Twenty Healthy Make Ahead Lunches

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Healthy Make Ahead lunches are exactly what you need to make sure you have a healthy and delicious lunch ready to go. All these recipes can be made ahead and stored for quick and easy meals.

It's time to fill up your fridge with these healthy meal prep lunches! Everything from salads to soups to quesadillas, wraps, grain bowls, and more. These are great lunches to pack for work and school.

Prep these healthy make-ahead lunches on a Sunday and set yourself up for a full week of healthy lunches! Nothing I love more than finding tasty make-ahead lunches that are healthy and easy to prep.

Lunchtime can be hard for many of us, whether you are short on time during the week or you get tempted by dining out with your co-workers. I want to share some really delicious lunches that will please your taste buds and satisfy and fuel your body for the rest of the day. Once you start using these make-ahead lunches, you will never look back.

Healthy Salads and Bowls For Make-Ahead Lunches

Meal Prep Taco Bowls with peppers, onions, and cauliflower rice.

Southwest Turkey BLTA Salad is better than a salad you can order at your favorite take-out restaurant. You have a turkey salad that is filled with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and of course avocado. Topped with a chipotle ranch dressing that is to die for. (567 calories)

Asian Noodle Salad with Broiled Chicken will give you the flavors of a spring roll but in the form of a bowl. Minimal effort is required for such a satisfying dish. The chicken paired with the Asian noodles really taste great even cold, if you don’t have a way to reheat at lunch. (339 calories)

Blackened Chicken Salad has a homemade yogurt dressing that really amps up the flavor. You serve this chicken salad on a lettuce leaf for that crispy effect or eat alone with a side of veggies. Such a simple lunch to prep ahead of time for your work week. (174 calories)

Low Carb Shrimp Sushi Bowl allows you to skip the steps of rolling and get all your delicious flavors of your shrimp sushi but in a bowl form. Prep this the night before you need it, and have the flavors of sushi at lunch the next day! Cauliflower rice, edamame, carrots, a Sriracha sauce, shrimp and more. (357 calories)

Roasted Eggplant and Quinoa Salad, will fill you up with flavors and fuel to get through that 2 pm workday slump. This is a vegetarian lunch idea, but the quinoa and eggplant truly make it such a filling dish. Not to mention the gorgeous presentation value you get with this dish. (350 calories)

Taco Bowls with Cauliflower Rice gives you that Tex-Mex flavor in a bowl form. Skip the high-carb tortillas and eat a taco bowl instead. Taco seasoned meat, tender veggies, served over a bowl of cauliflower rice. Add your favorite taco toppings and devour. (243 calories)

Cranberry Tuna Salad is great to bring low carb tortillas with or even some whole grain bread. Add in some tuna salad that has cranberries throughout for a sweet and savory lunch. (200 calories)

Mexican Chopped Salad with Honey Lime Dressing will wow you on how vibrant and flavorful it is. Fresh avocado, beans, corn, onions, jicama and more, with a homemade honey lime dressing that pulls it all together. (347 calories)

Egg Roll In A Bowl is by far one of my favorites. Cabbage, carrots, ground chicken come together to give you your favorite egg roll but in a bowl form. This dish tastes amazing re-heated and is great for that healthy quick prep lunch. (321 calories)

Wraps and Quesadillas for Make-Ahead Lunches

Make ahead lunch prep of a chicken buffalo quesadilla with cilantro.

Healthy Chicken Quesadillas tend to be a more classic quesadilla flavor pairing. I love making these up for my week ahead, they are full of chicken, beans, tomatoes, corn, and are healthy and finger licking delicious. (313 calories)

Homemade Frozen Burritos are great to make ahead of time, toss in the freezer, and just reheat when you want them. I load ours with meat, veggies, beans and more, so each bite is savory and satisfying. (370 calories)

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas make for a great make-ahead lunch. Cook up your chicken and veggies and then store them in an airtight serving size container. Wrap up your tortillas separate, and then reheat and fix your fajitas at work. (157 calories)

Black Bean and Corn Freezer Quesadillas are one of my favorites. Beans and corn are the perfect fillings for a cheesy and tasty quesadilla. Make a batch and toss them in the freezer, so you can grab and nuke in the microwave when ready to eat. (350 calories)

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas pack a little heat but trust me, they are so worth it. Tame down the heat with some blue cheese dressing or ranch. I use lean ground chicken, veggies, and a buffalo sauce in a crispy flour tortilla. (316 calories)

Healthy Soups for Make-Ahead Lunches

Make ahead healthy taco soup with beans, corn, chicken, and tomatoes.

This Low Carb Beef Chili takes just 30 minutes to make. Get a batch made, then toss into containers, or freeze what you won’t eat, and have meals ready for the week. Simple and quick! (275 calories)

Easy White Chicken Chili is another great soup to make. If you like a little spice then this chicken chili is a great recipe to try. Full of veggies, ground chicken and spice to satisfy. (226 calories)

Cabbage Soup will be a filling meal to enjoy that is nice and low on the carb count. Loaded with cabbage, ground turkey, cauliflower, tomatoes, and carrots. Healthy and filling. (174 calories)

Healthy Garden Minestrone Soup uses zucchini, squash, corn, tomatoes and more, all of which could be used from your garden if you have one. Healthy minestrone soup that will heat up nicely the next day. (330 calories)

Sausage Pepper and Spinach Soup is wonderful for meal prepping for your week’s lunch. Lean turkey sausage, peppers, spinach in a flavorful broth simmer till the flavors marry. Then just reheat when you are ready to eat. The longer the soup sits the more flavorful it becomes. (291 calories)

Did you know? Our weekly meal plans include make-ahead lunches every week to make sure you are prepped and ready to go with healthy lunches all week. Tons of variety and delicious options.

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Maureen McAuliffe
January 11, 2019 - 15:59