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Healthy lunch ideas

Cooking Lovers

December 1st 2020 ・ 4 min reading

When we think about cooking with bananas we think…. banana bread… banana muffins…. banana smoothies…. right? Well of course that makes sense! The unmistakable sweet taste of bananas goes wonderfully with sweet banana recipes and desserts.

But did you know you can also use bananas in savory recipes? Yes! Our humble yellow heroes can also be cut up and added to many savory dishes like curries, stir-fries and salads. So if you’re in the market for new healthy lunch ideas, go grab a bunch of Chiquita bananas and read on…

9 Healthy Lunch Ideas with Chiquita Bananas

 

Indian Chicken Curry with Chiquita Banana, Cauliflower and Spinach

Ditch that takeaway menu and make your very own healthy chicken curry with Chiquita bananas. All you’ll need are some chicken fillets, carrot, cauliflower, onion, a sliced banana, coconut milk, baby spinach and a jar of Korma Indian curry paste. It’s a quick and easy lunch that beats the ‘ole peanut butter and jelly anytime!

Chiquita Banana Shrimp Stir Fry

This tasty Chiquita banana shrimp stir fry is not only healthy but can be ready in just 15 minutes. Succulent shrimps are tossed with red onion, pineapple, cucumber, ginger and lime. And of course, slices of Chiquita banana. Exotic, easy and flavorful!

Wraps With Organic Chiquita Banana Slices and Peanut Butter

For school or work lunchboxes, nothing beats a simple, healthy and delicious wrap. These beauties are made with just organic Chiquita bananas and slatherings of peanut butter, layered inside a soft tortilla wrap. Then for some extra goodness, add cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and kiwifruit on the side for a complete healthy lunch.

Healthy Thai Curry Coconut Soup With Chiquita Bananas

This one’s for all our vegetarian and vegan friends! This light curry takes just minutes to pull together. All you need is Thai curry paste, coconut milk, vegetable stock, a Chiquita banana, red peppers, peanuts and cilantro for a light and aromatic soup to warm your belly on a cold winter’s day.

Easy Deep Fried Chiquita Bananas

Perhaps it’s a lazy Sunday and you’re snuggled up by the fireplace with a good book? Sounds like the perfect day to indulge in these deep fried bananas for lunch! Simply peel and cut bananas lengthwise and dip them in a batter of flour, milk and egg. Fry in vegetable oil until the batter turns a golden brown and then drain on paper towels. Add some powdered sugar and cinnamon – and a scoop of ice cream if you’re really feeling indulgent!

Chiquita Banana Shrimp Salad

A hot summer’s day calls for a cool refreshing salad – and do we have a treat for you! For this summer salad, fry up some lightly seasoned shrimp and banana, then scatter them on a bed of tomato slices, baby spinach, avocado, carrot, sweet peppers, and sliced cucumber. Drizzle with some fresh lime juice and enjoy! A truly tropical (and healthy) treat.

Fried Marinated Shrimp with Peas, Rice and Fried Banana

Super light and tasty, this healthy lunch takes just 15 minutes.  A delightful melody of ginger, garlic, chilli peppers, soy sauce, shrimp and bananas – served on a bed of rice and peas – makes for a delicious savory lunch with that unmistakable added taste of Chiquita bananas!

Banana Mango Salsa with Whitefish

This healthy lunch idea is almost worryingly irresistible and more-ish… Consider yourselves warned! Simply toss mango chunks, banana slices, sweet pepper, chilli pepper, red onion and finely chopped cilantro with delicately fried whitefish. Serve with tortilla chips or a salad – and maybe a refreshing cocktail if it’s the weekend!

Arroz ala Cubana

Traditionally a Cuban breakfast or lunch, this banana recipe is super delicious and healthy. Saute garlic, peppers and carrots together in a pan. Then place the lightly fried veggies with caramelized bananas and fried eggs on a bed of steaming hot rice for a hearty meal with flavors out of this world!

Hungry or hangry for lunch? We hear you! Now you have 9 amazing new healthy lunch ideas featuring our lovely yellow fingered friends. And remember, bananas are not only delicious – but they’re packed with loads of vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber and good natural long-lasting sugars. Add them to a quick and healthy weekday lunch and you’ll be good to go for the rest of the day.

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