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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.


Salads

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


Soups

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


Proteins

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.

Pickled Red Cabbage

This recipe isn’t the sweet variety of pickled cabbage (like you’d find jarred in the grocery store). It’s bold and tangy; a brilliant side dish.

Pickled Red Cabbage
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Pickled Red Cabbage on a Quinoa Bowl

Lemon Rosemary White Bean Dip

The creamy Lemon Rosemary White Bean Dip is filled with a wonderful mix of earthy rosemary, pungent garlic and tangy lemon zest. A perfect dip!

Lemon Rosemary White Bean Dip
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Pickled Radishes

Peppery radishes get a sweet dill makeover in this easy recipe for pickled radishes. These are great on rice bowls, salads and so much more.

Pickled Radishes
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Spicy Mango Salsa

Spicy Mango Salsa is a sweet and spicy salsa, perfect for dipping, spooning onto nachos and tacos and enjoying with omelets.

Spicy Mango Salsa

Garlic Ginger Carrot and Cucumber Quick Pickles

With a quick pickling process, these Garlic Ginger Carrot and Cucumber Quick Pickles are easy to make and have a lovely Asian-inspired flavor.

Garlic Ginger Carrot and Cucumber Quick Pickles
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Lunch meal prep, explained

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

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Kate

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!