Easy Lunches To Go

Lunch ideas have been a popular request lately among both my readers and my clients. In this modern world, we all lead very busy lives, and I know that preparing a healthy lunch to take with you to school or work is the LAST thing you want to spend much time on!

But don’t worry.

Your lunch can be healthy, delicious, and best of all… easy.

My go-to lunch is usually a simple salad, topped with my favorite chopped veggies, and either shredded raw goat cheese or a whole avocado.

On days when I’m working from the office, I simply pack my greens and chopped veggies in a large tupperware, bring my favorite dressing in a separate container, and add the cheese or avocado right before I’m ready to eat! I also make sure to bring a good, serrated knife with me, so that I can chop my salad to pieces– I like a little bit of everything in each bite!

Of course, if this combo starts to get boring, you can always change up your usual lunch salad with a fun twist on your salad dressing! This weekend, I added some fresh herbs to my creamy tahini dressing, for a fresh new flavor.

To my usual recipe, I added a bunch of fresh dill, fresh parsley, and some dried chives.

The result was delicious!

Bored with eating a leafy green salads?

How about bringing a tupperware filled with this dip along with a bunch of raw crudites for dipping?

I can easily put away a pound, or more, of baby carrots when dipped in this dressing! (this could make a great snack, too) Lately, I’ve also been enjoying sliced cucumbers and red bell peppers for “munching.”

If I’m in a big hurry, sometimes all I have time for is grabbing a large cucumber, or two, and a block of goat cheese! If you have a knife available, this simple combo makes a lovely plate of “cheese and crackers.”

A properly combined plate of cheese and crackers, to boot. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This easy meal was actually my dinner on Friday night! I packed the cucumber slices in one bag (along with a sliced red bell pepper) and the cheese slices in another bag, and threw both in my purse. During our evening movie, I happily munched away on my quick and easy dinner! In fact, my friends even reached over from their bags of popcorn to steal a cucumber slice from me!

Lettuce “wraps” are another fun way to switch up your lunches. Simply wrap up your favorite sandwich fillings in a romaine or cabbage leaf, and much away!

A few filling ideas include:

  • Avocado + bell peppers + sprouts + dijon mustard
  • Organic turkey or chicken + veggies + mustard
  • Sliced goat cheese + veggies + mustard
  • Sliced bananas + almond butter + cinnamon

The banana + almond butter + cinnamon wraps have been a favorite of mine this week. They’re so filling and delicious!

Of course, with the weather getting cooler, a veggie-based salad or wrap isn’t always going to cut it. If you prefer something denser in the afternoon, I highly recommend making use of your leftovers!

You could make a large batch of soup for dinner one night, then pack-up individual containers that are ready-to-go in your fridge for the week!

My Better Broccoli Cheddar Soup is even better the next day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Even if you can’t heat up your food on the go, there are plenty of leftovers that taste just as good chilled!

My Savory Quinoa Pilaf is not only a warm and comforting dinner, but also a hearty, chilled salad topper! Simply bring it on the side of your mixed greens, and throw it on top when you’re ready to eat.

Roasted veggies also make a wonderful salad topper, even if they’re chilled!

Chopping up an extra sweet potato as you prepare your dinner can save you lots of time on your lunch the next day! I love the tender texture, and earthy sweetness roasted sweet potatoes add to a salad.

In fact, almost any leftover can be thrown over a salad for a new spin.

Millet veggie burgers, anyone?

I almost always have an extra tupperware of these burger patties prepared in my freezer, for a quick meal that’s ready anytime. You could thaw a patty in the fridge overnight, and bring it with you for an easy, and satisfying, salad topper. Feel free to throw on the rest of your favorite burger toppings, too!

Most of these options do assume that you’ll have access to a fridge at work or school. In a pinch, you could always pack an insulated cooler with plenty of ice to keep things chilled, though! On days when you may not be able to keep things cool, fresh foods like avocados and tomatoes are perfectly fine out on the counter, and would make a perfect sandwich topping!

I made a simple open-faced faced sandwich out of Food For Life’s Brown Rice Bread, topped with mashed avocado, sliced tomato, and mustard. Easy and tasty.

I hope you’ll enjoy some of these ideas the next time you’re bored with your usual lunch! ๐Ÿ˜€

Reader Feedback: What’s your go-to lunch? Do you pack your lunches often?

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Shannon

SO many great ideas! Thanks! Gonna make that broccoli soup soon!

    Megan

    Hope you enjoy the broccoli soup! It’s definitely one of my very favorites. ๐Ÿ˜‰

anne

Great ideas! Love the tahini dressing suggestion. I’m likewise obsessed with goat cheese & avocados on most everything :).

LizAshlee

Great ideas!! I love that you packed your dinner for the movie- I would have done the same thing!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I just tried a variation of your millet burgers this past weekend and I love them! I always pack a lunch and veggie burgers are one of my fav things to bring..so simple! Have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Megan

    So glad you enjoyed the veggie burgers! Sounds like you enjoy some delicious lunches! ๐Ÿ˜€

Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

These suggestions sound great! I pack my lunch on most days and my usual strategy is to make a big batch of mixed grains at the beginning of the week, then throw them together with some veggies and a different dressing (or a thinned-out hummus) each night, as well as some sort of protein, to create a different taste for each lunch. Never gets old!

    Megan

    That sounds great, Angela! It’s been ages since I’ve had hummus, and you just reminded me how delicious it is. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sara Maples

Your ideas are so great because they are so easy to throw together! I’ve also started making green smoothies and throwing them in the fridge or freezer when I get to work. When it’s partially frozen, it’s sort of like eating a dessert treat:)

    Megan

    Green smoothies totally taste like a frozen treat! That’s such a smart work idea!!

Gillian

These all look so good! When you buy raw goat cheese does it say “raw” on the package? Having trouble finding some!

    Megan

    Hi Gillian!

    Yes, the raw goat cheese I buy usually does say “raw” on the package. Some brands have “raw” in the title, and others say “raw goat milk” in the ingredients list.

    Hope you have some luck finding it!!

Casey Lorraine

I love adding fresh herbs to dressings to create variety!

KellyBelly

Hi
I have been packing my husband’s lunch for 13 years! I now have 2 kids in grade school and pack their lunches too. They will eat soaps and chili but not a big salad which has been my mainstay lunch for a few years now. I love the reminder of lettuce wraps, will have to try the banana one, would never have thought to do that combo. Do you snack on nuts? I don’t think I’ve read about them yet, I love to keep almonds available all the time.
thanks

    Megan

    You should definitely try the banana lettuce wraps– I can’t get enough of them lately. I like to thin-out the almond butter a splash water, so that it spreads easily onto each leaf, then top with bananas and cinnamon, to taste. Delicious!!

    I don’t snack much in general, but I do love those individual snack bags of raw almonds that many grocery stores carry. I keep them in my purse, along with a bar of dark chocolate, for snacking emergencies. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Allyson

I love this post, you really do make my life so much easier and healthier! I use all your ideas, this is my favorite food blog cause it is simple, healthy and easy recipes and advice. Thanks!

AshleyL

When I’m in a rush and need something quick I like to grab some romaine, a guacamole pack and salsa. Easy and delicious!

Maria

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