10 Easy Lunch Recipes for Your Busy Workday

Find 10 easy lunch recipes for those workdays when you’re strapped for time and attention and you need something good and quick

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Even as the pandemic has changed many things about our lives, the workday has remained as hectic as ever. Lunch can get sidelined. You get to 3 pm and are rudely reminded by your stomach and blood sugar level that you have yet to eat lunch. Or you do remember to eat lunch at a civilized time but don’t have the energy to cook, let alone cook something healthy.

So we want to help you find some easy and healthy lunch recipes to prepare the evening before or whip up and enjoy quickly.

We’ve gathered a variety of easy lunch recipes to help get you through the day. No more feeling your batteries drain while deciding whether  you should eat a super-late lunch or just wait for dinner. Instead, take a few minutes and allow us to help you find some delicious new lunch options that will fit neatly into your day and your stomach.

1. Tex-Mex Taco Beef Sliders

Total time: 2 hrs 40 minutes

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 2 hrs 25 minutes

Tiny sandwiches are the best. They’re just the right size to individually wrap and save the extras for next time. The meat requires a bit of time, yes, but not much attention: just throw it into a slow cooker! Substitute any filling, really: chicken, sliced veggies and hummus, deli meat and make it a club sandwich slider. Add feta and a touch of olive oil for a Greek slider. Try chicken salad or PB&J. We lost Tex-Mex a while back, but you get the idea.

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2. Baked Ham and Cheese Quesadilla

Total time: 17 minutes

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

Jazz up the classic ham and cheese with some guacamole, cheddar cheese and ranch dressing. Swap out flour tortillas for gluten-free wraps. We have a winner!

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3. Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Total time: 30 minutes

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Healthy and tasty. Sweet and savory. And irresistible with the right dipping sauce, perhaps a chipotle ranch.

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4. Hot Tuna and Egg Salad Rolls

Total time: 30 minutes

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Easy to make ahead of time. Can’t beat a hot tuna and egg salad hybrid for a filling healthy lunch idea.

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5. Mac and Cheese

Total time: 40 minutes

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

It’s classic. Yes, some mac and cheese is superior, and this is one of them. Use good cheddar and your favorite shape of pasta, and this recipe will do the trick every time.

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6. Crescent Roll Pizza Pinwheels

Total time: 25 minutes

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

The simplicity-to-deliciousness ratio is off the charts. Crescent roll dough, pizza sauce and cheese, plus your favorite toppings, like pepperoni or bell peppers.

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7. Chicken Avocado Roll-Ups

Chicken avocado roll-ups
Source: delish

Total time: 20 minutes

Prep time: 20 minutes

Prepare this the day before if you know you’re gonna have a busy day. Add a pasta salad on the side and lunch is done.

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8. Pizza-Stuffed Zucchini

Pizza stuffed zucchini
Source: delish

Total time: 35 minutes

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Veggies: check. Pizza: check. Just add pepperoni, mozzarella, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese and pizza sauce. This is a delightfully healthy spin on the most glorious food on Earth. (That’s pizza, of course.)

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9. Cauliflower Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Cauliflower grilled cheese sandwich
Source: delish

Total time: 25 minutes

Prep time: 25 minutes

Who would have thought that so much amazing food could be made with cauliflower? This time it ends up as crispy slices of “bread” for another brilliant variation on the grilled cheese sandwich, another highly versatile sandwich from humble beginnings.

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10. Mini Pepper Pepperoni Pizzas

Mini pepper pepperoni pizzas
Source: delish

Total time: 30 minutes

No bread? No problem. These tasty pizza treats get their special powers from the bell pepper halves.

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Bonus: Pesto Chicken Veggie Meatballs

Total time: 35 minutes

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yet another testament to the versatility of veggies.

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Double Bonus: Black Bean & Corn Quinoa

Total time: 30 minutes

Here’s the one you’ve been waiting for: gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian glory. Simple. Healthy. This recipe is a win-win.

Also, consider keeping some pita bread or tortilla chips and hummus, fresh veggies or fruits low in sugar around for snacking. 

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And remember to check with goPuff for when you need ingredients in a pinch.

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