You Will Crave These 3 Delicious Zone Diet Friendly Lunches Every DayPosted on: March 4, 2019
Are you following the Zone Diet to lose weight and get in shape? That’s great! But maybe you are also in search of delicious Zone Diet friendly recipes, particularly for lunch, so that you can keep your diet varied, exciting, and full of the flavors that you love. Well, we’ve got you covered. Check out the three delicious Zone Diet friendly lunch recipes below.
1. Asian Cabbage Orzo Salad
Do you often wish that you could just go to an Asian restaurant and get yourself some greasy takeout, but you can’t because you are following a healthy diet? Well, with this recipe, you can have the flavors of takeout without the guilt. This delicious Zone Diet recipe will give you 20 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, and just 335 calories.
Start by preparing Zone PastaRx Orzo. Just follow the directions on the package. Drain it, rinse it with cold water, and drain once more. Then, set it aside.
In a bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil with 1½ teaspoons of Asian fish sauce, 1½ tablespoons of lime juice, 2 teaspoons of water, and ½ teaspoon of red curry paste.
Then, add in 1¼ cups of finely shredded green cabbage, 2 tablespoons of chopped red onion, ¼ cup of bell pepper cut into thin strips, and ¼ cup of cucumber cut into strips.
Toss all of your ingredients until everything is coated, and then let it all stand for about 20 minutes. Finally, add in your orzo, toss it all together, top with cilantro and peanuts, and enjoy!
2. Awesome Pasta Salad
If you love pasta salad, you will love this delicious Zone Diet lunch recipe that is really easy to make. It boasts 21 grams of protein, 326 calories, and 6 grams of fiber.
Start by preparing ¼ cup of Zone PastaRx Orzo, as discussed in the recipe above. Then, to make your dressing, mix 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, garlic powder to taste, Italian seasoning to taste, and salt and pepper to taste.
Next, combine your orzo with 10 halved cherry tomatoes, ½ ounce of cubed low-fat provolone cheese, ½ of a green bell pepper that’s been chopped, 1 tablespoon of black olives, and 1 tablespoon of pimentos.
Combine everything with your salad dressing, and enjoy!
3. Coconut Rice
When you don’t have a lot of time to prepare your lunch, and you want to get an easy plant-based delicious Zone Diet recipe into your diet, this flavorful coconut rice won’t disappoint. It packs 21 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber, and 352 calories.
Start by preparing the Zone PastaRx Orzo, as discussed above. Then, spray a saucepan with a healthy cooking spray and add in ½ teaspoon of olive oil. Sauté 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and ¼ of a bell pepper that’s been chopped for just a few minutes over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable broth to keep everything from sticking.
Next, add in 1 tablespoon of minced canned jalapeno pepper, ¼ teaspoon of dried thyme, and salt to taste. Stir it often for a minute, and then add in 2 tablespoons of coconut milk, bringing it all to a boil. Stir in 1/3 cup of canned kidney beans that have been rinsed and drained, heat them through, and add in the orzo.
Then, remove from heat. Stir in 2 minced scallions, let it sit, covered, for about 5 minutes, and enjoy!
Once you give these delicious Zone Diet friendly lunches a try, you will want to make them every day.