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These Meal Prep Lunch Ideas are Better than Takeout

Bringing lunch to work isn’t just a way to save money. It’s also a way to eat well, both in terms of flavor and health. These meal prep lunch ideas will help.

Lunch meal prep starts with a plan. What do you want to eat? What do you like to snack on? What will you pack for your main lunch dish?

That’s where these meal prep lunch ideas come in. Beyond being easy to prepare for several days’ meals, these dishes are also big in flavor and flexible too. Mix and match the recipes you find here with pasta, rice or even a big, fluffy batch of quinoa.


Some salads — like caesar salad or tossed salad — are best made in the morning, transported with dressing on the side and enjoyed the same day at lunch time. Others, like the ones included here, are perfect for meal prep since they can be completely made in advance.

Make Ahead Lunch Salads


One batch of soup can be lunch for several people for days. It’s simple, easy and great for making ahead.

Make-Ahead Soups for Lunch


These protein recipes can be eaten in a variety of ways: with a grain, on salad, alone, on rolls. The flexibility means that you can transform one dish into several easily during the week. Also consider making a batch of hard-cooked eggs, which make a great protein for lunches too.

Make-Ahead Proteins for Lunch

Condiments and Sides

Scooped onto bowls, served alongside, dipped or spooned onto things, these condiments and sides will elevate your make-ahead meals.

Condiments and Side Dishes For Lunch

Lunch meal prep, explained

Learn more about lunch meal prep in this handy resource: Everything you need to know about lunch meal prep.

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze
Sundried Tomato, Chicken and Garlic One-Pot Pasta


Saturday 23rd of February 2019

I'm completely spoiled because I can make lunch every day. But I still find it so much easier to have everything prepped so I can just grab it when i'm hungry!