Maybe it’s just me, but lunch seems to be the hardest thing to plan for sometimes, especially for a busy work week. You need something that is simple, easy to bring with you, and easy to warm up if needed. And even if you’re home most of the day, it has to be EASY.
The other thing is lunches MUST be high in protein. We can’t afford to be hangry at 2 pm every afternoon.
I hear you, girl. I have 5 easy, high-protein lunches you can add to the rotation ASAP.
Think of this like your adult Lunchable. Feel free to mix up the ingredients for what you have on hand!
Check out this Instagram reel for how we put this beauty together.
This meal would provide you with about 44 grams of protein!
Ok, this one could be great for dinner too, but I love it as a lunch idea because you can prep the whole recipe and have servings for lunch all week. Plus, it’s easy to put in a Tupperware container and warm up at work if you need to.
And yes, the protein power comes from chicken and cottage cheese! Trust me on this one, the cottage cheese makes it creamy and cheesy when blended into the sauce.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
This one is a real MVP for high protein, easy, and meal prep friendly. You can eat straight from a bowl, with high-fiber crackers, on a sandwich, in a wrap, on a salad, etc. You also really can’t mess this one up if you’re not a master chef (like most of us).
Another grown-up Lunchable idea for you! Remember those pizza Lunchables? Try this for the nostalgia, but also get a lot more protein and fiber.
A salad idea that will actually keep you full! No wimpy salads over here. This cheeseburger salad is another great idea because you could prepare the ground beef, dressing, and veggies for the week and pull your salad together the morning or day of and bring it with you! Also makes it easy if you’re at home and need to pull together a quick tasty meal.
Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the beef to the pan, breaking it up as it browns. Once it is cooked through and no longer pink, drain excess drippings from the pan if necessary and season with salt and pepper.
In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and mustard.
Divide the lettuce, tomatoes, ground beef, cheese, red onion, and pickle between plates. Drizzle the dressing over top and enjoy!
I hope these recipe ideas are helpful. Remember, getting enough protein is easier than you think and should always taste delish!