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17 Low-Carb Lunch Ideas Perfect For Bringing To Work

Meal preppers, rejoice!

For people trying to cut back on carbs, finding make-ahead recipes you can pack for lunch can be a challenge.

So we rounded up several low-carb work lunches you can prep the night before — from crunchy lettuce wraps to flavorful peanut chicken.

1. Meal Prep Pesto Chicken & Veggies

Meal Prep Pesto Chicken & Veggies

Never underestimate how useful a jar of store-bought pesto can be in tying a full meal together.

Get the recipeMeal Prep Pesto Chicken & Veggies

2. Cucumber, Tomato, and Avocado Salad

Cucumber, Tomato, and Avocado Salad
tasty.co

Simply seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, this could not be easier to put together.

Get the recipe: Cucumber, Tomato, and Avocado Salad

3. Salmon & Veggies Meal Prep Packs

Salmon prep packs
tasty.co

Ditch the brown rice and double up on the veggies to make these prep packs low carb.

Get the recipeSalmon & Veggies Meal Prep Packs

4. Egg Roll in a Bowl

sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Everything you love about takeout egg rolls in a light and refreshing lunch that is part salad, part stir-fry.

Get the recipe: Egg Roll in a Bowl

5. Greek Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

Via wholesomeyum.com

This recipe cooks the chicken with zucchini, tomatoes, and onions — but you can use pretty much any veggies you have on hand. Broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts would all work wonderfully.

Get the recipe: Greek Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

6. Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet

Via therecipecritic.com

Pack this Cajun-style shrimp and vegetables with cauliflower rice or veggie noodles for a filling, low-carb lunch.

Get the recipe: Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet

7. Grilled Chicken Veggie Bowls

Via picky-palate.com

Grilled chicken plus veggies equals the perfect go-to lunch for meal preppers.

Get the recipe: Grilled Chicken Veggie Bowls

8. Chicken and Avocado Salad With Lime and Cilantro

Via kalynskitchen.com

Pack this chicken salad with low-carb bread, veggies, or all by itself for a filling lunch that doesn't need reheating.

Get the recipe: Chicken and Avocado Salad With Lime and Cilantro

9. Satay Beef Meal Prep

Via sweetpeasandsaffron.com

This recipe is a cinch to throw together, and totally make-ahead friendly — but the beef needs to marinate for at least 30 minutes, so plan accordingly.

Get the recipe: Satay Beef Meal Prep

10. Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles

Via sallysbakingaddiction.com

Pro tip: For the best texture, be sure to cook the zucchini noodles just until tender. Overcooking them will make the stir-fry soggy and wet.

Get the recipe: Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles

11. Garlic Butter Steak Bites With Zucchini Noodles Meal Prep

Via kirbiecravings.com

Because garlic butter makes everything better.

Get the recipe: Garlic Butter Steak Bites With Zucchini Noodles Meal Prep

12. Asian Glazed Meatballs With Zucchini Noodles Meal Prep

Via kirbiecravings.com

Feel free to make a big batch of these meatballs on Sunday and stash them in the freezer. This way, you can cook them off throughout the week without having to worry that they'll go bad.

Get the recipe: Asian Glazed Meatballs With Zucchini Noodles Meal Prep

13. Cauliflower Broccoli Ham Salad

Via eatwell101.com

This salad gets tossed in a homemade garlicky vinaigrette made with just four ingredients, but you can use your favorite store-bought dressing instead to save yourself some time.

Get the recipe: Cauliflower Broccoli Ham Salad

14. Ground Chicken Thai Lettuce Wraps

Via evolvingtable.com

Be sure to pack the lettuce and filling separately so it doesn't get soggy. This way, when it comes time to eat, you just assemble the wraps right at your desk.

Get the recipe: Ground Chicken Thai Lettuce Wraps

15. Fish Taco Bowls

Via insidebrucrewlife.com

Everything you love about fish tacos — only without the tortillas and served on top of a bowl of tender cauliflower rice.

Get the recipe: Fish Taco Bowls

16. Meal Prep Taco Salad Lunch Bowls

Via kristineskitchenblog.com

Feel free to use ground chicken or turkey in place of beef if red meat isn't your favorite.

Get the recipe: Meal Prep Taco Salad Lunch Bowls

17. Garlic Butter Chicken Meatballs With Cauliflower Rice

Via eatwell101.com

A simple protein-packed lunch that'll keep you full until dinner.

Get the recipe: Garlic Butter Chicken Meatballs With Cauliflower Rice