Very Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas

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If you want to eat a very easy healthy lunch and you want ideas for easy (very easy) healthy lunches then you’ve come to the right place. So what are very easy healthy lunch ideas? These are quick, super easy and the best part is that they shouldn’t take up too much of your time. It’s worth saying that if you have time to make things like stuffed peppers then go ahead. But if you’re running low on time (I know I am!) then this post has some great suggestions for eating a healthy lunch without taking ages.

Very Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas

It Doesn’t Have to Feel Like a Chore

Vegetarian Bean and Rice Burrito
 

Lunch doesn’t have to be a chore. Instead of ordering out or eating the same boring salad day after day, mix things up with these quick and easy recipes. They star easy-to-find ingredients and many make good use of leftover beans, rice, meat, or bread. Far from boring, these dishes are worth looking forward to without taking up too much time.

Egg Roll in a Bowl

egg roll in a bowl

Egg roll in a bowl has all of the flavors and textures of the classic takeout egg roll without the carbs and hassle of a wrapper. Ditching the deep frying makes it healthier but still fun to eat. Using a coleslaw mix makes it extra quick.

Classic Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Chicken salad sandwich

Chicken salad is a delicious way to use up leftover roasted or poached chicken. If you’re using leftover meat, you’ll be able to whip up this lunch in about 10 minutes flat. It’s easy to scale this recipe up or down and add your favorite flavors like fresh herbs, diced apple, walnuts, or grapes.

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

A delicious combination of fresh tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, crisp bread, and flavorful vinaigrette, panzanella salad is a lunchtime treat. It’s a great use of bread that’s a day or two old, especially if it’s French bread or sourdough. Add cubed mozzarella if you like.

Vegan Hummus Avocado Wrap

Vegan avocado wrap

Use any extra tortillas to make a lightning-fast hummus avocado wrap. If you start with a flavorful hummus, all you need is some fresh veggies like tomato, avocado, and sprouts or lettuce and you’ve got a tasty meal. If you’re not vegan and would like more protein, add feta cheese or sliced turkey.

Cemita, a Pueblan Style Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwich

Cemita Mexican pulled pork sandwich recipe

Put leftover pulled pork to good use by making a Mexican cemita (sandwich). If you can’t get your hands on cemita rolls, hamburger or brioche buns will work as well. The chipotle peppers and adobo sauce add lots of flavor to this filling sandwich.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Quinoa Salad

Quinoa salad

Quinoa salad takes no time to make and tastes great leftover, too. Use your favorite veggies for this recipe, and you can add black or kidney beans for extra protein. The endless variations make this recipe a lunch staple.

Black Bean and Rice Salad

Rice and Black Bean Salad

It only takes a few moments to cook white rice, chop the veggies, and combine everything in a bowl for this black bean and rice salad. You can also use leftover rice from the night before to save even more time. Try adding corn kernels or diced avocado.

Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Sandwich

Turkey cranberry brie sandwich recipe

Go above and beyond the typical turkey sandwich with creamy brie, sweet and sour cranberry, and fresh spinach. If you don’t have thanksgiving leftovers, don’t fret. Good turkey and good bread are the basis of this lunch and there’s no reason it can’t be enjoyed year-round.

Garden Pasta Salad With Rotini

Garden pasta salad with rotini

Pasta salads can be a little blah, but this garden rotini salad adds pesto and olives to the mix for big flavor. Fresh veggies add nutrition and flavor and can be swapped for whatever you have available. Scale it up or down—it still tastes great after a day or two.

Vegetarian Bean and Rice Burrito

Vegetarian Bean and Rice Burrito

Fresh or leftover beans (black, pinto, or kidney beans work here) and rice come together to make a simple but tasty lunch. The beans are flavored with spices, garlic, and hot sauce while the rice gets a dressing of lime juice and cilantro. Add additional fillings to the burrito if you like and serve with salsa.

