Guest Post: 5 Favorite Big-Batch Lunch Recipes

March 9, 2012

in Blog, Guest Posts, Sides & Salads

Hey All!  Since we’re living it up in Disneyland right now, Angela from Eat Spin Run Repeat was kind enough to do a guest post!  I just love her blog!  There are so many great workout ideas, tidbit and recipes.  I’m sure you’ll all love her lunch recipes below, they look so healthy and delicious. Perfect to have in the fridge for grab-and-go!

Chat soon!



Hi Busy But Healthy readers!

How are you today? My name is Angela and I blog over at Eat Spin Run Repeat. I’m a fitness instructor, Nutrition and Wellness Specialist, running junkie, shopaholic, clean eater, and soon-to-be Personal Health Coach.

I was so excited when Kristine asked me to guest post for her because Busy But Healthy is one of the blogs that I look forward to reading daily. Oh, and she’s Canadian too! 🙂

Since Fridays are always “5 Favourite” posts, I’ve decide to share 5 of my favourite big-batch lunch recipe with you. I know a lot of people who are trying to get in the habit of bringing their lunches to work instead of eating out, but they always tell me that they just don’t have the time or motivation to prep healthy meals the night before. Does this sound like you? Well have no fear! These recipes can all be prepared in big batches at the beginning of the week, pre-portioned, and stored in the fridge. This way, you’ve got healthy options ready to take to work, school, or wherever else you may be going during your busy weekdays.

1. The Trailblazer Quinoa Salad – one of my most recent recipes, I love everything going on in this mix!

guest post 1_e

2. The Mighty Grains Mix – You’ve heard about how great whole grains are for you, but how many have you actually tried? This mix contains 5: amaranth, brown and wild rice, quinoa, farro, and spelt berries. When combined, they provide plenty of fiber, plant-based protein, and flavour. Oh and don’t worry – you won’t need 5 separate pots to prep this one. Some of the grains have similar cooking times, so you only need 2, and a big bowl for mixing.

guest post 2_1


3. Tuscan White Bean and Tuna Salad – Packed with protein, this salad comes together really easily if you use canned white kidney beans. Just be sure to rinse them really well to remove as much salt from the canning liquid as possible.

guest post 3

4. Raw Pad Thai with Peanut Sauce – I know Pad Thai isn’t technically a salad, but in raw form, it certainly looks like one! This mixture uses raw kelp noodles, which are low in carbs and calories, free of allergens, and ready to eat right out of the bag! If you can’t find kelp noodles and still want to keep calories on the lower side, you could easily substitute tofu shirataki noodles. Feel free to add whatever protein you desire – chicken, shrimp, and tofu all work well.

guest post 4

5. The Detox Salad – If you make just one of these dishes, make it this one! I created this recipe because I really wanted to re-create the same detox salad found on Whole Foods’ salad bar. You may think by looking at it that you’ll be standing with a knife in your hand, slaving over a chopping board for hours, but don’t worry – a food processor can cut the prep time down to just a few minutes!

guest post 5

I hope you enjoy these, and if you’re looking for even more lunch-worthy salads, pop over for a visit and check out my Recipes page. Thanks so much again to Kristine for letting me post for you, and I hope you all have a fantastic Friday. Happy lunch making! 🙂

Follow Me


I'm Kristine Fretwell, busy mom of 2 little girls, author, blogger, and former pro fitness competitor. I love almost any kind of cookie, anything coconut or pumpkin flavored, and Thai food. A perfect day for me is enjoying my family, getting to the gym, and whipping up a new healthy recipe. I've got a collection of over 300 healthy recipes, and other tidbits like fitness and health tips. My recipes have been featured on websites such as Huffington Post, Savvy Mom, Shape and Skinny Scoop.
Follow Me

Latest posts by Kristine (see all)

  • Anonymous

    I love these! I clipped 3 of them to my Evernote recipes folder.

  • Anna @ The Guiltless Life

    Ooh these salads look so fabuloso! And I love that you’re Canadian too, I must check out your blog Angela! Thanks for the post 🙂

Previous post:

Next post: