12 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Quick and Easy Meal Prep

12 healthy lunch ideas for quick and easy meal prep | Healthy Living blog lady in violet

As I mentioned in my 2020 goals post, I’m hoping to re-focus on adding more nutritious meals back into my week.  One key way to stay on track with this goal is with my lunch meal prep.  It’s so easy these days to order any kind of takeout that you want and have it delivered to you in less than an hour.  Meal prepping helps make sure I always have a healthy and filling option at my finger tips to prevent reaching for fast food lunches.  I’m always on the hunt for new healthy lunch ideas for meal prep Sunday.

Over the past year, I snapped some of the meals I prepped that worked with my quick and easy needs and reheated well. I always try to include a large serving of vegetables in my most of my meals.  Many meals include a small source of animal protein, although I do occasionally make vegetarian and vegan lunch options too.

My meal prep strategy is to bulk prep for the entire month in one or two days. I pick about 4 different meals and prep about 20 lunches.  I mainly use these containers from Amazon, but I also use these 3 sector ones on occasion.  Since all the meals I prep are frozen after cooked, I look for freezer-friendly recipes and food.  I find sturdy vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes freeze best.  A few other freezer friendly favorites are kale and asparagus.

When bulk meal prepping, I try to pick 1-2 easy recipes like cut up chicken sausage with roasted vegetables that can be quickly prepped along side 1-2 more complex dishes like kung pao chicken or lentil meatballs.  I will bulk bake chicken breasts and roast and saute vegetables that can be used across all meals.  To save more time, I use frozen vegetables like green beans and okra that don’t need to be chopped and pre-cooked.  Another easy way to build up my frozen meal prep supply is to freeze dinner leftovers.  If a recipe says it makes 4-6 servings, I will save 2-3 of those to eat for dinner and freeze the leftovers in lunch sized portions.

I have found a few tried and true recipes that I like and tend to rotate through these throughout the months.  If you are looking to give lunch meal prepping a try, scroll through for some of my healthy lunch ideas for meal prep.  I also included links to some of the recipes where available.  If you would like more meal prep tips, check out my full post of meal prep tips HERE.

meal prep idea kung pao chicken with broccoli | Healthy Lifestyle Blogger Lady in Violet

KUNG PAO CHICKEN (recipe) WITH OVEN ROASTED BROCCOLI

healthy lunch idea naked chicken with roasted vegetables | Healthy Living Blogger Lady in Violet

NAKED CHICKEN WITH OVEN ROASTED MIXED VEGETABLES

paleo lunch idea chicken marsala with roasted vegetables | Lifestyle Blogger Lady in Violet

CHICKEN MARSALA (recipe) WITH ROASTED ASPARAGUS AND DIJON AND BALSAMIC COATED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

healthy lunch idea romesco chicken with sauteed kale and mushrooms | Houston Lifestyle Blog Lady in Violet

ROMESCO CHICKEN (sauce recipe) WITH SAUTEED KALE AND MUSHROOMS

easy meal prep idea chicken picatta roasted asparagus and okra | Healthy Living Blog Lady in Violet

CHICKEN PICATTA (sauce recipe from this book) WITH FROZEN OKRA AND ROASTED ASPARAGUS

healthy meal prep lunch mediteranean chicken with roasted carrots | Texas Lifestyle Blog Lady in Violet

MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN (recipe) WITH ROASTED CARROTS AND SAUTEED KALE

whole 30 lunch curry turkey meatballs in cream sauce with vegetables | lifestyle blogger lady in violet

TURKEY CURRY MEATBALLS WITH CREAM SAUCE (recipe from this book I add mushrooms) WITH FROZEN VEGETABLES

easy meal prep idea turkey and vegetable spaghetti sauce with brussel sprouts | healthy lifestyle blogger lady in violet

GROUND TURKEY AND VEGETABLES IN MARINARA SAUCE WITH ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

quick meal prep idea chicken sausage with vegetables | lifestyle blog lady in violet

CHICKEN SAUSAGE WITH SAUTEED LACINATO KALE AND ONIONS

meal prep idea sauteed shrimp with savory oats and kale | lifestyle blog lady in violet

SAUTEED SHRIMP WITH SAVORY OATS (steel cut oats cooked in vegetable broth) AND SPINACH

vegan lunch idea lentil meatballs with mushroom sauce and oven roasted vegetables | lady in violet blog

LENTIL MEATBALLS WITH MUSHROOM SAUCE (inspired by this recipe) WITH ROASTED CARROTS AND BROCCOLI

plant based lunch idea savory oats with kale onions and mushrooms | lady in violet lifestyle blog

SAVORY OATS (steel cut oats cooked in vegetable broth) TOPPED WITH SPINACH, ONIONS, AND MUSHROOMS

8 Responses to 12 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Quick and Easy Meal Prep

  1. These 12 ideas are surely gonna help me in the long run, especially for my daughter who will be travelling abroad for her future studies and this will surely help her in making food while she is busy doing other stuff out there, I am surely going to share this with her as well as with other friends as well for their reference.

  2. All these look so delicious! Thank you for sharing it with us at the Homestead Blog Hop, please come back again soon!

  3. These meals look so fabulous! I need to get better about meal prep myself. I used to love to cook but lately I have no desire to do it and leave most of the cooking to my husband. Maybe I should pass posts like these on to him. Perhaps it will inspire him to do some freezer meal planning!

    Shelbee
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  4. These all look great! And I love your idea of bulk-prepping. You must save so much time and money by doing this, plus you’re eating healthy. I’m going to give this a whirl. Thank you.

  5. Great looking meals, Karen! I love having meals in the freezer, ready to go on a busy night, but I’ve never prepped my lunches for a whole month. Must do it!

  6. You have made some delicious looking meals! Lots of ideas here. Thanks! #PoCoLo

  7. Joanne says:

    These look like such delicious options! I’m always on the hunt for nutritious meals packed with vegetables.

  8. Meal prep is a huge help! You have a lot of great ideas here thanks for sharing

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