Keep yourself and the family fed with these easy-to-make, healthy lunch ideas that go way beyond that daily salad or peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
If you’re looking for lunch ideas that are both easy and healthy, you’ll love these lunch recipes that are adult and kid-friendly alike.
Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas
We’re mixing up the midday meal with quick recipes and ideas like delicious soups, sandwiches and wraps, and even pasta recipes that will brighten your week.
Not only will you fill up on healthy, filling lunches, but these easy-to-prep and make-ahead lunches are perfect when the family is home.
Why Lunch is Important for Adults
Dr. Kurt Hong, the Center for Human Nutrition director of Huntington Medical Foundation says:
“Eating in the middle of the day, several hours after breakfast, re-energizes your body and can raise blood sugar levels when focus and concentration are flagging. If you’re feeling sluggish, eating even a small lunch can renew your energy and help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the next several hours.”
Why Lunch is Important for Kids
“Lunch may have even more importance for school-aged children than it does for adults. Since most kids don’t get breakfast or dinner at school and may not have any snacks until they get home, lunch is the only meal they have to power them through the day.”
According to ChoiceUSA.net, “lunch makes up one third to one half of a child’s nutritional intake for an entire day and is essential for helping children succeed in school as well as grow and develop successfully and healthfully.”
"Do you know Wasa crackers? These crunchy, whole-grain crispbreads are a mild yet sturdy cracker with a touch of earthy flavor. And that is precisely what makes them the perfect base for lunch. Think of these cracker combos like an open-faced sandwich, or tartine, ready in two minutes."
"Why make individual quesadillas when you can make one enormous one? Introducing baking sheet quesadillas, which are perfect for any gathering (or if you just want to get dinner on the table in a flash). It's the genius cooking trick you didn't even know you needed."
Ramen and lunch simply belong together. Actually -- ramen is fantastic for any meal -- at any time. This Instant Pot Chicken Pho is a quick and easy take on that beloved dish. Perfect for quick, hot lunches!
"The problem: You’re hanging out at home solo and you really want mac and cheese, but you don’t feel like cooking a whole pot just for yourself. (We’ve been there.) The solution: This recipe for ten-minute macaroni and cheese in a mug. It might be the best thing that’s ever happened to you."
This Instant Pot Tomato Soup recipe is a super easy, comfort food classic. Homemade tomato soup can take a while to make. The Instant Pot soup recipe makes an incredibly delicious tomato vegetarian soup in a fraction of the time.
"Hey, you, with the sad bowl of chicken and stars. Up the ante with this quick and easy tomato soup topped with double-decker grilled cheese sandwiches. We guarantee they’re exactly what you’re craving. (And your kids will go bonkers.)"
"These easy kid friendly Broccoli and Cheddar Brown Rice Muffins are a great way to use up extra broccoli or brown rice in your fridge, while making a healthy snack or meal for your family, packed with veggies, whole grains, and protein."
This Instant Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is an easy pasta dish and family favorite dinner. A blend of lean ground beef, macaroni, chili beans, tomatoes, and spices. And, of course, melting cheddar cheese. An easy dinner to table meal in around 15 minutes, give or take a few.