It’s a wonder how much we can pack into a work week! Limited time is often why we hardly have time for healthy eating. However, nutritious and delicious lunches are vital if you expect to get everything accomplished. We have searched for delicious meals that are easy to prepare and even more exciting to dig into!
You’ll experience some excellent freezer-friendly recipes, casseroles, childhood favorites and so much more! Prepare these meals ahead and enjoy a nutritious and satisfying meal all week long.
The beauty of this recipe is that it yields some seriously meaty, zesty, cheesy enchiladas from scratch in no time at all! This mix of lean chicken breast covered in fresh cilantro, gooey cheese, and thick and fragrant tomato sauce all rolled up in flour tortillas can be frozen individually for lunches.
https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/best-chicken-enchiladas-ever/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: GIMME SOME OVEN
This hearty combination of lean ground turkey; hearty black beans; fresh onions, mushrooms, and peppers; and zesty spices makes for an easy meal that you can have for dinner at the beginning of the week—and then freeze the rest in individual plastic containers to pop in your lunch bag over a very hectic week for work.
http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2011/09/black-bean-taco-soup-freezer-meal.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SIX SISTERS STUFF
Mild enough the wee ones and with enough of a kick for mom and dad’s lunches too, this fragrant coconut chicken curry is a heavenly blend of delicious curry and cooling coconut flavors that together are ideal for the tail end of rainy springtime weather.
http://www.ohsweetbasil.com/easy-coconut-chicken-curry-recipe PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: OH SWEET BASIL
The very best lasagna recipes are passed on from mother to daughter and from aunt to nephew. So even though this particular recipe was not a direct gift from your grandma or Aunt Edna, you won’t be disappointed one bit with the traditional soft noodles smothered with sauce, smeared with ricotta and cottage cheese, and baked up golden brown.
https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/crispy-prosciutto-cheesy-white-lasagna/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HALF BAKED HARVEST
These bean burritos are a great way to get more delicious fiber in your diet. Each one is jam-packed with beans, cheese, garlic, onion and avocado that freezes brilliantly for healthy lunch options all week long.
http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2017/03/crispy-bean-and-cheese-burritos.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SIX SISTERS STUFF
Transport yourself to the Greek islands at 12:30 pm every week—when you whip up a batch of these succulent slow cooker chicken gyros and freeze them individually for your lunch pack. The tender meat is thanks to the slow cooking method and the blend of garlic, lemon, olive oil, and red wine vinegar, which acts as a tangy marinade.
http://www.theseasonedmom.com/slow-cooker-greek-chicken-gyros/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE SEASONED MOM
A hearty and hot bowl of chicken soup is the perfect mid-day comfort “pick-me-up” when the work day is going a little askew. Ideal for Mondays and those chilly spring days, this soup recipe will warm your cockles so you can get back to work and be productive.
http://therecipecritic.com/2015/02/homemade-cream-chicken-soup/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE RECIPE CRITIC
Why can’t you enjoy a hearty chicken fajita, folded over with veggies and gooey cheese, piled up on a plate with melted cheese, salsa, and a dollop of light sour cream and guacamole? You certainly can—thanks to this totally lunch-able chicken fajita recipe.
http://www.cookingclassy.com/sheet-pan-chicken-fajitas/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: COOKING CLASSY
If you like zesty, spicy, and easy then this super quick and convenient jambalaya recipe is just what tomorrow’s lunch ordered! Have a delicious supper and then freeze it in individual microwave-safe containers for lunches all week long!
https://spicysouthernkitchen.com/slow-cooker-jambalaya/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SPICY SOUTHERN KITCHEN
Make great use of your leftover mason jars—and get yourself a week’s worth of healthy and nutritious lunches at the same time with time! These ideal grab-and-go salads in a jar make for the most convenient lunches around!
http://fitfoodiefinds.com/2014/07/tex-mex-quinoa-tangy-cilantro-lime-creamy-dressing/#_a5y_p=2090471 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FIT FOODIE FINDS
These healthy oven-baked turkey meatballs are freezer-friendly and they’re great for meal prepping! The turkey meatballs are full of delicious seasonings such as parsley, onion, garlic and are bound together with breadcrumbs and an egg. For easy meal prepping combine the meatballs with spiralized zucchini and tomato sauce!
https://thegirlonbloor.com/freezer-friendly-meal-prep-baked-turkey-meatballs/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE GIRL ON BLOOR
Healthy baked cauliflower and chickpea samosas are incredibly easy to make! Bake and then store them in the freezer for easy grab and go snacks or bake them and transfer to lunch containers. When eating these for lunch pair them with steamed veggies and a scoop of rice and store in the fridge for up to 5 days! In addition, these samosas are made with store-bought egg roll wrappers which diminishes a ton of the prep work!
https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/healthy-baked-cauliflower-chickpea-samosas-freezer-friendly/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SWEET PEAS AND SAFFRON
This vegetarian meal may be meatless but you won’t miss the meat because it’s flourishing in delicious flavors and textures! Better yet, this delicious soup can be made in just 10 minutes and will fill your belly all week long! It’s also an excellent freezer-friendly option if you’re looking to prepare for the weeks ahead!
