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Have you resolved to get your finances under control this year after a spendy holiday season? Have you resolved to eat a healthier diet? Getting your finances under control and eating better go hand-in-hand when you take your lunch to work.

It’s estimated the average working American can save between $2,000 and $3,000 a year just by packing a lunch instead of buying it. That’s enough for a vacation or enough to put a substantial dent in your debt!

Here are 19 Healthy and Tasty Grab-and-Go Lunches to get your 2019 off to a great start! Wrap up lunch with delicious Low-Carb Thai Chicken Wraps or an out-of-the-ordinary Beet Salad Lunch Wrap. Layer up the lunch goodness with festive Southwestern Layered Salad and bowl your coworkers over with Easy Lunch Prep Protein Boxes or light and refreshing Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Hummus.

Pack one of these healthy and tasty lunches and be on your way to saving money and eating better in no time!

Carol’s blog is From A Chef’s Kitchen where she shares easy gourmet recipes. In addition to blogging, she’s a personal chef with over 17 years of experience providing custom in-home cuisine to private clients. She’s also a former newspaper columnist, recipe developer and obsessed cookbook collector. With all that experience, Carol knows a great recipe so be sure to follow her on social media!

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Let me tell you about these Healthy Meal Prep Lunch Ideas for Work: they are super fun ways to switch up your weekly meal prep process so that you’re eating healthy whole foods that are also delicious!

Benefits of healthy lunches:

  • They save time
  • They save money so you’re not buying lunch out
  • You’re more organized
  • You’re less stressed in the morning – no wondering what to eat and when
  • You’re eating healthy, unprocessed food on a consistent basis
  • You’ll have more energy because you’re eating better

Healthy Lunches for Work

I’ve rounded up my favourite healthy meal prep recipes from my fave food bloggers so you can switch up your weekly meal prep routine and give some more thought to the creative side of lunch time!

All it takes is a couple of hours (or less) on the weekend and you’re on your way to healthy eating throughout the work week – and no stressing over what to take for lunch either, or doing any last minute scrambling!

More Healthy Lunch Ideas & Resources

If you’re looking for more delicious recipe inspiration, look no further than some of these helpful resources below!

  • 5 Mix and Match Mason Jar Recipes
  • Meal Prep for Weight Loss
  • Eating Healthy on a Budget + 10 Cheap Dinner Ideas

Picking Easy Lunch Ideas

The key to really sticking with a meal prep routine is to pick easy recipes that come together with just a small ingredient list.

All of the recipes below are categorized according to each type of lunch idea. For instance, I have some sheet pan recipes below that cook on one pan that you can then distribute into meal prep bowls and warm up once you’re at work. Of course, I also have some salads, wraps and sandwiches too.

Here are the types of easy lunch ideas you’ll find below as you scroll down:

  • One pan recipes
  • Wraps
  • Sandwiches
  • Soups
  • Casseroles
  • Pastas
  • Salads
  • Rice bowls
  • Lettuce wraps

There are also vegan, gluten-free and low-carb lunch ideas organized by category. Happy meal prepping!

Make a meal plan for your weekly lunches

Meal planning is the best way I stay on track with lunch ideas. I will usually fill in what I plan to make for lunch in a meal planner and then make one or two lunch recipes for the week in advance. For a limited time, you can now .

If you need some help coming up with lunch ideas in general, be sure to check out my Start Here page to learn how to best use my blog to help with meal prep! Or you can check out my step-by-step meal prep process here.

Wraps & Sandwiches

And of course, where would we be if I didn’t list some wrap and sandwich options?! I really dislike the traditional types of sandwiches with cold cuts so I try to cook up chicken breast and shred it to use in wraps or sandwiches but from time to time lean cold cuts like turkey are ok. Even just cheese and vegetables will give you enough protein to sustain yourself for the day too! Try these new wrap and sandwich ideas below.

Kale Caesar Wraps via The Girl on Bloor // Green Goddess Grilled Cheese via The Girl on Bloor

Buffalo Chicken Wrap via The Girl on Bloor // Turkey Pinwheels via Two Peas & Their Pod

Soup Recipes for Lunch

Soups are really great options for work and are easier to transport than you think! And before you think soups aren’t filling enough think again! I’ve included some thicker soups/stews in this round up to give you some ideas of ways you can add protein to your soups. Most are also vegan/vegetarian-friendly so soups can be super budget-friendly as long as you have access to a microwave at work.

Zucchini Noodle Soup Jars via The Girl on Bloor // Slow Cooker Sausage and Kale Soup via The Girl on Bloor

Golden Lentil Soup Soup via The Girl on Bloor // Mason Jar Instant Noodles via The Girl on Bloor

One Pan Lunch Ideas

If you’re meal prepping ahead of time, these are my favorite type of healthy lunches to make! You basically throw everything on a sheet pan or in a skillet, cook, then divide into glass meal prep bowls. You can often switch up the veggies you’re using too, these one pan recipes are so versatile and customizable! My personal faves are the Greek Chicken bowls and Sweet Chili Chicken, link below.

Chicken Tandoori Meal Prep Bowls via The Girl on Bloor // Sheet Pan Greek Chicken Meal Prep Bowls via The Girl on Bloor

Healthy Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies via Isabel Eats // Honey Chipotle Meatball Meal Prep via Sweet Peas and Saffron

One Pan Thai Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken & Rice via Ambitious Kitchen // Sweet Chili Chicken Meal Prep Bowls via The Girl on Bloor

If you’re looking to get serious about meal prep, you HAVE to sign up for my free 5-day lunch challenge below! It’s going to get you on the right path and give you the structure you need to meal prep your lunches like a pro!

Vegetarian Lunch Ideas

Vegetarian lunch ideas are great for when you’re looking to eat lunch on a budget. Typically all you need is a can of beans or chickpeas, or some tofu that has been quickly marinated along with a killer sauce and veggies. Sometimes you can even get away with a couple no-cook recipes where you can just throw everything in a meal prep bowl or jar and call it a day!

Healthy Chickpea Meal Prep Bowls via Green Healthy Cooking // Southwest Sweet Potato Vegan Meal Prep Bowls via Salt and Lavender

Chana Masala via The Girl on Bloor // Mediterranean Chickpea Jars via The Girl on Bloor

Low Carb Lunch Recipes

Low carb lunches are great options because they keep you from getting too weighted down with that midday meal. Oftentimes all you need to do is cook up a lean protein, add some veggies (raw or cooked) and season everything with the same spice blend or sauce. Plus, you end up saving time because you don’t have to cook any grains. It’s a win-win!

