09 March 2016


It's been warm out this week; sunshine, blue skies, and mid-sixties temps that have me ordering this year's Saltwaters and assessing our sidewalk chalk situation. I checked the forecast to see how warm it's going to get. Turns out, it's supposed to snow next week, but dammit if I'm not remaining in spring mode. Even if I just eat like it.

What does spring eating look like for me? Light, lemony, with maybe a bit of brunch thrown in and, preferably, something I can pack for a picnic. I thought about titling this post Easy Spring Picnic Ideas, but then realized I'm the sort of person to take spaghetti and steamed broccoli on a picnic, so I might not be the best curator of universal picnic lunches.

So here we are, Simple Spring Lunch Ideas that also work well for dinner, because who loves turning on the oven when it's warm out?

Qualifying criteria to meet my standard of simple include:
- Minimal ingredients and/or minimal prep. I can deal with a lot of ingredients if all I have to do is toss them in a bowl and stir.
-Minimal equipment
- Few, if any, specialty ingredients. I had to nix a few recipes that I otherwise would have loved. I don't know about you, but kelp granules are not a pantry staple in my house.
- Nutritious. Your definition and needs might vary, but I try to go for plant-based meals, with little wheat, and avoid dairy and eggs because anaphylaxis!
- Portable, but like I said, I might be the type to carry my crock pot to the park, so use your own discretion.

So, simple lunches! Even if you only think about make one or two before reverting back to your usual chips and hummus. Or is that just me?


Vegan Tuna Sandwich

Summer Pea and Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad

Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Guacamole Bruschetta


Spring Minestrone 

Eggless Egg Salad 

Lentil Sloppy Joes 

Chickpea Olive Tapenade


Artichoke Flatbread 

Greek Tortellini Salad

Bahn Mi Spring Rolls 

Lemon Garlic Kale Pasta

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