7 Mediterranean Lunches to Melt Away Pounds

1. Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken: Combine chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese. Top with grilled chicken breast for protein and dress with olive oil and lemon juice.

2. Falafel Bowl: Serve homemade or store-bought falafel with a salad of chopped lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, and a dollop of tzatziki. Add a side of hummus and whole grain pita for fiber.

3. Lentil Tabouleh: Mix cooked lentils with parsley, mint, diced tomatoes, and cucumbers. Season with olive oil, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. This dish is high in protein and fiber.

4. Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa and Vegetables: Stuff bell peppers with a mixture of cooked quinoa, chopped zucchini, onions, and tomatoes, seasoned with herbs and baked until the peppers are tender.

5. Mediterranean Tuna Salad: Mix canned tuna (in olive oil) with white beans, sliced red onion, and capers. Serve on a bed of mixed greens with a dressing of olive oil and lemon juice.

6. Grilled Eggplant and Hummus Wrap: Layer slices of grilled eggplant, hummus, sliced tomatoes, and arugula in a whole grain wrap. This wrap is filling, low in calories, and rich in nutrients.

7. Chicken and Artichoke Pasta Salad: Toss whole wheat pasta with grilled chicken strips, marinated artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, and spinach. Dress lightly with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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