If you’re reading this while sitting at your desk eating the same boring sandwich you bring to work every day, we have news for you: Lunch doesn’t have to lame. It can actually be a healthy mid-day pick-me-up packed with the protein, veggies, and the essential nutrients you need to power through.
We’ve rounded up a few mouthwatering options you can make ahead and pack away in some chic Tupperware for later. Just grab your favorite pot and get cooking—these simple recipes only require one pot or pan, so there’s minimal cleanup involved.
Just what exactly makes this one-pan creation healthy? The lean, turkey sausage for one, the generous array of side vegetables another. Seasoned with garlic, paprika, and oregano, this is a lunch recipe you won’t want to miss out on.
Quick and Easy Lo Mein
This vegan lo mein takes just 15 minutes to make and is versatile enough to whip up at or before you get to the office. It’s the ultimate option for meal prep-fans and packed with hearty veggies, a sweet-savory sauce, and crunchy sesame seeds.
Skillet Chicken with Green Beans and Tomatoes
For a low carb, high-protein option that will keep you fueled throughout the day, try this tasty one-skillet recipe that combines tender chicken breast with crisp green beans and bright tomatoes. It’s gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and Whole30-approved, not to mention delicious enough to enjoy for lunch all week.
Quinoa Fried Rice
Gluten-free quinoa is full of minerals including iron, phosphorus, manganese, and more, earmarking it as a healthy alternative to regular rice. Cook up a batch of this loaded dish and savour it throughout the week.
A well-balanced lunch starts with a source of protein and some sort of veggie. Serve this zesty, lemon chicken over a bed of couscous and a side of an onion-artichoke medley.
We’re desperately channeling summer with this savory dish. Old Bay-seasoned, garlic shrimp combines with andouille sausage, corn, and potatoes to form this dynamic sheet pan creation.
This protein-rich recipe comes with a blend of fragrant herbs, fresh spinach, and accented veggies that lend a dynamic flavor element to the dish.
Kicking the week off with a healthy meal begins with a nutrient-rich dish, much like this savory salmon and asparagus blend.
Zucchini slices lend a refreshing element to this taco-seasoned dish that’s perfect for a weekday lunch.
Loaded with chicken, zucchini, and tomatoes, this one-pot creation hits on all the right flavor pairings.
Balsamic vinegar combines with a tangy Italian dressing to create this flavorful blend loaded with a delectable side of roasted vegetables.
This one-pot wonder features no shortage of delicious vegetables, which come together forming a well-balanced plate that’ll surely keep you full for hours.
Say what you will, but as the weather turns towards the warmer side, we find ourselves craving zoodles in lieu of the traditionally carby variety.
This protein-rich meal means you won’t be reaching for that mid-afternoon snack. With no shortage of bold flavors and spices (10, to be exact!), this roasted salmon is cooked atop a bed of chickpeas and spinach and served with a cilantro couscous that’s too good to pass on.
Whip up this creamy, one-pan dish the night before and reheat for lunch the day after. It’s warm, hearty, and entirely delicious!
This story was originally published March 21, 2017. It has been updated with new information.