Meal Prep Shrimp Zucchini Noodles via Skinny Fitalicious // Meal Prep Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps via Skinny Fitalicious

Peanut Chicken Meal Prep Bowls via The Girl on Bloor // Low Carb Philly Cheesesteak Meal Prep via Meal Prep on Fleek

Salad Lunches

Similar to the low carb options above, salads are of course a go-to for healthy lunches but they don’t have to be boring! Be sure to mix up the toppings and salad dressings. I like keeping my salads in mason jars when meal prepping them for the week because you can keep the dressing and protein in the bottom then layer in your veggies. This is especially important for lettuce to make sure it stays fresh!

Keto Prosciutto Egg Cups via Meal Prep on Fleek // Caprese Chicken Meal Prep Bowls via Sweet Peas and Saffron

Big Mac Salad Jars via The Girl on Bloor // Shrimp Sushi Salad Jars via The Girl on Bloor

Rice Bowl Lunches

When I really have time to prep ahead, I like to prep rice bowls! The Korean Chicken and Mango Chicken are my faves because the sauces are just SO good, but burrito bowls are also super easy to throw together and you can also take shortcuts by using pre-chopped veggies and store-bought salsas, which are a great low-calorie option for your bowls!

Korean Chicken Meal Prep Bowls via The Girl on Bloor // Coconut Mango Chicken Meal Prep Bowls via The Girl on Bloor

Meal Prep Burrito Bowls via Free Your Fork // Meal Prep Cilantro Lime Chicken Bowls via Fit Foodie Finds

Cashew Chicken Meal Prep Bowls via The Girl on Bloor // Chicken Burrito Bowl Meal Prep via Kitchen @ Hoskins

Instant Pot Lunches

I love making my lunches for the week in the Instant Pot. You can make all sorts of lunch-friendly recipes like rice bowls, casseroles, pastas, taco meat, etc. I personally like to batch cook a big pot of pasta to take for work week lunches like the Pesto Chicken Pasta linked below – it’s one pot for minimal clean up, you can easily transport it to work and it reheats well. Tip: add a splash of water overtop of your pasta before microwaving. It will help retain moisture!

Instant Pot Chicken Pesto Pasta via Eating Instantly // Instant Pot Honey Garlic Noodles via Eating Instantly

And there you have it, my fave healthy lunch recipes together in one place! Get started meal prepping by just choosing one or two of the above recipes to make for your weekly lunches and move up from there. You can also try mixing and matching some of the above recipes to switch up your weekly lunches.

Lunch Recipes & Weight Loss

I always used to struggle with lunch meal prep for the work week because I had trouble planning ahead and let’s just say this was long before I discovered food blogs! I used to rely primarily on cookbooks to whip together delicious dinners but would struggle when it came to making my lunches for work and school.

You can learn more about my 25lb weight loss and meal prep journey over on my About Page, and this page will also help you navigate how to use my website to its full potential. I’ve got a ton of other amazing resources and recipes that will help you with so many more healthy lunch ideas!

Meal prep tools

  • Glass meal prep bowls are so great for microwaving and reheating your food safely
  • Mason jars are perfect for salads since they keep lettuce separated from dressings
  • Salad containers are another awesome option for keeping your greens and proteins separated so nothing gets soggy
  • My Rice Cooker saves me so much time in the meal prep process because I can cook my grains ahead of time
  • These Bento box containers are perfect for packing snacks and lunches together!
  • Restock your freezer with grass-fed beef and poultry from Butcher Box – and for a limited time get two free ribeyes and bacon!

If you’re looking to learn more about meal prep lunches, you’ve gotta sign up for my free 5-day meal prep challenge below!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

If you’re looking for more meal prep ideas, give one of these grab and go breakfasts a try!

  • 15 Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings
  • Overnight Oats 9 Ways
  • Healthy Smoothies 7 Ways
  • Copycat Starbucks Egg Bites

Healthy Dinner Meal Prep

Back when I was first learning to cook for myself, I would often just rely on dinner leftovers for lunches the next day. Turns out, that’s only a great strategy if you have the time to make dinner every night. If you’re struggling to make dinner, you can find some of my fave meal prep dinners below:

  • 52 healthy, quick dinner ideas – we’re talking 30 minute recipes, sheet pan, one pan skillet meals, Instant Pot, slow cooker and more!
  • My fave sheet pan recipes can ease up on the time you spend cooking and make for easier weeknight dinners

Budget-Friendly Meat Recipes

Another lunch strategy I love is making a bunch of baked chicken ahead of time then using for fun bowls with delicious sauces, or freezing steak in marinades for easy cooking.

  • 8 Easy Steak Marinades – perfect for incorporating steak in your weekly meal prep
  • How to make the BEST baked chicken breast – make your chicken ahead of time then just saute your veggies

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27 Delicious Low Calorie Meals That Fill You Up

There’s often a great divide between the word “healthy” and “filling” when it comes to food. One of the scariest myths about eating better is that, along with giving up the foods we love, we will simply starve. But let’s get real. There are so many incredibly filling healthy foods you can eat, especially at dinnertime, when you’re craving a big meal to satisfy you after a long and eventful day. Whether it’s a comforting casserole or a savory piece of meat you’re craving, you don’t have to sacrifice your fullness for the sake of healthiness. The following foods are packed with deliciously healthy ingredients, are low calorie AND fill you up. From 300 calorie meals to 500 calorie meals, you can easily find the recipes you want for your health needs whether you’re looking for vegetarian or meat-eating options. Plus, we’ve got low calorie dinners for two or low calorie dinners for the family so suit your needs! P.S. need some weight loss recipes? These are perfect for those too!

Love low-calorie recipes? Check out these Trader Joe’s low calorie recipes and week-long meal plan!

1. Cauliflower Crust Pizza by Slender Kitchen

There’s no need to give up your favorite comfort food with this delicious spin on pizza! Cauliflower, garlic, egg, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, oregano, parsley and basil combine to make one delicious pie that you don’t have to feel guilty about.

Calories: 284 (for the entire pizza!)

2. Low-Cal Southwestern Chicken Soup by Get Healthy U

When you want a hearty soup, this is the go-to. Soups work wonders when it comes to filling you up, plus this recipe is packed with incredible Southwestern flavors and healthy vegetables that provide plenty of fiber to fill you up.

Calories: 229

Related: 9 Flat-Belly Lunch Recipes Under 300 Calories

3. Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai by My Fitness Pal

Comfort and flavor combine to make a new twist on this traditional dish by using spaghetti squash instead of rice noodles and a gluten-free soy sauce. Filled with tons of flavor, it’s a sure-fire way to skip the take-out and eat healthfully instead.

Calories: 290

4. Beet Burgers with Chipotle Aioli by Get Healthy U

Burgers are great at filling you up, but not so much at keeping the calorie count in check. This healthier version will give you your burger fix without widening your waistline since it’s made from beets, which just so happen to be a great source of folate, fiber, potassium and vitamin C.

