The Sophisticated Brown Bag Lunch

It’s Wednesday, officially the middle of the week! One thing that helps me conquer the later half of a crazy busy week is to tantalize my taste-buds. Yes I am still like a little kid waiting for that sweet treat after a job well done :). And yes during the week I would absolutely love to run to my fav restaurant for a hearty meal but realistically that is not a healthy ritual for my wallet or my waistline. But as always I am determined to have my cake and eat it too!

This is one of my favorite simply delicious lunches at home or on the go (I am usually the later…gotta love a good lunch box!).

Serves: 1

Time: 15 mins

Why I love this dish:

  • tasty
  • cheap
  • travels great!
  • high in nutrition
  • simple
  • restaurant quality

Ingredients:

  • 2 c arugula
  • 1 tbsp crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 sliced beet (Trader Joe’s pre-cooked…check the refrigerated section)
  • 1/4 toasted walnuts (or raw)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • fresh crushed black pepper

Directions:

  1. If you would like the walnuts toasted. Sometimes I am in my 5 min lunch rush and I just throw them in raw. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread walnuts onto a lined baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes.
  3. Allow walnuts to cool.
  4. Layer arugula, beets, walnuts, and goat cheese. Drizzle the balsamic and olive oil onto the salad. Top with fresh crushed black pepper.

Nutritionally Dense?:

  • Arugula- high in fiber, B6, A, C, K, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, and low in calories and fat
  • Walnuts- high in protein, calcium, omega-3 and iron
  • Goat Cheese- high in calcium, protein, and A
  • Beets- high in fiber, C, Potassium, Folate, and Iron
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