What I’ve been eating for lunch during quarantine

A food post about lunch during quarantine! Here we go!

Do any long-time blog readers remember when I used to put up a “What I Ate Wednesday” post every single week? I know. That was a lot of work, and that was before Brady. 🙂 

I’ve got to be honest, you guys love those types of posts, but I don’t. I feel like I get a little stressed if I know I have to take a picture of everything I’m eating in a day. But I do want to share more of my food with you, because you seem to enjoy it. And that’s where this post came about. 

What I’ve been eating for lunch during quarantine

What I've been eating for lunch during quarantine by A Lady Goes West by A Lady Goes West

Truth be told, I’d eat these meals whether we were in quarantine or not, but it makes for a good headline to the post.

And remember, these are totally iPhone casual shots. I didn’t actually take any of these pictures with plans to share them on the blog, but they remained on my phone, so we’re going to go with it.

A few quick notes: 

  • I don’t have the macronutrient or calorie count for these meals, because I don’t track those things. But I do ensure that I choose to load up with a lot of color and always account for carbohydrates, protein and fat. I use similar plates and always fill up the whole plate, so that covers my portion sizing.
  • All of these meals are incredibly easy to assemble. Nothing is really made from scratch, but nothing is super processed either.
  • I repeat foods a lot throughout the week, then I tend to switch it up the following week. But overall, I work through a small rotation of foods — enough variety to get plenty of nutrients — but limited enough so that I don’t have decision fatigue.
  • I usually eat two eggs with my lunch, but if I’ve worked out in the morning and had a protein shake a little before lunch-time, then I have one egg. I eat a lot of eggs. Eggs are so good, and I always buy pasture-raised.

Let’s get to the meals …

Healthy lunches prepared at home

Healthy lunch 13 by A Lady Goes West - June 2020

Half of a Daily Harvest artichoke veggie flatbread, sauerkraut, half of an avocado and two eggs, covered in sea salt, black pepper and turmeric. (By the way, you can use the code ALADYGOESWEST for $25 off your first order from Daily Harvest — they have so much to choose from.)

Healthy lunch 9 by A Lady Goes West - June 2020

A Vital Proteins collagen shot, a bag of Hilary’s Eat Well Greek veggie and millet mixture, an egg, some dried beet chips and guacamole, all covered in salsa, sea salt, black pepper and turmeric.

Healthy lunch 4 by A Lady Goes West - June 2020

Two Hilary’s Eat Well original veggie burgers, broccoli rice with guacamole on top, and an egg, covered in salsa, sea salt, black pepper and turmeric.

Cacao smoothie by A Lady Goes West - June 2020

A super creamy and delicious Daily Harvest cacao and avocado smoothie mixed with Ripple pea protein milk. This is probably my favorite smoothie EVER, and I’m currently out of this flavor and need to order more right away. It’s so thick.

Healthy lunch by A Lady Goes West - June 2020

A baked purple sweet potato, an egg, half of a bag of Hilary’s Eat Well Greek veggie and millet mixture and guacamole, all covered in sea salt, black pepper and turmeric.

Healthy lunch 6 by A Lady Goes West - June 2020

Two eggs, dried beet chips, half of an avocado and a bag of Cascadian Farms mixed veggies, all covered in sea salt, black pepper and turmeric.

Healthy lunch 5 by A Lady Goes West - June 2020

Two Qrunch quinoa veggie burgers topped with salsa, an egg, half of an avocado and some dried pumpkin chips, covered in sea salt, black pepper and turmeric.

Healthy lunch 3 by A Lady Goes West - June 2020

Half of a bag of Cascadian Farms sweet potato, cauliflower and kale mixture, an egg, dried beet chips and guacamole, all covered in sea salt, black pepper and turmeric.

Healthy lunch 8 by A Lady Goes West - June 2020

A Daily Harvest sweet potato and onion veggie flatbread, dried beet chips and an egg.

Healthy lunch 2 by A Lady Goes West - June 2020

A small baked purple sweet potato, an egg, mixed veggies and guacamole all covered in sea salt, black pepper and turmeric.

