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.

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

    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.

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

    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.


    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


    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.


    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)

    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.

    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

    Toss together.

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