10 Easy and Delicious Lunches to Bring to Work

Dodge those work lunch blues, and conquer your fears of bringing lunch to the office. Here are great recipes to put together the night before and enjoy at your desk.
By Annelise McAuliffe

Best Recipes for Work Lunch

1. Chioggia Beet and Fennel Salad
Assemble the salad the night before, with the dressing on the side. The best part is, it doesn’t even require reheating to enjoy these citrus-dressed greens. Get the recipe

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2. Curried Carrot Soup
The evening before, cook the soup with all ingredients together in one pot for about forty minutes, blend until smooth, and pack for lunch. Bring pepitas and plain yogurt for a special topping at your desk. Get the recipe

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3. Ultimate Stuffed Pizza
This enclosed pizza is mess-proof and easy to eat on the go. With no yeast in the dough, it will not need to rise the night before. Simply combine the dough, fill with cheese and any leftovers on hand, like spinach or ham, and bake. At work, simply reheat for about a minute to get the oozing cheese that makes pizza so addictive. Get the recipe

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4. Lentils and Rice with Apple and Feta
The best part about rice and lentils is that you can make a big batch on Monday and use them in a multitude of dishes throughout the week. The peppery lentils are so flavorful with the addition of gala apples and salty feta. Get the recipe

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5. Salmon Sandwich with Avocado Spread
This rocket, salmon, tamari, avocado and wasabi sandwich is fresh, a little rustic and it packs a real peppery punch. Make into a sandwich on crusty bread, a wrap or enjoy as a salad. Can easily be prepped the night before and be ready to go the next morning. Enjoy cold. Get the recipe

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6. Nutty Tofu and Pasta
To enjoy this flavorful dish at work all you need to do is cook pasta, whisk together the dressing, and add tofu. Voilà! There is now a filling and healthy lunch just begging for you to go on your lunch break. Get the recipe

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7. Pulled Lamb Sandwich with Onions and Chipotle Aioli
This sandwich is a great way to use lamb leftovers from a past dinner. Don’t be afraid to top the sandwich with less time consuming condiments or concoct your own. To make a version of chipotle aioli in the morning without being late for work, simply mix your favorite hot sauce or chipotle seasoning into mayo. Get the recipe

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8. Soba Noodle Salad with Peanuts
Simple soba noodles can quickly be combined for this perfect lunch creation, served warm or cold. This can used as a base for a more substantial meal that is topped with marinated salmon, shrimp, or grilled tofu. Because flavors in this dish only enhance as it sits in the fridge, it is best to assembly the noodles the night before. Get the recipe

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9. Spanish Style Freekeh Salad
Freekeh is a roasted cracked green wheat that is comparable to quinoa in protein and fiber and is easy to prepare, and filling without being too heavy. Cook the freekeh and roast the peppers the night before and simply toss with dressing in the morning. Enjoy at work warm and topped with scallions. Get the recipe

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10. Sliced Pork, Raspberry And Brie Sandwich
What better way to repurpose pork from last night’s dinner than with this tantalizing sandwich? The sweet raspberry sauce pairs exquisitely with the salted ham. Assemble the night before and reheat for lunch if you enjoy warm brie. It is a bit messy, but totally worth it. Get the recipe

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Annelise McAuliffe

Annelise McAuliffe

Mandatory family outings to the Detroit farmers' market and nightly home-cooked meals cultivated Annelise's respect and curiosity for food. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she spends her free time in New York City recipe testing, eating breakfast all day, and dreaming up international culinary adventures.

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