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Whether you work from home, are a stay at home mum or dad, or simply want some easy healthy lunch ideas for weekends or any day, these ideas are sure to have you covered. Incorporate them into your weekly meal plan to guarantee you are eating well while you work (or play) at home.
15 EASY HEALTHY LUNCH IDEAS FOR HOME
Working at home has its perks. For the most part, it’s pretty awesome, however, there are a few potential negatives that also come with working from home. For me, one of the worst was my eating habits.
I found myself eating far too many convenience foods instead of taking the time to prepare something healthy (and likely more delicious), so it was time to kick this bad habit to the curb and come up with some easy healthy lunch ideas for home.
GET ORGANISED WITH YOUR MEAL PLANNING
Wraps are a great easy healthy lunch idea, because like a sandwich, anything goes really for fillings, and they are a lighter option than bread.
Have a mix of salad items and meat filling available for a quick and easy lunch wrap.
We like to pre-cook chicken schnitzels and cut them up into strips, or slow-cooked seasoned chicken breast is another favourite.
Using leftover roast meat from dinner or leftover rotisserie chicken can be a great way of using up the food you already have. Pretty much anything can work on a wrap.
Here are some simple wrap filling ideas:
- Shredded chicken, beef or pork
- Greens (lettuce, spinach, kate)
Rice is a great lunch idea for keeping you full for longer, especially if you have a habit of afternoon snacking. Choose brown rice for a healthier low GI option and mix in loads of vegetables with your choice of extras.
We like to add bacon or ham, egg, champignon mushrooms, mini prawns and whatever leftovers may be in the refrigerator into our fried rice. Then season to taste with soy sauce.
Hummus & Vegetable Sticks
Hummus is a great source of protein and makes for a delicious and healthy dip or spread. Try pairing hummus with some celery, cucumber, or carrot sticks as an easy and tasty lunch option. This is also a good idea if you’re looking for something to bring to work or school.
Peanut Butter & Banana Sushi
While this isn’t actually sushi, the idea is the same and you get a sweet fix with some healthy fats and fruit included. Add peanut butter to a wrap then add a whole banana and roll up like sushi. Cut into smaller pieces for a quick and easy lunch or snack.
Chicken salad is a healthy and easy lunch option made with cooked chicken and your choice of salad and dressing. This is an easy option when looking for healthy chicken recipes for lunch time.
Fruit is a great healthy option for lunches, either in a mixed seasonal fruit salad or even on its own. If fruit alone is a little on the light side and not adequately filling you up, consider chopping up fresh fruit into a bowl of yogurt or muesli.
This will create a far more balanced and filling lunch while still enjoying the refreshing fruit flavours.
The best thing about savoury muffins, or any type of muffin really, is that you can bake ahead of time and freeze for later. These are so easy to defrost and enjoy for lunch or a snack.
Our favourite savoury muffins are these carrot, ham and cheese ones.
For an easy Mexican inspired lunch idea, quesadillas are a favourite. If you are unfamiliar, it is essentially a soft tortilla loaded up with fillings, folded in half and grilled.
Our favourite filling is cooked shredded chicken, sweet chilli sauce and cheese. Or roast pumpkin and feta for a healthier alternative. We even made these when we were holidaying around New Zealand in a campervan.
Egg Salad Sandwich
An egg salad sandwich is a quick and easy idea you can plan ahead earlier in the week by hard-boiling your eggs.
Egg salad is made by mixing chopped hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, and other seasonings. The egg salad is then spread on bread, and the sandwich is usually garnished with lettuce or other salad.
Healthy Lunch Recipes To Make:
If you want to get a little more specific and are looking for healthy recipes to make for lunch, here are some great easy healthy lunch ideas to make at home:
Crispy Caesar Chicken Wrap
Get your air fryer out for this delicious crispy Caesar salad chicken wrap recipe with homemade crispy chicken strips, lettuce, Parmesan cheese, croutons and Caesar salad dressing. You can make this recipe in under half an hour or make them ahead for the next day or two.
Satay Chicken Salad
A salad loaded with flavour is always a great light lunch option and this satay chicken salad is slimming friendly too!
Got a burger craving but trying to keep the calories down? These beet burgers are a vegan-friendly burger patty you can make at home, guilt-free!
Easy Lemon Garlic Prawns
If you love seafood, this lemon garlic prawn recipe is perfect for quick and healthy lunches. They are delicious on their own or paired with salad and the whole recipe takes under 15 minutes to make. Less if putting together a smaller serve just for you!
Air Fryer Calamari
If you love salt and pepper squid, you will love how easy this air fryer calamari recipe is to make at home. You can make this from scratch in very little time and enjoy dipping your crispy squid rings into your favourite dipping sauce or scatter them on top of a salad for a yummy light lunch.
Keto Avocado Egg Salad
If you are looking for a light lunch that’s also keto-friendly, this avocado egg salad is an easy lunch idea. Don’t just have it as a side dish. I love eating egg salad as a light meal all on its own and it’s super quick and easy to throw together.
Sweet Potato Fries With Yoghurt Dip
Have your fries and dipping sauce too, by switching to these air-fried sweet potato chips and delicious yoghurt dipping sauce.
Mango Chicken Fresh Spring Rolls With Peanut Dipping Sauce
There is something so fresh and light about mango recipes and these mango chicken spring rolls are sure to be a winner, complete with a yummy dipping sauce.
Teriyaki Chicken Tacos
Make up a large batch of Teriyaki chicken and enjoy these simple Teriyaki tacos for lunches. So quick and easy and a great twist on a traditional taco recipe.
Sweet Chilli Tofu and Rice
This tofu salad is a quick meat-free alternative to fried rice, with plenty of lean protein. Make up a big batch so you and the rest of the family can enjoy this easy healthy lunch idea.
Pasta With Peas
Enjoy veggie-loaded pasta as an alternative to a heavy pasta meal with this simple recipe.
BLT Rice Bowl With Avocado Lime Dressing
A modern twist on a classic BLT but turning your ‘sandwich’ into a salad and bacon rice bowl, topped with delicious avocado lime dressing. This is a filling and healthy lunchtime recipe.
Air Fryer Tortilla Chips
Make your own tortilla chips from wraps in the air fryer and serve with your favourite dip. This is such quick and easy last minute lunch idea if you’re short on time and inspiration.
Turkey Avocado Roll Ups With Thyme Dressing
You can’t go wrong with a simple roll-up recipe and these turkey avocado roll ups are loaded with great flavours.
Veggie Nachos With Zucchini
Love nachos but don’t love their impact on your waistline? This could be a perfect alternative for you. Zucchini nachos loaded with lean toppings.
Crispy Coconut Prawns
These air fryer crispy coconut shrimp are so easy to make and are perfect served with homemade sweet and sour sauce, included with the recipe instructions. You will love this simple seafood recipe in the air fryer.
Spicy Chickpea Salad
A Spicy Chickpea Salad is a great way to add some flavour to your lunchtime routine. This sandwich is made by mixing chickpeas, cucumber, salad leaves, coriander, lemon, chilli and olive oil. This is perfect for a quick healthy meal idea at home.
These simple healthy lunch ideas and recipes are sure to make eating lunch at home a whole lot more appealing. With great flavours, healthy ingredients and plenty of variety, there is no need to turn to those convenience meal options anymore!
Make sure you also check out these kid-friendly lunch ideas for weekends and during school break so you can ensure the kids are happy too!
Find more ideas for using up leftovers (for easy next day lunches):
- Leftover rotisserie chicken recipes
- Leftover pulled pork recipes
- Leftover taco meat recipes
- Leftover ham recipes
- Leftover turkey recipes