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16 Make-Ahead Lunch Recipes That Are Perfect For Bringing To Work

No more sad desk lunches.

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Weekdays are hectic, and lunches can be a sad afterthought — but if you plan ahead and meal prep beforehand, they don't have to be!


So here are 16 meal prep-friendly recipes you can make on Sunday and bring to work during the week:

1. Sheet Pan Cashew Chicken

This sweet and savory cashew chicken is perfect for serving over rice, noodles, or even zoodles. Get the recipe here.

2. Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs

These sweet and spicy meatballs are made with lean turkey and go with just about anything. Get the recipe here.

3. One-Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies

Cook all your veggies and meat on one sheet pan, then just serve it over rice, quinoa, or any other grain for a simple lunch that has practically no cleanup. Get the recipe here.

4. General Tso’s Chickpeas

These chickpeas have all the flavor of your favorite take out dish — minus the meat. Get the recipe here.

5. Honey Lemon Chicken

This lighter version of the take-out classic is made in only 30 minutes and goes with just about any veggie you pair it with. Get the recipe here.

6. Italian Chicken Bowls

This recipe cooks everything you need on one sheet tray except the rice, so cleanup is a breeze. Get the recipe here.

7. Taco Salad Bowls

These bowls are packed with lettuce, ground beef, cheese, black beans, corn, and salsa to make your lunch break a little more exciting. Get the recipe here.

8. Turkey Taco Bowls

Or, if you're not into red meat, this recipe swaps ground beef for ground turkey to lighten it up without sacrificing the taste. Get the recipe here.

9. One-Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies

This recipe is all about the easy two-ingredient balsamic glaze. It gives the chicken a ton of flavor and a beautiful caramel color. Get the recipe here.

10. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

This simple chickpea salad only takes 15 minutes to make and can be split into multiple meals — served by itself or with pita, grains, or whatever else you might be craving. Get the recipe here.

11. Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli

This simple stir-fry comes together in less than 30 minutes and is the perfect thing to pack for work. Get the recipe here.

12. Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

You can make this big batch of filling once and eat it multiple times throughout the week — and feel free to switch things up and serve it over grains instead of lettuce. Get the recipe here.

13. Spicy Spaghetti Squash Noodles

If you've never had spaghetti squash before, this recipe is the perfect place to start. It has a similar texture to spaghetti so you'll feel like you're indulging even though you're not. Get the recipe here.

14. Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs

These chicken meatballs with a flavorful coconut curry sauce are the perfect big-batch protein for pairing with all kinds of things like rice, veggies, and quinoa. Get the recipe here.

15. Enchilada Power Bowls With Spicy Tofu

This enchilada bowl is topped with marinated tofu, but feel free to swap in your preferred protein to customize it to your liking. Get the recipe here.

16. Chickpea Shawarma Sandwich

All you have to do is pack the chickpea filling with pitas and fresh veggies for the perfect vegetarian lunch. Get the recipe here.

Let's get cooking!