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3 Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas Using an Easy Thai Peanut Sauce

Quick Healthy Lunch Ideas using a Thai peanut sauce

 

Quick Healthy Lunch Ideas using a Thai peanut sauce

Today I am sharing 3 quick and healthy lunch ideas that include a Thai peanut sauce that I LOVE!   I tweeked the peanut sauce recipe from Gimme Some Oven.   She has lots of good recipes on her site if you want to check them out.   Below you will see the recipe I use for the Thai peanut sauce and then sharing how to easily use that sauce for 3 quick and healthy lunch ideas.

Easy Thai Peanut Sauce

Easy Thai Peanut Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 can of full fat coconut milk (13.5 oz)
  • 1/4 cup Thai red curry paste (found in the Asian food section of the grocery store)
  • 1 cup of unsweetened peanut butter (if you only have sweetened just cut back the sweetener below)
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce (I use coconut aminos because I don't eat much soy)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (or sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar (or white vinegar will work)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • (optional Sriracha hot sauce)

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium sauce pain over medium heat. Stir constantly with a whisk until well combined (under 5 minutes) and then simmer for 5 minutes (making sure not to scorch the bottom of the pot). Let cool (sauce will thicken as it cools).
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Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas Recipe 1: Grilled Chicken and Veggies with Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce

I cut up whatever veggies I have on hand and use leftover grilled chicken.   I generally grill chicken thighs if I am doing Thai meals that week and season the chicken with cumin, paprika, salt and pepper before grilling because I keep those spices on hand.  Feel free to use whatever you keep in your spice cabinet.

quick healthy lunch ideas - chicken and veggies with thai peanut sauce dip

Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas Recipe 2: Thai Chicken Salad

I thin the Thai peanut sauce with a little water to make it a dressing.   I put the dressing over pre-chopped coleslaw mix and add leftover chicken, salted cashews, and lots of fresh cilantro.

quick healthy lunch ideas - thai peanut salad

Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas Recipe 3: Thai Chicken Summer Rolls

Again you can add whatever protein you fancy.  I do not like shrimp and don’t eat tofu but those would be good options as well.  If you haven’t used rice wrappers they’re super easy and stocked at most grocery stores.  I got mine at my local Whole Foods.   Dip the rice wrapper under the faucet water for a few seconds to saturate it.   The wrapper will absorb the water and soften.

Lay your rice wrapper on a clean surface and stuff if like you would burrito.   I often get pre-chopped veggies because it saves me time when I’m trying to prepare something healthy while occupying my kids.   Veggies like peppers, carrots, zucchini and cucumber all do well in the wrappers.   I add mint to mine because I love the flavor combination when dipped into (copious amounts of) the Thai peanut sauce.

Roll the wrappers like you would a burrito and use within a few hours.  Unfortunately these don’t keep that well overnight because the wrappers get hard.

quick healthy lunch ideas - thai veggie spring rolls

quick healthy lunch ideas - veggie rice wraps

 

Apologies on the food photography!   I had to take these during my actual lunch time and my kitchen is not well lit at mid day so I just used my phone to give you an idea of what you could except.

I’d love to hear some healthy lunch or dinner ideas from you guys!!  I get into the same ruts as everyone else feeling like I always make the same boring things.

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    nicolette
    August 3, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing your lunch ideas! My lunch is boring usually chicken with salad or tuna with salad, I try and eat as healthy as possible and then I loose my willpower at dinner haha. But I can’t wait to try your recipes!

    Xoxo,
    Nicolette

    http://www.fashionworthknowing.com

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