I’m one of those people who, given a choice between two meals without regard for nutrition, will always choose the carb-heavy option. As a kid, I played sports four seasons out of the year, and could never seem to get enough food in my belly, which I’d burn off soon enough after consuming it. As a working adult who doesn’t run around on a field for two to three hours per day, I’ve struggled to resign my favorite pastas, cereals, and salty, crunchy, carb-y snacks.
One of the only things that helps, as anyone who’s ever dieted will likely know, is replacing a less-healthy dish that’s full of carbs with one that’s low on carbs, but high on protein to keep you full and flavors to keep you satisfied (and distract you from whatever starch you’re missing). These 20 lunch recipes do both excellently.