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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 for? Trekking outside for a $12 lunch salad that’s not even that good. Luckily, we have a solution: 50 recipes that require basically zero effort to whip up. If we can do it, you can too.

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Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

As easy as slicing a tomato.

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Skinnytaste

Grilled Pesto chicken Couscous Bowls

You can totally buy all the ingredients from Aldi.

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Linguine with Bacon, Peaches and Gorgonzola

We give you permission to eat it cold.

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Buffalo Chicken Wraps with Blue Cheese and Celery

Rotisserie chicken, we salute you.

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Aubrie Pick/Great Tastes

Tomato Salad with Grilled Halloumi and Herbs

It’s impossible to beat a ten-minute salad.

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Italian Deli Pinwheel Sandwiches

The sandwich equivalent of icebox cookies.

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Joanna Gaines’s Peach Caprese Salad

Our design crush knows best.

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Sheet Pan Indian-Spiced Chicken

Just chop everything up and toss it on a sheet tray.

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Make-Ahead Aloo Gobi

Tender and flavorful, it keeps in the fridge for up to four days.

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Meal-Prep Turkey Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles

Ready in half an hour.

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Make-Ahead Farro and Brussels Sprout Salad

Psst: This is the easiest way to prepare Brussels.

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Lunch Kebabs with Mortadella, Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

So darn fun.

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Slow-Cooker Meal-Prep Burrito Bowls

The answer to your prayers.

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Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers

Bye, lunch rut.

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Rainbow Collard Wraps with Peanut-Butter Dipping Sauce

You can make them two days in advance and they won’t get soggy.

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Meal-Prep Honey Sesame Chicken with Broccolini

Kick that sad lunch salad to the curb.

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Mini Chicken Shawarma

You can’t go wrong with these two-bite pockets.

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Power Plates

Quick Guacamole Quinoa Salad

Basically a giant bowl of guac masquerading as a salad. 

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Firecracker Chicken with Rice

Low-maintenance is the name of the game.

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The Minimalist Kitchen

Chicken Pesto Focaccia Sandwiches

No one will ever know you bought the pesto.

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20-Minute Burrata Salad with Stone Fruit and Asparagus

Tip: Don’t skimp on the good stuff.

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Bruschetta Chicken

One pan lunches all the way.

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Keto Sheet-Pan Chicken and Rainbow Veggies

Here to come to your rescue.

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20-Minute Paleo Egg-Roll Bowls

It’s what’s inside that counts.

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15-Minute Mediterranean Couscous with Tuna and Pepperoncini

What looks fancy but takes virtually no effort? 

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Radish Barbecue Bowls with Tangy Honey-Mustard Dressing

Our new favorite way to eat veggies.

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Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles

The secret ingredient? Store-bought marinated tofu.

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15-Minute Mezze Plate with Toasted Za’atar Pita Bread

Finger food is the best food.

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Shredded Thai Salad with Avocado

The prettiest salad you’ll ever make.

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The Ultimate Quinoa-Avocado Bowl

The beauty of shrimp? It’s done in five minutes.

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Chicken and Snap Pea Stir-Fry

The most acceptable meal to microwave.

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15-Minute Cheater’s Pad Thai

It’s even faster than ordering takeout.

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Rotisserie Chicken Ramen

Doctor up a box of noodles.

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Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Curried Lentils, Carrots and Yogurt

Who says eating healthy has to be boring?

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15-Minute Lemony Broccolini Pasta

You can totally swap the pine nuts for almonds.

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Sheet-Pan Lemon Butter Veggies and Sausage

Two things we love: hands-off meals and zero dishes.

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Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Chèvre Ranch

A brand new way to use goat cheese.

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Inspiralized

Instant Cup of Noodles with Spiralized Vegetables

Add boiling water right before lunch.

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15-Minute Cucumber-Avocado Blender Soup

We like the sound of zero prep.

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White Turkey Chili with Avocado

Light enough to eat all year long.

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Buddha Bowl with Kale, Avocado, Orange and Wild Rice

Mixing and matching is the name of the game.

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Avocado and Black Bean Pasta Salad

So much more fun than avocado toast.

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Green Goddess Wraps

Real talk: This recipe’s got us excited about greens.

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Introducing the New Caprese Salad

Grilled zucchini is a major upgrade.

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Spring Roll Bowls

The healthiest way to get your noodle fix.

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Zoodles with Summer Vegetables

Finally, the best way to use up a boatload of produce.

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Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe

No grapes in sight.

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Stir-Fry

Kung Pao Chicken

Juicy, sweet and totally irresistible. 

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Grilled Watermelon-Feta Skewers

Let’s eat every meal on a stick from now on.

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