18 Light Lunch Ideas

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Light lunch recipe ideas are made with a variety of foods including wraps, soups, or sandwiches made with whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean poultry.

A light lunch has a smaller portion or less heavy foods than a regular lunch. A light lunch is perfect for something to fill you up for a couple of hours, and not for the whole day.

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Light Lunch Recipe Ideas


Sandwiches are best made right before serving, or they should be kept refrigerated to keep the contents fresh.


Soups with a broth base are lighter than soups with a cream base, therefore try to pick a chicken, vegetable or turkey broth based soup for your lunch.


Wrap with hummus, tzatziki or salsa work well for a sauce for your lunchtime wrap. Add turkey, chicken, or chickpeas and a few of your favorite vegetables to create your own custom wrap. Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocado work well for a light lunch wrap.

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Salads and Bowls

Salads made with lettuce or quinoa, and that have an olive oil based dressing are your best choice for a lighter lunch. Salads with creamy dressings like ranch or Caesar dressing are more of a regular lunch. Try for a balsamic vinegar based dressing for more of a lighter salad for lunchtime.

Chocolate Bark Meaning

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Chocolate bark is a dessert that is made of a variety of dried fruits, nuts, or candy, which is embedded into a layer of chocolate.

The foods that are added to the top of the layer of chocolate are not pressed in, only the weight of gravity will solidify them into the chocolate.

The meaning of chocolate bark is for the chocolate dessert to resemble the look of a tree branch. Having a variety of foods on the top of the chocolate gives the chocolate bark a rustic, abstract look to it. This is why it is called chocolate bark.

Chocolate Bark Meaning

How is chocolate bark made

  1. Chocolate is first melted down or tempered. The melted chocolate is spread by a pastry scraper or spatula on a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Nuts, dried fruit or candy is dropped from approximately 12″ to let it fall into the chocolate.
  3. The chocolate is placed in the fridge for about an hour until it’s fully hardened.
  4. Chocolate bark is broken up into smaller pieces to serve. Each piece is about 2″- 3″ for each person to have a couple of bites of chocolate bark.
  5. Store excess chocolate bark at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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How is chocolate bark made

Greek Pita Bread Fillings

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Greek pita bread wraps are filling and packed full of flavor. You can fill your Greek pita wraps with a variety of different sauces, vegetables, meat and cheese of your choosing.

In fact, in Greece, they actually serve fresh, warm French fries inside of their Greek pita bread wraps.

How do you stuff pita bread

You can fill your pita bread in a couple different ways.

One way to fill your pita wrap is by cutting open the pita to expose the inside; it will be pocket you can use for your pita bread fillings. It can be difficult to cut the pita bread and not rip it, it’s kind of like an art to get it just perfect. However, warming up the pita in the microwave or in the frying pan prior to cutting it open, will make cutting it open much easier.

Once you stuff your fillings in your Greek pita bread, hold the contents of the pocket, and roll the pita. This will close off the pocket and you can eat it without loosing anything. Don’t overfill it, or it might rip.

Another way is to fill it in the center of the pita, and eat it taco style. This way is much easier, but it’s also a recipe for a huge mess. Delicious!!

Sauce for Greek pitas

  • tzatziki
  • hummus
  • tahini

Vegetable fillings for Greek pita bread

  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • red onions
  • avocado

Meat fillings for Greek pita bread

  • lamb
  • chicken
  • beef
  • prawns
  • pork

Cheese fillings for Greek pita bread

  • feta cheese

Other fillings for Greek pita bread

  • French fries
  • roasted chickpeas
  • olives
  • fresh cilantro
  • fresh mint
  • fresh basil
  • fresh parsley
Greek Pita Bread Fillings
Greek Pita Bread Fillings

5 Types of Salads with Meat

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There are a few classic salads that are made with meat including chicken caesar salad, and taco salad. But there a ton of main meal salads with protein that will keep you full and have a burst of flavor.

You can add shrimp, steak, chicken, or ground beef to your favorite salads for some added protein to make sure salads a bit more filling for yourself.

Bringing these types of salads can be much more filling than the average meatless salad.

Types of Salads with Meat

Caesar Salad

Caesar salad is a basic salad that can have meat added to it, including prawns, chicken, or steak. Steak Caesar salad is one of my favorite summer salads to serve with meat. It’s a light salad, but has that extra BBQ sauce topped steak on it, making it one of the most juicy and tasty salads to have in the summertime. Caesar salads that have meat in them are best served with garlic bread or focaccia bread on the side.

