Whole Lotta Lunch 9: Green Salad with Chickpeas and Roasted Butternut Squash

Happy New Year!

Having just returned from a lovely holiday spent with my family in Canada, I wasn’t quite ready to be back in work-mode on Sunday. I opted for a very simple lunch plan and packed everything for the week in 45 minutes.

  • Morning Snack: A piece of fruit a small handful of roasted almonds
  • Lunch: Hearty green salad, 4 whole grain crackers, 2 small pieces of cheddar cheese, 1 date
  • Afternoon Snack: Carrot sticks and a Kashi granola bar



Green Salad:

*I assembled the salad in a large bowl, tossed it, and then distributed it into my lunch containers. I added the dressing separately each day.

  1. Roast approximately 20 oz of butternut squash (*I buy the pre-chopped kind). Toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Put on baking tray in oven at 400 for 30-35 minutes. Season with pepper and sea salt.
  2. Assemble the salad. You will need:
  • 5oz package of mixed greens, spinach or chopped kale
  • 2 medium sized carrots (grated)
  • 8oz container of grape or cherry tomatoes (chop each tomato in half)
  • 1 can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • Feta (sprinkle a handful on top)
  • Dried cranberries (1/4 cup)
  • Sunflower seeds (to taste (1/4 cup)
  • Sesame seeds (to taste, optional)
  • Add the squash after it cools.

Super Easy Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe:

  1. Microwave a lemon for 15 seconds
  2. Roll it around a bit on the counter and then cut it in half
  3. Juice both halves (should yield about 1/8 cup of fresh lemon juice)
  4. Add 1/8 cup (or equal part) extra-virgin olive oil
  5. Add approximately 1 teaspoon of honey
  6. Stir or whisk vigorously until the honey dissolves
  7. Store in the fridge


I peeled and chopped 4 carrots on Sunday.  I put them in cold water in the fridge so they would be ready to go and remain crisp.  Each day I packed a few carrot sticks.

Grocery List:



Cherry tomatoes

Squash (pre-chopped and washed)




Cheddar cheese


Whole-grain crackers

Granola bars

Dried cranberries



Sunflower seeds

Sesame seeds


Olive oil


Sea salt and pepper



❤ Kailea

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