Finding easy meal prep lunches is not too tricky, but finding ones that only continue to taste good, but you also WANT to eat throughout the entire week can be difficult! This can seem especially overwhelming if you’re new to meal prepping or you’re coming back to it after a while. Lunch can be a bit challenging because it’s often a meal that needs to be portable, easy to eat cold, or easy to keep hot in a thermos, depending on your circumstances. But it’s all about playing with workable templates that you can customize over and over!
We’ve put together a list of 25 recipes that we love to meal prep over and over. These easy, packable staples are a great place to start if you’re beginning your journey with cooking and meal prep, or just want some new ideas! I mean, let’s face it; we can all use some inspiration from time to time.
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Best Containers For Meal Prep Beginners
Before you start meal prepping, you’ll need some containers! If you’re brand new to this process, there’s no need to go all out and invest in a 16-piece glass container set just yet. You can definitely take it slowly and try it out.
Grab a 4-pack or two of plastic containers at the grocery store, and maybe try different sizes to see what you like best. This way, you only spend a small amount to see what works for you first.
THEN you can go check out our container recommendations for these easy meal prep lunches.
Meal Prep Sandwiches and Wraps
Sometimes, nothing hits the spot more than a classic sandwich or wrap at lunchtime. Contrary to popular belief, they can be meal prepped! Depending on the recipe, you may need to separate the ingredients and assemble them the day of, but it takes less than 5 minutes. These are perfect for taking into the office, eating on the go, or enjoying the outdoors.
Cozy, Satisfying Soups
No matter what time of year it is, soup is always a good idea and soup is a really good way to use up bits and pieces of veggies and other ingredients in your fridge or pantry. Soup is one of the best templates because it’s so adaptable. And when you make soup, it’s one of those meal preps that gets even better as it sits in your fridge for a few days. it lasts about five days in the fridge and over 6 months in the freezer. Our favorite thing to do is build a freezer stash with our favorite soups recipes over time. That way, even on those days when you really don’t feel like cooking, you have a delicious homemade meal to dig into!
We always use SouperCubes to keep our freezers organized!
Perfect Salads For Meal Prep Lunches
You don’t need to spend $14 at SweetGreen to have a delicious salad at lunch. The biggest mistakes people make when meal prepping salad are making them too boring or not making them filling enough! But remember: Salad is more than just greens, right? You can make a salad out of grains, beans, and more. And if you want to follow recipes directly, rather than wing it, here are some of our favorites.
13. Salmon Salad
Pasta For Easy Meal Prep Lunches
Who doesn’t love pasta? Sitting down on your lunch break and enjoying a bowl of tasty pasta can make any mundane workday infinitely better. You can meal prep pasta for lunches or simply make a big batch for dinner and work off the leftovers throughout the week. These dishes typically last up to four days in the microwave and can be reheated in the microwave or stove (or eaten cold).
Quick Vegetarian Lunches To Prep Ahead
Need vegetarian lunch ideas? We’ve got you covered! And no, we don’t mean boring grain bowls with zero flavor. We mean tacos, sushi bowls, quesadillas, and more. If you want an even easier meal, check out our no-cook vegan lunches.
19. Red Lentil Dal
More Easy Meal Prep Lunches
There are truly endless options when it comes to easy meal prep lunches you can make each week. If you don’t want to search the Internet every week for these ideas, join the Workweek Lunch Program. We offer over 600 meal prep recipes that can all be made omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. Plus, we send out weekly meal plans so you don’t have to think about it!
We love snack-like lunches, such as this one with nuts and cheese and crackers! You can really throw something together.
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