Sturdy (but Mighty!) Vegetables Ready for Winning Lunches

February  5, 2018

Listen, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. And while you have more than a week to prepare heartfelt notes and small treats, you’ll likely encounter red, pink, and white-packaged temptations everywhere you turn. And that’s great! We’re all for daily dessert—but to balance the sweets, you might want to pack lunches with some extra vegetables.

This week, lean on hearty winter vegetables, like brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, or cabbage. Blend leeks and potatoes into creamy soup, mix pan-roasted brussels sprouts into salads of grains or greens, or stuff marinated kale between thick slices of bread. Here are 14 vegetable-filled meals that will support you in eating as many sweets as your heart desires.

Start with Salads

Sprinkle in some Soups

Serve yourself Sandwiches

What’s your favorite vegetable-filled lunch? Share your packing tips in the comments below!

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Katie is a food writer and editor who loves cheesy puns and cheesy cheese.