Healthy Meal Prep Lunch Ideas

These healthy meal prep lunch ideas are perfect for lunch at work or home. Make them ahead of time and enjoy all week long.

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Lots of you have been asking for healthy meal prep lunch ideas lately so ask and you shall receive! Last week when I launched my Mastering Food Prep course, I shared a lot about my flexible food prep method for lunches. I’m a big fan of prepping 1-2 proteins, 1-2 bases and 2-3 sauces and then mixing and matching throughout the week to make different lunches. You can find an example of 4 quick and easy meal prep ideas for work in this post.

Easy Meal Prep Lunches

While some people enjoy packing a different lunch every day, other people are looking for one recipe they can prep ahead of time and enjoy for lunch all week long. If you want to add some variety to these ideas you can make swaps like using rice as a base instead of lettuce, putting meat in a pita one day instead of on a salad, or making half the batch vegetarian and half with meat.

If you’re looking specifically for cold lunches, check out these Easy Meal Prep Cold Lunches for Work! And here are some Breakfast Meal Prep Ideas.

Easy Healthy Meal Prep Lunch Ideas

Here we go! Remember if you don’t like a specific protein, in most cases, you can easily swap it for another type of meal or a vegetarian protein source to fit your needs.

Meal Prep Lunch Ideas with Chicken

Chicken recipes are by far the most popular request from readers. Chicken easily absorbs the flavors of sauces and marinades and they only deepen throughout the week.

Simple Chicken Marinade for Meal Prep

Prep a batch of this chicken pair it with a quinoa salad, put it in a pita or serve it with veggies.

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Marinated Chicken and Noodles

Flavorful marinated chicken. Serve it over noodles with your favorite veggies!

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Rotisserie Chicken Cobb Salad

Serve a rotisserie chicken for dinner on Sunday and then use the leftovers to enjoy this salad for lunch during the week.

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Spicy Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Pair it with green veggies for a complete meal. Easy to swap broccolini for asparagus or brussels sprouts or a salad!

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Easy Lunch Ideas For Work – Chicken

If you’re looking for easy lunch ideas for work, chicken is a great option. It tastes great hot or cold so there are plenty of options that can be prepped and packed ahead of time.

Cheesy Broccoli Chicken and Rice Bowls

If you’re not a fan of broccoli, you could easily swap carrots, green beans or asparagus!

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Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma Bowls

Sheet pan makes for easy prep and cleanup and this chicken is packed with flavor.

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Chicken Protein Bowl

A chicken protein bowl made with quinoa and packed with roasted vegetables, chicken, toasted almonds and topped with a maple dijon dressing. Perfect for meal prep.

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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe is perfect for making a double batch, freezing one pan and enjoying the other for lunches all week.

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Vegetarian Meal Prep Lunch Ideas

If you’re not a fan of chicken you might like these vegetarian meal prep lunch ideas. Swap in your favorite vegetarian protein option like beans, lentils, quinoa etc!

Vegan Red Lentil Curry

This Vegan Red Lentil Curry recipe is the perfect vegetarian lunch. It’s spicy, flavorful and packed with veggies.

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Easy White Bean Panzanella Salad

A great way to turn your favorite summer veggies into lunch!

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Spicy Peanut Tofu Bowls

You’ll love this peanut sauce, tastes great on a variety of proteins.

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Edamame Quinoa Salad

This one packs a protein punch! Try swapping quinoa for wild rice to change things up!

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Classic Chickpea Chicken Salad

A vegetarian twist on classic chicken salad.

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Easy Lunch Meal Prep – Seafood

Seafood for lunch is often overlooked but there are lots of great recipe options that can be prepped ahead of time from cakes to salads to bowls.

Tuna Quinoa Cakes

These Tuna Quinoa Cakes are a great way to add some extra protein to your day. Eat them plain, put them on a bun, or use them to top your salad for a healthy lunch!

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Grilled Salmon Cobb Salad

Packed with flavor and protein, along with heart-healthy omegas!

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Garlic Butter Shrimp

Make a big batch of these shrimp and pair with pasta, rice or salad for quick, healthy meal prep lunches.

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Spicy Tuna Roll Bowls

Transform a can of tuna into something flavorful and exciting for lunch.

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Meal Prep Lunch – Soups

Soup is the perfect meal prep lunch idea. It’s easy to make a big batch or even a double batch and freeze some for later.

Sweet Potato Chicken Chili {Instant Pot or Slow Cooker}

This Sweet Potato Chicken Chili can be made in the Instant Pot or slow cooker for an easy, healthy dinner. And the leftovers make the perfect packable lunch. 

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White Chicken Chili

This Easy White Chicken Chili is the perfect lunch soup and a nice change from traditional tomato-based chili.

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Grab & Go Vegetarian Minestrone in a Jar

Prep several jars ahead of time and enjoy all week long.

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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Light and fresh enough to eat in the summer but also cozy enough for winter.

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Lunch Meal Prep Ideas with Ground Meat

Lunch meal prep options with ground meat are endless. Pair with noodles, salads, rice and more for enough combinations that you’ll never get bored.

Potsticker Noodle Bowls

A fun twist on potstickers that’s both light and filling. Great to make for dinner and make extras to enjoy for lunch.

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Burger Bowl with Special Sauce

Tired of burgers? Try these burger bowls for lunch. Don’t skip the sauce.

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Egg Roll in a Bowl

All the goodness of an egg roll with no wrapper to get soggy during the week! Reheats perfectly for lunch.

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Greek Chicken Meatballs

These meatballs would be great in a rice bowl, in a pita or just on their own dipped in sauce.

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BBQ Meatloaf Meal Prep Bowls

An easy lunch idea with cajun mashed sweet potatoes, steamed green beans and mini BBQ meatloaves.

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Quick Healthy Lunches (Light Lunch Ideas)

Have a few minutes to actually make lunch at lunchtime? Here are 4 quick ideas that come together in 5 minutes or less!

Ham and Egg Wrap with Herbs

A quick lunch idea that’s easy to make and full of flavor.

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Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Need a light lunch? Make these quesadillas as a quick lunch option.

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Thai Green Curry Chicken Salad

You can whip this up quickly for lunch on the day of or prep it ahead of time. Eat on bread or scoop with veggie slices or crackers.

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Italian Sub Salad with Cold Cuts

Cheap, quick and easy to make but still packed with protein and veggies

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Beef Meal Prep Lunch Ideas

If you love beef there are plenty of options for beef meal prep lunch ideas! Don’t forget that leftover dinner makes great lunches!

Steak Fajita Bowls with Cilantro Lime Cauli Rice

If you don’t like cauliflower rice, you can easily sub regular rice. Or try swapping beef for chicken.

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Korean Beef Bowls

This beef would also be great in lettuce wraps or spring rolls!

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Steak Salad with Berries, Avocado and Goddess Dressing

Grill some steak on the weekend and enjoy leftovers on salad all week long.

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Quick Beef and Zucchini Skillet

This dinner recipe makes great leftovers for lunch. Great way to use up summer zucchini.

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Easy School Lunch Ideas Meal Prep

If you’re looking specifically for school lunch ideas, I have a whole guide called Easy Packed Lunches For Kids. I pack all my kids’ lunches the night before so many of the ideas in there can be prepped ahead of time. And they’re not just for kids! Some of the ideas would qualify as easy lunch for work ideas!

Did you see anything healthy meal prep lunch ideas that caught your eye? I hope you found some new ideas to try. Pin this post for later to remind you.

Healthy Lunch Ideas



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