Toasted Pita Bowl Salad

Pita Bowl Salad

Za’atar adds savory, herby flavor to the chickpeas and vinaigrette in this vegetarian toasted pita bowl salad. Since the pita is toasted to make an edible bowl, leftover or defrosted frozen pita works well. Roast a bunch of chickpeas at once for future lunches and as a tasty snack.

Grilled Chicken and Mozzarella Panini

Grilled Chicken and Mozzarella Panini Recipe

Paninis are a nice way to level up a plain old sandwich. Use leftover grilled or roasted chicken breasts to save time and effort. It will get warmed and juicy again in the panini press along with melty cheese and sliced tomato. If you don’t have a grill press, set a heavy cast-iron pan on top of the chicken panini to press.

Quick and Easy Canned Tuna Fish Tacos

Quick tuna taco recipe

Mix up a quick sauce, briefly heat the tuna in a pan, and crisp the taco shells and boom: you’ve got lunch. Tuna fish tacos are a nice change of pace from your standard tuna salad, and they take only minutes to make. You can swap the canned tuna for leftover flaked tuna fish.

 HEALTHY LUNCH IDEAS FOR WORK | SUPER EASY RECIPES

Healthy lunch recipes for the office? Are you kidding me? You mean my living room that desperately needs some cleaning? Yes, that’s exactly what I mean. These are some easy and healthy lunch ideas for work, whether you work from home or actually go somewhere. If you’re trying to lose weight, great. If you’re not trying to lose weight – also great. These are some healthy recipes that are delicious, nutrient-dense and don’t have too many calories, but will fill you up! These easy lunch recipes include healthy lunch bowls, soups, tasty quesadillas and even a garlic grilled cheese sandwich, because why not eat garlic at every meal? After a year like 2020, we all know life’s pretty unpredictable, why not have the things you want. Also, nobody will know with that mask on.

1. SHREDDED CHICKEN BOWLS

Looking for some new healthy dinner ideas to help you eat clean and reach your health and fitness goals? Try these healthy shredded chicken bowls recipe - it’s spicy, delicious, easy to make, gluten free paleo and low carb! Filled with shredded chicken, roasted vegetables and a fresh salad, most of the things for this low carb dinner recipe you can meal prep for the week ahead.

This recipe is fresh, flavorful and low carb, but in a very healthy way. With some roasted vegetables, cooked shredded chicken and a salad this lunch bowl is satisfying and easy to meal prep. Recipe here.

2. GARLIC AVOCADO GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH

Avocado Garlic Grilled Cheese Sandwich! Serve with a salad for an easy healthy dinner or lunch!

Use wholegrain bread to make this more nourishing, or if you’re gluten-free/low carb/paleo – use the type of bread that works for you! This recipe is super easy and it’s super tasty – I had it for dinner recently with my tomato cucumber salad and it was perfect. Recipe here.

3. COCONUT CURRY SHRIMP SOUP

Easy healthy lunch ideas: shrimp soup recipe

It’s getting colder and there’s nothing better than warming up with some soup! This one is a spicy, fresh and flavorful coconut curry shrimp soup. It’s low carb and it’s light and just perfect for lunch. I love it with lemon grass in there, but if you don’t have lemon grass, you can also use lime leaves. Love those too! Recipe here.

4. MEDITERRANEAN SALMON SALAD

salmMediterranean salmon salad recipe! This veggie-packed healthy salad recipe is the perfect summer dinner idea. Filled with a ton of roasted and fresh vegetables, pan-seared salmon and some feta cheese, this easy low carb recipe is full of flavor, antioxidants and it's just delicious. Also easy to meal prep for the week!

If you love salmon and the Mediterranean diet, you’ll love this delicious healthy salmon recipe. The ingredients include salmon (I just cooked mine in the air fryer), feta cheese, arugula and roasted peppers. To speed things up, you can definitely make the salmon and the roasted vegetables ahead, as well as wash and chop the fresh vegetables. Recipe here.

