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19 Packable Lunches With Five Ingredients Or Fewer

Pack these up for school or work.

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Whether you're making lunch for work or for your kid's lunch box, it can feel like a real hassle. But packing a homemade lunch doesn't have to be difficult. Here are some affordable and easy recipes, all of which are made with five ingredients or fewer.

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1. Pesto Pasta Salad

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This easy pasta salad is a perfect meal prep recipe. Just leave the pesto on the side until you're ready to eat so the arugula doesn't get soggy. Get the recipe.

2. White Bean and Vegetable Soup

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Turn canned cannellini beans, bacon, and whatever veggies you have on hand into this satisfying soup. Get the recipe.

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3. Chickpea, Avocado, and Feta Salad

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Thanks to protein-packed chickpeas and avocado, this seemingly simple salad will fill you right up. Get the recipe.

4. Chicken Guacamole Taquitos

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Make the chicken filling at the beginning of the week and keep the tortillas separate. When you need lunch in a hurry, just roll up your taquitos and pop them in the microwave. Get the recipe.

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5. Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

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The base of this vegetarian soup is made with onion, sweet potatoes, salsa, black beans, and vegetable stock. You can dress it up with whatever is in your kitchen like avocado or tortilla chips. Get the recipe.

6. Chicken Club Lettuce Wraps

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These lettuce wraps are perfect for a low-carb lunch, or grab two slices of bread and turn it into a sandwich. Get the recipe.

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7. Healthy Chicken Salad

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Turn leftover or rotisserie chicken into a delicious chicken salad with the help of walnuts, dried cherries, celery, and mayonnaise or Greek yogurt. Get the recipe.

8. Egg White Frittata

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Frittatas are a great way to use up whatever veggies are left in your fridge. Plus, you can make a bunch and freeze the individual slices for an easy lunch on the go. Get the recipe.

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9. Pasta Parmesan Soup

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This comforting pasta in a cheesy broth will bring you back to your childhood days. Get the recipe.

10. Sweet Potato, Spinach, and Kale Salad

Two Raspberries / Via tworaspberries.com

Sometimes the best salads are made from simple ingredients. Take this recipe made with roasted sweet potatoes, quinoa, and spinach, topped in a simple dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Get the recipe.

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11. Cilantro Lime Chicken and Brown Rice Bowls

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Make a big skillet of this Mexican-inspired chicken and rice on Sunday. You'll have lunch prepared for the rest of the week, and you can always jazz the bowls up with more vegetables. Get the recipe.

12. Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

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This cauliflower soup is delicious on its own, but you can always add some crumbled bacon, croutons, or pesto on top to take things to the next level. Get the recipe.

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13. Blistered Tomato Pasta

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Simply cook your favorite kind of pasta and toss it with cherry tomatoes, which are sautéed with olive oil, butter, and garlic. It's that easy. Get the recipe.

14. Chicken Caesar Pita Wraps

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Can't choose between a sandwich and salad? Luckily, you don't have to. Get the recipe.

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15. Tomato Soup

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Before you crack open a can of tomato soup, make this version from scratch. All you need are whole plum tomatoes, butter, garlic, chicken stock, and basil. You won't believe such an easy recipe can be so tasty. Get the recipe.

16. Kale and Quinoa Bowl

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Get creative and add your favorite ingredients to this hearty kale and quinoa base. Throw in some grilled chicken, shrimp, or avocado for extra protein. Get the recipe.

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17. Sheet Pan Shrimp with Cherry Tomatoes and Asparagus

Primavera Kitchen / Via primaverakitchen.com

Toss asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and shrimp in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cook everything on a single sheet pan, and voilà: Lunch for days. Get the recipe.

18. Vegetarian Fried Rice

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Start with rice and whatever vegetables are in your fridge. Add a scrambled egg or two and toss everything in soy sauce. Get the recipe.

19. Pesto Chicken Soup

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A generous dollop of pesto is all you need to give traditional chicken soup an exciting flavor boost. Get the recipe.

Looking for more easy cooking inspiration? Check out these posts:

* 18 Practical Five-Ingredient Dinner Ideas

* 18 Quick Dinners You Can Actually Make After Work

* 17 Packable Lunch Ideas That'll Actually Fill You Up

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