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Simple & Healthy Lunch Ideas

Simple & Healthy Lunch Ideas

Menu planning has become so much easier since I put together favorite meal lists.  Dinner planning is always fun to try new recipes but Breakfast and Lunch is where I seem to find myself in a rut. If you read my Simple & Healthy Breakfast post you’ll already know I like healthy food but I want it to be easy to prepare. Lunch is no different for me.

My husband and son work together from home and my father-in-law lives with us too so we are home most days for all three meals together. Feeding four adults doesn’t always work too well for leftovers unless I plan ahead and make a bit more for dinner which I do quite frequently. We drink water at most meals and I always serve it in a pitcher on the table (I find we drink more of it that way). We love leftovers here!

Sometimes leftovers don’t work out and it is nice to have a bit of variety. These meals are designed for lunches at home.  (If you are packing lunches check out 100 Days of Real Food for some good ideas)

Again, we are not dealing with food allergies and we try to eat a whole foods diet. I use sprouted breads or make homemade sprouted breads using my Bread Machine. Some of my most used kitchen appliances are my Rice Cooker, Vitamix and Electric Griddle. I am not a homemade tortilla maker but purchase sprouted tortillas.

I usually grocery shop on Monday’s and will cut up veggies to use throughout the week with our lunches. Usually this consists of, peppers, grape tomatoes, carrots, celery, radishes and zucchini. We keep fresh fruit on hand and apples are a side with lunch quite often.  Having extra soup in the freezer and cooking some hard boiled eggs makes lunch quick and easy to throw together. I purchase nuts (almonds, walnuts and pecans) from Costco and soak and roast them in the dehydrator for a quick healthy lunch accompaniment or a snack anytime.

Again, this list is to help you put together your own list of lunch favorites so your menu planning is quick and easy each week. Planning ahead saves you time and money.  Some of our favorites may not be yours but hopefully it will get you thinking so you’re not saying day after day, “Whats for lunch?”

Our Basic Family Lunch List:

Leftovers – Freeze them for future use to always have a quick lunch on hand.

Leftover Soup thawed from the freezer or soup recipes for the Vitamix

Egg/Tuna or Chicken Salad Sandwiches or Wraps – I have a simple recipe for various salads by just mixing it with mayonnaise adding a spoonful or two of sour cream and seasoning of your choice.

Snack Lunch – Hard boiled eggs, nuts, cut up veggies, fruit, crackers and a good piece of dark chocolate for that sweet tooth.

Fresh Salad – I buy those big tubs of greens at Costco so a salad is easy to throw together.

Peanut Butter & Jelly with cut up veggies and apple slices.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with tomato soup (or leftover soup)

Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwiches

Macaroni & Cheese 

Peanut Butter and Banana Wrap

Eggs, Salsa, Black Bean & Cheese Wraps with cut up fruit – Scramble eggs and add black beans, salsa and cheese and place in a tortilla

Chicken, Cheese and Ranch Wraps – Leftover cut up chicken in tortillas with ranch dressing and cheese. Warm on stovetop or microwave.

Rice, Beans and Salsa Bowls

Pizza on Tortillas or Pita Bread

Fried Rice – Keep leftover rice on hand and toss with butter, eggs, and frozen veggies you have on hand (we like corn, carrots or peas)

Tuna Melts – Make Tuna Salad and put on a piece of bread, top with cheese and toast in the oven.

Green Smoothies

Quesadillas – Fill two tortillas with your topping of choice and warm in a frying pan on stovetop or on an electric griddle. Ham slices, baby spinach and cheese is a tasty combination.

What are some of your lunch favorites? Please share with us in the comments!

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  1. maidservantblog says:

    Thanks for posting this, it’s so helpful to know what other health-conscience people eat. I go crazy thinking of budget friendly, healthy EASY lunches could be.

  2. Tessa Zundel says:

    Great list! We shared with our FB readers at Homestead Lady

  3. I love this post! I can’t even say how many times I have said “what’s for lunch?” In our house we often find that it’s hard trying to think of quick things to make. We love fried rice, pita bread pizzas, soups and quesadillas too. One thing that we love to do is make homemade egg rolls. We make a bunch of them and freeze before baking and it makes it so easy to pop a few in the oven for a quick lunch. Thank you for this list- I have found many new ideas to try out soon.

    1. Marci Ferrell says:

      Thanks so much Libby for your great ideas!! Do you have your egg roll recipe somewhere? I would love it – always looking for new ideas too 🙂

    2. Sure! Here it is:

      3 cups cooked, diced chicken
      4 cups packaged shredded cabbage/carrot mix
      2 cups fresh bean sprouts
      1/2 cup sliced green onions
      1/4 cup bottled plum sauce
      1/4 cup hoisin sauce
      1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
      1 tablespoon sesame oil
      12, 7-inch spring roll wrappers
      Olive oil


      Preheat oven to 375F. Spray baking sheet with non-stick coating.

      In a bowl, mix together chicken, cabbage/carrot mix, bean sprouts, green onions, plum sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, and sesame oil. Lay wonton wrappers on counter and place 1/3 cup vegetable mixture on each. Fold wonton wrappers envelope-style. Place wraps on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with olive oil.

      Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until wraps are golden brown and crispy on top. The undersides will be slightly moist.

      Freeze Ahead-
      Prepare wraps through step 2. Place in freezer container and freeze up to 2 months. Thaw and bake as above.

      *We have to go to an Asian store to get some of the ingredients, because they are not in a typical grocery store. And we find they are a lot cheaper there too 🙂

    3. Marci Ferrell says:

      They sound yummy Libby. Thanks for the recipe!

    4. Sounds wonderful! Now I’m hungry… =)

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