12 Easy and Delicious Work Lunches You Can Make the Night Before Slideshow

Say goodbye to the ham sandwich and hello to these tasty lunches


12 Easy and Delicious Work Lunches You Can Make the Night Before

12 Easy and Delicious Work Lunches You Can Make the Night Before

Either on Sunday afternoon or each night before you go to bed, you can make a healthy, hearty, easy, and delicious lunch that will satisfy your taste buds and keep you energized during the often daunting afternoon hours. Not sure you can do it? Find out just how easy making a great workday lunch can be with these 12 recipes.

Black Bean Soup With Lime-Pickled Red Onions

This black bean soup doesn’t need meat to be hearty, flavorful, and packed with energizing protein. A touch of cinnamon, cumin, and perfectly pickled vegetables give this soup a sweet, hot, and sour flavor that is beyond satisfying.

For the Black Bean Soup With Lime-Pickled Red Onions recipe, click here.

Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Salad

This lunch has just about everything you want in a complete meal: protein, fresh vegetables, and plenty of carbs. Healthy and refreshing, this easy-to-make pasta salad features zucchini, yellow squash, ripe red tomato, and basil, giving it a bright flavor that will make any workday happier.

For the Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Salad recipe, click here.

Corn and Black Bean Quinoa Salad

This protein-rich, superfood-filled salad is healthy, easy to prep in the evening, and filled with delicious Southwestern flavors. Jalapeños and cilantro add a little heat to really perk you up for those long work afternoons.

For the Corn and Black Bean Quinoa Salad recipe, click here.

Creamy Avocado Tomato Soup

Avocado replaces heavy cream in this rich and hearty tomato soup, giving it a fresh flavor and distinctive creaminess. Served with a simple sandwich, this lunch is comfort food defined.

For the Creamy Avocado Tomato Soup recipe, click here.

Farmer's Fridge Mediterranean Salad

This make-ahead salad is stored in a glass jar, making it incredibly portable. Packed with beans, artichoke hearts, grape tomatoes, and pine nuts, this salad will keep you full until dinner. No snacking needed!

For the Farmer's Fridge Mediterranean Salad recipe, click here.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

The chicken Caesar salad is a classic work lunch dish. But this recipe improves on the standard Caesar salad by grilling the chicken and lettuce. This cooking technique adds a beautiful charred flavor while minimizing cleanup. Really, it’s a win-win combination!

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Nordic Quinoa Salad

A light honey mustard dressing, apples, and walnuts give this dish sweet, comforting flavors. But in addition to the beautiful taste of this simple salad, the quinoa and kale base is bound to give you plenty of energy.

For the Nordic Quinoa Salad recipe, click here.

One Pot Tex-Mex Pasta

Mexican food doesn’t always pack well for lunches, but this simple pasta dish is incredibly easy to pack in some Tupperware and take on the go. Avocado, Monterey Jack cheese, cilantro, sweet Italian sausage, and black beans give this pasta plenty of bold flavor.

For the One Pot Tex-Mex Pasta recipe, click here.

Prosciutto Parmesan Quiche

Quiche may be most closely associated with brunch, but it really is perfect for any meal of the day. This salty, cheesy quiche can be made on Sunday night and eaten all week with a side salad for a light, scrumptious lunch.

For the Prosciutto Parmesan Quiche recipe, click here.

Roasted Vegetables and Miso Dressing With Sesame Seeds

Roasting vegetables is simple to do and adds a beautiful taste and texture to your produce. This simple Asian salad is packed with vitamins and minerals, and the miso dressing adds just the right amount of umami flavor. For an extra protein punch, top this salad with a piece of chicken or beef.

For the Roasted Vegetables and Miso Dressing With Sesame Seeds recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Minestrone Stew

The beauty of the slow cooker is that you can set it, forget it, and eat your meal at any time of the day. Tossing this eight-ingredient stew in the slow cooker overnight gives you a fresh, hot, and hearty lunch that’s ready when you are.

For the Slow Cooker Minestrone Stew recipe, click here.

Spicy Sesame Salad

This Asian-inspired cabbage salad is crunchy, boldly dressed, and refreshing. Because the lettuces involved in this salad are crisp and fresh, this dish refrigerates incredibly well, making it an easy meal prep go-to.

For the Spicy Sesame Salad recipe, click here.