Taco Salad

Taco salad is made with ground beef and black beans, giving it a ton of protein. Taco salad is made with a main body of lettuce, topped with tomatoes, cheese, corn, avocado, and jalapenos. Taco salad is a unique meat salad in that it is topped with the same fixings as a taco, including sour cream, cheese, and even tortilla chips. The tortilla chips are more of a garnish, but they also give the meat salad a crunchy flavor to it, adding a little more texture.

Chicken BLT Salad

Chicken BLT salad is made with chicken, bacon, avocado, cherry tomatoes over a bed of greens. The chicken in the salad is marinated first with a champagne vinegar marinade, making it have a tangy taste to it. Chicken BLT salad is topped with a citrus tomatillo vinaigrette dressing.

Shrimp Salad

Shrimp salad is made on a bed of greens, topped with shrimp, avocado, and red onions. The shrimp are cooked in a frying pan to infuse a citrus flavor into them. The shrimp are cooked in a combination of orange juice, lemon juice, olive oil, and spices. The shrimp are topped with a bit of parsley, making them have a earthy, lemon to them.

Greek Salmon Salad

Greek salmon salad is made with a base of lettuce, topped with everything you would add to a Greek salad. The Greek salmon salad is topped with feta, olives, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and red onions. The dressing is a Greek vinaigrette which compliments the flavors of the vegetables. The salmon is cooked in the frying pan, and then has a hint of lemon juice added to it. The Greek salmon salad is best served while the salmon is still warm.

How to store a salad that has meat in it

When making a salad with meat, make sure to store it in the fridge, and not to leave it out of the fridge for more than 2 hours. Meat is not able to stay out of fridge for longer than 2 hours, as there is a risk of bacteria growth that can make you sick. This has a bit of shorter time frame if the salad is sitting in direct sunlight. If you’re bringing your salad for a picnic on a summer day, pack it with an ice pack to ensure it’s staying at the correct temperature prior to eating it.

How Does Lime Taste

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Limes have a rich, sweet, tart taste to them. Limes are not typically eaten on their own, and have a bitter taste to them if you bite into a slice of lime.

When limes are added as a sweetener to foods like guacamole, beverages, rice, Thai dishes, it enhances the flavor of the food, giving it a refreshing lime taste to them. Only a little lime juice is needed to amplify the food or beverage and take it to the next level of flavor.

What does Lime Taste like

What to do with lots of limes

There are a few recipes that use a ton of limes, both lime bars, and key lime pie. Each recipe uses 4-8 limes minimum, which will help you to use up your limes when perhaps you have a few too many.

What to do with lots of limes

Lime Dessert Ideas

Lime desserts are a refreshing special dessert that isn’t served often. It’s a unique taste to serve to your guests as a burst of flavor that will overwhelm their senses. Try out one of these delicious desserts for your next gathering with family and friends.

Lime Dessert Ideas

Lime cake recipes

Lime cakes have an invigorating taste to them that is sure to go over well with your guests!

Lime cake recipes

Lime cookie recipes

Lime cookies are a specialty cookie to serve because most people have never tried one before. Bake up a couple dozen lime cookies to impress your guests with their exhilarating lime flavor.

Lime cookie recipes

How long are limes good for

Limes last for quite a long time, about 1-2 weeks at room temperature. If you’d like to extend the life of your limes, you can put them in the refrigerator and they should last 3-4 weeks.

Place any half used limes in the refrigerator until you need to use it again.

How Does Lemon Taste

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Lemons have a strong taste that resembles a bitter, sour, harsh flavor. Lemon is not typically eaten by itself, it is meant to enhance the flavor of other foods.

When lemon is added to foods, it adds a pungent, tart flavor that can be both refreshing and light.

What Does Lemon Taste Like

Lemon Flavor

Lemon flavor can be added to foods using lemon juice and lemon zest. For foods like lemonade, only the lemon juice is added. For baking lemon flavor into muffins, loaves, lemon curd, lemon cakes, both the lemon juice and lemon zest are added.

Lemon juice can be extracted from a lemon using a juicer. Cut the lemon in half, then place half of it on the juice and grind it to extract the juice. Keep pressing and moving it side to side to remove all of the lemon juice. Once you’ve extracted your lemon juice, remove any seeds.

If you don’t want any pulp to be present in your baking, you can strain the pulp of the lemon juice using a strainer or sifter.

Lemon Flavor

Baking with lemons

When baking lemon bars, the pulp is removed from the juice to make sure the lemon flavor is smooth and velvety and without any stringy bits. Keep this in mind when using lemon juice for baked goods.

Lemon zest is made by using a grater with small holes.

