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For me, it’s not breakfast that’s the most important meal of the day… It’s lunch.

Breakfast for me is a cup of steaming coffee… or two… or three because let’s be honest. Not everyone has an appetite early in the morning, and I am one of those people who believe a full breakfast isn’t for everyone!

But lunch…. lunch is a different story. I live for healthy, filling lunches! I look forward to it each day and make sure that it makes up for my lack of breakfast. And because, like you, I’m a busy mum, my favourites are healthy lunches that are easy to prepare. Here are 30 healthy lunch ideas for busy mums like you and me!

1. White Bean Salad Lunch Bowl

A fresh, delicious vegetarian lunch bowl that is filling – and totally good for you!

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2. Broccoli and Garlic Quesadillas

This is a healthy AND delicious way to enjoy your vegetarian meal!

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3. Healthy Cauliflower Fried Rice

When cooked properly it’s a better-than-rice, rice alternative that is lighter, fluffier and so much healthier.

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4. Lose a Kilo Soup

I make huge batches of this soup and freeze it during the colder months.  Not only is it full of iron, I’ve also discovered it has another benefit – I always lose weight!

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5. Vegetarian Rice Paper Rolls

No guilt and yummy yummy yummy. And perfect for hot days!

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6. Cheeseless Vegetarian Quiche

This quiche is not only a deliciously savoury dish but also healthy and ideal for those who couldn’t (and shouldn’t) eat meat and cheese.

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7. Coffee Cup Quiche

Looking for a snack or a light lunch, with minimal ingredients, time and dishes? Give this a crack, you wont be disappointed!

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8. Creamed Corn and Ham Toasted Wraps

Kids bored with peanut butter and jam sandwiches? Keep the kids happy by filling their lunchboxes with these tasty and simple creamed corn and ham toasted wraps!

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9. Cheese Sandwich Souffle

Cheese Sandwich Souffle is a perfect recipe for kids dinners or heart breakfast and it is so simple, and frugal!

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10. Mean and Green Matcha Vanilla Smoothie

One serving of matcha is equal to 10 cups of green tea, it’s packed with antioxidants and it’s a guaranteed boost!

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11. Banana and Oat Boobie Smoothie

This is a dairy-free version of the Boobie Smoothie (number 13) which will assist with increasing the production of your breast milk supply when nursing.

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12. Iced Coffee Protein Shake

Most protein shakes contain protein powder – and if you have it on hand, by all means use it.  But I find peanut butter is a good – albeit slightly naughtier substitute.

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13. Chocolate and Banana Boobie Smoothie

If you want something delicious to drink whilst boosting your milk supply,  why not try this delicious Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Lactation Supporting Super Smoothie!

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14. Turmeric Smoothie

There’s a lot of talk about the benefits of certain spices being added to our diet, and it doesn’t get much easier to add them than this Turmeric Smoothie.

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15. Low Fat Turkey Burgers

Low Fat Turkey Burgers are a yummy delicious alternative, there great for lunches and dinners, so simple to prepare!

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16. Chicken and Vegetable Casserole

A good one for the kids – serve it with noodles, or on rice or even just with crusty bread or some dumplings.

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17. Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

A perfect ‘big batch soup’ to make and have in the freezer for when the family gets sick or just for a nutritious snack any time.

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18. Turkey, Nectarine, and Walnut Salad

Fit for any get-together, this Turkey, Nectarine and Walnut Salad in Lettuce Cups will surely fill your tummies!

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19. Easy Chicken Skewers

These Easy Chicken Skewers use very little ingredients, no sugar filled marinades. But flavoursome chimichurri!

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20. Beef and Noodle Salad

This Beef and Noodle Salad is a quick and easy meal for those days when you don’t want to cook but still want to give your family something healthy and wholesome.

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21. Allergy-Friendly Mint Lamb Burgers

If you think you need egg or breadcrumbs in burgers, you’re wrong! Not only are they really easy to put together, they both egg and gluten free.

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22. Beef and Vegetable Couscous

This recipe tastes amazing! We love Couscous, and this is one of those light, yet filling recipes.

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23. Moroccan Pork Chops with Avocado Salsa

I’m always looking for new ways to cook traditional meals that are a little different.  Moroccan Pork Chops and Avocado Salad fits the bill for the whole family!

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24. Quick ‘n’ Easy Beef and Broccoli

It takes just 15 minutes to throw together, and tastes just as good as the takeaway if not better! Not to mention its healthy and we know exactly what went into ours.

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25. Autumn Asparagus and Bacon Quiche

Now while this recipe does call for you to make your own pasty (it’s easier than you think), its not a requirement. If you’re in a rush or you aren’t up for it, feel free to sub out with shortcut pastry that you can get in the frozen section of any supermarket.

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26. Macaroni Seafood Pasta Bake

There’s a slightly French vibe about this dish, but it’s super frugal and bursting with yummy seafood flavours. Plus, this dinner is creamy as hell, but there isn’t a drop of cream to be found!

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27. Gluten-Free Crab Cakes

These Gluten Free Crab Cakes are packed with protein, easy to make and delicious with only a tiny hint of naughtiness.

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28. Smoked Salmon, Orange, and Avocado Salad

This salad has everything you’re looking for: zest, freshness, a savoury taste, and all the important nutrients!

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29. Quick Tuna Salad Lunch

Whether your at work or at home this simple fresh tuna salad, is filling and makes you feel good too!

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30. Low-Fat Tuna Mornay

Low Fat Tuna Mornay tastes just as good as normal tuna mornay just without as many calories! It’s simple to prepare and you won’t feel guilty afterwards!

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What are your favourite recipes for lunch?

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