5 EASY MEAL PREP LUNCH IDEAS FOR THE OFFICE

If you’re like me, I’m the grab n’ go type when it comes to food. I have no problem whipping up a fancy dinner but when it comes to lunch…I want something easy, tasty, and something that could be eaten on the go. Sometimes a lunch break isn’t a real break. Maybe you have to commute to your second job, school, or a meeting. I know I’ve experienced all of those on my career path.

Before we talk recipes, let’s talk about what you will be putting your recipe in…

Are you a name brand Rubbermaid or Tupperware person? Glass container fanatic? Cheap plastic prepper? Hipster Mason Jar user?

Depending on your lifestyle, either of those are valid options. Depending on the recipe, you may need a single compartment, double compartment, or triple compartment container. Personally, I like the triple compartment feature because it makes portion sizes smaller but others prefer the visual satisfaction of a full single compartment container.

So what makes a good meal prep?

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Well, that kind of depends on you…Here are some things to consider:

  • Some recipes take more time. Are you going to prep all the recipes in one day? Will you design your dinners so the leftovers are your meal prep?
  • Are you a “follow the recipe” type of person or do you like to add your own flare?
  • What are your diet constraints? Are you gluten free, vegan, keto?
  • Are you focused on micros and macros or are you just looking for healthy lunch options?
  • Are you winging it or have you consulted with a professional like a nutritionist or dietitian?

Each of those questions can have their own limitations.

For me, I like to make my dinner with enough for leftovers. I don’t like spending a single day meal prepping. I have one day off each week so I’d rather not use it making food for later in the week. I’m definitely an “add my own flare” type of person…typically it’s just trying to make the recipe spicier. I love spicy food. I do have a gluten intolerance so I should be more conscious of that restriction but sometimes I stray away. I do not focus on micros and macros. For some, tracking that dietary information has its place but for others, it’s better to just focus on having healthy options of whole, nutrient dense foods. As for a professional consultation…my mom is a dietitian so usually I just send her a text 😉

The great thing about food, is that it can be tailored to your nutritional needs and your lifestyle! Although I’ve listed things for you to consider, just know that meal prepping is actually pretty easy and it will save you time, money, reduce stress, and improve your health. So let’s check out some of my favorite meal prep recipes that I want to share with you!

1.One Pan Teriyaki Chicken with Vegetables

from Life Made Sweeter

This recipe is amazing because you cook all the ingredients on one sheet pan! Once it has cooled, add it to your meal prep container and you’re done!

2. Chicken Burrito Bowl

from Gimme Delicious

Chipotle has nothing on these bowls! Simple, delicious, and full of whole food nutrients.

3. Steak Cobb Salad

from Damn Delicious

I am a sucker for a good salad. If you’ve read the About page on this blog, you know I’m all about the ranch dressing…although typically served with Blue Cheese Dressing, I add my own flare with some Ranch for this recipe!

4. Italian Chicken Bowl

from Eazy Peazy Mealz

Again, this recipe is thrown onto a single sheet pan for easy cooking! Pro Tip: use a rotisserie chicken opposed to the raw chicken breast. Cook the veggies first, then add sliced chunks of rotisserie chicken towards the end of the cook time.

5. Southwestern Sweet Potato and Lentil Jar Salad

from Sweet Peas and Saffron

I’m drooling just looking at that photo! Vegetarian awesomeness in a jar and Vegan friendly if you replace the honey base of the Chili Lime Vinaigrette with an alternative like Agave.

Meal prepping is pretty easy and tasty…give it a shot!

Do you meal prep? Have any cool recipes you’d like to share? What is your favorite meal prep idea on this list? Tell us in the comments below!

2 Responses

  1. Anna

    I’m actually really excited about these because they all seem like they’d all be good still cold for when I don’t have access to a microwave. I’ve also never thought of just cooking so much that male and I both have lunch the next day. Genius. Literally didn’t even occur to me as an option. I’ve just been cooking all day Sunday for both of us and then also cooking dinner during the week.

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