28 Healthy Make-Ahead Lunch Recipes

28 healthy make-ahead lunch recipes

When I first started my weight loss journey lunch was my biggest issue. At the time, I worked full-time outside the home and either forgot my lunch or didn’t even bother to make it. I remember starving by 10:00am (because I didn’t pack snacks either) and heading over to the campus coffee shop to drop $10 on a sandwich and bag of chips. Or grabbing pretzels and a candy bar. Lunch played a big role in keeping me overweight.

I know lunchtime is also a big issue for many of you, especially if you work outside the home. It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of everyday life and forget about lunch until it’s too late. If you can relate this then I suggest taking time to meal prep lunches every Sunday for the week.

That’s exactly what I did.


Every Sunday I’d prep my lunch for the week so all I needed to do in the morning was grab and go. This made a huge difference. I ate healthier, felt better throughout the day, and saved tons of money. If you want more information on once a week food prep then check out this post.

I compiled a list of my favorite make-ahead lunches that I prepare during Sunday meal prep. Some of these recipes take less than a half hour to make and others can simmer in the crockpot while you do other things. Each one is healthy and can be prepared ahead of time for the week. Make-ahead instructions are in with each recipe.

If you struggle with lunches then I know these make-ahead recipes will be the solution you need to make a healthy lunch a priority.

If you need snack ideas then check out this post. Or maybe breakfast is an issue? Then click here.

Mason Jar Salads

Chicken Caesar Mason Jar Salad with Kale and Quinoa

Chicken Caesar Salad with Kale and Quinoa

Antipasto Mason Jar Salad

Antipasto Mason Jar Salad 347 Calories and 9 Weight Watchers Points Plus

Beef and Cheddar Mason Jar Salad

Barbecue Ranch Chicken Mason Jar Salad

Barbecue Ranch Chicken Mason Jar Salad 363 calories and 9 weight watchers points plus

Taco Mason Jar Salad

Buffalo Chicken Mason Jar Salad

Southwest Ranch Chicken Salad

Cobb Mason Jar Salad

Greek Mason Jar Salad


Turkey Bacon Ranch Club Wrap

“No mayo” Chicken Salad Wrap

“No mayo” Tuna Salad Wrap (or sandwich)

Italian Roast Beef Wrap

Greek Turkey Wrap

Low-carb ‘no bread” wraps

Greek “no bread” turkey wrap

Greek "no bread" Turkey Roll Up 141 calories 3 weight watchers points plus

Low Carb Italian Beef Roll Up No Bread Recipe

Low Carb Italian Beef Roll Up No Bread Recipe

Caprese Turkey “no bread” Wrap

Ham, swiss, and spinach “no bread” wrap


Healthy Stuffed Pepper Soup

Healthy Stuffed Pepper Soup 190 calories and 5 weight watchers points plus

Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Creamy and Spicy Mexican Chicken Soup

Pasta Fagioli

Pasta Fagioli Soup {Copy Cat Olive Garden Recipe} 327 calories and 5 weight watchers points plus

Zuppa Toscana

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup


Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Sausage and Poblano Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Poblano Chili Recipe 306 calories and 7 weight watchers points

Slow Cooker Turkey and Vegetable Chili

Slow Cooker Classic Beef and Beans Chili

These are a few of my favorite make-ahead lunch recipes. You can view all of my recipes here.

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