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21 Meal Prep Lunch Recipes That Are Better Than an Expensive Salad

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We love a kale Caesar for lunch as much as the next person...until it rings up to a cool 15 bucks. Yep, your bank account is basically begging you to bring your own lunch. But we're not talking peanut butter and jelly. All it takes to make fabulous weekly lunches is a little planning and some Sunday cooking to become your office’s brown bag queen. Here, 21 easy meal-prep lunch recipes to get you started.

Abra’s Kitchen

1.

Greek Kale and Quinoa Salad Bowls

Salty feta and creamy hummus make it so satisfying.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

2.

Radish Barbecue Bowls with Tangy Honey-Mustard Dressing

Brined, charred veggies are so much tastier than a slab of grilled chicken.

Eat Yourself Skinny

3.

Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs

This takes only 30 minutes of prep time.

Cafe Delites

4.

Avocado Chickpea Tuna Salad

Remember when you hid your salad leftovers in the back of the communal fridge?

Jar of Lemons

5.

Southwest Chicken Burrito Bowls

Avocado lime dressing? Don’t mind if we do.

Well Plated

6.

Kale Salad with Pomegranate

Hefty greens are perfect for meal prep: The longer they sit, the better they get.

Hummusapien

7.

Loaded Lentil Salad

Bonus points if you soak your lentils ahead of time.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

8.

The Ultimate Quinoa-Avocado Bowl

We just found your new favorite lunch recipe.

Sweet Peas and Saffron

9.

Grilled Veggie and Black Bean Meal Prep Bowls

Does the salad bar down the street have barbecue vinaigrette?

Gimme Delicious Food

10.

Healthy Chicken Shawarma Bowls

Nope, you don’t have to share.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

11.

Keto Sheet-Pan Chicken and Rainbow Veggies

The healthiest, easiest make-ahead meal.

She Likes Food

12.

Loaded Kale Caesar Salad

And the award for prettiest lunch goes to…

Well and Full

13.

Brown Rice Salad with Kale and Sesame Seeds

The roasted pepita topping is everything.

Ambitious Kitchen

14.

Mediterranean Avocado Chickpea Pasta Salad

With a delicious lemon-basil dressing, courtesy of PureWow Coterie member Monique Volz.

Pinch of Yum

15.

Spicy Chicken and Sweet Potato Meal Prep Magic

All you need are a few sheet pans and 45 minutes.

40 Aprons

16.

Greek Healthy Meal Prep

Who could resist tzatziki and hummus?

The Spice at Home

17.

Spicy Cobb Salad with Cajun Grilled Steak

Make everything ahead and assemble as needed.

Half Baked Harvest

18.

Roasted Sweet Potato and Salmon Soba Noodle Bowl

The secret to enjoying your lunch break is homemade sweet chili sauce.

Lazy Cat Kitchen

19.

Spanish Chickpea and Spinach Stew

Top with almonds if you’re fancy.

My Food Story

20.

Teriyaki Chicken Stir-Fry Meal Prep Lunch Boxes

Complete with made-from-scratch sauce. Swoon.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

21.

Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry

For when you want to impress your coworkers.