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Delicious Brown Bag Lunches

You don't have to go the two-slabs-of-bread route just to save some money, and a homemade meal is healthier than anything you'll pick up on a whim. Think outside the paper bag with these healthy DIY lunches.

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Chickpea and Spinach Pasta

Tip: Swap regular pasta for whole-wheat for a healthier take, with up to three times as much fiber.

Ingredients:
4 cups bow tie pasta
2 tomatoes
1 can chickpeas
1 package frozen spinach
4 tsp Parmesan cheese
Dash of red pepper flakes

Directions:
Cook pasta according to directions. Thaw spinach and drain. Combine and heat with chickpeas and tomatoes. Top with red pepper and Parmesan. Makes four servings.

Nutrition facts (per serving):
446 calories
14 g fat
53 g carbs
5 g fiber
17 g protein