5 Lunch Ideas To Take To Work

It’s tough to resist the lure of takeout when you’re on a tight schedule. But eating healthy at work doesn’t have to eat up your spare time. Check out these delicious, 5 lunch ideas to take to work.

Lunch Ideas to Take to Work – 1. Chickpea Salad Sandwich

If you’re trying to eat healthier, this vegan version of a chicken salad sandwich is high in protein, and quick to fix, but full of delicious, rich flavors, with the honey, the spice, and the fresh dill.

Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 15 ounce can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tbsp of tahini
  • 1/4 tsp of spicy mustard
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • ¼ cup of chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp of fresh dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add chickpeas to a large mixing bowl. Mash with a fork, and add tahini, mustard, maple syrup, onion, and dill. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper
  • Spread thickly onto your bread, and add your favorite sandwich toppings. We love spinach, tomato, and garlic butter!

Lunch Ideas to Take to Work – 2. Pasta Salad With Goat Cheese and Arugula

Another great high-protein salad that’s quick and portable, with delicious arugula, red peppers, and creamy goat cheese.

Pasta Salad With Goat Cheese and Arugula

Ingredients

  • Half a box of whole wheat bow tie noodles
  • 1 cup of arugula
  • 4 oz of crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 cup of roasted red peppers
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes
  • A drizzle of olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta
  • Drain the pasta and pour into a serving bowl
  • Chop all the veggies together and add tomatoes and roasted peppers to the pasta
  • Pour in goats cheese, and drizzle with olive oil
  • Add in lemon juice
  • Add arugula and toss. Season with salt and pepper

Lunch Ideas to Take to Work – 3. Miso Sweet Potato Bowl

This sweet potato bowl might take a bit to cook up, but it’s a great choice when you’re meals prepping since you can put it together the night before!

Miso Sweet Potato Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of dried rice
  • 1 ½ lbs of sweet potatoes
  • 1 lb of broccoli
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp of minced fresh ginger
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp of mild white miso
  • 2 tbsp of tahini
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • ¼ cup of rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 400 F
  • Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 10inch cubes. Cut broccoli into small florets
  • Coat a cooking tray with olive oil and add a single layer of sweet potatoes. Season with salt and pepper and pop in the oven for 20 minutes
  • Pull out the sweet potatoes, and add the broccoli. Roast for another 20 minutes
  • Toast sesame seeds until fragrant. You can use a skillet on the stovetop, or in the oven. Let them cool
  • Combine ginger, garlic, miso, tahini, honey sesame oil, rice vinegar, and olive oil into a blender. Run until smooth.
  • Scoop some rice into your bowl. Pile on the roasted veggies. Coat with the dressing, and finish with toasted sesame seed.

Lunch Ideas to Take to Work – 4. Caprese Salad

Caprese salad is a simple, classic, Italian dish that takes only minutes and very few ingredients. The added quinoa makes this a filling lunch bowl for work.

Caprese Salad

Ingredients

  • ¾ cups of quinoa
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • 1 ball of mozzarella, diced
  • Olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste

Instructions

  • Cook quinoa according to package directions
  • Heat the oven to 425 F. Toss the chicken with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and bake until cooked through
  • Cool chicken completely, and then cut into cubes
  • Portion everything into your meal bowls – ½ cup chicken breast, ½ cup quinoa, mozzarella, sliced cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves.

Lunch Ideas to Take to Work – 5. Green Chickpea Salad

Chickpeas make a great staple for a healthy lunch. For this salad bowl, you can pack in the vitamins by going green, and give yourself energy to power through the rest of your workday, with pesto, spinach and more!

lunch ideas to take to work

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of pesto
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1/3 lb of asparagus, ends removed
  • 19 oz of chickpeas
  • 2 cups of chopped spinach
  • 1 cup of green peas
  • 6 sliced radishes

Instructions

  • Mix pesto, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper together.
  • Steam asparagus until tender, and pat dry with a paper towel. Add asparagus to a large bowl.
  • Add in pesto mixture, chickpeas, spinach, and green peas. Top with radishes and toss.
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Making healthy food choices means making it more convenient. When it comes to work lunch, takeout is the obvious choice. But it doesn’t have to be. With these easy, portable work lunch, you can get all the taste of fast food, and save your waist and your wallet.

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