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30 Delicious and Easy Lunches to Make While Working From Home

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lunches to make while working from home
Source: Half Baked Harvest
Source: Half Baked Harvest

I have the same routine somewhere between noon and 2 p.m. each weekday. During a break in my calendar, I step away from my laptop, open the fridge, and wonder what I can quickly throw together for lunch. Usually it’s not creative or necessarily nutritious, so I’m always interested in quick lunch options beyond last night’s leftovers.

To help me—and fellow work-from-home parents—we pulled together lunch recipes with ingredients you may already have on hand or can add to your next grocery list. Salads, soups, wraps, kid-friendly options, and some creative takes on old classics round out this list of easy lunch recipes to make when working from home.

Soups, Salads & Bowls

1. Tortellini Caesar Salad

Sub in store-bought croutons, and this salad only has six ingredients. Cook the tortellini ahead of time and it can be thrown together in minutes.

work-from-home lunches caesar salad
Source: Peas & Crayons

2. BLT Pasta Salad

A fresh take on the BLT sandwich, this salad subs noodles for bread. Use store-bought ranch or make your own with this yummy recipe.

work-from-home lunches BLT salad
Source: Savory Nothings

3. Quinoa & Black Bean Salad

Quinoa may just be the superfood we need to get us through a long work from home day. Add hearty black beans, tasty avocados, and more and this is recipe is a keeper.

work from home lunches quinoa salad
Source: Detoxinista

4. Veggie-Packed Instant Pot Tomato Soup

Packed with good-for-you veggies like carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini, you can meal prep this soup on the weekend and eat it all week—or freeze for later. Sub coconut milk to make this a dairy-free recipe. Note: you’ll need an Instant Pot and immersion blender for this one.

work-from-home lunches tomato soup
Source: The Natural Nurturer

5. Creamy Broccoli & White Bean Soup

As you probably assumed by its name, this soup gets it’s texture and flavor from one head of broccoli and cannellini beans. Plus, it can be stored in the fridge for three days or in the freezer for a month.

work-from-home lunches white bean soup
Source: As Easy As Apple Pie

6. Tuscan Tuna Salad

This recipe features two pantry staples: tuna and white beans. Add in peppery arugula and crunchy veggies like radishes for a delicious and protein-packed salad.

work-from-home lunches tuscan tuna salad
Source: Feasting at Home

7. Thai Chicken Salad

Salads are always a great go-to when it comes to lunches to make while working from home, but they don’t have to be boring. Make the prep for this delicious recipe easy by cooking and refrigerating chicken ahead of time or shredding a store-bought rotisserie chicken.

work-from-home lunches Thai chicken salad
Source: Cookin Canuck

8. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Made with another pantry staple, chickpeas, the time-consuming part of this recipe is marinating the chickpeas and chopping the fresh veggies. But, it still comes together in 20 minutes.

work-from-home lunches chickpea salad
Source: Our Salty Kitchen

9. Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowl

Buffalo chicken gets an upgrade with this hearty quinoa bowl. The recipe makes four servings, so you can meal prep for multiple days.

work-from-home lunches quinoa bowl
Source: Joyful Healthy Eats

10. Egg Roll Bowl Recipe

Such a great go-to, this recipe has everything you want in a meal: protein, veggies, and some carbs to get you through the rest of the day if you put it on top of a bed of rice. The best part is you can make a batch at the beginning of the week and heat it up each day.

lunches to make while working from home egg roll in a bowl
Source: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

11. Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

If a trip to Olive Garden is incomplete without a bowl of their delicious Zuppa Toscana, make it at home! Trust us, it will be the highlight of your day and better than OG.

lunches to make while working from home instant pop cuppa Toscana
Source: The Movement Menu

Wraps & Sandwiches

12. Viral Cottage Cheese Flatbread

When things go viral online, we can pretty much bet they’re popular for a reason. Thus is the case of the celebrated flatbread made out of cottage cheese. The best part is that you can top it with any of your favorites for a delicious, high protein meal.

viral cottage cheese flatbread lunches to make while working from home
Source: rachLmansfield

13. Vegan Burrito

A perfect use for the can of black beans sitting in your pantry. This easy-to-assemble burrito includes corn, lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado.

