Getting healthy meals you can literally eat on the go can be challenging. Sometimes you’re stuck deciding between leaving your lunch at home or eating fast food. It doesn’t have to be a choice that leaves you feeling gross and guilty! I’ve prepared a list of foods that are easy to transport, take less than 10 minutes to make, and are nutrient-packed
Healthy Meals You Can Literally Eat On The Go
When your days are packed with meetings, workouts, appointments, work, and a social life, sometimes the only time to eat is when you’re on the go. Which is why we’re big fans of portable snacks and meals here at Greatist.
So we went on a mission to find as many recipes as possible that we could eat with our hands. After all, pretty as that mason jar salad may be, we’ve forgotten to also pack a fork a few too many times (oops). These dishes reimagine favorites into breads, pies, and even muffins, so you can forget about utensils—just bring a napkin (because you still want to look civil when eating with your hands).
1. Buffalo Chicken Hand Pies
There’s nothing more delicious than a pile of chicken wings. There’s also nothing messier. These little pies wrap up all that tangy, spicy flavor into a portable package. Cooking bone-in chicken thighs might take a little more time, but the meat stays extra moist. You can also use any leftover chicken you have for faster cooking. Though the recipe calls for frying, baking works just as well, takes a lot less effort, and means less greasy hands.
2. Breakfast Empanadas With Bacon and Sweet Potato
Tired of the same boring breakfast burrito? Switch things up by making a batch of empanadas. Bacon and eggs bring classic morning flavors, sweet potato packs in some vitamin A to support the immune system, and spinach offers up vitamin K for healthy bones. Portable, healthy, and delicious—these might be one of the best ways to start the day.
3. Broccoli Cheddar Soup Mini Pies
For days when you’re on your feet nonstop, soup isn’t exactly the best choice. Who can spoon pasta e fagioli into their mouth while walking? (Not us.) This recipe wraps up a classic in some pastry to make it handheld. Filled with mushrooms and broccoli, these savory pies offer a good dose of fiber that makes them super satisfying. A little bit of cheese takes these over the top. Though you’ll still want a napkin handy.
4. Beef and Guinness Hand Pies
On cold days, or days when the AC is cranked a little too high, this meaty meal is just the thing. A hearty stew gets the to-go treatment when it’s packaged in some puff pastry. Making the stew, letting it cooling, and assembling the pies takes a bit of time, so it’s the perfect project for a lazy Sunday afternoon. It’s also the perfect opportunity to find something else to do with the rest of that beer…
5. Pot Roast Hand Pies
A seriously hectic day demands a heartier lunch than anything that can be scrounged up from around the office. Be prepared for whatever the day brings by whipping up a batch of these pies. The best part? This recipe uses up leftovers that are already lying around the house. Pop a few pies into a zip-top bag, and they’ll be ready to eat whenever the craziness lets up for a few minutes.
6. Spicy Soyrizo and Black Bean Empanadas
Meat pies might be U.K. fare, but these fiery empanadas showcase some seriously delicious Mexican flavors. Simply sauté a mixture of sweet potato, vegetarian chorizo, and spices until everything is tender. Let the mixture cool, wrap it up is some pie crust, and send it on a quick trip to the oven. A batch makes at least eight, so meals for the rest of the week are taken care of.
7. Paleo Chili Hand Pies
Most recipes for pies leave those on a Paleo or gluten-free diet in the dust. Not these flaky beauties. The crust comes together in just a few minutes from a mixture of almond flour, arrowroot flour, coconut oil, and eggs. A hearty beef filling means these pies will be packed with plenty of protein and iron. It doesn’t hurt that they’re delicious, either.
8. Greek Style Spinach Hand Pies
Spanakopita is available at just about every Greek diner, but a packed schedule rarely allows an opportunity to sit down to this comforting classic. Fortunately, these pies loaded with spinach and cheese are perfectly portable. Wilt the greens with garlic and onion, mix in cheese, and load into puff pastry. The finished pies are deliciously gooey.
9. Shrimp Empanadas
Eating seafood on the go usually means a pouch of stinky tuna haphazardly scooped with a fork. We think these shrimp pies are a much tastier and easier way to go. Loaded with spices, garlic, and tomato, these little pies pack a ton of flavor. Shrimp are a good source of protein and B vitamins to help you stay energized all day. And no need to eat a handful of breath mints afterward!
