Meal prepping can be so tedious, but the payoff is so worth the effort. You can use these meal prep lunch ideas to have something ready to go without having to cook them the day of aside from microwaving them.
Making meal prep lunches to take to work is amazing and keeps you on track with eating healthy, working towards your goals, and saves your pocketbook too.
Meal prepping is something I used to wonder about quite a lot. I had friends that were super strict on their calorie intake and would prep their meals so they could control how much they were eating at each meal.
But, I often wondered if they got tired of prepping their meals ahead of time and not really having any room for spontaneous meal ideas.
Well, after prepping meals for lunch I can say that I don’t really get bored and if I want something different I just use the materials I would have for one dish to be creative and make a different one.
Meal prep meals don’t have to be boring.
Some people will prep a whole week at once, but I can’t do that living in an RV. So, I’ll prep three meals ahead to stash in the fridge.
I say I can’t do that living in an RV because I’m not just prepping three meals, I’m actually prepping six meals. My husband and I both work so we both need meals.
The kids eat at school (most days) so I only have to worry about their lunches the morning before they go to school. Pretty easy.
The one thing I love about prepping meals is that it saves time. It seems crazy that you can fix three separate meals in about two hours, but you can.
Save Money And Time With Meal Prep Lunch Ideas
Meal prepping saves both time and money. You will cook all at once either once or twice a week and you’ll shop once a week for your meals.
By knowing exactly what you’re making for lunch and dinner each day you can plan ahead for meals that are budget-friendly and quick to make.
It’s best to find meals you can rotate throughout the month to keep costs down extra, extra-low.
Check out these money-saving worksheets by my friend Victoria. They will help you find budget meals and plan out your meals well in advance.
This feature alone is worth its weight in gold.
If you’re able to find meals that come out to about $5-$10 each (depending on serving size) that could be a good bit of money-saving.
Start Planning Your Meal Prep Lunch Ideas
When I first started in the land of meal prepping I was so lost and completely confused.
I didn’t know how to lay things out, plan accordingly or even when to cook what. It. Was. Horrible.
But, after a lot of research and many articles read I finally got the hang of it.
Thankfully, there are a lot of recipes out there now that are geared towards meal prep meals so that makes it even easier to plan ahead! All you have to do is search for meal prep meals on Pinterest and you’ll be able to find so many of them.
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How To Get Started Meal Prepping
Getting started the first time is always the hardest, but it does get easier. And, it’s even easier if you plan ahead and have your plans where you can easily access them. If you’re not planning and just sort of going willy nilly then it won’t end as you’d want.
Planning with meal prep is really key.
So, let’s make the initial plan.
- Look around your fridge, freezer, and pantry to see what you already have on hand
- Find meals that are based around what you do or don’t have on hand
- Create your shopping list according to what you need to get from the store
Now that you have your list of meals that you’re going to make and you’ve created a shopping list… it’s time to figure out WHEN you’re going to go shopping and when you’ll meal prep these meals.
My suggestion is that you shop one day and then meal prep the next day. Many folks will shop on a Saturday and prep the very next day (Sunday).
Don’t fuss over separating everything out on Saturday, just put up the groceries and eat whatever you had planned for Saturday.
On Sunday you get down to business!
Start Meal Prepping Like a Boss
- Gather all of your recipes for the meals you’re wanting to cook/make
- Bring out all of the ingredients you have in the fridge, freezer, and pantry
- This is where there might be sketchy… I prep meals one by one. You can prep like items at the same time if you want to though, this just helps me stay on track.
- So, you’ll either separate ingredients by meal or by type (onions with bell peppers, roots with potatoes, etc)
- Get cooking!
You might want to put on some music to jam out. Make it fun!
This eBook is one of my all time favs for meal prepping! It’s easy to follow and helps a lot.
Quick Meal Prep Lunch Ideas For Work
When you’re trying to find meals, don’t just look for “meal prep” style recipes. There are tons of recipes out on the world wide web that can be used as meal prep lunch ideas in a pinch… or not in a pinch but just in general.
You’ll find that there are tons of recipes that are pack worthy and easily reheatable without needing to find a specific meal prep idea.
Below you’ll find a few delicious meal prep lunch ideas that you can put in your handy spreadsheet to pull from as you rotate through meals.
This veggie-packed Chickpea Orzo Salad is an easy and tasty lunch meal prep you’ll actually look forward to having every day! The orzo and chickpeas make this lunch meal prep filling and hearty, making sure it keeps you full throughout the day. And all the fresh veggies make it taste amazing and fresh.
Curried egg salad with tuna – a quick, delicious recipe using only 6 ingredients. Tuna and egg together along with curry is such a great combination.
This sheet pan Italian herb chicken is a light, quick and flavorsome all-in-one dinner, it’s so easy to assemble and a snap to clean up.
This Southern Squash Casserole is a fixture on any southern dining table. The buttery and flavorful yellow squash casserole is perfect for entertaining but easy enough to enjoy for a weeknight supper or any time you want to evoke the feelings of a Southern summer night.
Delicious Wraps with a Tzatziki sauce. These wraps are filled with ground beef in a tomato sauce with corn and peas. And this tzatziki sauce compliments the wraps so beautifully.
This easy low carb Big Mac salad recipe is ready in just 20 minutes! A gluten-free, keto cheeseburger salad like this makes a healthy lunch or dinner.
This is not your regular Tater Tot Casserole recipe! This version is lightened up a bit by swapping canned cream soup for greek yogurt, and the addition of bacon and crisp cornflakes kicks up the flavor and crunch. Your family will request this easy and flavorful dinner casserole week after week.
Pizza Chicken, easy low carb and gluten-free chicken dish with ingredients you probably already have around.
Waldorf salad with chicken is a classic American salad with apple, celery, mayonnaise, lemon, and walnuts. I added some chicken to make it perfect for lunch.
This Bang Bang Shrimp dish is completely amazing and easily packed in a lunch box to take to work. It reheats well and tastes great the next day too.
This Mexican mixed bean chili is delicious and super easy to make. In this bean chili, I use Mexican flavors which create a bowl of warm, aromatic, and smokey chili. This recipe is also made using just one pot.
Broccoli bacon salad – Broccoli with smoky, meaty bacon along with the crunch of almonds and the light sweetness of bell peppers paired with homemade ranch dressing … equals the perfect, easy salad!
Start Prepping Your Lunch Meals In Flavor
No one wants a boring lunch, and you shouldn’t have to settle for one. Start prepping your lunch meals at home so you know just how tasty your next lunch will be.
Meal prep lunch ideas can turn your bad, boring lunch into something you look forward to every day instead.