32 Make-Ahead Lunch Recipes To Last You All Week
When you don’t have time to cook your meals each morning, these make-ahead recipes are the answer. Cook them on Sunday, divide them into containers, and enjoy delicious, homemade lunches all week long!
Pack this tasty filling in a container with a pita & toppings and roll up a tasty gyro at your desk!
This bright salad is refreshing and satisfying, and easy to make ahead.
This hearty, heart-healthy chili can be easily portioned out and warmed up for lunches.
Pack this savory beef and crisp asparagus in a container with lettuce or cooked rice.
Pack up this delicious vegetarian salad as it is or add chicken or tofu for extra protein.
This slow-cooked taco filling can be easily portioned out for the week, packed with a soft tortilla and sour cream on the side!
Simmered on Sunday, this flavorful stew makes for warm and satisfying lunches all week.
This crescent ring slices up easily into portable portions for the week.
This one-dish roast chicken with vegetables tastes as if it took hours of hands-on time to put together, but the simple ingredients can be prepped in mere minutes. The rosemary gives it a rich flavor, and the meat juices cook the veggies to perfection. It’s unbelievably easy! —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
The recipe comes together quickly, is easily divided up for lunches, and requires no reheating!
Fresh asparagus stars along with bacon, onion and Swiss cheese in this hearty quiche. —Mary Ann Taylor, Rockwell, Iowa
A BLT is a lunchtime classic, and this tempting salad is like having a BLT in a bowl.
Slow-cooked pulled pork is a cinch to make ahead for hearty sandwiches all week.
This vegetarian dish is substantial on its own, but add sausage or shredded chicken for even more protein.
As well as being delicious and perfect for lunch, this salad is gluten and dairy-free.
I had paella for the first time in Spain. And it was so good, I’ve been on the quest to re-create the rich flavors of that dish ever since. We love the shrimp, chicken, veggie and olives in this easy make-at-home version. —Libby Walp, Chicago, Illinois
Pack a side of cooked pasta or a soft breadstick for a warm and savory meal!
This is my favorite soup recipe. It’s quick to fix on a busy night and full of healthy, tasty ingredients. It originally called for spicy sausage links, but I’ve found that turkey sausage, or even ground turkey breast, is just as good. —Tracy Fasnacht, Irwin, Pennsylvania
You can swap in your favorite deli meats to customize this yummy, make-ahead lunch.
Pork roast is slow-cooked with savory and sweet ingredients, including a can of cola, to create tender, shredded pork burritos. A tomatillo sauce, made easy with a dressing mix, tops the pork for an out-of-this-world entree.—Katherine Nelson, Centerville, Utah
I had some extra cilantro in the fridge and didn’t want to throw it away. Instead, I came up with this delightful and filling family recipe. Everyone just loved it! —Vikki Rebholz, West Chester, Ohio
With hard-boiled eggs and bacon, this is a great make-ahead salad to pack for lunch.
This wonderful taco filling also tastes great wrapped in Bibb lettuce leaves. I like to use any leftovers to make burritos the next day. —Kathleen Wolf, Naperville, Illinois
Packed with protein this chili makes for hearty lunches to get you through the week.