Meal planning: Light Lunches in January

Updated: Nov 7, 2020

WHEW! What a week! With New Year's being on a Monday this year, it seems like I worked a whole month in 4 days at the office. Plus, trying to get lunches & dinners together for the week, it was a struggle. Thank goodness for frozen options! Now that the holiday's are over, this is the first weekend I can get back a meal planning routine.

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Routine is good! I am a person who enjoys having the opportunity to cook healthy meals for myself and my significant other. I find cooking relaxing and meal planning makes my life so much easier during the week. Plus, I have healthy food to eat all week.

This week's meal planning post focuses on light lunches for January. After a crazy couple of months going to holiday parties, seeing family and friends, and over-indulging somewhat, it is time to get back to a lunch routine that is vegetable focused.

I hope you enjoy the lunch recipes I've put together for the month of January. If you try any of them, please let me know what you think. I'd love to hear from you. Follow my blog on Bloglovin.


Duh - salads are a great way to maximize veggie intake, get filling fiber and protein into your day. But protein intake doesn't have to mean meat. There are a lot of veggies that are high in protein. Below are healthy vegetable focused salads that will change your mind about including meat as your protein source.

Mushroom, Lentil & Lemon Salad by delicious everyday

Quinoa salad with Sweet Potato and Kale & Pesto Vinaigrette by Cookie and Kate

Power Protein Salad (quinoa, kidney beans, chickpeas and edamame) by Well and Full

Arugula Lentil Salad

by Hurry The Food Up (pictured)

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The Great Big Vegan Salad by delish knowledge

Vegetarian Cobb Salad by DetoxInista


Did you know soups are a great way to fill up at lunch time? I could eat soup everyday - even in hot weather. They are so filling and definitely keep me full until almost dinner time. No matter what I eat I still need a snack around 3 or 4 o'clock. But that is another topic. Try some of the soups below for lunch.

Turkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup by SkinnyTaste Healthy Slow Cooker Lentil & Vegetable Soup by SweetPhi

Easy Vegetable Soup by Recipe Girl

Light Taco Soup by The Creative Bite (pictured)

taco soup

Healthy Soup in a Jar by VNutrition

Chicken Detox Soup by Together As A Family

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup by This Runner's Recipes


Even though we have cut out bread in our household, every once in a while we want a sandwich. So I'll either buy a healthy bread with lots of grains or a gluten-free bread depending on who is eating the sandwich. My significant other is not a fan of gluten-free bread so if it is just me, I'll have it. Try these healthy sandwiches when you are in the mood for something other than a soup or salad.

Sweet Potato and Avocado Sandwich by Love and Olive Oil

Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich by The Minimalist Baker

Easy & Healthy Chicken Salad Sandwich by The Butter Half

Loaded Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich by Layers of Happiness (pictured)

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Healthy Meatball Sandwich by Thriving Home Blog

California Turkey Club Wrap by Tastes Lovely

Cucumber & Avocado Sandwich by Good Life Eats

I hope this lunch meal planning post gave you some ideas about healthy lunches you can have in January as life gets back to a normal routine. If you try any of the recipes, let me know what you think. Follow my blog on Bloglovin.

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