Healthy take-out lunches

For the first six weeks of quarantine, we didn’t get any take-out really, besides sushi on Friday nights.

But then, a couple of our favorite spots opened up for pick-up, and then we added take-out lunches to the weekend and got something from a restaurant almost every Saturday. We’ve almost always done take-out or gone to a restaurant for a casual Saturday lunch so it felt right to continue with that, because we eat every other meal at home during the week.

Here are the highlights …

Healthy lunch 11 by A Lady Goes West - June 2020

We’ve gotten Chipotle delivered for lunch a few times, and it’s so good. This is the vegan bowl with sofritas added, and I also had a warm soft tortilla with it on the side. Mmmm.

Healthy lunch 12 by A Lady Goes West - June 2020

This picture doesn’t do this salad justice, because it’s a super-deep bowl and includes so much sustenance. This is the avocado and quinoa salad from Mendocino Farms, and I ate it with a soft warm tortilla on the side. I’ve had this salad several times, and I love it. It has a little kick too.

Urban Plates bowl by A Lady Goes West - June 2020

This is my go-to weekend lunch, and it’s the beets and avocado bowl from Urban Plates, and I get it with tofu added. So delicious and nutritious. I had it this past weekend too.

Post-lunch dessert

Does anyone else need a sweet bite after lunch? After every single lunch — take-out or made at home — I have a coconut-covered or cacao-covered date, and usually a second collagen tea latte too. 

Date for dessert by A Lady Goes West - June 2020

Un-pictured lunches

Most of the meals above were pictured, because they looked decent enough to share on Instagram stories. But there have been plenty of lunches that haven’t even been that worthy.

  • PBJ. Who doesn’t love a PBJ? Dave and I have both been eating them occasionally. I use Ezekiel bread, almond butter and any kind of preserves. I also like my bread toasted, with a heavy nut butter ratio.
  • Lentil pasta. Whenever I make a lentil pasta bowl for lunch, it ends up looking so gross. But boy it tastes good. I use the red lentil pasta from Trader Joe’s, any kind of marinara sauce, and I add an egg on top. I mean, it’s so delicious and filling.
  • Eggs and toast. Would you believe that the only meal I don’t eat eggs for is breakfast? But almost always for lunch and often with dinner. Eggs and Ezekiel bread toast has been an easy and quick lunch in a pinch.

That concludes our food post!

What I've been eating for lunch during quarantine -- healthy lunches by A Lady Goes West

Thank you so much for coming by the blog to see what I’ve been eating for lunch during quarantine. If you’d like to see more food pictures in real time, I often share them on my Instagram stories. See you back here soon, my friends.

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14 Comments

  1. Thanks for the lunch ideas Ashley! My lunches are boring, usually and sandwich and some veggies. Those salads look so good, I need to bump up my creativity!

  2. I’ve been following you for a while and when I saw the email post on lunches I guessed what some of them would be, and was correct. You do a good job of rotating lunches that include eggs, veggie burgers, roasted sweet potatoes, and fermented foods.

    1. Hi Jamie — heheh, yes, you are correct — I do rotate through those items. What are some of your favorite things to rotate through for lunch?

  3. I am one of the long time readers who love WIAW posts! Thanks for giving us some yummy and healthy ideas! Your pictures look great by the way, iPhone and all 🙂

  4. I usually have a giant salad everyday and I wish I could find those chocolate covered dates. Publix doesn’t sell them! I used to love your WIAW. I have never taken pictures of my food – just like looking at other people’s food!

    1. Hi Marianne! A giant salad sounds like a delicious lunch choice. And I’ve actually looked for the dates myself in Publix while visiting Florida. They need to hop on the bandwagon ahhaha! Thanks for saying hi, friend! 🙂

  5. Is there a Mendocino Farms nearby in Walnut Creek? Or are you going to San Ramon? I love them, but can’t justify driving down to San Ramon just for lunch.

    1. Hi Pauline! Mendocino Farms is only in Bishop Ranch San Ramon — so it takes us about 17 minutes to get there — we’ve only been going because we have plenty of free time for that trip right now ahaha. It’s delish!!

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