Have you run out of work lunch ideas and feel like you're spending way too much money buying lunch every day instead? Or maybe you just don't have the time to prepare them the day before or morning of. Well there's always a new fun and easy work lunch that you can try out and I'm here to give you a push in the right direction with 7 fun lunch ideas for work to bring from home!
1. PB&J Sushi
Need a way to spice up your normal and boring peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Then turn it into sushi! First, remove the crusts from your two slices of bread and use a rolling pin, or large soup can, to completely flatten bread. Spread 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 tablespoon jelly on each slice of bread. Then, roll each slice into a tight spiral just as sushi would be prepared and cut each spiral into 4 pieces. Make this meal even more fun by bringing chop sticks to eat your PB&J sushi with! You can even customize your sushi by adding marshmallow fluff, banana, or honey! This is definitely one of those work lunch ideas that will have your office thinking how creative and fun loving you are!
2. Salad in a Jar
This work lunch idea involves packing your salad in a mason jar rather than a container. The trick is to layer each salad ingredient in the backwards order that you will want it on your salad. Your dressing should be at the bottom of the jar and your lettuce should be at the top. This will prevent your lettuce from becoming saturated and slimy. On top of your dressing, use a hearty type of vegetable, such as shredded cabbage, pea pods, or shredded carrots that can withstand the acidity of the dressing. Make sure you pack your salad as tightly as you can in the jar to prevent the layers from moving around. When you're ready to eat, simply pour into a bowl! The great thing about making your salad in a jar is that you can make a whole bunch at once and store them in the fridge for an easy and colorful grab and go work lunch!
3. Make Your Own Nachos
It doesn't matter who you are, "make your own" anything is always fun! So why not incorporate that into your work lunch ideas? One of the easiest kinds of meals to make this way are Mexican dishes. If you have leftovers from taco night, pack them up and bring them to work. Pack a large container with tortilla chips and then several small containers of beans, cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, and anything else you want or have at home! When lunch time comes, simply put together your nacho masterpiece and pop it in the microwave for a couple of seconds to melt the cheese. If nachos aren't your thing then bring taco shells instead.
4. Homemade Pizza
When some of you think of work lunch ideas like homemade pizza, you think of a meal that's going to take a lot of work and preparation. Not necessarily! Instead of using regular pizza dough, use a whole wheat pita pocket! Lay out a pita pocket and spread marinara sauce over it. Then, lay down some shredded cheese and toppings of your choice, such as eggplant! Put in a container to bring for lunch, put it in the office toaster oven for 10 minutes, and wah-la! You have a fresh, perfectly made pizza with none of the grease!
5. Breakfast for Lunch
Are none of these work lunch ideas appealing to you so far? I find that hard to believe, but if so, try bringing breakfast for lunch! Make a bunch of breakfast burritos over the weekend to store in your freezer. Then grab them on your way out the door to microwave for a quick and easy lunch! Or even pack frozen waffles, french toast, or pancakes to pop in the toaster oven or microwave at work for a sweeter breakfast/lunch hybrid. Don't forget to bring syrup and bananas or berries to add even more fun, color, and taste to your lunch!
6. Little Kid Themed Lunch
Everyone loves getting to relive their childhoods and your packed lunch is a great way to do that. Think back to what your Mom or Dad used to pack you for your school lunch and recreate it! Maybe it's a peanut butter and banana sandwich or a turkey and cheese sandwich with the crusts cut off. Then pair it with a childhood snack such as a pudding cup or fruit snacks. Even those Kid Cuisine frozen meals would be a fun change up from your Lean Cuisine frozen meals! Your child like work lunch will have you feeling giddy for the rest of the day.
7. Buffet Style
I am a huge fan of having as many food options available to me at once, and thus why I am in love with going to buffets. Simply apply this same logic to your work lunch ideas. Cupcake wrappers are a great way to section off different foods that you are packing in a container or you can buy a bunch of small individual containers to fill up. Variety will always help you to feel fuller and it's an even better way to sneak in some unhealthy foods while still watching your calorie intake. For example, pack a small amount of leftover spaghetti, then pair it with a small amount of leftover green beans, 2 Oreo cookies, a small amount of grapes, and a small amount of salad greens with dressing. You get to enjoy the spaghetti and Oreos, but also fill up on healthy foods like fruits and veggies. See what's around your house that you can put together to create a mini feast for lunch!
I hope these delicious work lunch ideas get you excited for your midday meal! Bringing your lunch from home has been proven to help people save money and even lose weight! Buying lunch should be saved as something you do on a special day or a day you need a happiness boost! What is your favorite kind of lunch that you make and bring from home?