Are you craving a lunch routine switch-up? While we love a good sandwich, they’re not the only contender when it comes to lunchtime eats. Try trading bread and cheese for better-for-you, better-tasting lunches. We’ve put together some easy lunch ideas you can whip up at home, pack into your bento lunch box or eat while you’re on the go. Make enough for the whole family or refrigerate your leftovers for an even easier midday meal tomorrow.
What Can I Eat for Lunch Instead of Sandwiches?
When it comes to finding the perfect noon pick-me-up, think outside the (lunch) box. If you need quick and easy food to make, try turning leftovers into an exciting new meal. Put last night’s chicken into a quesadilla, pair leftovers with a few of your favorite snacks for a lunch charcuterie board, or create a fresh salad with spare fruit or produce. Aim for a good balance of protein, healthy fats and fiber to keep you feeling satisfied until dinnertime.
Packed with your favorite Greek fillings, these vegetarian-friendly pitas can be enjoyed at home or on the go.
Total time: 15 minutes
• 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
• 2 cups English cucumber, chopped
• ⅔ cup black olives, pitted and sliced
• ½ cup red onion, sliced
• 1 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
• 1¼ cups Kroger Brand Greek Plain Nonfat Yogurt
• 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
• 3 Tbsp. parsley leaves, finely chopped
• 1½ tsp. mint, finely chopped
• ½ tsp. sea salt
• 2 pita breads, halved
1. In large bowl, toss together tomatoes, cucumber, black olives, red onion and Feta cheese.
2. In medium bowl, mix together yogurt, lime, parsley, mint and sea salt.
3. Fill pita halves with cucumber salad. Serve with yogurt lime dressing.
Aiming for healthier options? Hummus makes a great base for many quick, delicious dishes. Our Ranch Hummus Muffin Tin Lunch can be customized with your favorite fruits and veggies. A Cucumber Hummus Sandwich combines Middle Eastern flavors with veggies for an easy, nutritious lunch. For a variation on a leafy-green salad, a Chopped Quinoa Salad uses nutrient-dense quinoa as a base for vegetables and avocado. Tasty avocado also substitutes for chicken salad in our recipe for Avocado Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Strawberry Relish.
Easy Lunch Ideas for Work
Packing lunches for work is best done with versatile foods that can be used with minimal preparation or reheating. Protein-packed tuna is ideal, since it remains shelf-stable in cans and can be quickly used in sandwiches, casseroles, pasta and – of course – Tuna Salad. Turkey and ham make a tasty combo in our Picnic Sandwiches recipe and in sliders that can be made in just 10 minutes. Flavorful, filling Buffalo Chicken Wraps can be prepared the night before and topped with some hot sauce at lunchtime.
How to Make Perfect Grilled Cheese
Ready in just 10 minutes, this version of grilled cheese uses mayo, cheddar and Havarti for a flavor that can’t be beat. Whip it up for your hungry teens, serve it as an easy lunch or enjoy as a satisfying dinner, paired with your favorite soup.
What are Some More Good Ideas for Lunch?
Still not sure what to eat for lunch? Whether planning for tomorrow or satisfying your presently growling stomach, these easy and healthy lunch recipes will provide the right amount of nutrients to keep you fueled and focused.