Lunch Recipe Round-Up | 15 Easy Lunch Recipes to Make Ahead

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Hi Guys! This is Kelsea and Allison again, and as nutrition students we thought this would be the PERFECT post to create for you.

We go to school Monday-Friday and you know what we learn about? Food! We learn about the nutrients in food, portion sizes, how much to eat depending on your height/weight. Not only do we learn about this, but we are definitely encouraged to use this knowledge in our own lives. But do you really think we have the time?

As busy students, we definitely don’t have time to cook our lunches every day. Life is busy in general! I think that’s something we can all admit. But sometimes life gets so busy that we feel like we don’t have time for the one of the most important things in our life: EATING!!

Without food, it makes functioning a lot more difficult than it should be. Food is the basis of our energy, and without that you might as well be a potato…

“can I at least be a sweet potato?”

NO! We absolutely do not encourage becoming a potato. That is why we have created this wonderful roundup of 15 easy lunch recipes that you can make ahead of time. These recipes make use of leftovers, which means less cooking for you! These recipes are all healthy, but they are also easy; so instead of worrying about cooking everyday, put aside one day of the week to prepare yourself for the other six. This helps for us during school, so we know it can help you too!

1. Meal Prep Carnitas Burrito Bowls 

Who has a crockpot? This easy recipe has a variety of spices, vegetables, and juices to create a week full of deliciousness. Have a fiesta for lunch everyday!

2. 30 Minute Garden Veggie Barley Soup

Only 30 minutes and you have this rainbow soup filled with nutritious vegetables and spices of all kind. If you make a big batch of this, pretty soon you’ll have all your colleagues in the office asking for the recipe.

3. Chicken Taco Mason Jar Salads

OK- First of all, how cute are these salads!? You can usually buy mason jars at the dollar store, so you don’t have to miss out on the creativity of this salad! Not only do they look adorable, but the mixture of flavours is perfect to fill you and keep you satisfied after the lunch hour.

4. Stir-Fry Freezer Meals

This idea is AMAZING! Who would have thought you could make your own freezer meals? And healthy ones, too?! Skip the freezer isle at the grocery store because you have just been blessed with the most unique way to meal prep!

5. Asian Quinoa Salad

This vegetarian salad is surprisingly packed with protein, fibre, and most importantly: colours! A variety of colours is a great thing to look for in a meal, because it shows that you are getting lots of vitamins and nutrients.

6. Spicy Chipotle Turkey Burritos

Ground turkey is one of my favourite proteins to meal prep. Not only is it easy to cook, but you can spice it up any way that you would like! These spicy burritos are perfect because you can refrigerate them for the week, or freeze them for the weekend.

7. Zucchini Noodles with Turkey Meatballs

If you don’t already have a spiralizer you need to get one NOW! Are you on your way to the store? No?? What are you waiting for?!

Did you know you can turn almost any vegetable into noodles? How cool is that! Spiralized zucchini and meatballs are so similar to spaghetti, you may never go back! The difference is; this meal is high fibre, lower carbohydrates, yet equally delicious.

8. Copycat Starbucks Bistro Boxes

No shame towards Starbucks- We think you’re great! Thank you for the wonderful coffee and the free wifi. But, what if you could save your money at lunch time? These boxes are almost identical to those $7 boxes we buy at Starbucks (and I bet they don’t even cost half of that)! These are a great idea because you can portion exactly what goes into that container, and keep it in the fridge for the whole week.

9. Mediterranean Veggie Pita Sandwich

Pita’s go down in my books as one of the best things for lunches on the go. They’re convenient and you can fill them with whatever you like! This recipe has a Mediterranean theme, which also utilizes items like leftover spreads and lots of veggies!

10. Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers

I know we have already mentioned turkey once in this post, but hear me out. Turkey is super high in protein, so why not get some of your daily dose in a delicious way?? This recipe can also be altered to suit your own likes, by adding different spices. The author of this blog changed the original recipe she found to make it low-FODMAP & gluten free! Best of all, these burgers are simple to make, and can be served on a bun, with a side, or just on their own!

11. Mini Quiches in Crispy Ham Cups (Gluten free, Lactose free)

In a world where everyone seems to be constantly busy, and in a rush, what’s better than something bite sized and convenient for lunch? Just add a salad on the side, and you’ve got yourself a delicious and easy meal! What makes this recipe even better, is the fact that again, you can customize them however you like; different types of meat for the ‘crust’, different veggie fillings- it’s completely up to you! Pro-tip: these are great to take to work for a potluck or any other event!

12. Kale and Sweet Potato Burritos– (Vegan)

How about a vegan twist on the classic burrito? These ones are packed with kale, sweet potato, and avocado, and with a drizzle of vegan cheese sauce, what’s not to love? You can make a whole tray at a time, and freeze them for the week. These burritos can be reheated on a grill, or even in the microwave!

13. Peanut-Lime Chicken Lunch Bowls

This is one of those recipes that has endless possibilities with combinations of vegetables, rice and other toppings. I think that my favorite part of it is the fact that the peanut sauce is completely homemade! Making your own helps to avoid all of those nasty preservatives in storebought sauces. (I’m not shunning those products one bit- they taste great, but they aren’t necessarily the best for you.) Besides, how cool is it to have someone taste your food, and you can tell them you made the sauce too?

14. Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Stuffed Peppers

Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking- “More Turkey??” Yes, more turkey. (I just really like turkey okay). If you’re someone who buys the Costco-sized packages of food, you may often find yourself wondering what the heck to do with it all. Stuffed peppers are wonderful for meal planning and preparation as your portion sizes are basically predetermined. According to this blog’s author, these freeze wonderfully and are perfect the next day!

15. Minestrone Soup

In terms of convenience, this has to be one of my favorite tricks that I’ve heard of. I’m sure a lot of us had relatives who would cook up a huge pot of soup, and freeze it in containers for later. This is kind of the same thing except, it uses muffin tins- silicone ones to be exact. Just pop a couple frozen pieces into a freezer bag, and you’re good to go- the perfect lunch! Packed with delicious vegetables, and ready in minutes, these will surely be a hit!

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15 Easy lunch recipes you can make head that are delicious and healthy | Ignite Nutrition Inc. Andrea Hardy is a registered dietitian from Calgary Alberta focused on practical nutrition

 

 

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