serving:

    234 calories

    12 g fat

    18 g carbs

    1 g fiber

    14 g protein

  4. Chicken Soup

    Put that thermos to work.

    Ingredients:

    4 chicken breasts
    3 chicken bouillon cubes
    2 qt. water
    2 cups carrots
    2 cups celery
    1 bag egg noodles
    6 wheat crackers (on the side)

    Directions:
    Boil or cook chicken breasts until done. Bring water to a boil, adding carrots, celery and noodles. Shred or chop chicken and add. Simmer for an hour. Makes 6 servings.

    Nutrition per serving:
    366 calories
    13 g fat
    41 g carbs
    6 g fiber
    24 g protein

  5. Goat Cheese Salad with Tuna

    Can you get any easier or healthier than a salad? Add tuna to pack in some protein.

    Ingredients:
    9 tbl. dried apricots
    6 tbl. dried cranberries
    6 tbl. walnuts
    3 oz. canned tuna
    3 oz. goat cheese
    1 bag mixed greens
    splash of red wine vinegar and olive oil

    Directions:
    Toss together.

    Nutrition info:
    427 calories
    16 g fat
    47 g carbs
    6 g fiber
    32 g protein