30 Easy Take To Work Lunch Ideas

Dinnertime is a struggle, but sometimes I find that lunch can be a challenge too! I typically don’t have time to cook something fresh or make something, so prepping in advance in essential to getting a healthy and nutritious lunch in my stomach every day.

When you learn how to meal prep, you can get your lunches ready the night before or prep in advance and have them ready for the whole week.

Sandwiches and salads are great, but it’s nice to switch up your work lunches, don’t you think? Soups are a great option, grain bowls, spring rolls, wraps and chilled noodle salads are just a few new easy lunch ideas you might want to try. These all make healthy eating so easy!

If you don’t have reusable containers, this would be a great time to invest in them. Plastic bags are convenient, yes, but wasteful and they can get expensive. Buying reusable containers once will be more upfront, but they’ll pay you back in the long run! Opt for glass containers (especially if you’re re-heating food, metal lunch boxes or silicone bags for sandwiches.

Grab your grocery list and write down your favorite easy lunches to make this week! We’ve got 30 healthy lunch ideas for work or at home, and most won’t take you longer than 30 minutes.

30 Easy Take To Work Lunch Ideas

1. Taco Salad

30 Easy Take To Work Lunch Ideas

Just add your favorite taco toppings and you’re ready to go. Swap ground beef for chicken or turkey if you want.

Recipe from SkinnyTaste

2. Cuban Rice Bowl

30 Easy Take To Work Lunch Ideas - 2. Cuban Rice Bowl

This lunch recipe has so many unique flavors that will surely make your lunch much more exciting.

Recipe at Ev’s Eats

3. Peanut Chicken Quinoa Bowl

30 Easy Take To Work Lunch Ideas - Peanut Chicken Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa is high in protein which makes it a great light, yet filling lunch. Paired with crisp veggies and peanut sauce—yum!

Recipe at Kitchn

4. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

30 Easy Take To Work Lunch Ideas -  Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Super easy! Cook sweet potatoes in the microwave to save time and stuff with your favorite toppings. Just reheat for lunch.

Recipe at Savor & Savvy

5. Burrito Bowls

30 Easy Take To Work Lunch Ideas - Burrito Bowls

Sub slow cooker carnitas instead of chicken in your next burrito bowl.

Recipe at Fit Foodie Finds

6. Chicken Bowl

30 Easy Take To Work Lunch Ideas - Chicken Bowl

Lunch can get stagnant, but switch it up with these Korean-inspired chicken bowls with rice and a tangy slaw.

Recipe at The Girl on Bloor

7. Buddha Bowl

7. Buddha Bowl

The quintessential healthy lunch—a vegetarian or even vegan buddha bowl filled with hearty sweet potatoes, quinoa, a healthy dose of greens and avocado too!

Recipe at Kitchn

8. Mason Jar Salads

8. Mason Jar Salads

We love the mason jar salad idea. Put dressing at the bottom and start with ingredients that won’t get soggy (aka, don’t put the lettuce at the bottom. When you’re ready for lunch, just pour into a bowl and you’re good to go!

Recipe at Ambitious Kitchen

9. Greek Quinoa Bowls

9. Greek Quinoa Bowls

Quinoa makes for a great protein source in this vegetarian dish. Packed full of yummy, crunchy cucumber, bell pepper, creamy avocado and salty feta!

Recipe at Peas & Crayons

10. Chilled Pasta Salad

10. Chilled Pasta Salad

This pasta salad keeps well and will keep you satisfied. It would also make for a great dish at a picnic, just saying!

Recipe at Gimme Some Oven

11. Gazpacho

gazpacho recipe

If you’re new to gazpacho, it’s chilled vegetable soup and it’s delicious! This spicy Thai version looks amazing. No need to reheat either!

Recipe at PaleOMG

12. Soba Noodle Salad

12. Soba Noodle Salad

This is one of those salads that just gets better as it sits for a day or two. It’s full of crunchy veggies, flavorful herbs and a tangy peanut dressing.

Salad:

  • 1/2 package soba noodles
  • 1/3 cup shelled edamame beans
  • 1/3 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 avocado, cubed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp chopped mint
  • 1/4 cup crushed roasted peanuts
  • 1 Tbsp chopped basil
  • sesame seeds, optional garnish

Dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2-1 tsp sriracha, based on how spicy you like!
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1-3 Tbsp warm water

Directions:

  1. Cook soba noodles according to directions. Make sure to run them under cold water to stop cooking. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients through lime juice. Mix thoroughly and add water to thin.
  3. In a large bowl, combine soba noodles and all vegetables. Pour in a bit of the dressing and toss to combine. Serve chilled and drizzle with a bit more dressing on top as desired.

