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, a nutritious and delicious lunch is vital if you expect to get everything accomplished.  These rice casserole, chili, wrap, salad-in- a-jar, and pasta recipes are super-easy  to make and store for some much needed assistance to get you through the most hectic of workweeks.

Here are ten lunches you can make ahead and freeze for weekday lunches…

1. Chicken Enchiladas

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.

2. Black Bean-Turkey Chili

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.

3. Coconut Chicken Curry

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.

 

4. Crispy Prosciutto Cheesy White Lasagna

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.

5. Bean and Cheese Burritos

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.

 

6. Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros

Transport yourself to the Greek islands at 12:30pm 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.

 

7. Cream of Chicken Soup

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.

 

8. Chicken Fajitas

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.

9. Slow Cooker Jambalaya

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!

 

10. Quinoa Salad in a Jar

Make great usage of your left over 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!

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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