Waking up to a healthy breakfast is important, but so is making sure you have a healthy lunch. And eating well doesn’t mean slaving away over a hot stove all morning long—it just means knowing how to make simple meals that take as little time as possible to prepare. Luckily, these 10 lunches require no more than 10 minutes of prep (and sometimes even less!).
Quinoa Black Bean Avocado Salad
- 1 cup quinoa, cooked
- 1 cup black beans, cooked
- 1 avocado, diced into small chunks (you can buy already prepared avocado or simply cut it with a knife)
- ¼ cup red onion, minced
- 2 tablespoons lime juice (or more to taste)
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, minced
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Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad
- Make the salad: Boil 2 quarts of water on the stove. While you’re waiting for your water to boil, combine 2 cups of cooked pasta with a cup of diced tomato and a cup of sliced cucumber in a bowl. Once the water begins to boil, cook two packages of tortellini noodles for 5 minutes or according to package instructions. Drain your noodles and immediately add them to your bowl with the other ingredients. Toss until everything is evenly coated with dressing and enjoy!
- Time it takes: 10 minutes
- Serves 2 people
Simple Egg Sandwich
This is a classic sandwich that will never go out of style. It’s quick, easy and delicious. The secret ingredient to making these sandwiches extra special? Try using whole grains like wheat bread, whole wheat pita or even brown rice tortillas!
- 4 slices of your favorite bread
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk (or non-dairy milk alternative)
- Salt & pepper to taste
Apple Turkey Roll Ups
This is a great way to use up leftovers.
- Use any type of cheese you like.
- Whole wheat tortillas are best, but you can also use regular flour tortillas if you don’t have whole wheat on hand.
- Don’t forget the mustard!
Easy Caprese Sandwich
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This sandwich is a great pick for any meal of the day. We recommend using fresh ingredients, as they’re usually much healthier and more flavorful than their processed counterparts. Use two slices of bread for each sandwich, then layer the tomato and mozzarella in between them. For an extra-special touch, spread some pesto on top before cooking your sandwich in the oven (or using a toaster). That way you can get that same stuffed feel without having all those carbs weighing you down!
It’s easy to make a healthy lunch, even if you’re short on time.
The trick to making a healthy lunch in less than 10 minutes is simple: You have to be creative.
Here are some ways you can save time when making your next meal:
- Cook ahead of time. When you’re trying to prep for the week, try cooking all the ingredients for one dish at once. This means that all those vegetables don’t need prep and they’re ready-to-go when it’s time to pack them up and go!
These healthy lunch ideas are all quick and easy, but they’re also delicious. If you don’t have time to make anything during the work day, try packing some snacks instead. Some of our favorite go-to options include apples and peanut butter or granola bars. Happy eating!