Calories: 282

5. Chickpea Curry with Cauliflower Rice by LaaLoosh

The array of spices used in this vegan, gluten free and dairy free recipe pack tons of flavor yet keep it healthy with the addition of cauliflower rice. The addition of chickpeas will boost your fiber and protein count, too. It’s also extremely easy to make, since you simply stir fry veggies, add spices and chickpeas and cook!

Calories: 256

6. Butternut Squash, Chickpea & Lentil Moroccan Stew by Ambitious Kitchen

Stews are perfect for a cold night when the need for something hearty and hot is calling your name. Avoid the extra calories with this simply divine Moroccan recipe that fills you up with healthy goodness thanks to the vitamin A-packed butternut squash, and protein-rich chickpeas and lentils.

Calories: 260

7. Vegan Sloppy Joes with Cauliflower by Food Faith Fitness

A sloppy joe is one of those childhood meals you secretly miss, but why keep it a secret, or miss it, when you can make it without all the unhealthy junk? This vegan version is just as good as the original with its incredible taste that won’t even make you crave meat, while the sweet, spicy and saucy mess will bring back many childhood memories while you reach frantically for more napkins.

Calories: 289

8. Layered BBQ Chicken & Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole by Ambitious Kitchen

When Mexican is on your mind but you fear you’ll subject yourself to far too many calories, try this indulgent yet healthy enchilada casserole complete with satisfying sweet potatoes, BBQ sauce, boneless chicken breasts, shredded mozzarella, colby jack cheese, cumin and cilantro.

Calories: 272

9. Baked Honey Mustard Chicken by My Fitness Pal

For a juicy meal that will fill you up without putting you into a food coma, try this baked honey mustard chicken recipe. Simply mix up the marinade, pour it over the chicken and bake. Healthy, delicious and simple. What more can you ask for?

Calories: 282

10. Low Carb Pepper Jack Stuffed Turkey Zucchini Meat Loaf by Ambitious Kitchen

This fun and flavorful take on a traditional meatloaf dish is a must try. Turkey zucchini meatloaf is stuffed with ooey gooey pepper jack cheese, topped with savory sauce and packed with plenty of spices and herbs to round it out.

Calories: 262

11. Garlic Parmesan Pasta with Chicken & Roasted Bell Peppers by Ambitious Kitchen

Pasta is a classic dish in many people’s households, thanks to its ability to combine with so many ingredients to create a variety of filling dishes. But it gets a bad rap for being on the heavier side. This light yet filling recipe is a no-brainer if you’re a pasta person who wants to keep it healthy.

Calories: 352

12. Low-Cal Shrimp Alfredo by Get Healthy U

Alfredo sauce is known for its fattening, high-calorie attributes, but it doesn’t have to be like that! This recipe is a low-fat version of the classic and is served over a bed of zucchini noodles. Topped off with hearty shrimp, you’ll feel full and satisfied no doubt.

Calories: 386

13. Pasta Bolognese by Skinnytaste

This healthy version of an Italian classic uses extra-lean ground beef, a no-salt tomato sauce and delectable porcini mushrooms to give you a hearty bowl of heaven without sacrificing flavor.

Calories: 399

14. Shepherd’s Pot Pie by Sugar Free Mom

Why it’s taken cauliflower so long to become the shining star of a meal is shocking, especially when you consider how well it does as a stand-in for its unhealthy alternatives. This recipe uses the vegetable as a replacement for potato mash. The coconut flour pie crust is another fun switch that gives each bite of the pie the desired flakiness without the added guilt.

Calories: 330

15. Cheddar and Carrot Mac and Cheese by Slender Kitchen

Mac and cheese, please? If you watch your calories, this might be an off limits dish… until now. A pound of carrots are packed into this unique recipe featuring high fiber pasta shells, reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese and bread crumbs.

Calories: 321

16. Healthy Eggplant Parmesan by Get Healthy U

Eggplant parm is an Italian must-have, but the classic version is usually fried and packed with fat and calories. This recipe keeps it light and flavorful by using panko bread crumbs that give it a delightful crunchy and crispy texture.

Calories: 310

17. Quinoa Taco Skillet by LaaLoosh

Anything that requires one pan or pot for an entire meal is worth learning about. And when it’s delicious, filling and healthy to boot? Yes please! This recipe is great for you thanks to the quinoa that takes place of the typical rice, while lean ground turkey is utilized over ground beef.

Calories: 303

18. Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Casserole

Lasagna is one of Italy’s most beloved comfort foods. When you hear about the carb and calorie count, however, it’s a bit of a turn off if you’re trying to watch your weight or just keep it healthy. This recipe uses spaghetti squash to combine with layers of melted cheese and classic Italian meat sauce for one perfect and filling meal.

Calories: 317

19. Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Casserole by Emily Bites

Teriyaki chicken isn’t usually associated with a low-calorie meal, but this recipe will surprise you with its flavor and healthy ingredients like low sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, ginger, olive oil and garlic. The chicken, veggies and brown rice really round out the healthfulness of this casserole.

Calories: 321

20. White Chicken Chili by Get Healthy U

Chili is a cozy bowl of warmth and yumminess, but did you know many classic recipes are full of cream, butter and far too much cheese for one serving? This version is not only lighter but easy, too, while also ensuring you still get that creamy richness in every bite. Using a rotisserie chicken will cut your prep time in half if you really want to keep things simple.

Calories: 376

21. Cauliflower Mac n’ Chicken Casserole by Fit Foodie Finds

This gluten-free comforting casserole is filled with healthy and wholesome ingredients, including ancient grain pasta that’s made with brown rice, quinoa, amaranth and corn. Chicken breast and cauliflower round out the dish to give you a complete meal.

Calories: 485

22. Pasta Rustico with Turkey Sausage by Get Healthy U

This pasta is light and healthy, simple to make, and so, so tasty! The sausage and veggies provide vibrant color and bright flavors to the dish. The whole wheat pasta will give you plenty of fiber, and the turkey sausage lots of protein — both of which will work to fill you up.

Calories: 430

23. Very Veggie Lasagna by Get Healthy U

Classic lasagna is made with meat, but this recipe is rich in so many other ways you certainly won’t miss it. The fresh veggies and tangy tomato sauce mixed with rich and melted cheese are enough to fill you up and satisfy your need for comfort food.

Calories: 459

24. Skinny Orange Chicken Casserole by Fit Foodie Finds

With the name “skinny” in the recipe, there’s no doubt you’ll want to try this healthy low-calorie casserole. This delicious meal is chock-full of fabulous ingredients for filling you up with each scrumptious bite, from the veggies to the protein to the whole grains and the additions of orange juice, chicken broth, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, sriracha and orange zest.

