Healthy, Quick & Easy Lunch Recipes

Find healthy, delicious, quick and easy lunch recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Minestra Maritata (Italian Wedding Soup) 

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
Forget the marble-size meatballs you find in many versions of this Italian Wedding Soup. In this easy recipe, they're full-size, full-flavored and plenty filling.
By Robin Bashinsky

Hearty Chickpea & Spinach Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 21
This satisfying stew comes together in a snap. Mashed chickpeas add body to the broth, and tomato paste adds a savory note without piling on the sodium in this healthy recipe for weight loss.
Patsy Jamieson
By Patsy Jamieson

Veggie & Hummus Sandwich

Rating: 4.5 stars 19
This mile-high vegetable and hummus sandwich makes the perfect heart-healthy vegetarian lunch to go. Mix it up with different flavors of hummus and different types of vegetables depending on your mood.
Katie Webster
By Katie Webster

Black Bean-Quinoa Bowl

Rating: 4 stars 13
This black bean and quinoa bowl has many of the usual hallmarks of a taco salad, minus the fried bowl. We've loaded it up with pico de gallo, fresh cilantro and avocado plus an easy hummus dressing to drizzle on top.
Katie Webster
By Katie Webster

Vegan Superfood Grain Bowls

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
This nutrient-packed grain bowl recipe comes together in 15 minutes with the help of a few convenience-food shortcuts like prewashed baby kale, microwavable quinoa and precooked beets. Pack these ahead to keep on hand for easy meal-prep lunches or dinners on busy nights.
By Carolyn A Hodges, RD

Stuffed Sweet Potato with Hummus Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars 19
Hearty yet simple to prepare, this stuffed sweet potato with black beans, kale and hummus dressing is a fantastic 5-ingredient lunch for one!
Katie Webster
By Katie Webster

Chickpea & Quinoa Bowl with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
Quinoa and chickpeas pack this vegetarian grain bowl with plenty of plant-based protein. Whip up a batch of these flavorful grain bowls and pack them in lidded containers to stash in the fridge for easy, healthy grab-and-go lunches all week long.
By Carolyn Casner

Strawberry-Blueberry-Banana Smoothie

Rating: 5 stars 1
A smoothie with strawberries, blueberries and banana is delicately sweet and entirely kid-friendly, even with a boost of protein from hemp seeds. Freeze the fruits ahead of time for an extra frosty texture once blended.
By Julia Levy

Avocado-Egg Toast

Rating: 5 stars 10
Try it once and we think you'll agree: Topping avocado toast with an egg is a near-perfect breakfast.
By Ellen Davis

Peanut Butter-Banana English Muffin

Rating: 5 stars 1
Peanut butter and banana are the original power couple. Top a simple toasted English muffin with the duo, then sprinkle everything with a hit of ground cinnamon for a healthy breakfast of champions.
A portrait of Breana Killeen, M.P.H., RD
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Spinach & Strawberry Meal-Prep Salad

Rating: 5 stars 4
One of our most popular salad recipes, Spinach-Strawberry Salad with Feta & Walnuts, gets a makeover in these simple yet totally satisfying meal-prep spinach salad bowls. They require minimal prep and can be customized to your taste. Swap in roasted salmon for the chicken thighs, and almonds or pecans for the walnuts, and use any fresh berry that looks good at your market.
By Carolyn A Hodges, RD

Strawberry-Chocolate Smoothie

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
This creamy, rich strawberry-chocolate smoothie will satisfy any chocolate cravings. It's so decadent you might want it as a dessert, too.
By Julia Levy
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Inspiration and Ideas

21 Easy Lunch Ideas in 10 Minutes
These easy lunch ideas come together in 10 minutes or less, so you can whip up a quick meal and still have time to spare during your break.
20 Easy Cold Lunch Ideas to Pack for Work
These cold lunch ideas are perfect for bringing to the office to enjoy during your lunch break. Ready in just 15 minutes or less, these lunches will keep you cool and satisfied for the remainder of the work day. Once you try them, you will want to make recipes like our Cucumber Sandwich and Avocado Tuna Salad day after day.
Beef & Bean Sloppy Joes
Rating: 4.5 stars 7

This healthy copycat recipe of the comfort food classic trades beans for some of the meat to bump up fiber by 7 grams. We also cut back on the sugar and ketchup in this Sloppy Joe recipe makeover to save you 12 grams of added sugar.