Quick Healthy lunches to make don’t have to be time-consuming and it is possible to eat well at your desk! This January I’m all about clearing out the cupboards and making space for some new healthy meals. There’s a pack of sarnies, so many tubs of hummus, and even chickpea salad but I just can’t face another wrap. It’s time to empty the fridge, free up an afternoon […]
Quick Healthy Lunches To make
Pan-fry lean chicken breast with lime, chilli and garlic, then pile onto seeded tortilla wraps. Cool before assembling if packing for lunch
Spicy tuna & cottage cheese jacket
For a low-fat energy lunch try a carbohydrate-heavy baked potato with a light and nutritious filling
Chicken soba noodles
Quick and easy to prepare, whether you’re packing them up for work or grabbing a bite at home
Green club sandwich
This healthy sandwich is packed full of goodness to keep you going until dinner
Keep hunger pangs at bay with these healthy, yummy lunchbox nibbles
Healthy chicken salad
This easy-to-prepare healthy chicken salad is filled with zingy flavours – the simplified version is great for kids’ lunchboxes too
Storecupboard pasta salad
This pasta salad makes a quick and healthy lunch, or is perfect prepared ahead for a picnic or lunchbox
Melon & crunchy bran pots
Not just for breakfast, this healthy pot of yoghurt, fruit and seeds is a real mid-afternoon hunger booster and ready in 10 minutes
Red lentil & sweet potato pâté
This easy vegetarian dip is a healthy alternative to hummus and great with crudités in a lunchbox or served as a vegan pate as part of a snack selection.
Cobb salad with buttermilk ranch dressing
Get three of your five-a-day from this chicken and bacon salad, which can be adapted to use leftover turkey and is packed with protein and vitamins
Smoked salmon & avocado sushi
Fancy making sushi at home? This simple recipe makes 32 healthy little bites, ideal for lunch or served as canapés
Prawn layered salad
Solo suppers can still be a treat with this fast but flavour-packed recipe
Help-yourself tuna rice salad
Ideal for busy households, this hearty salad keeps well in the fridge for up to three days, ready to be spooned into a bowl whenever you’re peckish
Tuna, asparagus & white bean salad
A nourishing spring salad, ready in minutes
Spicy couscous salad
This can be made as a main-dish salad (great for lunchboxes) or as a side dish for roast lamb
Satisfying and nutritious lunchbox fillers which take minutes to make
Courgette, potato & cheddar soup
This freezable soup is a delicious way to use up a glut of courgettes
Indian chickpea & vegetable soup
Healthy, flavour-packed and low-cost, this soup’s ideal for taking to work for lunch
Indian chicken protein pots
Use leftover chicken or buy it ready-cooked for these speedy protein pots. The chicken is combined with spiced lentils and tomatoes and topped with tzatziki
Easy noodle soup
This quick and easy soup is the perfect lunchtime meal for kids – satisfying and healthy too
Spiced chickpea soup
This low-fat soup is packed with storecupboard pulses, healthy grains and North African spice- use cumin, ras el hanout, ginger and cinnamon
Ham & beetroot salad bowl
A great light lunchtime salad that uses everyday ingredients in a new and interesting way
Summer crunch salad
The crunchiness of green beans works particularly well in this salad
Butter bean & chilli tomato salad
Superhealthy, counts as 2 of 5-a-day
Healthy Lunch Recipes That Take 10 Minutes (or Less!)
Successfully making a quick and healthy lunch that doesn’t come out of a greasy takeout bag is all about thinking ahead. If you keep healthy proteins in the fridge, like a rotisserie chicken, your favorite cheeses, eggs, and low-sodium lunch meats, the options for a meal you can whip up in no time are pretty endless.
Although, it’s also important to stock your pantry with other ingredients that lend themselves to a fast midday meal. You’ll need canned beans, quick-cooking rice, and your favorite spices. In the freezer, stock your favorite frozen veggie combos and some specialty items like frozen udon noodles. This way, you’ll have everything you need to throw together all of these quick healthy lunch recipes.
Open-Face Hot Ham and Cheese with Chipotle Mayo
Skip the fast-food McGriddle that’s grease-filled and loaded with processed ingredients. Instead, make a quick sammie with one sunny-side-up egg, two pieces of all-natural bacon (or ham), and a slice of cheese. Leave off the top of the sandwich to cut back on the starchy carbs and keep you away from that overstuffed feeling.
Microwave Mug Cheese and Broccoli Rice Bowl
Quick-cooking rice is the key to this warming meal. Everything cooks right in a bowl in the microwave, making this one of the easiest meals ever. Toss in some rotisserie chicken for a little bit more protein.
Piling fresh veggies, low-sodium cold cuts, and little cubes of cheese on skewers just seems more fun than a salad or sandwich, doesn’t it? Dip these babies in a low-fat dressing of choice and enjoy!
Gnocchi With Peas and Prosciutto
Here, we take the classic Italian pasta pairing of peas and prosciutto, replace the noodles with dumplings, and throw in plenty of asparagus to round out the creation.
