While you’re totally fine enjoying a heart-shaped chocolate and romantic date-night bottle of vino, you might need a little help keeping yourself on track during the week of cheese fondue and aphrodisiac-induced meals. Check out these healthy, hearty lunches you can prep with your partner:
Turkey Ranch Club Wrap
If you and your significant other love to chow down on triple decker delights like an old-fashioned BLT, this healthier version won’t disappoint—because, yes, it still includes bacon. Turkey is a great choice of cold-cuts because it’s low in fat and calories, but high in protein, and just a half a slice of sharp American cheese is all you need to bring the flavor. Top it off with two slices of tomato (high in fiber!) for some tang and texture and a tablespoon of ranch yogurt dressing.
Get the recipe: Organize Yourself Skinny
Easy Crockpot Turkey Chili
This recipe is even simpler than its name suggests. So simple, in fact, that you can’t really mess this one up, even if cooking isn’t your forte. Make one giant batch of this winter dish for the two of you to enjoy, perfect for a busy week. Not only is it Paleo-friendly, it’s also loaded with good-for-you ingredients like veggies, legumes and lean ground turkey.
Get the recipe: Freebie Finding Mom
Healthy Buffalo Chicken Bowl
If you’re the type to inhale almost anything covered in buffalo sauce, you don’t have to limit yourself to just once-in-a-while fried wings. There are many ways to incorporate your favorite spicy flavor into a healthier, more nutritious version that even your football-loving other half will enjoy. That’s because the sauce itself isn’t what adds the calories; in fact, most buffalo sauces cost you only about 5 cals a serving. It’s the deep fry, heavy cheese and bread that really make things unhealthy. So if you cut out the bad stuff and fill your plate with only the good—corn, black beans, avocados and protein-packed chicken—you’re left with a healthy, fulfilling lunch you both can savor.
Get the recipe: Balancing Life & Fitness
Taco Salad in a Jar
This Mexican-American staple doesn’t always have to make a giant mess while you chow down. The easier way to pack and eat it is to load it everything into a handy, totally adorable Mason jar. Pack all of the dry ingredients, like lettuce and celery, on the bottom and leave the top for liquid-prone ingredients that could cause sogginess. What you’re left with is a low-carb, Paleo-friendly lunch full of protein and flavor.
Get the recipe: Free Range Katy
Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad
Most of our American favorites are made with mayo, making them off limits when we’re trying to whittle down our waistlines and maintain enough energy to make it to class. But there’s a solution to enjoying faves like chicken salad sans guilt: sub avocado for mayonnaise. This green fruit is high in all the right kinds of fats and loaded with fiber to keep you feeling full longer and give you stamina. If you’re worried this substitution will cut down on flavor, know it also calls for garlic powder, salt, pepper, lime juice and fresh cilantro!
Get the recipe: Family Fresh Meals
Quinoa Avocado Spinach Power Salad
Warning: This is not your basic salad. It’s a combo of healthy ingredients that, when thrown together, deliver a wow-worthy flavor. Think tender, leafy spinach; crisp cherry tomatoes; and creamy, savory avocado. It’s both vegan and gluten-free and uses a homemade vinaigrette recipe that’s tangy, delicious and low in fat. Pack everything in to-go bowls—keeping the dressing separate—to enjoy together even when you’re apart at work.
Get the recipe: The Garden Grazer
Chickpea and Sweet Potato Curry
Indian food has some of the most flavor of any cuisine in the world, and the best part is that most of these dishes are healthy and veggie-friendly. Exhibit A: this slow-cooker curry that stars none other than the protein-heavy garbanzo bean, the same bean used in hummus. Bonus: This nutritious and delicious meal is spicy enough to enhance your love connection!
Get the recipe: A Spicy Perspective