Easy Lunch Ideas for Workdays and School Days

Avoid #SadDeskLunch with these easy lunch ideas perfect for workdays and school days. From classic sandwiches to salads, soups, bento boxes, and more.

Easy Lunch Ideas Hummus Sandwich

Lunch is the one meal that can easily get lost when planning meals. If you need inspiration for delicious, quick, and easy lunch ideas, there’s plenty here to choose from.

Most are 10 minutes or less or they’re easily made in advance for delicious lunches you’ll actually look forward to.

Tips for Making Quick and Easy Lunches

Quick and easy shortcuts to help make lunches during the week:

  • Prep vegetables ahead: Cut and peel carrot and celery sticks, chop cabbage for quick slaws and use pre-cut and washed vegetables when possible.
  • Rostisserie chicken: One of my favorite shortcut tips. Shred chicken to use for salads, sandwiches and more. If you have extra, freeze for quick soups and stews too.
  • Store-bought dressings: They add flavor and bring lunches together quickly.
  • Make ahead: Make as much ahead as possible. Pasta and quinoa salads are delicious for lunch, use the Instant Pot to make it ahead and have it ready to go.

How to Pack a Healthy Lunch for School

Insider Magazine says you should include the following for a child’s healthy lunch each day. I would say it’s a great rule of thumb for not sad desk lunches too!

  • Protein
  • Whole grain
  • Fruit
  • Veggie
  • Healthy fat
  • Water or other non-sugary drink
  • Napkins or wet ones
  • Something fun or sweet (this doesn’t have to be every day!)

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Easy Lunch Ideas for the Workdays and School Days

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