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. 😉 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!
A few filling ideas include:
- Avocado + bell peppers + sprouts + dijon mustard
- Organic turkey or chicken + veggies + mustard
- Hummus + veggies
- Egg Salad + cucumber slices
- Sliced goat cheese + veggies + mustard
- Veggie Burgers + tomatoes + dijon mustard
- Sliced bananas + almond butter + cinnamon
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. 😉
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! 😀
Reader Feedback: What’s your go-to lunch? Do you pack your lunches often?