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Homemade Lunch Ideas

I am always looking for new homemade lunch ideas to eat during the week.

A while ago I asked y’all for your favorite quick and easy lunch ideas. I received so many awesome responses and wanted to round up the most popular ones in case you’re looking for new lunch ideas.

One of the most popular responses was LEFTOVERS! I usually eat leftovers whenever they are available, otherwise I try to whip up something suuuuuper easy.

Lunch Bowls

Various bowls were among the most popular recommendations — especially lots of taco varieties. I like to make bowls on Sunday or Monday and eat the leftovers throughout the week.

  • Burger bowl
  • Korean beef bowl
  • Burrito bowl
  • Ground turkey + black beans + salsa
  • Salmon + rice bowl
  • Greek

Chicken Salads

So many of you whip up different kinds of chicken salads throughout the week. In fact, last year I rounded up all your favorite recipes and tips in this Chicken Salad Recipes post. If you like chicken salad, I highly recommend checking out that post!

Breakfast for Lunch

This is actually my go-to most days. I love to make avocado toast, an egg sandwich or scrambled eggs. Here were the top breakfast recommendations:

  • Egg sandwiches
  • Hard boiled eggs + turkey bacon
  • Avocado toast w/ fried egg
  • Omelettes
  • Eggs & toast


Lots of you love bagged salads (me too!). And there were lots of recommendations for adding extra veggies, nuts, cheese, avocado, air fried chicken nuggets, grilled chicken and more. I also recommend checking out our favorite salads too!

Charcuterie/Snack Plates

Yes! Yes! And more YES! You cannot go wrong with snack plates for lunch! Here were some fun ideas submitted:

  • Make your own lunchable: deli meat + cheese + veggie slices + fruit + nuts
  • Yellow peppers w/ turkey & cheese
  • Apples + celery w/ peanut butter
  • Cheese sticks
  • Trail mix/Nuts


My go to sandwich is usually a stacked veggie sandwich, but I also really love a WRAP! My favorite lunch or easy dinner hack is to make a wrap using a bagged salad!

  • Blackened chicken (from Target) wrap
  • Falafel sandwich
  • Panini
  • Smoked salmon + avocado wrap w/ spinach & honey mustard
  • Grilled cheese w/ avocado
  • Tuna sandwich
  • Crunch wraps

Other Quick & Easy Lunch Ideas

A few more ideas…

  • Soup
  • Bento box
  • Pizza
  • Pasta
  • Sheet pan roasted veggies + chicken sausage
  • Smoothies

Microwaveable Freezer Meals

These aren’t technically homemade, but I felt like I should include them since I do grab these a lot from the freezer during the week when I don’t have time to make something

One of my best finds have been these freezer meals for lunch that are grain-free, gluten-free, and packed with protein. I purchase the Power Bowls and Real Good meals from Walmart since that’s where we order our weekly groceries from, but Target carries a variety of Real Good and Power Bowls too. The tacos feel pretty heavy for lunch but they are delicious.

high protein foods

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Thursday 7th of March 2024

I'm always on the look out for lunch ideas. I love the chicken salad ideas here and will definitely add them to my lunch rotation.


Tuesday 5th of March 2024

Trader Joe's Vegetable Fried Rice is an easy lunch too! Add rotisserie chicken, lean ground beef or shrimp to up the protein. I usually add 1 scrambled egg too. Takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and so yummy!