Calories: 421

25. Cashew Chicken Quinoa Bake by Fit Foodie Finds

If a one-dish healthy meal is on your mind, but you’re worried it won’t fill you up, look no further than this high-protein option. Cashew, chicken and quinoa combine to provide a flavorful, crunchy and satisfying meal that’s just as simple as it is delicious.

Calories: 457

26. Asian Stuffed Pepper Steak Quinoa Casserole by Fit Foodie Finds

This recipe is just as unique as it is filling, healthy and yummy. The quinoa is made into a fried rice that serves as the base, while stuffed pepper steak lays delicately on top. Everything is made in one pan to make this meal even more enticing.

Calories: 468

27. One-Skillet Healthy Paella by Fit Men Cook

Paella is a hearty dish packed with flavor, but it’s not always on the healthy side, or easy to whip up at that. This nutritional version requires just one skillet, and requires minimal work to create a meal so delicious, the aroma will fill up the house with delight.

Calories: 401

Want more low-calorie recipes? Check out these Trader Joe’s low calorie recipes and week-long meal plan!

13 Healthy Meals to Eat On-the-Go

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When you’re on the go, it’s easy to cave to the convenience of processed or fast food that’s loaded with preservatives, calories, fat, and sodium. Recharge your body with the clean eating foods it needs to power through your day, whether you’re running mom to her hair appointment or managing sports schedules for three kids. Try these 13 meals to eat on the go.

1. Taco Salad in a Jar

Yum up lunch or dinner with on-the-go meals like our portable taco salad recipe. Oh, yeah, and it offers just 139 skinny calories per serving.

2. Greek Turkey Wrap

Treat your taste buds to a healthy wrap bursting with flavor.

3. Clean-Eating Chicken Salad

Forget the deli version loaded with calories; mix healthy portable meal ideas like this lunch recipe instead.

4. Skinny Burrito in a Jar

You’ve gotta love simple, nutritious recipes like this one—it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.

5. Asian Chicken Wraps

Add a whole grain tortilla for portable meal ideas that won’t weigh you down with guilt or extra pounds.

6. Spinach & Bean Burrito Wrap

This is a SkinnyMs. fan favorite—include it in your menu planning this week to find out why!

7. Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

Make this for dinner, and then wrap leftovers in a whole grain tortilla for tasty on-the-go meals.

8. Greek Pita Sandwich

This convenient lunch or dinner idea is a great grab-n-go idea when you want to eat healthy.

9. Caprese Salad in a Jar

You’ll love the clean eating goodness in this easy-prep recipe—delish!

10. Paleo-Friendly Meaty Veggie Roll-Ups

These roll-ups are so simple the kids can help prepare them for fast on-the-go meals.

11. Slow Cooker Beef Tips

Satisfy meat cravings with this yummy slow cooker recipe. Enjoy it for dinner one night, then add leftovers to a whole grain roll or wrap.

12. Breakfast Yogurt Parfait To Go

Busy days demand a nutritious start—that’s what makes portable meal ideas like this one a healthy way to fuel the body.

13. Pita Pocket Breakfast Sandwich

Superfoods egg and spinach are stuffed into an easy take-along pita to power you up to take on the day.

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Welcome to my collection 45 quick healthy dinner ideas. From chicken tostadas to baked chicken breast, and from beef stir fry to shrimp tacos, be sure you will find an answer to “What’s for dinner tonight?” among these easy 30 minute healthy dinner recipes.

By the way, I hate that question too!

Healthy Dinner Recipes

As a busy mom of 2, I know your struggle. I can help you!

During 7 years of running this blog, I have put a lot of effort to create a variety of healthy dinners you can feed your family. Be sure all my recipes are ready in 30 minutes or less, use simple ingredients and are tasty.

Bookmark this link for “, what’s for dinner?” moments. And be healthy!

What Is a Healthy Dinner?

What make dinner healthy? Let me just say first and foremost that everyone has their own understanding of “healthy”. What’s healthy for someone on a paleo diet isn’t healthy for a vegan. You know what I mean?! So, let’s be nice to each other and except our differences.

Without Googling the definition “healthy”, here is what I strive to put on my family’s dinner table 80% of the time. Because let’s be honest, there is real life with mall outings, travel and because everyone gets sick and tired of cooking by Friday. Even me!

Our family healthy dinner is:

  • Made with real food (my list). All ingredients are simple: grains, meat, veggies and 1-3 ingredient condiments.
  • Covers all food groups: protein, carbs and fats.
  • Moderate amount of meat because I’m convinced we in North America eat too much of it.
  • Always has veggies.

That’s it. I personally think it is quite easy to eat healthy if you do not overthink it.

Now let’s help you to put easy dinner on the table!

45 Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes – Quick Links

I think it’s the best collection of easy dinner recipes on the web.

  • Healthy Chicken Recipes
  • Healthy Tacos and Finger Food
  • Healthy Skillets
  • Healthy Stir Fry and Curry
  • Healthy One Pot Recipes
  • Healthy Ground Turkey Recipes
  • Healthy Salmon Recipes

Please don’t be shy to share! The more people eat healthy, the lower our medical bill. I’m serious. YOU CAN make a difference. So, share away, share away.

Healthy Chicken Dinners

We eat a lot of chicken. Probably just like you. When buying chicken I usually buy organic because of what it was fed and the way it was raised. Costco is my go-to source for chicken.

I usually serve these simple chicken dishes with a side of quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat or mashed potatoes. And a simple salad like cucumber and tomato salad and lots of lettuce salad. When we are “lazy”, my husband makes a green smoothie.

  • Baked Chicken Breast
  • Healthy White Chicken Chili
  • Chicken Breast with Tomatoes
  • Cajun Chicken
  • Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • Healthy Chicken Fingers
  • Healthy Chicken Alfredo

Healthy Tacos and Finger Foods

Kids love anything tacos, quesadillas and burritos. Can’t get away from cheese when making those. I try to use a bit less of quality natural or organic cheese. And load these finger foods with veggies, protein and wrap in whole wheat or corn tortillas. Healthy and easy!

  • Chicken Tostadas
  • Shrimp Tacos
  • Fish tacos
  • Chicken Tacos
  • Buffalo Chicken Tacos
  • Chicken Quesadilla
  • Vegetarian Quesadilla
  • Chicken Burritos

Healthy Skillets

Skillets are as forgiving as soups. You throw everything together and can adjust taste as you go. This quick and easy healthy dinner is so hard to screw up. Skillets are great for beginner cooks. And I also love that many can be made low carb with lots of veggies and served with a grain for more hungry people like kids and husbands.

Which skillet is best? I like to use ceramic non-stick PFOA free skillets. Large size with deep edges. Keep in mind, any non-stick coating loses its non-stick qualities after about 6 months. So, it’s not you. So far, I had the most luck with Green Pan.

