Ah, lunchtime at the office. It’s impossible to get to the microwave, leftover meatloaf never sounds as good as you think it will at 1:00 in the afternoon, and going to Chipotle again just isn’t appealing.
For those weeks when you want to eat homemade, we’ve rounded up 5 lunchtime recipes that are healthy, delicious, easy to make ahead of time, and don’t even have to be microwaved. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is keeping these yummy meals from being stolen from the office fridge.
Light Egg Salad
This egg salad uses Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise to create a low-calorie, low-fat lunch that’s full of flavor. Try putting it on whole wheat bread for a sandwich, use it as a dip for pita chips, or use a tortilla and add some avocado for a mess-free wrap.
For full instructions (and some extra tips), click here.
Chicken Caesar Ciabatta Sandwiches
These sandwiches use a homemade Caesar dressing that is as delicious as it is easy to make! Make sure to pack the lettuce and chicken in a separate Tupperware from the bread to prevent it from getting soggy, and then assemble the sandwich at work (it takes less than a minute!). You can also try hollowing the inside of the ciabatta if it’s just a little too much bread.
Get the full instructions here.
Chicken Salad Sandwich
This chicken salad is really creamy, and tastes great as a sandwich, on its own, or mixed with some quinoa and avocado. If poaching chicken takes too much time, canned chicken works just as well!
Get instructions for poaching chicken and the salad recipe here.
Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps
If eating healthy is a priority, lettuce wraps are a great option. They don’t give you the same weighed-down feeling bread can, and the crunch is really refreshing. These wraps are also high in protein (30g per serving!), so you’ll feel full until the end of the work day.
To try these yummy wraps, click here.
Chicken Pesto Sandwich
Featuring homemade pesto and greek yogurt for added creaminess, this sandwich is healthy without sacrificing on taste. If bread isn’t your thing, add some tomato and use mozzarella slices to make your sandwich, or try gluten-free bagel chips and scoop up the chicken and pesto like a dip.
To try this homemade pesto and chicken sandwich, click here.
Eating homemade and healthy can be harder, and even harder when a cubicle keeps you from having access to fresh ingredients on-hand. Try mixing up these recipes (like having one as a sandwich the first time, and a salad the second) to keep things feeling interesting, and add some in-season fruits and veggies on the side for meals that are delicious, nutritious, and easy to eat at your desk!