Easy Low Carb Lunch Ideas

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I don't know about you but I hate spending a lot of time preparing lunch. I don't know why I feel that way. I don't mind spending an hour preparing dinner but I expect lunch to be quick to assemble.

I often have leftovers for lunch but when I don't, I have a few recipes that I keep on rotation so that I don't have to spend so much time in the kitchen and still eat healthy food. And none of them are salads!

easy low varb lunch bowl

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Low Carb Lunch Bowls

These are my favorite because you can pretty much throw anything together as long as the seasonings match.

I build my bowls by choosing a protein, starch, 2-3 vegetables, fat, and sometimes I add some type of dressing.

Lately, I've been using these seasoned salts to take canned meats like chicken, tuna, and salmon (so really no cooking at all) and give them some real flavor without spending time seasoning and cooking.

clean seasoned salts - New Zealand sea salt recipes

I love that this sea salt is sourced from the clean waters of New Zealand. I remember when I lived in Abu Dhabi, my favorite produce and meats at the market were all from New Zealand. I don't know what they're doing over there but their food is so good!

I choose to use a small amount of either white rice or potatoes in my bowls so that the carbs stay fairly low. You can also swap these for other vegetables like carrots or cauliflower rice. I often steam or roast a batch of potatoes like the wedges below to use throughout the week.

leftover potato wedges

In addition to the mesquite BBQ chicken bowl, I love doing a Korean beef bowl. I used ground beef, fried egg, white rice, green onions, shredded carrot, chopped cucumber, and anything else I feel like adding then top it off with Korean chili flakes. It's delicious!

Sometimes I do a Cuban version with white rice or yuca, plantains, shredded chicken, a quick mojo sauce, and sauteed onions and peppers.

The possibilities are endless!

Yield: 1 serving

Chipotle Chicken Bowl

quick low carb lunch ideas - quick recipes for healthy lunches
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes


  • 1 can chicken
  • 1/4 tsp Chipotle BBQ Salt
  • 1/2 cup roasted or steamed sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup greens
  • 1/2 an avocado sliced
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 bell pepper sliced
  • some sliced red onion
  • 1 tbsp salsa
  • chopped cilantro (optional)
  • sour cream (optional)


  1. Open and drain canned chicken. Add to a small bowl and mix in Chipotle BBQ sea salt.
  2. Reheat any of the bowl components like roasted vegetables. If you don't have any, steam a sweet potato in the microwave by popping it in for about 5 minutes wrapped in a wet paper towel. Once it's cool enough to handle, you can mash it or chop it.
  3. Chop red onion, bell peppers, and cilantro. Slice the avocado.
  4. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and top with chopped cilantro and sour cream if desired.


You can use any seasoning on the chicken and I alternate between different seasoned salts and salsa.

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Low Carb Lunch Spread

Sometimes I am in the mood for more of a cheese platter type of “meal”. This is when I raid the fridge and cabinets for a bunch of different items.

I like to create a spread of sliced cheese, olives, nuts, hummus, broccoli, sliced cucumber or pickles, carrots, dried apricot, deli meats or other leftover meat, and anything else I have on hand that I don't need to cook. It's such an easy lunch for everyone or even a packed lunch.

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