25 Easy Lunch Ideas to Get You Through the Work Day

25 Easy Lunch Ideas to Get You Through the Work Day

Stuck in a lunch rut? We’ve all been there. Sometimes, the thought of prepping a meal for the workday can seem more daunting than the workday itself. But fear not! We’ve rounded up 25 easy, delicious, and nutritious lunch ideas that will keep you energized and ready to tackle whatever your afternoon has in store. 

1. Classic Turkey Sandwich

A classic turkey sandwich never disappoints. Start with whole-grain bread for a healthy base, add thinly sliced turkey, and top with lettuce, tomato, and a slice of your favourite cheese. A smear of mustard or mayo adds moisture and flavour. It’s simple, satisfying, and endlessly customizable.

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2. Quinoa Salad with Mixed Veggies

Quinoa salad is a powerhouse of nutrients. Cook quinoa according to package instructions and let it cool. Mix in diced bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and a handful of feta cheese for a medley of flavours. Dress it with olive oil and lemon juice for a refreshing lunch option.

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3. Avocado Toast with Egg

Avocado toast is a trendy and nutritious lunch choice. Mash a ripe avocado onto whole-grain bread, season with salt and pepper, and top with a poached or fried egg. The combination of healthy fats and protein will keep you full and focused.

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4. Chicken Caesar Wrap

Put a twist on a classic salad by turning it into a wrap. Take a whole-grain tortilla, fill it with grilled chicken slices, romaine lettuce, shredded Parmesan cheese, and Caesar dressing. Roll it up for a convenient and tasty lunch on the go.

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5. Veggie and Hummus Sandwich

Layer your favourite veggies like cucumber, sprouts, bell peppers, and spinach on whole-grain bread. Spread a thick layer of hummus on one side for a creamy texture and a protein boost. It’s a fresh and crunchy option that’s also vegan-friendly.

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6. Tomato Basil Pasta

You really can't go wrong with a good plate of pasta. Cook your favourite pasta al dente, then toss it with fresh tomatoes, basil, and garlic sautéed in olive oil. Finish with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for a simple yet delicious meal that tastes like summer.

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7. Sushi Rice Bowl

Deconstruct your favourite sushi roll into a bowl for an easy lunch. Start with a base of sushi rice, then top with avocado slices, cucumber, shredded carrots, and cooked shrimp or imitation crab. Drizzle with soy sauce and a dab of wasabi for a kick.

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8. Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocados

Mix canned tuna with mayo, diced red onion, and celery for a quick and easy tuna salad. Halve an avocado and remove the pit, then stuff it with the tuna mixture. It’s a low-carb lunch that’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

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9. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito

For a hearty and healthy lunch, fill a whole-grain tortilla with mashed sweet potato, black beans, corn, and shredded cheese. Warm it up to melt the cheese and serve with a side of salsa for dipping. 

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10. Greek Yogurt Parfait

Layer Greek yogurt with mixed berries and a sprinkle of granola for a lunch that doubles as dessert. It’s high in protein, and the berries add a natural sweetness and antioxidants. Plus, it’s super easy to pack and take on the go.

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11. Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

A childhood favourite with a healthy twist. Use whole-grain bread, natural peanut butter, and slices of banana for a sweet and satisfying lunch. It’s a great source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

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12. Asian Chicken Salad

Mix shredded cabbage, carrots, and chicken for a crunchy base. Add mandarin oranges and slivered almonds for sweetness and texture. Toss with a sesame ginger dressing for a salad that’s bursting with flavor and crunch.

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13. Veggie Pizza on Pita Bread

Top a whole-grain pita with tomato sauce, your favourite veggies, and a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese. Bake until the cheese is bubbly for a personal pizza that’s both satisfying and healthy. It’s a fun way to get in your veggies.

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14. Lentil Soup

A bowl of lentil soup is comforting and nourishing. Simmer lentils with diced tomatoes, carrots, onions, and celery in vegetable broth until tender. Season with herbs and spices for a warm, flavorful lunch that’s packed with protein and fiber.

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15. Cottage Cheese with Fruit

For a super quick lunch, mix cottage cheese with your choice of fruit, such as pineapple, berries, or peaches. It’s high in protein and calcium, and the fruit adds a sweet contrast to the creamy cottage cheese.

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16. Caprese Salad Skewers

Thread cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and fresh basil leaves onto skewers. Drizzle with balsamic glaze for a portable version of a classic Caprese salad. It’s a fresh and fancy lunch that’s easy to enjoy anywhere.

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17. Egg Salad Sandwich

Chop hard-boiled eggs and mix with a little mayo, mustard, salt, and pepper. Spread the egg salad on whole-grain bread and add lettuce for crunch. It’s a protein-rich lunch that’s both comforting and satisfying.

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18. Spinach and Feta Quiche Cups

Whisk together eggs, chopped spinach, feta cheese, and diced onions. Pour into muffin tins and bake until set. These quiche cups are perfect for meal prep and can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.

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19. Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Combine cooked shrimp, diced avocado, and mixed greens in a bowl. Dress with a simple vinaigrette and a squeeze of lemon juice for a light and refreshing lunch. It’s packed with healthy fats and protein.

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20. Bento Box

Fill a bento box with a variety of small, simple items like hard-boiled eggs, cheese cubes, fruit slices, and a handful of nuts. It’s a fun way to enjoy a little bit of everything and perfect for picky eaters.

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21. Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Mix shredded chicken with buffalo sauce and wrap it in a whole-grain tortilla with lettuce, celery, and blue cheese dressing. It’s spicy, satisfying, and full of flavour—a great way to spice up your lunch routine.

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22. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Toss chickpeas with diced cucumber, tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese. Dress with olive oil and lemon juice for a salad that’s full of fiber and Mediterranean flavours. It’s hearty enough to be a meal on its own.

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23. Turkey and Cranberry Pinwheels

Spread cream cheese on a whole-grain tortilla, then layer with sliced turkey and cranberry sauce. Roll up and slice into pinwheels for a festive and tasty lunch option. The sweet and savoury combination is irresistible.

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24. Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Bowl

Roast a mix of your favourite vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, and sweet potatoes. Serve them over quinoa for a warm and hearty lunch bowl. Drizzle with a tahini sauce for a creamy finish.

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25. Smoked Salmon Bagel

Spread cream cheese on a whole-grain bagel and top with smoked salmon, thinly sliced cucumbers, and capers. It’s a luxurious lunch that’s surprisingly easy to make and packed with protein and omega-3s.

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