Tired of having the same old sandwich for lunch? Try these 30 Easy Make-Ahead Lunch Ideas instead.
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Let’s face it, mornings can be crazy busy as everyone is running around getting ready for work and school. So, having lunch already prepared and waiting for you is the ultimate time-saving hack.
Between our quick 5 minute breakfasts and make-ahead lunches, our mornings are a lot less stressful these days.
Plus, since we are better prepared, we are enjoying a variety of different lunch options instead of the same old boring sandwiches every day.
So, if you are stuck in a lunch rut and looking for new ideas, give these 30 easy make-ahead lunch options a try.
Need lunch ideas for the kiddos?
30 Easy Make-Ahead Lunch Ideas
These lunch ideas consist of salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and stews. They are perfect to take on the go or eat at home all year long.
Add one of these delicious salads as a side to your next sandwich, soup, or wrap for a hearty and satisfying make-ahead lunch option.
Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad– She’s Not Cookin’
BLT Pasta Salad– Princess Pinky Girl
Angel Hair Pasta Salad– The Gifted Gabber
Zesty Quinoa Salad– Midwestern HomeLife
Tuscan Bean Salad- Gastronotherapy
Classic Broccoli Salad– Cinnamon and Sage Co.
Cranberry Pecan Brussels Sprouts Salad– Blackberry Babe
BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad– Healthy Family Project
Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe– Mae’s Menu
Looking for more sandwich options to take your lunch to the next level? These make-ahead lunch ideas are sure to please even the pickiest eaters.
Chicken Salad with Grapes and Pecans- Barley and Sage
Spinach Egg Salad-Cooking for My Soul
Italian Sub Sandwiches- Spend With Pennies
Pinwheel Sandwiches– Amanda’s Cookin’
Wraps are not only delicious and filling but they are the perfect healthy lunch choice that can be made ahead of time to enjoy the next day.
Crunchy Turkey Spinach Wraps- Organized Island
5-Minute Buffalo Chicken Wrap- Everyday Family Cooking
California Chicken Wraps– Dash of Herbs
Ranch Chicken Wraps– Sweet Pea’s Kitchen
Avocado Tomato Power Salad Wrap– Joyous Apron
Granola Crunch Apple-Peanut Butter Sandwich Wraps– Two Healthy Kitchens
Air Fryer Hot Italian Wraps-Munchy Goddess
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Meal Prep Bowls
If you are like me and love meal prep bowls then these simple and satisfying meals are the perfect grab-and-go lunches.
Chicken Burrito Bowls– Chef Savvy
Greek Chicken Meal Prep Bowls– Budget Delicious
Chicken Meal Prep Bowls- Recipes from a Pantry
DIY Adult Lunchables-Smack of Flavor
During chilly fall days and cold winter months, there is nothing better for lunch than a hot, steaming bowl of homemade soup. These delicious soup recipes will warm you up in no time.
Sausage and Zucchini Soup-Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen
Broccoli and Sweet Potato Soup-The Littlest Crumb
Italian Sausage Kale Soup-Craving Some Creativity
Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili with Quinoa– Piping Pot Curry
Love your instant pot? Me too! Here are 25 more delicious Instant Pot recipes.
Chicken Pot Hand Pies-Quiche My Grits
While I enjoy a bowl of hot soup and a sandwich during the winter months, in the summer I love having a cold plate. A cold plate is basically a combination of different types of salads, meats, and cheeses.
My grandmother usually served potato salad, macaroni salad, cottage cheese, ham or turkey rolled up, sliced cheese, and a pickle on her cold plates.
Cold plates are the perfect way to use up that leftover picnic or party food. Just assemble the leftovers into meal prep containers and add some meats and cheeses.
Hopefully, these delicious recipes have inspired you to try something new for lunch this week. The best part is that you can mix and match these make-ahead lunch ideas for the perfect lunchtime combination. Enjoy!
Don’t forget dinner… Try these easy budget-friendly recipes:
- 85 Easy Budget-Friendly Meal Ideas – kid-friendly and perfect for hectic weeknights.
- 26 Quick and Easy Pork Recipes– easy pork recipes that are so delicious they will please the pickiest of eaters.
- 35 Quick and Easy Ground Beef Dinner Ideas– simple and inexpensive recipes to get dinner on the table fast.
- 28 Easy Shortcut Rotisserie Chicken Recipes– skip the takeout and grab a rotisserie chicken for fast and tasty dinner ideas.
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