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5 Make-Ahead Lunches That Will Make Your Life Easier

posted: 06/07/17
by: Kristine Boyd

5 Make-Ahead Lunches That Will Make Your Life Easier

Usually, the plan to get up in the morning make lunch for work results in realizing that what you're making is causing you to be late. You then throw in the towel decide to order out for lunch. With these simple make-ahead recipes, you won't have to worry about making unhealthy choices or breaking the bank. These recipes will save you time, and will set you up with lunch for the week.

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

The slow cooker is your best friend. Slow cooker recipes are some of the most fail proof and delicious meals one can find. All you do is throw in a bunch of ingredients into your slow cooker and come back 6 hours later and you have an amazing meal. This crock pot white chicken chili from Iowa Girl Eats yields 3-4 servings. This is a great project to do on a Sunday so you can have your lunches ready for the rest pf the week. All you have to do is pack this delicious chili up in a container and microwave at work or school for a satisfying hot lunch.

Find out how to make 8 easy breakfasts with your slow cooker here!

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Kale Salad

Most people don't like kale because they are preparing it the wrong way. Kale is not like other greens in that you can't roughly chop it, toss in in some dressing and call it a day. Kale is a very rough green and needs to be treated a certain way. In order to prepare it properly you have to cut it into thinly sliced strands and massage it with the dressing. Yes, you must massage your kale! It breaks down the green to make it softer, less bitter and more palatable. The great thing about kale is the longer you let it sit in the dressing and marinate, the better it gets! That's why this raw massaged kale salad from SkinnyTaste is the perfect make ahead lunch. Just add chicken and you're good to go!

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Honey Sesame Chicken Bowls

Swap out the heavy Chinese take-out lunch for these light honey sesame chicken bowls by Sweet Peas and Saffron. This recipe makes 4 lunch servings in just under 30 minutes. Yes, you read that correctly, under 30 minutes! This is a great meal prep to do any day of the week because it doesn't require much time. The great thing about this lunch is that you are getting all the comforting flavors of Chinese takeout, but with a simple healthy twist. This is a satisfying meal that you can feel good about eating. Not to mention, it is also great hot or cold, depending on your mood.

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Summer Pasta Salad

It is that time of year when the fresh produce at the store is in season and tastes amazing. It's in your best interest to take advantage of the vegetables that are in season because they are extremely cheap due to the abundance of crops being harvested. The summer vegetable pasta salad from BudgetBytes is a light take on a pasta salad featuring some of summer's best produce. It is a filling meal that will keep you satiated, yet, isn't going to weigh you down for the rest of the day. This pasta salad is also a great meal to make ahead for a kids lunch because you get them to eat their veggies.

Check out more refreshing salads that everyone will love here!
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Black Bean Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls

This is for all the vegetarians out there who need a high protein meal to keep them satisfied throughout their day. The black bean sweet potato burrito bowls from Joyful Healthy Eats are a take on the trendy grain bowls that have grown to be health fanatics' favorite meal. These burrito bowls are packed with protein and don't slack on the flavor. These are also very customizable. Use whatever leftovers you have in your fridge and pantry to create one of these delicious bowls.

Get some inspiration to create your healthy grain bowl here!

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