Easy healthy lunch ideas and recipes

15 Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas For Home

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.

Easy healthy lunch ideas and recipes 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.

Salad Wraps

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 can be a great way of using up food you already have too. Pretty much anything can work on a wrap.

Here are some simple wrap filling ideas:

  • Tuna
  • Shredded chicken, beef or pork
  • Feta
  • Salmon
  • Greens (lettuce, spinach, kate)
  • Tomato
  • Cheese
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber

Fried Rice

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.

Fruit Salad

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.

Savoury ham carrot & cheese muffins recipe

Savoury Muffins

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.

Easy healthy lunch ideas and recipes

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 ones to try:

Satay Chicken Salad

Satay chicken salad

A salad loaded with flavour is always a great light lunch option and this satay chicken salad is slimming friendly too!

Beet Burger

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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!

Keto Avocado Egg Salad

Keto avocado egg salad recipe

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

Air fryer sweet potato fries

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

Fresh mango spring rolls

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.

Sweet Chilli Tofu and Rice

Tofu salad

A quick meat-free alternative to fried rice, with plenty of lean protien. Make up a big batch so you and the rest of the family can enjoy this easy healthy lunch idea. Recipe.

Pasta With Peas

Pesto pasta with peas

Enjoy veggie-loaded pasta as an alternative to a heavy pasta meal with this simple recipe.

Hot Smoked Salmon Pesto Zoodles

Zoodle pasta

Zoodles? Yep, that’s zucchini noodles. Or you can use plain old spaghetti but the healthier option is far cooler.

Turkey Avocado Roll Ups With Thyme Dressing

Turkey avocado roll ups

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

Zucchini nachos -easy healthy lunch ideas

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.

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!

12 thoughts on “15 Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas For Home”

  1. If I don’t have some kind of recipe or meal idea in my mind I end up doing that “jeez, all I have are ingredients” thang! Ha!

    These are great! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Hahaha yeah, I’m a bit that way at times. There’s nothing to eat here! These ideas will be a huge help… Along with part 2 next month :)

  2. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

    I’m going to be working/studying from home and I was just wondering what I would eat for lunch now that it doesn’t have to be “packed” so this post is perfectly timed (and very delicious.) I think I might start with the soba noodle salad and work my way through the list! Thanks for linking up with the Ultimate Rabbit Hole.

    1. Glad to help. Stay tuned for part two later next month too :) such a great variety of recipes from fellow bloggers when I did a call out. Bloggers will always come through for our time of need ;) what will you be studying?

  3. Ooh yum!
    I am way too lazy to do anything other than a peanut butter or vegemite sandwich at lunch time!
    I do have cheese and tabouli toasted wrap if we have some leftover from the night before.
    When i was pregnant i had gestational diabetes and i used to have leftovers for lunch every day from the last nights dinner. I don’t know why I don’t still do that it was so easy!

    1. I did the reverse Ann lol ham & pickles sandwiches pregnant… Heavy dinner style left overs for lunch more recently. Now much lighter choices… Most days ;)

  4. Great post and perfect timing for me. I’m working from home more than ever and with school holidays on the girls seem to want more than the standard sandwich.

    1. Working from home makes it so easy to fall into bad food habits. I was doing great but will admit I had brownie for lunch one day over the weekend ? so bad! Back on the healthy food habits.

      1. I so agree, Holly. I am so bad at catering for myself during the day. I have started packing myself a lunch box when I do the kids!

        Thanks for including my favourite go-to tuna salad in your suggestions. x

  5. I love wraps! They are so perfect for picnics and on the go! I am definitely going to have to try some of these this summer!

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