My Favorite Lunch

my favorite lunch

This was one of the first recipes I posted on the blog over two years ago and it’s still a favorite. It’s my default lunch and there’s a reason it never falls out of rotation— it’s tasty, crunchy, healthy and fast to pull together in the middle of a busy day.

I always seem to have these ingredients on hand, and this recipe easily lends itself to substitutions. You can switch the cheese type; add some chicken or turkey or change out the greens or herbs. I have used arugula, Swiss chard, spinach…whatever is in my garden and fridge that seems to fit. Be sure to let your tortilla get nice and crispy, that’s what gives the crunch.

It’s not a sandwich, it’s not a quesadilla, it’s not a salad— it’s really a combo of all three.

Crunchy Green Combo

(Serves 1)

1 whole-wheat flour tortilla (I buy Trader Joe’s whole-wheat & corn flour tortillas)

2 slices of jack cheese

1 large handful of arugula (or other greens)

Squeeze of lemon

Drizzle of olive oil

Squirt of Sriracha sauce (Thai hot sauce)

5-6 thyme leaves

Pinch of sea salt

 

Get your grill pan or cast iron skillet on the stove and heat it on medium heat while you gather the rest of your ingredients. Place your whole-wheat tortilla in the dry hot pan and let it toast there until it gets a little crispy. Once it’s nice and brown, flip it to the other side. Place the cheese slices on the now warm side and sprinkle the thyme on top.

 

As the cheese melts, in a small bowl toss the arugula with the oil, lemon and salt. Give a gentle squeeze of Sriracha or salsa on the warm cheese. By the time the cheese melts you are ready for the greens. Put the tortilla on a plate and scoop the dressed greens on top of the spicy melted cheese and fold over.

tortilla cheese greens

Take a seat and dig in— totally yummy and satisfying.

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3 thoughts on “My Favorite Lunch”

One way Bill & I are trying to eat healthier is to bring our lunch to the office. I love this idea. I can see tomato slices or sundried tomatoes. Guess what we’re having for lunch tomorrow! Thanks, Valerie for all your ideas and recipies!

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