Email Link SMS X Search Clock Right Arrow Caret down Caret up Caret left Caret right Thumbs up Speech Audio on Replay Plus Minus

16 Packable Work Lunches That'll Actually Fill You Up

No more sad desk lunches!

Brooke Greenberg / BuzzFeed

Packing your own lunch is a great way to save money, but finding make-ahead recipes that'll actually keep you full can be a challenge.

So we rounded up 16 of our favorite make-ahead work lunches that are packed with protein — from refreshing sesame noodle bowls to garlicky chicken meatballs — to keep you full all day long.

Advertisement

Advertisement

1. Garlic Butter Chicken Meatballs With Cauliflower Rice

eatwell101.com

These garlicky meatballs are served over a a bed of tender cauliflower rice, but you could serve them with regular short-grain rice as well.

Get the recipe: Garlic Butter Chicken Meatballs With Cauliflower Rice

2. Salmon and Asparagus in Garlic Lemon Butter

eatwell101.com

This simple lemony salmon is gluten-free, low-carb, and made in less than 15 minutes — the perfect make-ahead recipe for busy workweeks.

Get the recipe: Salmon and Asparagus in Garlic Lemon Butter

Advertisement

Advertisement

3. Sesame Noodle Bowls

pinchofyum.com

Pro tip: For added protein, swap out the linguine for soba noodles which have six grams of protein per cup.

Get the recipe: Sesame Noodle Bowls

4. Chickpea and Black Bean Salad

ambitiouskitchen.com

Serve this simple bean salad with crusty bread, dressed greens, or soft-boiled eggs for a quick lunch that's packed with plant-based protein.

Get the recipe: Chickpea and Black Bean Salad

Advertisement

Advertisement

5. Smoky Chicken With Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

budgetbytes.com

A generous amount of smoked paprika (also called pimentón, sweet paprika, or Spanish paprika) gives this chicken a wonderful smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the potatoes.

Get the recipe: Smoky Chicken With Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

6. Taco Salad Lunch Bowls

Feel free to use ground turkey, chicken, or pork instead of ground beef if red meat isn't your favorite.

Get the recipe: Taco Salad Lunch Bowls

Advertisement

Advertisement

7. Italian Chicken Wrap

Pro tip: When assembling the wraps, place the sliced cheese down first to prevent the wraps from getting soggy.

Get the recipe: Italian Chicken Wrap

8. Italian Orzo Tuna Salad

A simple homemade vinaigrette made with olive oil, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard replaces the heavy mayo-based dressing used in most tuna salads.

Get the recipe: Italian Orzo Tuna Salad

Advertisement

Advertisement

9. Avocado Chicken Salad

gimmedelicious.com

Feel free to use a store-bought rotisserie chicken to make preparing this simple avocado salad a breeze. Pack it with pita, sliced bread, or wholewheat wraps for a quick make-ahead lunch.

Get the recipe: Avocado Chicken Salad

10. Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Prep a big batch of the turkey on Sunday and eat it all throughout the week — just make sure to pack the lettuce leaves separately so they don't get soggy.

Get the recipe: Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Advertisement

Advertisement

11. One-Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies

Just throw everything onto one tray, let it roast, and serve on top of rice, pasta, or fresh greens for the easiest work lunch ever.

Get the recipe: One-Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies

12. Steak Cobb Salad

damndelicious.net

The perfect hearty salad to help you power through the work day.

Get the recipe: Steak Cobb Salad

Advertisement

Advertisement

13. Honey Sesame Chicken Lunch Bowls

sweetpeasandsaffron.com

This recipe serves the chicken with stir-fried broccoli and asparagus, but you can use just about any vegetable you have on hand. Bell peppers, mushrooms, and cauliflower would all make great alternatives.

Get the recipe: Honey Sesame Chicken Lunch Bowls

14. Greek Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

40aprons.com

Greek chicken + tabbouleh + tzatziki = the complete opposite of a #SadDeskLunch.

Get the recipe: Greek Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

Advertisement

Advertisement

15. Sriracha Chickpea Salad Wraps

budgetbytes.com

Feel free to dial back the amount of Sriracha used in this recipe if spicy food isn't your favorite.

Get the recipe: Sriracha Chickpea Salad Wraps

16. Pineapple BBQ Tofu Bowls

sweetpeasandsaffron.com

If you don't have an outdoor grill, a grill pan heated over a medium flame will do just the trick.

Get the recipe: Pineapple BBQ Tofu Bowls

Looking for more recipe inspiration? Check out these posts:

17 Packable Lunch Ideas That'll Actually Fill You Up

15 Five-Ingredient Lunches You Can Pack For Work Or School

20 Packable Lunch Ideas For People Avoiding Carbs

Advertisement

Advertisement

TRENDING RECIPES

Advertisement

Advertisement

LATEST TASTY GUIDES

16 Instant Pot Dinners You Can Make In Less Than 30 Minutes
14 Fall Comfort Food Recipes Without Meat Or Dairy
20 Ridiculously Easy Soup Recipes You Should Make This Fall

Advertisement

Advertisement

19 Useful Cooking Hacks You Should Always Remember
14 Lazy Dinner Recipes Made With Three Ingredients Or Less
14 Wholesome Dinners Made With Only Five Ingredients

Advertisement

Advertisement

The 20 Easiest Crock Pot Chicken Dinners We Know
18 Instant Pot Pastas That Pretty Much Make Themselves
16 Ways To Turn Eggs Into A Delicious Rent-Week Dinner

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Share on Pinterest Share on Pinterest Pinterest Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Email Share on Email More More