Eating too many sad desk lunches these days? No more! Below, you’ll find roughly 45 of my favorite recipes that pack well for lunch. Since there are so many, I’ve tried to design this roundup so it’s easy to skim through.
The recipes are grouped by category, with notes on how to best pack and enjoy them. You might be more interested in the hearty salads this time of year, and the soups in a few months. Bookmark this page to stay inspired!
You can also check out my full “pack for lunch” category, which I pulled from to create this guide. Since these recipes are all meatless and full of fresh produce, be sure to pack generous portions to stay fueled through the afternoon. I’m confident you can step up to that plate.
Last but not least, if you’re in the market for some sturdy, non-toxic, spill-proof lunch containers, I love these (affiliate link).
Main Dishes that Reheat Well
As I looked at my favorite make-ahead main dishes, a few common themes presented themselves:
- Veggie-packed casseroles, including but not limited to enchiladas and lasagna.
- Brown rice and whole grain dishes, from Thai curries to fried rice to paella.
- Hearty pasta dishes, because we all need something to look forward to at lunch.
Cook one up for dinner and enjoy the leftovers for lunch the next day. If you have extra, freeze individual portions for future grab-and-go lunches.
When all else fails, grab a freezer burrito. They’re better than fast food!