If you’ve been bringing your own lunch to work, you know it saves a lot of money and time in the drive-thru lanes. Many people hit a rut with bringing their own lunch when they start to get sick of the monotony of eating the same things every day – the same sandwich or frozen meal that isn’t filling and just doesn’t taste good.
A filling, healthy lunch will help you be more productive and will make you look forward to your lunch break every day. It doesn’t have to be time consuming – most of the lunch ideas to pack for work below take less than 5 minutes to put together.
Start a new routine if you’ve been considering it and try bringing your lunch to work for a week. You’ll want to make the switch for good. Here are 7 simple lunch ideas to pack for work. Customize them to your own liking – the photos included are just for reference and are owned by their watermarked companies and blogs. Bon appetit!
7 Simple, Filling Lunch Ideas to Pack for Work
Salami and Mozzarella Whole Wheat Rollups with Marinara
Cover a whole wheat tortilla with salami slices. Place a mozzarella cheese stick on the slices lengthwise and roll the tortilla around it. Bring marinara in a small container for dipping.
Make Your Own Burritos Lunch
Include whatever you like in your burrito with a tortilla or two (cut in half if space is limited) and you have a tasty lunch that’s easy to prepare.
Crockpot Barbecue Chicken Sandwich
Use leftover barbecue chicken and shred it for a filling sandwich that tastes great cold or warmed up.
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Leftover spaghetti and meatballs (or marinara) is an easy lunch that’s a nice change of pace from sandwiches and soups.
Your Favorite Soup
Bring your favorite soup for a quick and healthy lunch. Homemade or canned, soup is filling and hearty. Bring some crackers or bread and a small salad to round out your meal.
Microwavable Steamed Rice with Vegetables
The options are endless. Add meat or leave it as is, use brown, basmati, white, or flavored rice, make it ahead of time or go with store-bought.
Your Favorite Sandwich
Don’t forget about the packed-lunch staple: Your favorite sandwich. Below are some sandwich ideas if you’re sick of eating the same type every day.
Peanut butter sandwiches
- Peanut butter and jelly or preserves
- Peanut butter and honey
- Peanut butter and banana or other fruit
- Peanut butter and Nutella
- Ham and cheese
- Turkey and cheese
- Roast beef and cheese
- Chicken breast and cheese
- Bologna and cheese
- Salami, ham, and cheese
- Bacon, egg, and cheese on toast, bagel, English muffin, or biscuit
- Canadian bacon, egg, and cheese on toast, bagel, English muffin, or biscuit
- Egg and cheese on a waffle
- Egg, bacon, sausage, or canadian bacon and cheese croissant sandwich
- Club sandwich
- Cuban sandwich
- Hot dog
- Italian beef
- French dip
- Tuna fish
- Chicken salad
- Tuna salad
- Reuben sandwich
- Pork tenderloin sandwich
- Pastrami on rye
- Monte Cristo sandwich
- Manwich or sloppy joe
- Vegetarian sandwich