lunch

Salmon Poke with Macadamia Nuts

Every day at lunchtime, different gourmet food trucks park outside Beachbody Headquarters hoping to tempt hundreds of hungry Beachbody employees with their savory delights (It’s pretty awesome). Some of the editorial staff favorites include the truck that offers acai bowls, any of the several iterations of taco trucks, and the truck that makes fresh poke to order. Whenever that truck arrives, almost all of us line up to get a poke bowl.

Roasted Fennel and Farro Salad

Roasted Fennel and Farro Salad

This jewel-toned side dish will have everyone talking. The nutty farro, fennel, and bell peppers get sweeter with roasting, the briny notes of Kalamata olives add depth, and the texture is heightened by the juicy pomegranate seeds. The Mediterranean dish is pretty and hearty enough to be the centerpiece of a meal, or pair it with roast chicken, turkey, or fish for a dinner that makes any night a special occasion.

Black Bean Salad

Black Bean Salad

Corn, black beans, red bell pepper, and cilantro become best friends in this super-simple salad. Fresh lime juice ties everything together as a bright, citrus dressing that adds almost no calories. It can be eaten right away, but tastes even better after chilling for an hour or two.  This colourful salad has only 5 ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. It makes enough servings for a week of delicious side dishes or snacks, so it’s terrific for meal prep.

Spinach Salad with Quinoa, Chickpeas, and Paprika Dressing

Spinach Salad with Quinoa, Chickpeas, and Paprika Dressing

This colourful salad is a show-stopper. Make it for your next potluck or picnic, or amaze your family for dinner any night of the week. The recipe makes 12 portions, and you’re going to want to eat them all. Even after it’s dressed, this salad stores well for up to three days. Quinoa and chickpeas give it a hearty serving of protein. We love the juicy tomatoes and cucumber, but the stars of the recipe are the piquant paprika dressing and the full cup of torn mint leaves. We think once you taste this salad, you’ll want to add mint to all of your salads.

Barbecue Chicken Baked Sweet Potatoes

When there’s nothing to eat and you don’t want to spend a lot of time or energy cooking, a stuffed baked potato is an easy, filling, and affordable option that will please the whole family. Just bake (or microwave) a potato and fill it with your favorite healthy toppings (like steamed veggies, salsa, and plain Greek yogurt). The flavor options are endless!

Marinated Summer Veggies With Chicken Sausage

It’s the hot-weather cooking conundrum: What’s a light, refreshing meal that’s not a salad? No one wants to spend hours in the kitchen over a hot stove, and there are only so many greens you can eat before your taste buds start demanding more action.

Pad Thai with Spaghetti Squash

Pad Thai with Spaghetti Squash

When I traveled through Southeast Asia, eating pad thai became an almost daily ritual. Until then, I’d never encountered such a delicious dish with simple, yet complex flavors. And, crazy enough, some of the best pad thai I’ve ever had was sold on the side of the street, out of little food carts manned by self-taught cooks. Meals like those are never forgotten.