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Effortless Vegan Nori Wraps (Plus 4 Simple & Healthy Lunch Ideas)

In search of a quick lunch that’s easy to make AND healthy? You’ve come to the right place!

Nori wraps are by far one of my favorite foods for lunches. They’re easy to make, don’t require a ton of fancy ingredients (except the nori wrappers of course) and are incredibly good for you! They’re also an EXCELLENT source of iodine. And believe it or not, iodine is linked to all sorts of health function, the most noteworthy being thyroid function and metabolism.

But maybe you already knew that. And maybe, besides this amazing recipe, you’d like some other healthy lunch ideas that you can make for work or home. Check out four additional and super simple lunch ideas I’ve included in addition to today’s vegan nori wraps 🙂

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Simple & Healthy Lunch Ideas

  • Greek Chicken–Marinate chicken breast in olive oil, lemon juice, and loads of dried oregano. Cook for dinner the night before. The next day, cut up half of one chicken breast and toss over a bed of leafy greens. Serve with a dressing on the side that is made of greek yogurt, lemon juice, dried mint, and a hint of olive oil. (note: recipe coming soon!)
  • Adult Turkey Sandwich–This is a classic your mom probably packed for you back in the day. Upgrade your lunch by choosing a sprouted grain bread that has more fiber, less gluten, and is overall easier on your digestive tract. Choose nitrate-free turkey. Add avocado instead of mayo for healthy monounsaturated fat. Don’t forget to go crazy with the veggies! My personal favorites for this kind of sandwich are alfalfa sprouts and juicy slices of fresh tomato.
  • Leftover Frittata— Did you make a frittata or quiche for breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning? There’s nothing stopping you from eating it for lunch the next day. Frittatas are a no non-sense, easy lunch to bring in on  a busy Monday morning. Check out this super simple broccoli spinach frittata recipe that’s full of veggies, protein, and healthy fat.
  • Mezze Platter–This is one of the chicest, easiest lunches you can make for yourself. Mezze platters are a common Mediterranean appetizer, but if you play your cards right they can make a wholesome and healthy lunch. Start with a handful of whole grain crackers/bread and some high-quality cheese. Go for cheese like blue or feta that are sharp and flavorful so you won’t need as much. Add a small portion of olives or walnuts for healthy fat, some leftover salad/tabbouleh from the night before for greens, a little hummus (because who doesn’t love hummus), and a giant piece of fresh fruit. The good news is, there are no real rules for mezze platters! Use whatever you have on hand to make a mezze platter. Load your mezze platter with lots of plant-based fruits, veggies, and legumes and you’ll definitely feel satiated until dinner time.

Remember that this isn’t the only way to make nori wraps. There are plenty of recipes out there. I’ve made nori wraps with hummus instead of rice or slices of avocado instead of carrot. I simply used these veggies and ingredients because it was what I had on hand. So take the sometimes plain and bland nori wrapper and use it as your blank canvas! There are endless possibilities with what you can do with this super versatile seaweed.

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Effortless Vegan Nori Wraps
Prep Time 10
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Divide the rice evenly between the two nori sheets (1/4 cup for each wrap). Divide the cucumbers, carrots, and cilantro evenly between the two wraps.
  2. Fold neatly, squeezing the wrap to compact the ingredients and slightly moisten the nori wrappers. The moisture from the veggies will help bind the nori wraps to create a roll. Cut down the center and enjoy with tamari/liquid aminos.
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