13. Vegetable Chili

13. Vegetable Chili

Packed with beans and lentils, this vegetarian chili will keep you full and satisfied. We’re bookmarking this for fall!

Recipe at Kay Nutrition

14. Turkey Wrap

14. Turkey Wrap

Sometimes nothing beats a wrap at lunch! Make them with whatever you have at home, but if you need ideas, this one looks delicious! Turkey, bacon, avocado, crisp veggies and more.

Recipe at Tastes Lovely

15. Veggie Spring Rolls

15. Veggie Spring Rolls

Spring rolls might look intimidating, but they’re actually really easy to make. You can make them in bulk too as they keep for a day or two when wrapped in plastic. Add whatever veggies you want and serve with a dipping sauce that’s got some healthy fats to keep you full.

Recipe at Medical Medium

16. Kale & Salmon Salad

16. Kale & Salmon Salad

So many awesome flavors and textures in this one! It’s a great way to use up leftover salmon from the night before too.

Recipe at Wholesome Yum

17. Chopped Salad

17. Chopped Salad

There are so many different variations of chopped salads, so feel free to get creative! It’s such a good way to use up whatever vegetables, proteins and lettuces you have in the fridge too.

Recipe via Yellow Bliss Road

18. Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups

18. Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups

Use lettuce cups instead of bread or a tortilla to lighten up chicken salad. It adds a nice crunch too—especially with the pecans and celery.

Recipe at Eat the Gains

19. Farro & Butternut Squash Salad

19. Farro & Butternut Squash Salad

Another one we’re bookmarking for falls! Butternut squash, hearty farro and salty feta—yes please! We love how colorful it is too!

Recipe at Fit Foodie Finds

20. Collard Green Wraps

20. Collard Green Wraps

Similar to veggie spring rolls, just use collard greens instead! Again, get creative with your filling. You could do sandwich-like ingredients too and use the collard green to make it low carb.

Recipe at Honestly Yum

21. Snack Boxes

21. Snack Boxes

Is it just us, or do snacks sometimes makes the best lunches! This is another great way to use up whatever you have on hand—extra veggies, fruit, cheese and last night’s leftover chicken!

Recipe at Project Meal Plan

22. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

22. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Crunchy, colorful veggies, herbs and protein-packed chickpeas make this dish satisfying and delicious! Make ahead and eat it all week.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup cucumber, diced
  • 3/4 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chopped mint
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • S&P to taste

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Keeps well in the fridge!

23. Bunless Burgers

23. Bunless Burgers

This one is probably better to make at home and eat fresh, but it’s still easy! Grill your burger, top with your favorites and wrap with lettuce! If you’re going out to eat, it’s a great low-carb option that’ll keep you full, but not sluggish in the afternoon.

Recipe at Do You Even Paleo

24. Caprese Sandwich

24. Caprese Sandwich

A super simple and classic sandwich! Spread pesto on your bread and top with thin slices of mozzarella and tomato. Add lettuce and more fresh basil and you’ll be in sandwich heaven!

Recipe at The Baker Upstairs

25. Roasted Veggie Soup

Easy Take To Work Lunch Ideas - 26. California Veggie Sandwich

Another fabulous fall or winter soup idea. Puree roasted vegetables with broth and spices for a delicious and hearty meal!

Recipe at Kitchen Sanctuary

26. California Veggie Sandwich

Easy Take To Work Lunch Ideas - 26. California Veggie Sandwich

The perfect “California” sandwich! This one is packed full of greens, pickled veggies and a creamy goat cheese combo that anyone (vegetarian or not) will love!

Recipe at Bon Appetit

27. Falafel Bowl

Easy Take To Work Lunch Ideas - falafel bowl

Another great vegetarian option! Falafel is one of our favorite vegetarian dishes and this bowl looks amazing! Packed full of veggies, plant-protein and amazing flavors.

Recipe at Half Baked Harvest

28. Chopped Asian Salad with Chicken

Easy Take To Work Lunch Ideas - 28. Chopped Asian Salad with Chicken

Like we mentioned, there’s plenty of ways to make a chopped salad, and this one looked so good, we had to throw it in!

Recipe at Eating Bird Food

29. Turkey Roll Ups

Easy Take To Work Lunch Ideas - 29. Turkey Roll Ups

Instead of wrapping turkey in a tortilla, wrap veggies, cheese and lettuce with a piece of turkey! It’s an upgrade from the plain turkey roll-ups we ate growing up!

Recipe at Skinny Taste

30. Veggie Hummus Wraps

Easy Take To Work Lunch Ideas - 30. Veggie Hummus Wraps

Add your favorite veggies, spinach, fresh herbs and hummus into a wrap and enjoy. This one is easy to customize and so satisfying!

Recipe at Foodie Crush

We hope these healthy lunch ideas give you some inspiration going into your next week!

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