Lunch is arguably the best meal of the day – it’s usually accompanied with a break, socializing, and it gives you the energy to continue your day. Whether you’re going to work, class, or a picnic with friends, you’ll be able to scoot out the door in no time with a lunch in your hand with these make-ahead recipes.
1. Burrito Bowl
Make your own Chipotle burrito bowl in a mason jar so that it’s super easy to transport.
Once again, mason jars make for the perfect portable lunches. And they’re just cute. Try making this delicious pasta salad in one.
You can make this vegetarian stew for dinner and eat the leftovers for lunch or just make a batch and eat off of it all week. Either way, it makes for the perfect rainy day lunch.
This portable sushi lunch is healthy and delicious. Add some meat for some extra protein.
Make this delicious Israeli salad ahead and then pop it in a mason jar or Tupperware to take to go.
This farro salad is super healthy and can be made in 10 minutes.
Don’t listen to what the haters say, Brussels sprouts are simply amazing. Plus, bacon makes everything better.
8. Baked Salmon
This baked salmon is super easy to make-ahead and you can spruce it up with some veggies or rice.
Quinoa is packed with protein and makes for a healthier alternative to pasta for lunch.
Spice up the lunchtime staple with this curry chicken salad recipe.
Make this veggie tofu stir-fry instead or ordering Chinese takeout, the ginger sesame sauce is amazing.
This chicken fajita salad is perfect to make-ahead and is dairy-free.
13. Mac n’ Cheese
Why not stick to the classics and have some good ole mac n’ cheese for lunch. Lucky for you, you can make this mac n cheese in a mug before-hand and then just take it with you when it’s time to go.
14. Tomato Gazpacho
Make this tomato gazpacho in your blender in five minutes. Plus, you won’t have to worry about re-heating it later.
Make this arugula and mushroom pasta for dinner and then use the leftovers for lunch the next day.