Is your lunch consistently boring? Or overpriced? I bet it is, most peoples are unfortunately. If you want to discover great and easy lunches for work, then you have come to the right spot. You can forget about a PBJ sandwich, that ‘salad’ that’s nothing more than romaine lettuce with some croutons, and the $12 you pay in the cafeteria for a grilled cheese.
I am going to show you some easy lunches perfect for bringing in to work. Weather it is a healthy option, quick option, or a cheap option, these quick and easy lunches will make you look forward to heading to work for the day.
I like to have healthy options for lunch that I bring in from home. I usually bring in leftovers from my dinner the night before, but that does not appeal to a lot of people as much as it does to me. If that is not the way to go for you, keep reading for some easy lunches for work that you can make at home and bring in to the office.
The great part about these easy lunches for work is the simplicity and easiness of making them. You won’t find these lunches calling for a bizarre spice only available at a farmer’s market in rural New Mexico or a fresh squeezed kumquat from Japan.
Everything you would need you may already have in your kitchen. If not, it is available at your local market. The goal here is for everything to be simple and easy. Life can be hectic as it is, let’s try to make it a little more relaxing. So without further adieu, here are some easy lunches for work
• Quick, easy lunches for work
Healthy and easy lunches for work
These meals will give you tons of energy to finish the day off strong. They are high in protein and taste, but low in sugar and fat
Chicken Stir Fry – This is my go to for a quick lunch. It takes about 10 minutes to make and can quickly become your favorite. Chicken and rice is a great meal to give you protein and energy to get you through the workday
- Chicken breast
- White or Brown Rice
- Bell Peppers
- General Tso’s sauce
- Soy sauce
Boil water and get your rice cooking. Cut your chicken up in to small pieces and throw that in a frying pan set to medium heat. Make sure to season your chicken. I usually use salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, cumin and garlic but you can use whatever you like.
While the chicken is cooking, cut your vegetables up and then put them in the frying pan with the chicken. Place a cover over the frying pan, checking periodically for the broccoli and chicken to be done cooking. When they are, add the rice that you made to the frying pan. Add the General Tso and Soy sauce and mix well.
Shrimp & Asparagus – The ingredients for this dish are pretty straightforward. The kind of shrimp you want is up to you. Personally, I prefer frozen, cooked, and tail off, but it is up to you. Get your frying pan and heat on medium. Drizzle some olive oil on and place your asparagus in there. Allow the asparagus to cook for 5-6 minutes before you throw the shrimp in with it.
When you add the shrimp, go ahead and put a tablespoon of butter in the pan. You want to cook the shrimp for 3-4 minutes on each side. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, oregano and whatever other spices you prefer. Enjoy a low calorie, high protein meal that will leave you feeling like a million bucks. If you are a visual learner, you may as well learn from the best
Cheap and easy lunches
First off, if you’re looking to save some money on food while at work, start with the coffee. A cup of black coffee costs about $0.25, do not pay Starbucks $5 for it.
These lunches are low in cost, so you can pay off your student loans or save for that iPhone a little easier
Egg Salad – Start by hard-boiling the eggs (6-8 of them) for 10 to 12 minutes. Peel and chop. Mix the eggs with 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, a teaspoon of mustard, and 1/4 cup of celery and 1/4 cup of onion (optional). Sprinkle with salt and pepper
Spaghetti – A pound of spaghetti costs no more than 1 dollar. Coupled with meatballs and marinara sauce, you’re looking at a great, filling meal for less than $5. Start by boiling your water for the pasta. In a frying pan, place your meatballs and sauce together and cover. It takes about 15 minutes for the meatballs to cook, about 5 more minutes than it takes to cook the pasta. Before you know it, lunch is ready
Lunches for when you’re in a rush
We have all been there. Overslept and running late with no lunch made to bring in to the office. Well, I got you covered with some classic quick, easy lunches for work
Ham Sandwich – A timeless classic. You can whip one of these up in less than 2 minutes. You will need:
- White bread
- Sliced ham
- Tomato (optional)
Get your 2 slices of bread and spread the mayo on both. On one piece, add your lettuce, tomato slice, and ham. On the other piece, apply as much or as little as mustard that you like. Put one on top of the other and you are ready to go. Couple with Lay’s classic potato chips for a great side. If you are feeling adventurous, add the chips to the sandwich. Here is a simple video tutorial.
Peanut Butter, Banana, and Granola wrap
You’re thinking it’s just a regular peanut butter sandwich, might as well make a PB&J, but this is simply just not the case. This is no regular peanut butter sandwich. The bananas sweeten and the granola adds a satisfying crunch.
- Whole wheat tortilla
- Peanut butter
- 1 banana
- 1 table spoon of granola
- 1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
Spread the peanut butter on the tortilla. Place the diced banana and granola evenly over the peanut butter, then drizzle with honey. Roll it up like burrito and you’re good to go. If you have the time and you’re feeling up to it, get a frying pan and heat up both sides of the tortilla for 1 minute each. Click here to see more.