  • Tex Mex Chicken and Zucchini
  • Chicken, Zucchini and Corn
  • Zucchini Noodles with Chicken
  • Pesto Turkey and Zucchini Skillet
  • Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes
  • Healthy Pasta with Tomato and Broccoli
  • Sweet Potato Skillet
  • Teriyaki Chicken and Cauliflower
  • Vegetable Frittata

Healthy Stir Fry and Curry

Again, kids love stir fry and most love curry. What makes these curry healthy is canned full fat coconut milk and no store-bought sauces. And I always use super easy homemade stir fry sauce in my stir fries. Again, no bottled stuff with preservatives or complicated ingredients.

Stir fries are loaded with veggies, therefore are so healthy. So serve on its own for low carb meal (for a mom) and with complex carb side for everyone else. Healthy dinner made easy!

  • Healthy Chicken Stir Fry
  • Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls
  • Salmon Stir Fry
  • Thai Chicken Curry
  • Cauliflower Fried Rice
  • Instant Pot Stir Fry
  • Peanut Chicken Soba Noodles
  • Healthy Beef Stir Fry
  • Healthy Beef and Broccoli

Healthy One Pot and Sheet Pan Dinners

These one pot and sheet pan dinners prove that 30 minute healthy dinner can be flavorful without washing 3 pots. With one pan cooking it’s important to figure out the right combination of foods, so pasta doesn’t get mushy or meat remains not fully cooked. Below, are all tried and true one pot wonders and I’m working on more.

  • Steak Fajitas
  • Healthy Mac and Cheese
  • Roasted Chicken Thighs and Potatoes
  • Healthy Tuscan Chicken Pasta
  • Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli
  • Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce
  • One Pan Chicken and Potatoes
  • One Pot Chili Mac
  • Ground Turkey and Broccoli Pasta
  • Penne with Broccoli
  • Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Healthy Ground Turkey Dinners

It is true that ground turkey can be dry. I love adding shredded zucchini when cooking with ground turkey. Be sure, only juicy turkey recipes are included. I like to serve meatballs with whole wheat spaghetti, and kids squeeze organic ketchup all over them. It’s fine by me. Also that’s Mexican street corn salad in case you are wondering. I truly do not overthink if Mexican goes with Italian. We just eat healthy.:)

  • Turkey Burgers
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  • Turkey Sliders
  • Thai Meatballs
  • Turkey Meatballs

Healthy Salmon Dinners

Salmon is a treat because of its price. I truly believe in eating wild salmon vs. farmed. These healthy salmon recipes are ready in under 30 minutes. And again, serve them with a whole grain and a side of veggies instead of salad for a change: corn, asparagus, butternut squash and cauliflower.

  • Thai Salmon
  • Honey Garlic Salmon
  • Lime Ginger Salmon
  • Baked Salmon in Foil

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As lazy summer days wind down and back-to-school season hits, it seems like our schedules are instantly jam-packed. Between work deadlines ramping up, getting your kids back in a routine, and shorter days, it can often feel like there’s barely time to eat dinner let alone prepare it.

But you don’t have to resort to takeout or delivery when a hectic workday leaves zero time to cook. Nutritionists know the tricks to getting a healthy and tasty dinner on the table STAT. Use these shortcuts and go-to recipes that the pros turn to on busy weeknights — these 11 dinners can all be on the table in 15 minutes or less!

Beans and Rice Bowl

Amy Gorin Nutrition

Stock your freezer with frozen veggies and your pantry with microwaveable brown rice, canned beans and canned sliced black olives — and you can have a quickie meal in ten minutes or less. The Okra, Chickpea and Tomato Rice Bowl utilizes foods you’re likely to have on hand that will come together for one of the fastest dinners ever! Plus, the bowl is a good source of protein and an excellent source of fiber for maximum staying power. It contains a few fresh ingredients like grape tomatoes and crumbled feta, but feel free to swap in whatever veggies and cheese you have on hand.

Vegetarian Tacos

Emily Kyle Nutrition

After a long day at school, little hands love finger food like tacos — and this meal can be on the table in a flash. “My go-to meal when I am strapped for time are these Vegetarian Hummus Tacos,” says Emily Kyle, MS, RDN, a nutritionist in Rochester, New York. The five-minute meal features whole-wheat tortillas, black beans, avocado, Greek yogurt and plenty of veggies. “I add any topping or extra vegetable I have on hand, which helps to cut back on food waste and save money,” she says.

Turkey Burgers

Patricia Bannan

Even without a grill, a turkey burger can get on the table, stat. “My Red Chili and Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers are a family staple, especially during busy times like back-to-school season,” says Patricia Bannan, MS, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and author of Eat Right When Time is Tight. “Super easy, these burgers only take about five minutes to prep and ten minutes to cook. Plus, the surprise chili-and-cheese filling in the middle of the burger is delicious.” The dinner will keep you full all night, with 33 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per burger. “Serve on a whole-wheat bun and add your favorite toppings like arugula, salsa and avocado slices for added taste and nutrition,” suggests Bannan.

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Lentil Salad

Don’t feel bad about taking shortcuts — like purchasing pre-cooked steamed lentils — on a busy weeknight. “My super fast go-to dinner involves a few healthy timesavers,” says Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, a dietitian in New York City and author of “Slim Down Now.” Here’s how she makes it: Sass whisks together a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, a teaspoon of stone ground mustard, a half teaspoon of Italian seasoning and dashes of sea salt and black pepper. Then she tosses a half cup of pre-cooked chilled lentils with the dressing, spoons it over a bed of ready-to-eat greens, and tops it with half an avocado and a handful of sliced strawberries. “This combo is filling, satiating, nutrient rich and energizing — and it’s ready in mere minutes,” she says.

Egg Sandwich

Amy Gorin Nutrition

Breakfast for dinner? Yes, please! When it comes to quick-cooking protein, you can’t get much faster than eggs. Give your typical egg sandwich an upgrade with this quickie Italian Flatbread Panini. Scramble the eggs in one pan, then add them as a filling to a flatbread sandwich with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella — giving the sandwich a quickie grill on a stove top cast-iron grill. What’s more, this meal is loaded with 29 grams of filling protein.