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/meatless-monday-anything-goes-tortilla-soup/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THRIVING HOME BLOG
Are pizza pockets your guilty pleasure? Try making these healthy homemade hot pockets that might actually taste better than the store-bought version! They do require a bit of extra work but the pay off will be well worth it. Once the pockets have cooled you can wrap them individually and keep them in the freezer until you’re ready to pack your lunch!
https://happymoneysaver.com/homemade-hot-pockets-scratch-freezer-friendly/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HAPPY MONEY SAVER
Sometimes salads sound boring, however, this isn’t your average leafy green salad. This quinoa-based salad has exciting flavors, is an excellent source of protein to keep you full and has a delicious honey and lime dressing that keeps you interested! You’ll love indulging in this type of salad all week long!
https://www.wellplated.com/sweet-potato-quinoa-black-bean-salad/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WELL PLATED
These simple chicken and cauliflower rice bowls are delicious and incredibly healthy. Cauliflower rice is easy to make in a food processor and helps cut back on the overall carbs. The combination of veggies and proteins will help keep you full all day long and to get you through until your next meal!
https://realfoodrealdeals.com/ginger-lime-chicken-cauliflower-rice-meal-prep/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: REAL FOOD REAL DEALS
Create a healthy meal that is gluten-free, dairy-free and low carb that remains insanely delicious. You can cook this spicy chicken meal all on one sheet pan which makes the preparation easy and the clean up even easier. Serve with sliced apples so you can finish your meal with a crisp sweet bite!
http://allyscooking.com/2017/03/28/meal-prep-lunch-bowls-spicy-chicken/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: ALLY’S COOKING
This grown-up version of a Lunchable might be the type of meal you need to encourage healthy eating habits! Fresh cut veggies are paired with the perfect protein-packed dipping sauce, hummus! Instead of processed meat, you’ll add boneless chicken breast and finish the meal with a few slices of cheese and sweet grapes!
https://projectmealplan.com/chicken-hummus-plate-lunch-meal-prep/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PROJECT MEAL PLAN
Vegan power bowls are a great option for everyone! Turmeric provides these bowls with exciting color and amazing health benefits too! It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and can help protect us against diseases. The combination of creamy avocado, crunchy chickpeas, and savory potatoes and quinoa make this bowl far from boring!
https://www.jaroflemons.com/vegan-turmeric-quinoa-power-bowls/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: JAR OF LEMONS
This healthy taco salad makes eating healthy food fun and the jars make it convenient! Create the salad by building delicious layers of ground beef, salsa, corn, beans, tomatoes, cheese. Before you head out the door add in fresh lettuce, avocado, and crushed corn chips. When you’re ready to dig in shake well and enjoy!
https://www.evolvingtable.com/healthy-taco-salad-mason-jar/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: EVOLVING TABLE
Skip the takeout because this week you need to try this slow cooker kung pao chicken. It’s healthy, exciting and will most definitely satisfy you. The great thing about making this dish at home is you can customize how spicy you want it. Begin by browning the meat on the stove top then pour all the delicious ingredients into the slow cooker. Lastly, set up your meals for the week in containers and pair the chicken with a scoop of rice!
https://lifemadesweeter.com/kung-pao-chicken/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LIFE MADE SWEETER
Foil packets make dividing up your lunch portions easy and convenient! This delicious Southwestern chicken meal comes together quickly too! Each pack comes with rice, black beans, tender chicken and bell peppers! Pack each meal with a fresh lemon wedge and enjoy all week long!
https://gimmedelicious.com/2017/03/03/southwestern-chicken-rice-foil-packets/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: GIMME DELICIOUS
Enjoy a meal that truly melts in your mouth. This gnocchi and veggies one-pan dinner is so easy and makes meal prep a breeze! To create this recipe, combine gnocchi with bell peppers, broccoli, red onion, cherry tomatoes and loads of seasonings. Bake the dish in the oven for 15 minutes and then divide into your lunch containers!
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/gnocchi-and-veggies-one-pan-dinner/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
This recipe serves 4 which means you can think of that as 4 meals. If you’re looking to get a full 5 days worth simply add an additional chicken breast and a few more veggies to your sheet pan. You’ll want to lick your bowl clean because this honey and garlic chicken is divine!
https://www.dessertnowdinnerlater.com/one-pan-honey-garlic-chicken-vegetables/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DESSERT NOW DINNER LATER
Fall harvest protein dinner is an excellent meal that will satisfy your craving for fall flavors. It’s chock full of wholesome ingredients too! Change things up midweek and go from enjoying chicken to tofu. However, you can make this meal with only one type of protein if you prefer one over the other. Some of the other wholesome ingredients include sweet potato, brussels sprouts, red onion, dried cranberries, and pecans.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/fall-harvest-protein-veggies-sheet-pan-dinner/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY