Whether you are working remotely or commuting into the office, you may be wondering what to eat for your next work lunch. Many companies have a team lunch program in place, where employees get individual meal perks to order food from their favorite restaurants.
If you’re looking for inspiration on what to eat, check out these 5 easy lunch ideas for work.
1. Rice Bowls
Rice is one of the most versatile building blocks for a quick and easy lunch. You can prepare it in large batches and it’ll keep for at least a few days. Plus, it can act as a blank canvas for a variety of flavor combinations.
To make your own rice bowls for an easy work lunch, try out some of these ideas with the rice of your choice:
- Grilled salmon topped with bok choy and mango-avocado salsa
- Carne asada, pico de gallo, and lime crema
- Gyro meat, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, and tzatziki
- Oven-roasted chicken with root vegetables and a creamy chipotle sauce
- Crispy chickpeas, grilled vegetables, and tahini
If you’re not a huge fan of rice or just want to switch it up, try substituting quinoa, farro, orzo, riced cauliflower, or chopped cabbage as the base of your bowl.
Salads are another easy lunch idea. To avoid soggy lettuce, you can use the Mason jar method and layer your salads. First, place your dressing of choice at the bottom of the jar. Next, add hardy veggies like shredded carrot, bell pepper, broccoli, and cauliflower that won’t absorb too much of your buttermilk ranch or zesty citrus vinaigrette. Then layer in your protein and top with softer veggies like your lettuce or spinach. When you’re ready to eat, just shake your jar to disperse the dressing, unscrew the top, and enjoy.
Salads can also skip the lettuce altogether. Consider a pasta salad with shrimp and broccoli or a couscous salad made with lots of fresh herbs, sundried tomatoes, and white beans. These easy lunch ideas can usually be prepped a day or two ahead of time too, saving you time in the morning without sacrificing texture or taste.
3. Bento Boxes
If you prefer to snack through your lunch break, bento box-style lunches offer great variety.
Think of bento box lunches as a picnic in a box. The idea is to include plenty of variety while also keeping balance in mind. A traditional Japanese bento box would include a carbohydrate (typically rice or noodles), a protein, a portion of vegetables, and perhaps some pickled veggies or a sauce for added flavor.
Take inspiration from the spirit of bento-style eating and assemble your own work-ready picnic lunch using finger foods like:
- Hardboiled eggs
- Cheese wedges
- Baby carrots and other individually portioned raw vegetables
- Sushi hand rolls
- Mini meatballs
- Berries and melon balls
- Chips, corn salsa, and guacamole with seasoned black beans
- Deli meat and cheese wrapped in tortillas
- Spiced nuts
- Granola, fruit, and yogurt
- Marinated olives
- Mozzarella, tomato, and basil skewers
One of the easiest lunch ideas is to assemble leftovers from dinners earlier in the week (noodles, rotisserie chicken, roasted broccoli, etc.) to create a new combination for your bento lunch.
Pro tip: You can buy bento boxes in many big box stores as well as online. These boxes come already compartmentalized so you can keep various food items separate, and some even have hidden compartments for an ice pack and cutlery.
4. Sandwiches and Wraps
Sandwiches and wraps are two classic, easy-to-make lunch ideas. Consider switching up the base of your sandwich if you’re craving something new.
Instead of sliced white bread, try:
- Whole wheat
- Sprouted bread
- Cauliflower wraps
- Pita bread
- Grilled pizza dough in individually sized portions
- Collard greens
- Nori sheets
- Rice paper wraps
For your protein, experiment with everything from seafood to chicken and beef to vegetarian alternatives like smashed beans and tofu. You can change up your veggies and condiments too. Try quick pickling a pile of shredded veggies or adding roasted garlic or a swirl of pesto to store-bought mayonnaise.
5. Ordering In: Lunch Ideas You Don’t Have to Make
Without a doubt, the easiest lunch idea is the one that takes only a few clicks.
By adding individual meal perks to your employee benefits program, employees can order food from their favorite local restaurants and have it safely delivered to wherever they are working. Offering meal perks can be beneficial for day to day use, and also for special events like virtual lunch and learns.
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