Shrimp Pesto

“As a single working parent, dinner in 15 minutes is quite common in my house!” says Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD, a dietitian in New York City. “One meal that’s on heavy rotation these days is shrimp pesto. Frozen, uncooked shrimp doesn’t require an overnight defrost, making it an ideal protein choice for those of us who might forget to do such things.” Here’s how to make it: Just stick the shrimp in a colander in the sink under cold, running water to let it defrost. Meanwhile, boil water and prepare a bean-based pasta, according to package instructions. As the pasta is coming to a finish, toss in frozen broccoli. Drain; then cook the defrosted shrimp on a skillet coated with olive oil. They’ll cook in just a few minutes on each side. Finally, combine the shrimp with the broccoli-and-pasta mixture, then toss with store-bought pesto. “I serve this with a spinach salad, topped with pine nuts instead of croutons,” Cassetty says. “This brings healthy fats, plus added crunch and flavor to our greens. And the pesto doubles as salad dressing!”

Chickpeas with Veggies

Marisa Moore Nutrition

What’s faster than rinsing and draining a can of beans? Almost nothing! “I always have cooked chickpeas in the freezer or a can of chickpeas in the pantry,” says Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, a dietitian in Atlanta. “I use chickpeas in many ways, from tossing them into pesto or marinara sauce for a meatless pasta dish to blending them into hummus to enjoy as a light dinner with vegetable sticks and warm pita bread.” But her all-time go-to recipe is Smoky Chickpeas with Spinach. “This one pan, simple sauté combines chickpeas and spinach with smoked paprika and garlic for a flavorful and filling dish that’s perfect as is, stuffed into a pita, or served over your favorite grain,” she says. “With it, I get a protein and fiber fix in ten minutes flat!”

Turkey Meatballs

Edwina Clark

Here’s a meal-prep secret many dietitians use: They utilize frozen ingredients. “I am often on the go, so we do loads of quick and easy dinners in my household,” says Edwina Clark, MS, RD, head of nutrition content at RaisedReal in San Francisco. “Most weekends, I make a batch of turkey meatballs without the sauce, and freeze them in individual servings so I can whip them out during the week for a quick pasta or zoodle meal with store-bought marinara sauce.” Clark notes that baby spinach is a staple in her fridge, and she adds that to the dish for extra veggies.

Baked or Broiled Salmon

The Nutrition Twins

You might think that cooking salmon seems ambitious for a weeknight — but it really doesn’t take long to bake or broil fish. “When things are busy and I want a quick and easy nutritious meal, I usually default to a serving of broiled salmon, couscous and steamed broccoli,” says Keri Gans, RDN, a nutritionist and yoga teacher in New York City and author of “The Small Change Diet”. “All I do is brush the salmon with olive oil and sprinkle on paprika, coriander and black pepper. Then I place the salmon in the broiler on aluminum foil and cook for around eight to ten minutes. Meanwhile, the couscous is cooking on the stove top and the broccoli is steaming in the microwave. Then I simply plate with a wedge of lemon.” Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos, RDN, CFT, dietitians in New York City and co-authors of “The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure”, have a similar go-to meal with their Salmon with Pineapple Salsa. Instead of couscous, they’ll prepare microwaveable brown rice. “This quick dinner is a delicious way to get omega-3 fatty acids and 27 grams of satisfying protein in a wholesome meal!” they say.

Peanut Noodles

Grateful Grazer

Here’s a fact: Vegetarian proteins like edamame and peanuts cook more quickly than meat. “Whenever I’m short on time, I make 15-Minute Peanut Noodles for dinner,” says Stephanie McKercher, RD, a healthy recipe blogger in Denver, Colorado. “I use frozen edamame instead of beef or chicken, so there’s no need to worry about cooking meat with this recipe. This is my favorite thing to eat when I don’t have lots of fresh ingredients in my kitchen!”

Black Bean Quesadillas

Nourish Nutrition

Yup, a quickie quesadilla can be loaded with protein and veggies. “Quesadillas can take as little as ten minutes to put together,” says Rebecca Clyde, MS, RDN, a dietitian in Salt Lake City, Utah. “I love how versatile they are. I pack my Black Bean and Vegetable Quesadillas with beans or leftover meat with cheese and whatever veggies I have in my fridge. They’re a great way to reduce food waste by throwing greens or other veggies that are about to go bad into the tortilla.” Serve with fresh or canned salsa and guacamole for a nourishing and satisfying quick dinner.

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Back to school time means we’re all looking for easy and healthy school lunch ideas. Browse this list of 50 ideas to get more variety in your day.

I’m posting these 50 Healthy School Lunch Ideas because my daughter is starting school in September. And, wouldn’t ya know my child doesn’t like sandwiches. GREAAAAAAT.

But, I was exactly like her growing up so lucky for me I know a thing or two about lunches that don’t completely revolve around sliced bread and meat. My mom always packed a healthy, well-balanced lunch that I for the most part enjoyed. Sometimes, I’d get the occasional sandwich, but all in all, it was just a series of snacks put together that covered all the basic food groups. That’s usually how I throw lunches together for Brooke. Protein (dairy included in this), carb, fruit, veg.

School Lunch Ideas

So, here’s a list of 50 {yes, that’s FIFTY!} healthy lunches that my daughter happens to like that you can try out on your little ones this coming school year:

1. Greek Yogurt, granola, peppers, baby tomatoes, grapes, mini muffin

2. Ham & cheese mini bagel, banana, a cup of greek yogurt, sugar snap peas

3. Peanut butter & Banana tortilla roll-ups, unsweetened applesauce pouch, celery sticks

4. Cracker pizza, broccoli with ranch, apple slices

5. Hummus & Veggie Wraps, dried fruit, crackers

6. Tex-Mex Chopped Veggie Taco Dip, tortilla chips, orange slices, frozen Greek yogurt tube

7. Four Cheese Pepperoni Pizza Knots, carrot sticks, a cup of diced unsweetened peaches

8. Southwest Pepper Turkey Egg Cups, watermelon cubes, fruit leather, celery sticks

9. Veggies and dip, cheese stick, banana mini muffin, trail mix

10. Tuna fish on a croissant, mini chocolate doughnut muffins, baby carrots, yogurt

11. Tuna Pasta Salad with Dill & peas, unsweetened applesauce pouch, red pepper slices

12. Basil & Pecan Chicken Salad, crackers, cucumber slices, blueberries

13. Macaroni Salad, cheese stick, apple, fruit leather, cauliflower pieces

14. Tuna California Club Sandwich, babybel cheese, dried fruit, celery sticks.

15. Hummus, pita, cucumber slices, carrot sticks, homemade granola bar

16. Cottage cheese, peanut butter sandwich crackers, strawberries, baby carrots

17. Roasted Red Pepper Dip, deli turkey, soft pita, veggies, grapes

18. Coconut Curry Chicken Salad, tortilla chips, cherries, tube yogurt

19. Turkey and cream cheese tortilla pinwheels, dried fruit, baby tomatoes,

20. Cucumber tea sandwiches, apple slices with peanut butter, cheese stick

21. Chicken Caesar Pasta salad, homemade granola bar, strawberries

22. Homemade Lunchables with meat, cheese, crackers + juice box, raspberries, unsweetened applesauce pouch

23. Mini Salad Pita Pockets, pretzels, carrot sticks, mandarin oranges

24. PB&J tortilla roll up, Cocoa-Nut Almond Energy Balls, grapes, bell pepper slices

25. BLT on a soft roll, fruit leather, cheese stick, sugar snap peas

26. Ham & Cheese Melt Deviled Eggs, tube yogurt, strawberries, celery sticks

27. Laughing cow cheese wedges, pretzels, fresh cherries, lemon poppyseed mini muffin

28. Chicken & Ranch Wraps, goldfish crackers, peach, celery sticks

29. Sesame Noodle Salad, mixed fruit cup, yogurt, watermelon cubes

30. Turkey and cheese roll, goldfish crackers, green pepper slices, strawberries, nectarine

31. Fancy Chicken Salad on a mini bagel, dried fruit, black olives, cauliflower pieces

32. Green smoothie, peanut butter sandwich crackers, pear slices, trail mix

33. Jalapeño Artichoke Dip, crackers, orange bell peppers, sugar snap peas, watermelon, dried apricots

34. Homemade Pizza Lunchable with pita, pizza sauce, grated cheese, pepperoni, grapes, black olives, broccoli + ranch

35. Chicken soft taco, banana, unsweetened applesauce pouch, mini muffin

36. Apple slices turned into peanut butter sandwiches, yogurt raisins, cheese stick, baby tomatoes

37. Mini bagel ham sandwich, cheese stick, cucumber slices, apple, pretzels

38. Leftover slice of quiche, cherries, celery and carrot sticks, homemade crackers

39. Mini Cheese tray: Brie cheese wedge, crackers, grapes, strawberries, baby carrots

40. Tuna Fish, crackers, cheese cubes, pear, yogurt covered raisins

Warm School Lunch Ideas

41. Chicken Noodle Soup, crackers, apple slices, homemade granola bar

42. Homemade Spaghetti-Os, pear, cucumber slices, soft dinner roll

43. Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup, trail mix, cornbread muffin {leftovers :)}

44. Secret Ingredient Tomato Soup, biscuit, a cup of greek yogurt, fruit leather

45. Irish Beef Stew, crackers, blueberries, side salad

46. Simple Chili, grapes, cheese stick, trail mix

47. Macaroni and Cheese, a cup of fruit, carrot sticks, ranch

48. Tomato Basil Alphabet Soup, chocolate milk box, garlic toast, strawberries

49. Sweet and Sour Meatballs, rice, yogurt, apple slices

50. Spaghetti, fruit smoothie, yogurt raisins, broccoli and ranch

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Updated August 2019

It’s that time of year again – back to school season is upon us! I know many schools have their first day back at school in August but around here, classes begin in September, the day after Labor Day.

This year, my oldest is heading into the third grade and my youngest into kindergarten and they both couldn’t be more excited. I feel like every summer flies by quicker and quicker and I’m definitely going to be missing the slower mornings.

If you’re already back to your regular school routine again, you’re probably faced with that daily question of what to pack in school lunches. Packing lunches can always be a challenge and here are some healthy lunch ideas to get you started.

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Most parents struggle with trying to balance nutritious choices with what your child will actually eat. Staying organized by planning ahead and having a variety of fresh, fun and healthy ideas helps make life easier with school lunches.

It’s the best feeling to open that lunchbox at the end of the day and see that your kids love everything that you packed.

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HELPFUL TIPS WHEN PACKING SCHOOL LUNCHES

PLAN AHEAD

Make back to school lunches ahead of time at night and portion off any dried snacks that keep well on Sundays for the rest of the week.

MIX IT UP

Include a variety so your child doesn’t get bored. Switch things up and pair different snacks, fruits, carbs and protein. Leftovers like muffins, pasta salads or chilled sesame noodles are some great choices for school lunch ideas for kindergarten and high school.

GRANOLA BAR RECIPES:

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  • No-Bake Granola Bars with Almond & Cranberry
  • Chewy No-Bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

BREAKFAST COOKIE RECIPES

Healthy Breakfast Cookies – 12 Ways

Zucchini Breakfast Cookies (Flourless)

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

ENERGY BITE RECIPES

  • Energy Bites – 12 Ways
  • Cranberry Energy Bites
  • Almond Joy Energy Bites

ZUCCHINI TOTS

KEEP THINGS FUN WITH SOME DIY “LUNCHABLES”

Allow your child to put together their own DIY pizzas or wraps with dips and sauces to make things interesting.

Yogurt, hummus, guacamole and salsa are great for adding flavor to vegetables and fruit.

FOOD SAFETY

Many items will keep at room temperature but be aware of which will require an ice pack to stay cool. Also make sure that you are aware of any peanut or other food restrictions that the school might have in place. I’ve included many nut-free lunches and included notes for substitutions.

KEEP FOOD SEPARATE WITH A LUNCH BOX WITH DIVIDED COMPARTMENTS

Having a lunchbox with separate compartments and / or liners will help you remember to include all the components of a balanced meal.

Here are a few of my favorites:

PlanetBox – 5 Compartments

LunchBot – Trio and Duo

3 Compartment LunchBoxes

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12 School Lunch Ideas

I’ve included these easy and kid-friendly school lunch recipes, tips and tricks below to make preparing school lunches a breeze. The lunchboxes, silicone muffin liners and condiment cups can all be purchased from Amazon.

Feel free to mix and match or swap out any of the fruits and snacks to suit your tastes.

1. DIY Tortillas (Gluten free, Nut free, substitutions provided for dairy free)

  • corn tortilla chips
  • shredded cheese (use vegan cheese or leave out for dairy-free version)
  • turkey
  • cheese, cut into circles OR string cheese (I used cheddar – use vegan cheese or leave out for dairy-free version)
  • fresh fruit – pictured above: peach slices, watermelon chunks, blueberries and blackberries

2. Turkey and Cheese Roll-ups

  • turkey slices, swiss and cheddar cheese slices
  • raw almonds (leave out for nut free version)
  • raw veggies: celery, grape tomatoes, cauliflower and zucchini
  • multigrain crackers with sunbutter
  • apple slices
  • grapes

3. DIY Lunchables (Nut free, dairy free, substitutions provided for gluten free)

  • pita or tortilla triangles (use wholewheat or gluten free tortillas as needed)
  • plantain chips
  • zucchini or cucumber
  • turkey OR your favorite deli meat
  • apple slices
  • wholegrain mini crackers (use gluten free crackers or leave out as needed)
  • hummus (OR cream cheese if not dairy-free)
  • fresh berries – (Pictured above: strawberries, blueberries and blackberries)
  • pumpkin seeds and cranberries

