Oftentimes, the hardest part about eating a healthy lunch is finding the time to make it. Luckily for you, all of the recipes outlined below can be made in under 30 minutes or the night before. We’ve got nine recipes that will make skipping the drive-thru worth your while.
Header image and recipe for Basic Asian Broiled Tofu from CHOW
1. Lemony Lentil & Chickpea Salad
These protein-packed lentils and chickpeas will keep you full all afternoon long. If you cook the lentils and chop your veggies the night before, you can whip up this nourishing salad in less than 10 minutes!
Photo and recipe from Cookie + Kate
The best part about soup is that it's one of the few dishes that becomes more flavorful over time. Make this easy chicken noodle soup the night before and just reheat for lunch the next day for a comforting meal in the middle of your otherwise hectic afternoon.
Photo and recipe from CHOW
3. Vegetarian Pho
This Vietnamese rice noodle dish is usually served with steak, but the substitution of mushrooms makes it not only meatless, but also quick and easy to whip up during your short lunch break.
Photo and recipe from Oh My Veggies
4. Brown Butter, Peas, Mint Omelette
This omelet can be cooked up in under 10 minutes, and the ingredients can be swapped out for any leftover herbs and vegetables you have in your fridge.
Photo and recipe from Saveur
The sweet and salty combination in this salad is delightfully addictive. Serve over buttered toast for a simple and refreshing lunch.
Photo and recipe from CHOW
6. Spinach & Ricotta Cheese Pancakes
Pancakes get a savory makeover in this quick and simple lunch recipe.
Photo and recipe from Easy Food Smith
7. Homemade Instant Noodle Cup
These homemade noodle cups are just as flavorful and robust as the store-bought kind, but without any MSG or the ridiculous amounts of sodium.
Photo and recipe from Gluten Free on a Shoestring
8. Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls
Taking a few minutes to mix up a marinade for the chicken first thing in the morning (or the night before) allows you to enjoy a juicy, flavorful chicken bowl that can be served up in under 30 minutes.
Photo and recipe from How Sweet It Is
9. Spinach-Chickpea Sauté
If heavy lunches are causing you to crash by 3 p.m. then consider this light lunch recipe that'll fill you up without making you need an afternoon nap.
Photo and recipe from Girl Versus Dough
Shelly Westerhausen is the founder of Vegetarian 'Ventures, a food blog that focuses on planet-based recipes and healthy eating habits. In her free time, you can find her rocking a wolf T-shirt, sipping on hibiscus tea, and working on her magazine, Driftless.