Posted: Jun 28, 2013 5:00 AM
 
Low-carb recipes are a must-have for fit, busy moms! We've gathered 30 simple to make and delicious to eat meals for your go-to low-carb food list! There's one easy meal for each day of July to make your lunch prep as easy and as healthy as can be!

Soup

Fill up with these nutritious warm treats! Each one of these recipes makes one pot of soup, which is four to six servings of slowed down lunchtime goodness!

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  • Crab and corn bisque — 1 tablespoon butter, 1/2 cup each chopped celery and onion, 1 box (4 cups) chicken broth, 2 (6 ounce) cans lump crab meat, 1 (14 ounce) can creamed corn, 2 tablespoons cooking wine, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 2 bay leaves, 4 tablespoons milk, 2 tablespoons flour, salt and pepper to taste. Melt butter in a soup pot, add the celery and onions and cook for 5 minutes. Add the broth, corn, cooking wine, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Bring all of the ingredients to a boil, and then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the crab meat. Mix together the milk and flour, and then whisk the mixture into the soup. Cook and stir for approximately 5 minutes, until the soup is thick and creamy. Remove the bay leaves and serve.
  • Simple turkey chili — 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 diced onion, minced garlic, 1 box (4 cups) chicken broth, 1 pound cooked ground turkey, 1 (28 ounce) can seasoned diced tomatoes, 1 (14 ounce) can black beans rinsed and drained, 2 bay leaves and salt and pepper to taste. In a soup pot, cook the onion and garlic in the olive oil until they're fragrant and browned. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the beans. Bring the soup to a boil, and then lower the heat and simmer for at least half an hour. Add the beans, heat through and serve.
  • Chicken, spinach and tomato soup — 1 box (4 cups) chicken broth, 1 large handful spinach, 1 (14 ounce) can seasoned diced tomatoes, 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste, 1 handful garlic powder and a dash of salt. Bring all of the ingredients to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, approximately half an hour. Shred the chicken and return it to the soup to cook for a bit longer, and serve. This is delicious served with a little hot sauce.
  • Chicken soup — 1 box (4 cups) chicken broth, 1 pound chicken, 1 cup each sliced carrots and celery, 2 bay leaves, 1 handful each onion and garlic powder and a dash of salt. Boil all of the ingredients in a pot until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked through. (Approximately half an hour) Shred the chicken, put it back into the pot and cook the soup a bit longer before serving. Remove bay leaves.

Smoothies

Try one of these winning smoothie combinations for a refreshing lunch!

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  • Mango madness — 1-1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup each frozen or fresh mangoes and blueberries, 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Bountiful bananas — 2/3 cup vanilla yogurt, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 ripe banana, 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil, 8 almonds, 1/2 cup ice (optional: 1/2 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice)
  • Perfectly peachy — 2/3 cup peach yogurt, 1 cup orange juice, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • Simple strawberries — 1 cup vanilla or plain kefir, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil, 1 swirl agave syrup or honey

Wraps

Consider putting classic lunch favorites into new casings. Pass on the bread and try these creative low-carb ideas instead!
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  • Large lettuce leaves — Washed, dried, filled with 1/2 cup tuna drizzled with 1 tablespoon olive oil and salt and pepper to taste and rolled like a burrito
  • Half a cantaloupe — Seeded and filled with 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1/4 cup granola and a drizzle of agave syrup or honey
  • Tomato — Sliced in half, seeded and filled with 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped and mixed with 1 tablespoon mustard
  • Roll-ups — Deli turkey, 1 slice Swiss cheese, 1 tablespoon each Craisins, sliced almonds and honey mustard, rolled together
  • 1/2 whole wheat pita pocket — Toasted and filled with 1 The Laughing Cow cheese, a handful of spinach and several sliced cherry tomatoes
  • Half a bell pepper — Filled with 2 tablespoons hummus, 1 slice cheese and chopped cucumbers and tomatoes

Tips

Make your weekday lunch prep even easier with these simple tips! Once a week consider preparing some — or all! — of these ingredients so they're ready to use. They can be stored in large Ziploc bags or Tupperware containers:

  • Grill and slice or dice 1 pound chicken
  • Boil 1 pound chicken in water or chicken broth for half an hour, then shred the chicken
  • Pre-cook 1 pound ground turkey
  • Hard boil eggs by baking them in muffin tins for half an hour in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F
  • Prepare couscous or quinoa to package directions

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