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Take to work lunch recipe collection

Take to work lunch recipe collection

Is your lunch rotation getting a bit stale?  I’ve got a bunch of my favorite take to work lunch recipes together in a collection for you.  These take to work lunch recipes are perfect to prep ahead, transport easily and quick to assemble or reheat when you are ready to eat!

Why is meal prep important?

For me, self-care is important for my overall sense of well-being. Often we think of health as only being our body, but it is so much more than that.  Our mental and emotional health also contribute greatly to how we feel each and every day.  Taking some time out to prep up meals that you enjoy, find satisfying and make you feel great is key to taking care of yourself and a huge part of intuitive eating.

This collection of lunch recipes has options for hot and cold meals that you can prep up and take on the go with you to work, school or where ever you spend your days.  And if you scroll down to the end, I give you five of my favorite sauces you use as mix and match for salads and lunch bowls.

Take to work lunch meals

From one dish meals to recipes that you can eat hot or cold, this list contains a lot of variety for you to spice up your lunches!


Soups are great because you can make a batch ahead of time and freeze it.  That way you always have a meal to grab when time is tight and you didn’t get something prepped.

Taco Inspired Vegan Lentil Soup
Lentils are cooked with tomatoes, corn and taco seasoning to create a hearty, delicious and healthy soup.  The soup goes together in less than an hour and also works well to prepare ahead.
Check out this recipe
Close up of bowl of vegan lentil soup. Garnished with lime wedges and tortilla strips.


Aguadito de Verduras (Peruvian Green Soup with Vegetables)
This delicious, veggie packed soup has just a slight bit of spice from some peppers combined with cilantro and tons of lime juice. The result is a lovely bright flavor combined with tons of vegetables and legumes. Great to make ahead of time and freeze or store for use during the week.
Check out this recipe

Salads and grain bowls

These salads and grain bowls can be eaten hot or cold and if you want, simply change up the dressing for a little variety

Vegan Mediterranean Bulgur Bowl
Wheat bulgur topped with spiced chickpeas, roasted veggies, greens, olives, served up with Hummus Dressing. Perfect to prep ahead and transport on the go!!!
Check out this recipe
Lunch bowl is shown on concrete background with blue and yellow patterned napkin


Asian Salad Bowls
This recipe makes two totally different bowls or salads with two totally different flavors!!! You can prep these ahead in jars or containers to take on the go or to throw together a quick and easy dinner at the end of a busy day. Don’t be daunted by the ingredient list!! It’s actually pretty fast and you end up with four complete jars so either lunch for one for four days or two meals for two people.
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Meal prep made easy uses jars to easily transport salads


Chickpea Veggie Bake
Pan roasted veggies are a quick and easy way to meal prep.  This recipe combines sweet potatoes, crispy chickpeas and veggies all cooked together in less than an hour!!!  Served with a creamy eggplant and roasted red pepper sauce.
Check out this recipe


Sometimes a sandwich is all you may want for lunch.  It’s a quick and easy option and both of these recipes give you tons of flexibility.  Whether you want a traditional sandwich with bread or you prefer to wrap it up, these recipes are great!

Creamy Chickpea Salad
This delicious creamy chickpea salad is a great vegetarian option when you are craving chicken salad!!!  It's perfect with whole grain bread or wrap and also as a salad topping on a bed of your favorite greens.  Try one of the flavor variations to spice it up a bit!!!
Check out this recipe
Chickpea salad with different flavors, breads and veggie toppings


Vegan Black Bean Burger with Avocado Herb Sauce
Black bean, quinoa and oats are flavored with cilantro, tomato and cumin to create a great tasting veggie burger.
Check out this recipe
Vegan Black Bean Burger on white plate served with sliced tomato, avocado sauce and sweet potato fries.

Heartier meals

Looking for a heartier options for lunch?  These recipes are all best served hot and may more filling for you at lunch time than a salad or grain bowl.  Perfect to prep ahead on the weekend and portion out so you can just grab and go.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Bowl with Cilantro Cream
This dish goes together quick and creates a nice balance of sweet and savory.
Check out this recipe
Black Beans and Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Lime Cream


Mexican Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Refried Beans
Quick and delicious lower carb refried bean and cauliflower burrito bowl featuring Mexican cauliflower rice!!
Check out this recipe
Mexican Cauliflower Burrito Bowl_Toppings


Spicy Lentil and Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers
Lentils and brown rice create a protein and nutrient packed vegetarian dinner that goes together easily in about an hour. Perfect for meal prep and for lunch on the go!
Check out this recipe
Lentil stuffed peppers ready to eat and enjoy!


Creamy Spinach Basil Pasta with Tomatoes
Unbelievably quick and easy but so delicious! Perfect for a weeknight dinner and ready in under 30 minutes.
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Take to work lunch sauces

These sauces are perfect for any salad, grain bowl or buddha bowl you plan to have for lunch. Prep up two or more on the weekend so you have some variety during the week.

Creamy Chipotle Yogurt Sauce
Spicy creamy sauce perfect for a salad, grain bowl or drizzled over tacos. Quick and easy to make and use for a meal or keep on hand to use throughout the week.
Check out this recipe
bowl of creamy chipotle yogurt sauce



Guasacaca Sauce
Creamy avocado sauce flavored with cilantro, garlic and parsley. A great dipping sauce for just about anything.
Check out this recipe


Tahini Garlic Sauce
A quick and easy dressing to make with tahini and lemon. Perfect on a salad or drizzled over roasted vegetables or whole grain.
Check out this recipe
Garlic Tahini Dressing


Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus
Creamy hummus spiced up with jalapeno, cilantro and fresh lime juice.
Check out this recipe

take to work lunch collection pin for pinterest

What is your favorite take to work lunch?  Please tell me in the comments below!  Did you make any of these recipes?  If so, please tell me how the meal worked for you and also give the recipes you liked a 5-star rating in the recipe card!!

For more meal prep and recipe ideas, check out these other collections!

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My collection of healthy comfort food recipes


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