When you’re thinking about what to cook yourself for lunch at work next week, the criteria that you feel need to be met can become so overwhelming that it becomes all too easy to talk yourself out of cooking anything at all. You repeatedly claim that you’re too busy, you don’t know what you’ll want to eat the next day, you can’t think of anything that will last… Yet, inevitably, when Monday lunchtime arrives, you always regret not bringing in a wholesome, homemade meal, as you rush to the café across the road to buy another average, overpriced sandwich.
The recipes we’ve selected are a mix of hearty soups and stews to warm you up and satisfy you in the dark, depths of winter, and light, zingy salads for those warm summer days. None of these lunches are difficult to prepare, and most of them can be thrown together in under an hour. Whether you’re looking for something vegan, gluten-free, kid-friendly, or low-calorie, there is something for everyone in this collection of our 25 favorite make-ahead work lunches.