We get it, the same old turkey and cheese sandwich has you less than thrilled about your lunch break. So, you opt for take-out more than you’d like, which is expensive and not always the healthiest. Never fear, we have some portable lunch ideas that will help you get prepped and organized, so you can actually be excited about opening your lunch bag.
The way we see it, there are three ways to pack a good lunch – leftovers from dinner (or some version of the leftover), meal prep lunches (you prep a few ahead of time and store them in containers), and quick bento box style meals comprised of easy to throw together ingredients that you have on hand. Below are some great ideas for all three types. Happy lunching!
This recipe by Lindsey Pine of Tasty Balance Nutrition is a prep the night before, bring to work, and heat in the microwave for lunch type of dish. Throw most of the ingredients into a container, microwave to cook, and top with the sauce + garnish. Easy!
This idea from Betsy Ramirez of Betsy’s Kitchen is a great way to make lunch out of leftover rotisserie or roasted chicken breast. You can also substitute extra firm tofu for a vegetarian option, or Bumble Bee® Spicy Thai Chili Seasoned Tuna Pouch with Spoon for an easy seafood option.
This easy bento box style lunch contains ingredients you may already have in your fridge/pantry. It’s just one of many delicious and easy lunches that are part of the 2-week Popsugar Fitness Clean Eating Plan we created.
Lentils contain the perfect combination of fiber-rich carbohydrates and protein to make for a satisfying plant based lunch. This recipe by Karolin Saweres of My Nutrition & Me features a flavorful combination of lentils, tomatoes, parsley, and sweet crunchy pomegranate seeds with a lemon vinaigrette dressing.
Prepare 2-3 servings of this protein-rich chicken salad made with Greek yogurt, crunchy sweet apples, celery, and almonds to enjoy throughout the week. It will stay good in the fridge for up to 4 days. Recipe courtesy of registered dietitian Jessica Ivey of Happy Healthy Delicious Life.
We love this idea from Lively Table because it uses ingredients that require no cooking ahead of time and are often staples in your pantry or fridge. Hello garbanzo beans and plain Greek yogurt!
Here’s a great example from registered dietitian nutritionist Jennifer Hunt on how you can use leftovers to create a new meal for lunch. Make a larger batch of this delicious dressing to use throughout the week.
This hearty meal by McKenzie of 20-Something Nutrition is the perfect way to combat the cold winter weather. Make it on a Sunday and pack for a few lunches throughout the week. Can we all agree that chili is one of those dishes that tastes even better as leftovers?
This fun take on meatballs by Josten Fish of Muscle and Manna is something you can make ahead of time and use throughout week!
If you want even more lunch ideas for work, make sure to check out our wide selection of seafood and canned tuna recipes.