Liife gets busy sometimes. We get it. But this can really impact our health. When we are at work, it is so easy to grab lunch from the place next door or to grab unhealthy treats from the vending machine. That’s why we here at Hot Sox think make-ahead lunches are an excellent idea! The time it takes to prep healthy meals with fresh and nutritious ingredients makes being healthy difficult, especially with lunch. So here are some make-ahead lunch recipe ideas that we think are worth checking out either for their taste, their total time, their benefits, or some other combination:
Chicken Fajita Lunch Bowls from Sweet Peas & Saffron
This make-ahead lunch bowl only takes about 45 minutes. When you make this recipe, you will be left with 4 servings to last you the week. Rice is topped with chicken, tossed in a vinaigrette with chilli powder, paprika, cumin, and lime juice of course!
Power Salad with Lemon Chia Seed Dressing from Two Peas & Their Pod
This lunch recipe is sure to catch your attention and keep you feeling powerful. With only 45 minutes total between preparations and actual cooking, you can have up to 4 servings saved for throughout the week.
Cauliflower Cashew Lunch Bowls from Sweet Peas & Saffron
This recipe packs power without sacrificing the good tasting food you still crave. It makes for 5 lunches, plus it keeps in the fridge for up to 5 days! Just make sure to keep the kale separate when storing it away as it gets soggy within 24 hours.
Thai Chicken Salad Wrap with Blueberries from Spoonful of Flavor
The maker of this recipe takes a favorite and reimagines it, with blueberries making for a much more refreshing and healthy option. The carrots and edamame add just the right amount of crunch too without sacrificing the usual thai chicken.
Healthy Turkey Lettuce Wraps from Eat Yourself Skinny
This recipe can make up to 6 lunch servings and is sure to not disappoint when it comes to the flavor department. They are reminiscent to P.F. Changs’ lettuce wraps and only take 15 minutes to make from start to finish.
Thai Coconut Healthy Homemade Instant Noodles from Sweet Peas & Saffron
This recipe takes just 5 minutes! Allow it to sit in the fridge for up to 3 days. It also doesn’t take a large amount of ingredients to make these before break. Try replacing chicken with chickpeas for a different take.
Chicken Enchilada Cauliflower Lunch Bowls from Recipe Runner
With this lunch bowl recipe, you get to pull out your unused slow cooker. While prep takes 20 minutes, you can catch up on everything else in your life in the 4-6 hours it will take to slowly cook your chicken!
Turkey Sausage Sweet Potato Lunch Bowls from Sweet Peas & Saffron
After 40 minutes, you will have made enough for 4 servings. Simply take sweet potatoes, mixed veggies, sausage, and tahini dressing and spice them up some!
Quinoa and Roasted Broccoli Lunch Bowls fromKristine’s Kitchen
This delicious, nutritious, and protein packed lunch bowl recipe is sure to keep your tastebuds interested. The quinoa and broccoli are zested up and mixed with a variety of different but good flavors, from the avocados to the grapes and goat cheese.
Jalapeno Chili from Good Cheap Eats
Yielding 8 servings but only taking 30 minutes total between prep time and cooking, this lunch (or dinner) recipe will be a hit. Make it your own by adding the meat of your choice! The spices will keep your tastebuds excited.
Thai Chicken Lunch Bowls from Sweet Peas & Saffron
If you couldn’t tell before, Thai style cooking is a pretty popular one for these make-ahead meals. This lunch bowl recipe will definitely leave you feeling more energetic.
Golden Beet and Barley Salad with Rainbow Chard from The Kitchn
This recipe is bright and unique! Leftovers can be used for an entire week after initial preparation. This recipe allows for 8-10 servings.
Pulled Chicken Sliders from Good Cheap Eats
These 20 minute chicken sliders are cheap and easy to make. Plus, the recipe makes up to 8 servings. Freeze what is remaining for a later date.
Bacon Ranch Quinoa Chicken Salad from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
This comfort food will stay for days and feeds you for up to 6 servings. Simply take ranch, bacon, quinoa, tomatoes, and chicken and you are good to go!
Meal Prep Carnitas Burrito Lunch Bowls from Fit Foodie Finds
Who doesn’t love a good carnitas burrito? Place your carnitas and street corn mixture on a piece of romaine lettuce and don’t forget to squeeze a lime before eating! If you separate things out, these bowls can stay for up to 4-5 days.
Moroccan Chickpea Quinoa Power Salad from Little Spice Jar
This power salad only takes 30 minutes to make. Good ol’ quinoa continues to save the meal prep. The honey-lime dressing found in this recipe is basically mandatory. The colors, the textures, the crunch: they are what make this power salad a must.
Keep in mind that using the same make-ahead lunch recipe over and over again can get pretty annoying so make sure to try new meals! There’s always another recipe to be found and try out. Play around with different grains, meats, dressings, and more with each make-ahead lunch that you make. It doesn’t all have to be quinoa, chicken, and salads. Spice it up with sliders, tacos, and noodles.
Food is as crazy and as varied as our socks here at Hot Sox are! The limits are endless. Make-ahead meals are a simple and great way to stay healthy and motivated.