Asparagus Salad With a Fried Egg and Prosciutto
This can be a warm-up to dinner (especially if you have guests over), or a light meal on its own. Better yet, double the recipe and freeze some for a busy week. Enjoy!
Mexican Hot Dogs
Hot dogs normally arouse the scorn of nutritionists and health-conscious eaters alike, but don’t be so quick to dismiss the humble wiener. Yes, more often than not the ones you buy from a cart contain questionably nondescript insides, but there is another way! In the best circumstances, hot dogs are perfectly portioned, protein-packed vessels set to play host to a barrage of healthy, boldly flavored toppings.
Veggie Omelet In a Mug
Who would’ve thought that a delicious breakfast can be made in just minutes with the help of a mug? Combine two eggs, diced bell pepper, tomato, spinach and spices into a greased mug and microwave for about two minutes. You’ll get a hearty protein-filled breakfast that will keep you energized and ready to take on the day in just an instant!
Chicken Taco Mason Jar Salads
Put these tasty protein-packed salads together in the morning and then just shake and pour out onto a plate come lunchtime.
Salads are the king of quick lunches and can be filling if you plan them out correctly. This bright arugula salad is packed with tomatoes, avocado, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese for a satisfying and healthy mid-day break.
Rotisserie Chicken Tacos
It’s taco time! In less than 10 minutes, you can throw together a Mexican-style raw taco by loading up a whole grain taco shell with salsa, shredded rotisserie chicken, avocado, and cilantro. Give it a squeeze of lime or lemon juice for that added tanginess.
Microwave Mug Pizza
These super-simple individual pizzas are a breeze to make. You can customize them any way you want with your favorite toppings.
High-Protein Black Bean Avocado Tuna Salad Sandwiches
Mashed avocado takes the place of mayo in these crazy healthy sandwiches. Black beans, cilantro, tomato, and goat cheese make these the most un-boring tuna sandwiches you’ve ever had.
Smashed Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich with Cranberries + Lemon
If you’re not a fan of tuna or you’re looking for a vegan sandwich recipe, try this one with mashed chickpeas, avocado, cranberries, and lemon. Full of fiber and flavor, this is one quick lunch that you’ll want on repeat.
Layer your favorite sandwich toppings and roll up these flatbreads for a quick and easy lunch that looks as good as it tastes. Bonus: the kids will love these too.
Cherry Jam, Turkey & Spicy Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Sure you could toss together a simple grilled cheese in a few minutes, but this one will send your taste buds into overdrive. It strikes the perfect balance between sweet, savory, and spicy. If you don’t have cherry jam, use what you have and play around with the flavors.
10-Minute Beef Teriyaki Skillet
Really good teriyaki sauce and a good dose of garlic, ginger, and onion is the key to this sweet and tasty meal. Add some quick-cooking rice and a bag of frozen broccoli and you’ll have a completely balanced meal in 10 minutes.
Cheesy Crispy Quesadillas
Cheese doesn’t always have to be on the list of diet no-nos. As long as cheese is consumed in moderation it can make a healthy lunch much easier. Fill a whole wheat or sprouted tortilla with provolone or mozzarella which both easily get a day’s worth of calcium per serving. You can use a stove, microwave, or panini press to make this dish, all in under ten!
Quesadillas are a quick-cooking lunch or snack, but why not kick them up by making them pizza-flavored? Mozzarella, marinara sauce, and your favorite toppings combine into the crispy, cheesy lunch. Add a salad on the side and you’re good to go.
If you’re not already avocado obsessed, this lunch will change that! Split an avocado in half, take out the pit and spoon out a small amount of the avo (obviously eat that). You can stuff it with anything from tomatoes and mozzarella with balsamic drizzle to quick brown rice with beans and salsa. Or try our recipe with crab!
Smoked Salmon Sandwich
Wild salmon is a nutritional powerhouse with metabolism-boosting omega-3 fatty acids that can actually help burn calories. Throw together this quick meal in minutes with this New York bagel-inspired meal.
Sweet and Spicy Asian Tofu
If you’re working from home, don’t discount the stir fry as an amazing lunchtime option. The secret to a quick stir fry is to buy a package of assorted stir-fry vegetables so that you only have to do a minimal amount of chopping.
Avocado Toast with Asparagus and White Beans
If you’re only eating avocado toast in the morning, you’re missing out on a perfect quick lunch. White beans and quickly microwaved asparagus make this a very healthy, balanced lunch in just 10 minutes.
Spicy Cashew Butter Udon Noodles
Frozen udon noodles are the secret to this perfect quick dish. A quick bath in boiling water thaws the noodles which are then tossed with almond butter that’s been flavored with soy sauce, vinegar, sambal, sesame oil, garlic, and fish sauce. You can even throw in a bag of microwaved broccoli for a little more of a fiber punch.
Mexican Chopped Salad
Avocado, corn, black beans, and red onion are tossed over romaine lettuce for this fiber-filled salad. A quick dressing of sour cream, scallions, lime juice, red pepper, honey, and olive oil turn lunch into a party for your mout