4. Healthier Egg “Salad” Sandwich – (Nut free, substitutions provided for gluten free)

  • Avocado egg salad – scrambled eggs mixed with avocado, Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper with multigrain bread or wholewheat bread (use gluten free as needed) – cut into bite-sized portions (mini grilled cheese sandwiches would also be another great option if you’re not dairy free)
  • cooked corn on the cob
  • raw vegetables – sugar snap peas, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots (baby carrots), canned chickpeas
  • homemade Greek yogurt ranch dip
  • fruit – cubed watermelon (or a homemade fruit leather)

5. DIY Pizza (Nut free, substitutions provided for dairy free and gluten free)

  • tortillas – swap for gluten free as needed
  • turkey pepperoni slices
  • pizza sauce or salsa
  • shredded cheese, grape tomatoes
  • raw vegetables – grape tomatoes, chopped cucumber or zucchini, shredded carrots
  • fresh fruit: cubed watermelon, grapes

6. Smashed Chickpea Sandwich (Dairy Free, Nut-free and substitutions for gluten free)

  • Smashed Chickpea Sandwich – with multigrain bread (use gluten free as needed) – cut into bite-sized portions – fill with smashed chickpeas, smashed avocado, salt & pepper, kale (or lettuce)
  • fresh fruit – peach slices, blackberries, chopped watermelon
  • raw vegetables – zucchini, cucumber and / or celery
  • banana
  • hummus with sugar or snap peas and multigrain crackers (leave out or use gluten free as needed)

7. Taco Salad (Gluten free)

  • freeze-dried strawberries and blueberries
  • plantain chips
  • Cranberry Energy Bites OR you can make your own trail mix
  • Taco Salad – lettuce, black beans, sliced tomatoes and shredded cheese (can leave cheese out for dairy free version)
  • unsweetened apple sauce
  • grapes

8. Healthier Egg “Salad” Sandwich – (Nut free, substitutions provided for gluten free)

  • Avocado egg salad – scrambled eggs mixed with avocado, Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper with multigrain bread or wholewheat bread (use gluten free as needed) – cut into bite-sized portions (mini grilled cheese sandwiches would also be another great option if you’re not dairy free)
  • cooked corn on the cob
  • pumpkin seeds and cranberries
  • apple slices with Greek yogurt
  • fresh berries – (Pictured above: strawberries, blueberries and blackberries)

9. Tuna Salad – (Nut free, low carb, sugar free, gluten free, Whole30, keto, Paleo, dairy-free)

  • tuna salad – tuna mixed with Whole30 mayo + salt + pepper + chopped celery
  • avocado slices + Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel Seasoning, cherry tomatoes + sliced cucumbers + broccoli
  • spiralized zucchini + marinara sauce
  • pumpkin seeds + sunflower seeds + unsweetened organic coconut flakes

10. Turkey – (Low carb, sugar free, gluten free, Whole30, keto, Paleo, dairy-free)

  • Trader Joe’s nitrate free turkey slices
  • guacamole + celery + broccoli + Applegate Turkey Pepperoni + cherry tomatoes
  • egg muffins
  • pecans + macadamia nuts

11. Egg Muffins – (Low carb, sugar free, gluten free, Whole30, keto, Paleo, dairy-free)

  • breakfast egg muffins
  • Primal Kitchen ranch + celery + broccoli + cucumber + zucchini + cherry tomatoes
  • olives + sun-dried tomatoes
  • strawberries + blueberries

12. Vegetable Guacamole – (Nut-free, low carb, sugar free, gluten free, Whole30, keto, Paleo, dairy-free)

  • guacamole + celery + broccoli + cucumber + cherry tomatoes
  • spiralized zucchini + smoked salmon
  • hard-boiled eggs

13. Chicken Salad – (Low carb, sugar free, gluten free, keto, Paleo, dairy-free)

  • chicken salad – cooked chicken mixed with Whole30 mayo + salt + pepper + chopped celery + sliced almonds + pecans + in Outer Aisle Cauliflower Sandwich Thins (paleo / keto)
  • cucumber + cherry tomatoes
  • raspberries + dried blueberries + shredded coconut
  • almond butter OR sunbutter

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5 from 4 votes12 School Lunch Ideas – Healthy and Easy School Lunches

12 School Lunch Ideas that are healthy, kid-friendly and perfect for picky eaters. Tons of ideas for nut-free, dairy-free, sugar free, Whole30, paleo, low carb, keto and gluten free options. Lots of options for no cooking, no heating or microwave needed!

Author: Kelly Ingredients

  • Mains:
  • Sandwiches: Egg tuna or chicken salad, turkey
  • Smashed chickpea and avocado sandwiches
  • DIY Pizza: Tortilla chips cheese, grape tomatoes
  • Turkey and cheese rollups
  • Ham or turkey hummus pitas
  • Taco Salad: black beans cheese, salsa
  • Veggies:
  • Cucumber zucchini with hummus or homemade ranch Greek yogurt dip
  • Broccoli cauliflower, snap peas with hummus or dip
  • Grape or cherry tomatoes with hummus or dip
  • Carrots with hummus or dip
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Fruits:
  • Bananas
  • Apple
  • Berries
  • Peach
  • Grapes
  • Freeze-dried fruit
  • Applesauce
  • Snacks:
  • Crackers
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Energy bites
  • Pumpkin Seeds or other seeds
  • Raw Nuts check school policy or if there are any allergies
  • Dried cranberries or other fruit
  • Seed or Nut butter check school policy or if there are any allergies

Instructions

  1. Include a variety of ingredients from each category and divide into lunchboxes.

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4. Philly Cheese Turkey Sloppy Joe:

The problem with most sloppy Joes is that they are high in fat and even higher in calories. But not here. A multigrain bun, ground turkey and reduced-fat cheese make this favorite both healthy and delicious. You just found your new favorite lunch recipe. See the recipe here.

5. Skinny Chick-Fil-A Sandwich:

Fast food is often the go-to for lunch when you’re short on time. Instead of eating out, here is a healthy makeover for a popular purchase. Aside from the chicken, egg, skim milk and your choice of flour (coconut, almond or oat are great options), the many spices and seasonings give this sandwich so much flavor it’s hard to believe it’s so low in calories. See the full nutrition info here.

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6. Classic Tuna Salad:
Traditional tuna salad is full of mayonnaise and fat. To make it skinny, we cut out some of that mayo and used plain, nonfat Greek yogurt instead! It saves on fat and calories but still gives you that creamy texture you crave with tuna salad. Try it on a cracker, by itself or on a whole-wheat, high fiber wrap. Even better, try wrapping it in a lettuce wrap! Half a cup of our tasty tuna salad comes to only 85 calories, 1 gram of fat and 2 WWP+.

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