10. Breakfast Slab Pie
Grabbing a fast breakfast is easy enough, but it’s usually a sugary muffin or croissant that can lead to a growling stomach in just a few hours. Filled with eggs, spinach, potatoes, and a bit of cheese, this tasty pie is like a frittata in an edible wrapper. Need more reason to make eggs a part of your morning meal? The breakfast staple may help reduce the risk of diabetesEgg consumption and risk of incident type 2 diabetes in men: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study.
9 Healthy Meals You Can Literally Eat on the Go
. Baked ham and cheese rollups
Think again if you believe all morning rolls have to be smothered in cinnamon sugar or frosting — not that we’re complaining if they are.
This simple, three-ingredient recipe offers a savory breakfast alternative with ham and mozzarella cheese. Breakfast shouldn’t get to have all the fun — these are perfect any time of day.
8. Mini whole-wheat BBQ chicken calzones
Any barbecue lover knows a good sandwich practically requires a beach towel to stay clean, so these calzones are a complete lifesaver for busy days when grazing (and getting messy) simply won’t do.
Just toss some cooked chicken with a mix of cheese, barbecue sauce, and caramelized onions for a flavorful filling. No time to make the dough? Stop by a pizza place on the way home and pick up some of theirs.
9. Bacon French toast rollups
French toast sticks from a drive-thru aren’t the only way to make that breakfast favorite portable. This recipe wraps cooked bacon with a slice of bread before dunking in an egg and milk batter.
A couple of minutes in a sauté pan are all these rolls need before they’re ready to jet out the door. Breakfast just got a lot more fun.
10. Sausage and egg breakfast rolls
When a busy day means hitting the road extra early, breakfast is all but forgotten. These savory calzones are a perfect solution.
Why stick to just breakfast? They work just as well in the morning as they do in the evening. They’re packed with eggs and sausage, so just one is sure to keep hunger at bay for hours.
11. Easy taco pockets
The call of Mexican food from a drive-thru is pretty hard to resist, especially when you have a packed schedule and little time to eat. It can be loaded with all kinds of junk though.
For a satisfying meal with the same flair, these portable taco pockets offer plenty of protein without the scary ingredients. Just don’t forget the guac.
12. Cheesy pepperoni pizza rollups
Pizza might seem like a good on-the-go meal, but skipping a plate and napkins usually means ending up with sauce stains on your clothes.
These quick rollups offer all the taste of a slice of pie minus the greasy mess. Pepperoni is classic, but you can up the nutritional value by adding in some bell peppers, mushrooms, or broccoli.
13. Cheese, garlic, and herb quick bread
When a busy day demands your full attention, this no-yeast bread recipe is definitely in order. It contains the perfect combination of aromatic herbs and salty cheese.
It’s also a cinch to prepare. In just 10 minutes you can have a savory batter ready for baking. Your whole house is about to smell like heaven.
14. Cornbread with sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and cheese
When a tough day means arriving home too late to cook, a stash of this bread makes the perfect last-minute meal. Think of it as the best way to marry your favorite Italian flavors: garlic, basil, and sun-dried tomatoes.
It’s portable enough for noshing on the train, while running the streets, or immediately after stepping through the door.
15. Bacon jalapeño popper cheesy bread
It seems like banana and pumpkin always win the quick bread popularity contest, which is a real shame. We think savory versions deserve some time in the spotlight, and this bacon and cheese one is a great place to start.
Just mix up the dry ingredients, add in the wet, then pour it all into a loaf pan. It’ll take close to an hour to bake, so feel free to catch up on your fave Netflix series while the house fills with amazing aromas.
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Whether you’re packing a picnic or bringing your own lunch to work, these delicious one-bowl dishes will fit the bill. Try these fresh picks, from Heirloom Caprese Salad to Zucchini-Wheat Berry Salad. And don’t worry about how they’ll travel. They are guaranteed to stay fresh—not soggy—until you’re ready to chow.
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Keep salads crisp by packing the dressing in a separate container and dress right before serving.