5. 15-MINUTE QUINOA WITH CHICKEN

Super easy quinoa with chicken recipe - healthy lunch idea for work!

If you’re like me and cook a bunch of things ahead like quinoa and chicken, you’ll be able to whip this super tasty dish for lunch (or dinner) in no time. Don’t worry if you don’t have quinoa or kale or any of the ingredients – use what you have. For example rice would work instead of quinoa, spinach would work instead of kale, you get the point – empty the fridge and make something delicious using simple ingredients! Recipe here.

6. THE 5-MINUTE MEDITERRANEAN BOWL

5-Minute Mediterranean Bowl! Try this healthy lunch meal prep recipe - you prep everything and keep all parts in separate containers in the fridge (except salad - it takes a minute). Arranging this beautiful & easy healthy bowl with quinoa & hummus takes around 5-minutes! It's vegan & gluten-free!

This is one of my most popular recipes and no wonder – it happens to be one of my go to recipes. It’s super easy, quick and full of flavor! Great for meal prep too if you want to make everything from scratch. If you’re short on time – you can buy all the individual parts and use cherry tomatoes and a chopped cucumber instead of salad. Recipe here.

7. 10-MINUTE CHICKEN QUESADILLA WITH FETA CHEESE

Easy Chicken Quesadilla With Feta Cheese - easy healthy lunch recipes

If you’ve got some cooked chicken, feta cheese and vegetables you can easily make this tasty quesadilla recipe in 10 minutes. You’ll put all of the ingredients in a bowl, mash them together, spread over a tortilla, fold in half and toast in a pan. Use whole grain tortillas (or tortillas that fit your diet). I usually love pairing this kind of sandwiches or quesadillas with something fresh. Usually I make a quick salad and it keeps me full until dinner. The recipe is here.

8. LOW CARB TASTY AVOCADO CHICKEN SALAD

Healthy lunch ideas: avocado chicken salad recipe

This is a super tasty and easy avocado chicken salad and it is one of my favorite chicken salad recipes. It’s super flavorful, fresh and filling. Recipe here.

Healthy lunch recipes

From vibrant salads and hearty soups, to veg-packed wraps, we’ve got plenty of healthy lunch ideas to keep your midday meal on the right track.

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  • A bowl serving salmon and Thai noodle salad with chopsticks alongside

    Fresh salmon with Thai noodle salad

    Ideal for a quick midweek meal, whip up this nutritious salmon and noodle salad in just 20 minutes. The balance of protein and carbs make it super satisfying

  • Roasted cauli-broc bowl with tahini hummus 2016

    Roasted cauli-broc bowl with tahini hummus

    A simple quinoa bowl you can put together in 10 minutes and enjoy al-desko. It’s vegan, healthy and gluten-free

  • Penne pasta with avocado on plate

    Tomato penne with avocado

    Get all five of your 5-a-day in this mildly spiced, healthy pasta dish. It’s rich in iron, fibre and vitamin C as well as being low-fat and low-calorie

  • Salad bowl with chicken and hummus

    Quick chicken hummus bowl

    Make our healthy chicken and hummus salad bowl for a delicious budget lunch option. It can be thrown together in just 10 minutes and delivers three of your 5-a-day

  • Lime prawn cocktail pitta salad served in tupperware

    Lime prawn cocktail pitta salad

    Make this speedy lime prawn cocktail salad as a filling lunch that packs a flavour-punch. It’s tasty, healthy and low in calories

  • Smoky tomato, chipotle & charred corn soup in three bowls

    Smoky tomato, chipotle & charred corn soup

    Dig out the chipotle paste and make this punchy smoky tomato, chipotle and charred sweetcorn soup. An easy midweek meal, you can freeze any leftovers

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    Spinach falafel & hummus bowl

    Make this easy vegan salad bowl, with homemade spinach falafels and hummus served alongside pitta and salad. It’s packed with nutrients for a healthy supper

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