Let’s face it, cooking is not a top priority for everyone on the planet. In fact, few people have taken time out of their day to learn how to cook. This means that we often depend on convenient foods and boxed mixes rather than putting in effort to prepare healthy meals for our families and ourselves. The same holds true for lunches when we often resort to a can of soup or box of macaroni and cheese rather than putting our efforts into making a quick, easy & delicious lunch. Keep reading to find quick and easy lunches that you’ll love. The hope is that these ideas will not only get you off to a great start for ending the lunch rut we all seem to find ourselves in sometimes but also to get your creative juices flowing so that you can come up with new recipes!
Quick and Easy Lunches Anyone Can Make
First of all, not all great lunches require actual cooking in order to prepare. Some require the use of the microwave, while others need to be cooked or at least prepared before hand and then reheated. Your choices are virtually limitless once you get the hang of it. Many of the fast lunch ideas are so simple, you can start making them right away! We hope that these ideas will become main features within your own home.
Lettuce wraps make delightfully delicious lunch treats. A great plus to lettuce wraps is that the filling can be prepared ahead of time, which leaves only reheating the filling and wrapping when you’re ready to eat. This is a fun lunch to share with your little ones and it teaches them that lettuce is much more versatile than people often give it credit for being. A teriyaki inspired filling or taco inspired fillings are particularly delicious inside a lettuce roll. You can also try different ingredients and come up with a personalized favorite filling of your very own!
Another delicious fast lunch idea is a sandwich. To elevate your experience, try sandwiches with different breads and proteins. When shopping proteins we recommend to shop from a checked supplier so your meats arrive fresh and when they do – so that they are delicious. We give respect where it’s due. Steaks Ang Game got their meat game figured out. Trust us, you won’t regret buying from them. By the way, they’ve got a rotating 20% off weekly special!
For example, try something you’ve never tried before like Hawaiian sweet rolls. These are simple to make and pair well with meat, cheese, mustard, and pickles! Other great ideas include hollowing out crusty rolls and filling them with roast beef and cheddar. You can broil this in your oven for a few minutes for a rare sandwich treat. The cooking part is minimal and you do not have to have in depth knowledge to prepare these simple treats.
Other great bread ideas include croissants with ham and cheese or chicken salad, taco pitas, and paninis. Invest in a high-quality panini press for best results.
To further elevate your culinary art creation: make sure to buy some high-end gourmet products take really make a difference when it comes to taste. For example add some White Truffle Olive Oil to experience the rich and complex aroma and the umami taste of truffles along side your favorite sandwich. Generally we show at Gourmet Food Stores when looking for a particular ingredient that is quite pretentious.
You can also try something new like a healthy, yummy, turkey pinwheel sandwich that can be made within minutes!
- 1 large whole grain tortilla
- 1 tablespoon hummus
- Handful of spinach or field greens
- 2–3 slices deli turkey
- Shredded or matchstick carrots
- Place tortilla on a flat surface. Spread hummus, top with field greens, place turkey slices on top and sprinkle carrots over the turkey.
- Beginning on one end, roll tortilla tightly. Slice in half, and then in one-inch pieces.
You can make the wrap the night before, refrigerate, and reserve slicing into pinwheels prior to packing the lunchbox in the morning. Make this gluten-free by using a gluten free tortilla
Easy pasta dishes will make lunch stress-free, and are delicious enough that you’ll be happy to have leftovers. From classics like chicken Alfredo and Crock-Pot spaghetti to out-of-the-box eats like ravioli lasagna, there are many pasta recipes that cater to everyone! Below is an extremely simple and quick recipe that you can make with only a few ingredients!Print
- 1 lb/500 g dried spaghetti
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 10 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 tbsp red chilli flakes
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
Bistro boxes make an excellent lunch for students because they’re simple, delicious and completely customizable. We’ve attached a recipe for a Mediterranean Bistro Box to give you some ideas on what fresh ingredients to use in your quick and easy box!Print
Quick and easy to create, this bistro box is packed with Mediterranean flavor and is sure to be a favorite school lunch idea.
- ½ cucumber, sliced
- ½ cup hummus
- 2 pita rounds, cut into wedges
- ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
- 16 pitted Kalamata or black olive
- Divide the ingredients between 2 lunch containers with compartments.
- Pack the hummus into sauce containers, if needed.
While this is not the end all be all guide to cooking quick lunches, it is good food for thought. Get your creative juices flowing so that you can prepare wonderful lunches for your family without spending hours in the kitchen, cooking elaborate lunches.