18 Mouthwatering, Make-Ahead Lunch Ideas

Chili with Chicken and Hominy
No more sad desk lunches for you! These super-easy sandwich, wrap, salad, and pasta recipes are ideal for hectic workweeks. Whip up one before bedtime, then take it along with you to enjoy tomorrow.

Barbecue Beef Wrap

Make the most of your leftover roast beef! With just five ingredients, these wraps can be tossed together with what you have on hand in your pantry.

Turkey-Quinoa Salad

You can hit every food group at lunch tomorrow with just one salad! Packed with kale, turkey, quinoa, apple slices, and Gouda cheese, this healthy salad is sure to brighten your work day.

Homemade Cup of Noodles

Don't limit yourself to store-bought noodle cups. Create any combo you want with these homemade noodle cups! When lunchtime rolls around, just add water, microwave, and enjoy!

Fast Nicoise Salad

Get rid of afternoon hunger pangs with this grab-and-go salad. It gets a hearty boost with red potato wedges and hard-cooked eggs, so your stomach won't be growling two hours after lunch.

Chicken Enchilada Wraps

Add some spice to your midday meal with these zesty enchilada wraps. Even though these enchiladas aren't baked in a cheesy sauce, they're still extra creamy, thanks to cream cheese, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.

Lunchtime Quinoa Salad

Calling all quinoa-lovers: You need to try this make-ahead quinoa salad bowl! Quinoa provides a healthy salad base, while cannellini beans add protein. Stir in kale and sun-dried tomatoes for a boost of veggies, and you've got a super-tasty lunch to look forward to.

Orzo Chicken Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing

Take a break from rice and pasta, and try toting an orzo salad to work this week. You can make use of leftover chicken by combining it with corn, grape tomatoes, and feta cheese.

Chicken Waldorf Wraps

Sure, you could make ordinary chicken salad for lunch tomorrow. But why not give it an upgrade with this easy lettuce wrap recipe? Dried cherries, celery, and apple slices give this chicken salad flavor, plus a fruit and veggie boost.

Twisted Tuna Salad

This tuna salad is anything but boring! Italian salad dressing adds zip, while pineapple adds sweetness.

All-Wrapped-Up Chef Salad

Here's a new way to enjoy a classic lunch salad: Combine the ingredients in an easy-to-tote wrap.

Hot and Saucy Tortellini

This zippy pasta recipe is ideal for when you need a comforting lunch —and it takes just five ingredients to make.

Parmesan Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Fresh basil and Parmesan cheese give this creamy chicken salad Italian flair. It's terrific on toasted wheat bread.

Thai-Style Beef Salad

Here's a great idea for leftover pot roast: Simply combine it with spinach, carrots, peanuts, and Asian dressing for a flavorful lunch.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This restaurant favorite is ideal for lunchtime and a cinch to re-create at home. Combine chopped chicken with green pepper, cabbage, and an Asian dressing, and then spoon onto lettuce leaves when it's time to eat!

Rotini with Ham

This creamy pasta dish is colorful, comforting, and reheats in a snap.

Chicken and Hummus Wraps

Hummus and yogurt are healthy alternatives to mayo in this easy chicken wrap.

Antipasto Tortellini Salad

This pasta salad recipe boasts all your favorite flavors of an antipasto platter: olives, salami, cheese, roasted red peppers, and artichokes.

Chili with Chicken and Hominy

This hearty chili gets a kick from cumin. Cilantro and lime juice brighten it up. Top the chili with corn chips, cheese, and salsa at lunchtime.

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