Last updated on July 6th, 2021 at 08:19 am
Healthy lunch recipes for the office? Are you kidding me? You mean my living room that desperately needs some cleaning? Yes, that’s exactly what I mean. These are some easy and healthy lunch ideas for work, whether you work from home or actually go somewhere. If you’re trying to lose weight, great. If you’re not trying to lose weight – also great. These are some healthy recipes that are delicious, nutrient-dense and don’t have too many calories, but will fill you up! These easy lunch recipes include healthy lunch bowls, soups, tasty quesadillas and even a garlic grilled cheese sandwich, because why not eat garlic at every meal? After a year like 2020, we all know life’s pretty unpredictable, why not have the things you want. Also, nobody will know with that mask on.
1. Shredded Chicken Bowls
This recipe is fresh, flavorful and low carb, but in a very healthy way. With some roasted vegetables, cooked shredded chicken and a salad this lunch bowl is satisfying and easy to meal prep. Recipe here.
2. Garlic Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Use wholegrain bread to make this more nourishing, or if you’re gluten-free/low carb/paleo – use the type of bread that works for you! This recipe is super easy and it’s super tasty – I had it for dinner recently with my tomato cucumber salad and it was perfect. Recipe here.
3. Coconut Curry Shrimp Soup
It’s getting colder and there’s nothing better than warming up with some soup! This one is a spicy, fresh and flavorful coconut curry shrimp soup. It’s low carb and it’s light and just perfect for lunch. I love it with lemon grass in there, but if you don’t have lemon grass, you can also use lime leaves. Love those too! Recipe here.
4. Mediterranean Salmon Salad
If you love salmon and the Mediterranean diet, you’ll love this delicious healthy salmon recipe. The ingredients include salmon (I just cooked mine in the air fryer), feta cheese, arugula and roasted peppers. To speed things up, you can definitely make the salmon and the roasted vegetables ahead, as well as wash and chop the fresh vegetables. Recipe here.
5. 15-Minute Quinoa With Chicken
If you’re like me and cook a bunch of things ahead like quinoa and chicken, you’ll be able to whip this super tasty dish for lunch (or dinner) in no time. Don’t worry if you don’t have quinoa or kale or any of the ingredients – use what you have. For example rice would work instead of quinoa, spinach would work instead of kale, you get the point – empty the fridge and make something delicious using simple ingredients! Recipe here.
6. The 5-Minute Mediterranean Bowl
This is one of my most popular recipes and no wonder – it happens to be one of my go to recipes. It’s super easy, quick and full of flavor! Great for meal prep too if you want to make everything from scratch. If you’re short on time – you can buy all the individual parts and use cherry tomatoes and a chopped cucumber instead of salad. Recipe here.
7. 10-Minute Chicken Quesadilla With Feta Cheese
If you’ve got some cooked chicken, feta cheese and vegetables you can easily make this tasty quesadilla recipe in 10 minutes. You’ll put all of the ingredients in a bowl, mash them together, spread over a tortilla, fold in half and toast in a pan. Use whole grain tortillas (or tortillas that fit your diet). I usually love pairing this kind of sandwiches or quesadillas with something fresh. Usually I make a quick salad and it keeps me full until dinner. The recipe is here.
8. Low Carb Tasty Avocado Chicken Salad
This is a super tasty and easy avocado chicken salad and it is one of my favorite chicken salad recipes. It’s super flavorful, fresh and filling. Recipe here.
9. Chicken Egg Bake
If you’re often on the go and don’t have time to eat over the sink during your 5 minute lunch break, you might consider mixing a bunch of things together in a bowl and baking them. Without sugar. With chicken and vegetables instead. That would be one disgusting banana bread….But no, it’s not banana bread – it’s an egg bake. You can use any smaller baking pan you have at home to make this delicious egg bake that I shared on my sister’s blog. It’s filled with vegetables, cooked chicken and it’s super easy to make. The recipe says breakfast, but you can eat it any time you’re hungry for something savory – it’s perfect for lunch, great to meal prep as well. You can find it here.
10. Vegan Quesadilla With Chickpeas
Another quesadilla recipe! Fill this one with chickpeas, herbs and vegetables spread the mixture on one half, fold and toast on both sides in a pan. Serve with some guacamole, salad – anything fresh! It’s an easy, quick and delicious vegan lunch. The recipe is here.
11. Mediterranean Salmon Bowl
One of the few salmon recipes on my blog and it is one of my favorite recipes for lunch and dinner. To be honest I never make a recipe exactly the same way twice, but I often make some variation of this bowl. Feel free to use the vegetables you have at home for this one. It’s great for dinner too! Recipe here.
12. Super Fresh Avocado Chickpea Salad
I used to make salads like this one every single morning before I went to work. I would pack it in a container, it took me about 10 minutes and it kept really well in our fridge in the office. It tastes so fresh, but also has the saltiness from the feta cheese and the olives and it’s really filling. Now that I don’t leave the house, I seem to find more excuses not to make salads like this one. It’s really weird. However, I’ve recently started counting my vegetable servings (aiming for 8) and am getting back to making salads for lunch, because we need those fresh vegetables to feel good. Great story, can I eat it? If you want to make this delicious chickpea salad, here’s the recipe.
13. Crustless Tuna Quiche
Canned tuna is a super versatile ingredient and it goes really well in a crustless quiche. Super easy to pack and take to work, great for meal prep and very filling and tasty. Recipe here.
14. Quinoa Fried Rice
Fried rice has to be one of my favorite meals – it’s easy, quick, super delicious and you get to use all of your old food. If you don’t have rice, but quinoa, you can still get the same treatment with the recipe right here.
15. Mediterranean Chicken Bowls
This is a super simple, quick and delicious Mediterranean recipe with chicken, chickpeas, hummus and a salad. I mean it’s got all of my favorite things, the recipe is here.
16. Chickpea Spinach Cakes
I feel like chickpeas are gonna win an award for the most used ingredient on this list. But there are no awards, so sorry chickpeas. You’re only gonna get smashed in a bowl with a bunch of other ingredients and eaten. I know it sounds scary, but you’re delicious. And these chickpea spinach cakes are tasty too, perfect with some garlicky sauce like this cashew sauce and a quick tomato cucumber salad. Recipe here.
17. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Bowls
Roast some sweet potatoes and cauliflower in the oven and make these bowls in no time! They’re plant-based, easy and delicious. Recipe here.
Like who says final notes? After writing this blog for 5 years now, I still don’t know how to end things…But I hope you get some inspiration and some new lunch ideas that you’ll actually want to make. These are some of the things I usually make and I like them. Stay safe and enjoy these sweet potato and black bean bowls!
For the black bean sweet potato bowls:
- 1 cup spicy sweet potatoes, roasted
- 1 cup spicy cauliflower, roasted
- 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cucumber
- ½ scallion
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 scallion
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tomato
- ¼ cup basil
- 2 tbsp olives
- salt and pepper
- 1 lime
- Roast the cauliflower and sweet potatoes according to this recipe.
- While they're cooking, rinse and drain the black beans, chop the cucumber, scallions, olives, tomato, basil leaves, mince the garlic.
- Add the avocado, 1/2 scallion, the minced garlic, tomato, basil, olives, salt, pepper and some lime juice to a bowl, then mash everything together with a fork.
- Once the roasted vegetables are done, arrange your bowls adding the sweet potato, cauliflower, black beans, some cucumber, scallions and the avocado sauce in the middle. Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 487mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 15gSugar: 9gProtein: 10g