Press one side of the lemon onto the grater and cut in a downward motion. Repeat this process until the whole lemon has all of the lemon rind removed.

Lemon rind has a potent flavor, therefore you only want to use a grater with small holes.

Using larger wholes to grate the lemon will produce zest that is too large and overwhelming for baking.

Baking with lemons

How to reduce lemon taste

To reduce lemon taste in baking, you can use 1-2 tsp of vanilla extract. The vanilla extract calms the bitter lemon flavor and makes it much more neutral.

To reduce lemon taste in lemonade or lemon water, add sugar, mint leaves, rosemary sprigs, water, or soda to your beverage to dilute out the lemon flavor.

How to reduce lemon taste

3 Recipes that use a lot of lemons

  1. Lemon bars – 3-4 lemons
  2. Lemonade – 6-8 lemons
  3. Lemon Loaf – 3 lemons
3 Recipes that use a lot of lemons

How to make buttermilk using lemon juice

To make buttermilk using lemon juice, use this ratio of milk to lemon juice for your recipe.

  • 1 cup milk: 1 tbsp lemon juice

Gently mix the milk and lemon juice together until it becomes thick and clumpy. Buttermilk using lemon juice takes a couple of minutes to form, be a little patient while you wait.

You can also add 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the buttermilk to give it a hint of vanilla flavoring if desired.

How to make buttermilk using lemon juice

How to Sauté Spinach

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Fresh spinach can be easily sautéed in a couple of minutes on the stovetop. The spinach must be moved constantly to avoid burning the leaves.

  1. In a medium frying pan on low-medium heat, place all of the spinach you would like to cook. Make sure your spinach has been washed, there is no need to dry it off before cooking. The water from the spinach will steam off in the cooking process.
  2. Using a pair of tongs, grab sections of spinach and turn them over. Constantly move the spinach this way to cook the leaves at all angles.
  3. It should take about 5-10 minutes to cook ~3-4 cups of spinach. You’ll know when it’s finished, because it will be completely wilted and a dark green color.
How to Sauté Spinach

How to use freshly sautéed spinach for a recipe

Spinach, even when using it frozen, needs to have the water removed before using it.

To drain the water out of your freshly sautéed spinach, you’ll want to cool it for a few minutes before touching it.

  1. Wrap small bunches of spinach in paper towel.
  2. Hold the wrapped spinach over a bowl and squeeze the water out.
  3. Remove the spinach from the paper towel and place in a fresh bowl to use for your recipe.
How to use freshly sautéed spinach for a recipe

When making a recipe with cooked spinach, the water needs to be removed because it can interfere with the liquid to solid ratio.

For example, if you’re making spinach dip, the water will not be absorbed by the dip, therefore it will ruin the spinach dip.

If you’re making lasagna with ricotta and spinach, the water will not be absorbed by the ricotta cheese, and will make the lasagna runny.

For these reasons, it’s important to remove the water from the spinach after cooking it down.

What recipes can you use sautéed spinach for

How to Sauté Spinach

6 Classic Danish Pastry Shapes

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How to make 6 different pastry shapes for Danishes. Danishes can be shaped using puff pastry dough or croissant dough.

Danishes can be filled using jam, pastry cream or custard, cream cheese filling, etc.

All of our Danish pastry shapes are able to be filled with your favorite fillings.

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Pastry shape ideas

How to make a curled shaped Danish pastry

  1. Cut a rectangular shape of pastry dough ~ 2″x4″.
  2. Fill the center will jam or custard.
  3. Pinch 2 opposing pastry dough together to create the curled Danish

How to make a butterfly shaped Danish pastry

  1. Cut a piece of pastry 5″ x 5″.
  2. Cut 2 small triangles on opposing sides of the square.
  3. From the edge of the triangle you just cut, slice the pastry at an angle to create a point. Repeat on the other side.
  4. Fill the centers with custard.
  5. Fold the pastry over the custard downward on one side.
  6. Fold the pastry over the custard upward on one side.
  7. Pinch the ends of the point together.

How to make a duchess Danish pastry shape

  1. Cut a piece of pastry 5″ x 5″.
  2. Cut the square 1 inch from the edges of the square giving a 1 cm border.
  3. Continue cutting into an angle shape.
  4. Repeat on the other side.
  5. Fill the center with custard.
  6. Fold the cut corner over the pastry.
  7. Fold the other cut corner over to the other side.

How to make a windmill Danish pastry shape

  1. Cut a piece of pastry 5″ x 5″.
  2. Cut 4 slices into the pastry starting at the points. Leave a 1″x1″ box in the center for the filling.
  3. Fold the corner of one of the points into the center.
  4. Fold all of the corners into the center.
  5. Fill the center with custard.

