50 Easy Lunch Ideas for Stressed-Out People
Let’s face it, we’re all busy. We barely have time to get everything done in the day, let alone meal prep lunch for the week. But you know what we also don’t have time (or budget) for? Trekking outside for a $12 lunch salad that’s not even that good.
Luckily, we have a solution: Presenting 50 healthy lunch ideas that require basically zero effort to whip up (and taste delicious). With everything from chicken salad stuffed peppers to radish barbecue bowls with honey-mustard dressing, this handy list should keep you going for months to come. Finally, a brown bag lunch that you can get excited about. Bon appétit.
Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich
As easy as slicing a tomato.
Linguine with Bacon, Peaches and Gorgonzola
We give you permission to eat it cold.
Zoodles with Avocado and Mango Sauce
You can totally buy all the ingredients from Aldi.
Buffalo Chicken Wraps with Blue Cheese and Celery
Rotisserie chicken, we salute you.
Tomato Salad with Grilled Halloumi and Herbs
It’s impossible to beat a ten-minute salad.
Italian Deli Pinwheel Sandwiches
The sandwich equivalent of icebox cookies.
Joanna Gaines’s Peach Caprese Salad
Our design crush knows best.
Sheet Pan Indian-Spiced Chicken
Just chop everything up and toss it on a tray.
Make-Ahead Aloo Gobi
Tender and flavorful, it keeps in the fridge for up to four days.
BLT Pasta Salad
Bowties > lettuce.
Meal-Prep Turkey Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles
Ready in half an hour.
Make-Ahead Farro and Brussels Sprout Salad
Psst: This is the easiest way to prepare sprouts.
Lunch Kebabs with Mortadella, Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
So darn fun.
Slow-Cooker Meal-Prep Burrito Bowls
The answer to your prayers.
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers
Bye, lunch rut.
RAINBOW COLLARD WRAPS WITH PEANUT BUTTER DIPPING SAUCE
You can make them two days in advance and they won’t get soggy.
Meal-Prep Honey Sesame Chicken with Broccolini
Kick that sad lunch salad to the curb.
Mini Chicken Shawarma
You can’t go wrong with these two-bite pockets.
Quick Guacamole Quinoa Salad
Basically a giant bowl of guac masquerading as a salad.
Firecracker Chicken with Rice
Low-maintenance is the name of the game.
20-Minute Burrata Salad with Stone Fruit and Asparagus
Tip: Don’t skimp on the good stuff.
One-pan lunches all the way.
Keto Sheet-Pan Chicken and Rainbow Veggies
Dishes, what dishes?
20-MINUTE PALEO EGG ROLL BOWLS
It’s what’s inside that counts.
Easy Stir-Fried Rice Cakes with XO Sauce
Grab the flavor-packed sauce from your local Asian market.
15-Minute Mediterranean Couscous with Tuna and Pepperoncini
What looks fancy but takes virtually no effort?
Radish Barbecue Bowls with Tangy Honey-Mustard Dressing
Our new favorite way to eat veggies.
Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles
The secret ingredient? Store-bought marinated tofu.
15-Minute Mezze Plate with Toasted Za’atar Pita Bread
Finger food is the best food.
Shredded Thai Salad with Avocado
The prettiest salad you’ll ever make.
The Ultimate Quinoa-Avocado Bowl
The beauty of shrimp? It’s done in five minutes.
Chicken and Snap Pea Stir-Fry
The most acceptable meal to microwave.
15-Minute Cheater’s Pad Thai
It’s even faster than ordering takeout.
Rotisserie Chicken Ramen
Doctor up a box of noodles.
Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Curried Lentils, Carrots and Yogurt
Who says eating healthy has to be boring?
15-Minute Lemony Broccolini Pasta
You can totally swap the pine nuts for almonds.
Sheet-Pan Lemon Butter Veggies and Sausage
Two things we love: hands-off meals and zero dishes.
Kung Pao Chicken
Juicy, sweet and totally irresistible.
Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Chèvre Ranch
A brand new way to use goat cheese.
White Turkey Chili with Avocado
Light enough to eat all year long.
Buddha Bowl with Kale, Avocado, Orange and Wild Rice
Mixing and matching is the name of the game.
Avocado and Black Bean Pasta Salad
So much more fun than avocado toast.
Green Goddess Wraps
Real talk: This recipe’s got us excited about greens.
Grilled zucchini is a major upgrade.
Spring Roll Bowls
The healthiest way to get your noodle fix.
Zoodles with Summer Vegetables
Finally, the best way to use up a boatload of produce.
Grilled Watermelon-Feta Skewers
Let’s eat every meal on a stick from now on.
Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe
No grapes in sight.
15-Minute Cucumber-Avocado Blender Soup
We like the sound of zero prep.