work-from-home lunches vegan burrito
Source: Simply Vegan Blog

14. Antipasto Mozzarella Sandwich with Lemony-Basil Pesto

Another Italian-inspired option, you can make this gourmet with homemade pesto, burrata cheese, meats, and veggies. Or use the recipe to inspire a sandwich with ingredients you have at home. Note: you’ll probably want a hearty bread like ciabatta to hold the heavier ingredients and sauce.

work-from-home lunches
Source: Half Baked Harvest

15. Chicken Ranch Wrap

Ranch fans will love this five-ingredient chicken wrap. Enjoy it cold or warm it up on a grill pan to warm the chicken and melt the cheese and you’ll find a new personal favorite of lunches to make while working from home.

work-from-home lunches chicken ranch wrap
Source: Gimme Delicious

16. Turkey, Cranberry, Brie and Pear Sandwiches

For those of us who crave the flavors of Thanksgiving throughout the entire year, this sandwich is an answered prayer. Plus, the additional flavors of brie, pear, and more make this a mouthwatering option every time.

lunches to make while working from home
Source: Closet Cooking

17. Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

Sure, the grilled cheese we make for the kids could do the trick—they’re pretty delicious if we’re being honest! But this recipe takes it up a notch and is one you’ll enjoy even more.

lunches to make while working from home
Source: Basil & Bubbly

18. PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

A PF Chang’s copycat recipe? For lunch? We’re sold! Plus, it’s a lighter version with delicious butter lettuce.

pf Changs copycat recipe work from home recipe
Source: I Heart Naptime

Hot Lunches

19. Easy Rice & Bean Quesadillas

Once your rice is cooked, these quesadillas come together in three minutes. They’re perfect for parents—and kids—for lunches or easy dinners.

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Source: She Likes Food

20. Pigs in a Blanket

These fun take on hot dogs are perfect for lunch—or as an after-school snack for hungry kiddos.

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Source: No. 2 Pencil

21. Mexican Street Corn Mac & Cheese

It’s corn! (2022 flashback, anyone?) And mac & cheese—a delicious combo kids will like, too. Plus, it’s a recipe you can make all in one pot.

work-from-home lunches
Source: Midwest Foodie

22. Baked Beef Taquitos

If you’ve yet to add taquitos to your weekly rotation of lunches to make while working from home, you’re going to want to immediately. They are super easy to make and always curb a savory craving without leaving you feeling too full to finish your day.

work from home lunches
Source: Eat the Gains

23. Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders aren’t just reserved for the littles anymore! This recipe is super easy and will leave you satisfied when paired with your favorite dipping sauce. Pair it with a classic side like a salad (or on top of one!), cottage cheese, or fresh fruit.

lunches to make while working from home
Source: Plated Cravings

24. Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie

This is one of the best options of lunches to make while working from home because you can make it for dinner one night and have leftovers the rest of the week. Plus, it’s hearty enough to get you to dinner time.

pot pie work from home recipes
Source: Family Food on the Table

25. Crispy Tofu with Zucchini Noodles

No one said lunch has to be boring! Whether you’re a tofu pro or you’ve never experimented before, this recipe is sure to win you over. Of all of the lunches to make while working from home, this may be one of the most exciting.

tofu recipe lunches to make while working from home
Source: Heinstirred

26. Fried Sloppy Joe Rolls

Every now and then we just need something delicious. These Sloppy Joe rolls are as exciting as they are tasty. Try them the next time you simply need to mix things up. Don’t be surprised if the whole family wants you to share, though!

fried sloppy Joe rolls
Source: Lovely Little Kitchen

Snack-Style Lunches

27. DIY Pizza Lunchables

Make school lunch and work lunch prep easy by making one more lunchable for yourself. These pizza lunchables that only use six ingredients.

work-from-home lunches
Source: Chungah Rhee

28. Caprese Bento Box

Speaking of lunchables, take the concept and make it oh-so sophisticated by adding an Italian twist. This Caprese box includes favorites like mozzarella cheese, pesto, cherry tomatoes, and more.

work from home lunches
Source: MOMables

29. Cilantro Lime Pesto Toast

While toast sounds more like a quick breakfast than a lunch option, when it’s as hearty as this recipe, it makes a great light lunch. Pair it with some other favorites like grapes or string cheese for a unique option.

work from home lunches cilantro lime pesto toast
Source: A Saucy Kitchen

30. Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

Muffins aren’t just reserved for mornings anymore. This is especially true when you find a delicious, savory recipe like this one that plays on the flavors of pepperoni pizza.

work from home lunches pizza muffins
Source: Bless this Mess
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