How to make an envelope Danish pastry shape

  1. Cut a piece of pastry 5″ x 5″.
  2. Fold the corner of one of the 4 points into the center.
  3. Continue folding each corner into the center of the pastry.
  4. Fill the center with custard.

How to make a center filled Danish pastry shape

  1. Cut 2 pieces of pastry 5″ x 5″.
  2. Cut a circle in the center of one of pieces of pastry.
  3. Remove the circle.
  4. Place the cut pastry on top of the square pastry.
  5. Fill the circle with custard.

How long to bake Danish pastries for

Bake Danish pastries for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F.

How to Make Lemon Frosting

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Lemon frosting is best made with fresh lemon juice and lemon rind. Lemon frosting should be both sweet and have a bit of tartness to it.

Lemon frosting is very flavorful, and is nicely paired with foods like vanilla cupcakes, macarons, etc.

How to make lemon frosting

To make lemon frosting, cream 1/3 cup room temperature butter on high until light and fluffy.

Slowly add 1 cup of icing sugar to the butter. Beat on low while it’s mixing together.

Add 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tbsp of lemon rind. You can add the full amount of lemon rind you get from a whole lemon. The lemon rind releases tart lemon flavor giving it a flavor punch. It will really elevate the lemon frosting.

Add 1/3 cup icing sugar to thicken up the icing.

Taste test the icing and see if you like the thickness. If you need it thicker, add a small amount (1-2tbsp) of icing sugar. If you need the icing a bit thinner, add more lemon juice 1 tsp at a time.

If your icing is a bit too tart for your liking, you can add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract which will counteract the lemon flavor and tone it down so it’s a bit more creamy.

Making lemon frosting is simple and easy, but make sure you adjust it to your liking. You can make your icing as thick as you want it for cupcakes, or a bit thinner for piping on macarons.

How to make lemon frosting

Can you use lemon extract instead of lemon juice

You can use lemon extract instead of lemon juice. Use about 1/16-1/8 of a tsp of lemon extract to your frosting.

How do you make yellow icing

To make your icing yellow, you can add

  • 1/8-1/4 powdered yellow food coloring
  • a small bit of yellow gel food coloring on the end of a toothpick
  • 3-8 drops of liquid yellow food coloring

If you’re using liquid yellow food coloring, add 3 drops initially and mix together. Only add 1 extra drop at a time and mix together to make sure you don’t overdo the coloring.

If your icing becomes too thin using liquid food coloring, add 1-2 tbsp of icing sugar to your icing to thicken it up to your liking.

What is a Cheese Calzone

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A cheese calzone is a calzone that has it’s base a mixture of cheeses. Typically a cheese calzone would consist of mozzarella, ricotta, and parmesan cheeses. The cheeses are mixed with breadcrumbs and herbs to give it a good base before placing the cheese filling in the calzone dough. A cheese calzone can also be mixed with meats including salami, ham, prosciutto, or pepperoni.

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How do you seal a calzone?

The calzone dough is sealed with a bit of egg and then pressed down with a fork to seal the edges.

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Calzone Dough vs Pizza Dough

Calzone dough and pizza dough are actually same type of dough. Usually people make calzones with their leftover pizza dough. To use pizza dough for calzone dough, roll it out into a rectangle. Cut strips of dough that are quite wide ~6 inches wide & 12 inches long. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it depends how large you want your calzones. Place the filling on the bottom half of your cut rectangles. Fold and stretch your calzone dough over your filling and seal the edges with water or a bit of egg. Then using a fork, seal the calzone dough around the edges and you’re ready to bake them.

Calzone fillings that are vegetarian

  • spinach
  • onions
  • peppers
  • mushrooms

Do calzones have ricotta?

Calzones can have ricotta in them, along with a mixture of other cheeses like parmesan and mozzarella. Ricotta calzones can also be mixed meats and other vegetables to be a more balanced meal for dinner.

Calzone fillings with ricotta

Do calzones have sauce?

Calzones don’t usually have sauce, but you can serve marinara sauce with your calzones for dipping sauce. Another sauce to serve with your calzones is garlic butter to dip your calzone into.

Do calzones have sauce?

What goes good with a calzone?

There are countless foods that go well with calzones. You’ll want to balance out the flavors of your calzone to the side you are picking for your dinner. Don’t pick two similar foods, try to select complimenting foods for your meal.

  • Butternut squash soup
  • potato leak soup
  • minestrone soup
  • Caesar salad
  • corn on the cob
  • green salad
  • marinara sauce