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
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
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
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
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
Sub slow cooker carnitas instead of chicken in your next burrito bowl.
Recipe at Fit Foodie Finds
6. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
- 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
- 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
- Cook soba noodles according to directions. Make sure to run them under cold water to stop cooking. Drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients through lime juice. Mix thoroughly and add water to thin.
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Crunchy, colorful veggies, herbs and protein-packed chickpeas make this dish satisfying and delicious! Make ahead and eat it all week.
- 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
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Keeps well in the fridge!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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