When it comes to the work day, it takes more than a few cups of coffee to flourish until it’s time to head home. Takeout meals can leave you feeling sluggish, especially during office hours. Meal prep is an easy, affordable way to enjoy healthy meals all week long —without breaking the bank. Preparing a week’s worth of lunch ahead of time takes one major to-do off your daily to-do list. Reenergize and satisfy your cravings with these versatile desk lunch ideas to give your lunch hour a much-needed upgrade.
Roasted Chicken and Veggies
Do you get enough veggies in your diet? If you’re not sure, this roasted chicken and veggie recipe is the perfect way to enjoy a rainbow of veggies every day of the week. Use a sheet pan to bring this recipe to life quickly and with minimal clean up! Roughly chop chicken and veggies and drizzle with olive oil and your favorite spices. Roast the veggies and chicken or protein of your choice in the oven for 20 minutes, and add on top of your favorite Green Valley organic rice for a meal that is healthy and delicious.
Buddha Bowls with Turmeric-Tahini Sauce
Buddha bowls are a fool-proof way to receive plenty of protein, greens, veggies and grains to help you power through your day. They are easy to customize, and even easier to make thanks to Green Valley organic basmati rice. Microwave the rice based on the instructions on the pouch, and set aside to cool. Create the dressing by combining tahini, maple syrup, lemon juice, garlic, turmeric, and chili powder. Add fresh kale, Green Valley organic garbanzo beans, corn, and beets. Top with avocado and drizzle dressing on top. Don’t be afraid to get creative and try new combinations of flavors and ingredients.
Curious about trying more vegetarian recipes this year? Start small by experimenting with your daily lunch menu. This vegetable quinoa is super simple to make, and uses many ingredients you already have in your pantry. Toss in Green Valley organic red kidney beans, whole kernel corn and cut green beans to add color and nutrients to this flagrant meal. Add avocado or guacamole and lime juice on top as a finishing touch.
Greek Salad with Garbanzo Beans and Feta
If salad is your go-to for lunchtime, you’ll love this Greek salad recipe! Filled with plant-based protein, veggies Mediterranean flavors and a homemade dressing, this lunch is anything but boring. Combine a leafy green of your choice with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, green pepper, Kalamata olives and Green Valley organic garbanzo beans for lunch that satisfies all day long.
Carnitas Burrito Bowls
If salads aren’t your thing, try creating these carnitas burrito bowls that can rival some of your favorite lunch spots. Use a slow cooker to prep tender carnitas, and use Green Valley organic whole kernel corn to make the perfect Mexican street corn salad to accompany the pork. These bowls are bursting with flavor and spice, making them a no-brainer for a weekly meal prep dish.
Lentil Veggie Mac and Cheese
You’ve never seen mac and cheese quite like this before. Dress up this much-loved favorite with veggies and lentils, for a hearty, protein-packed dish that will help you look forward to lunch time. Substitute your favorite cheeses, spices and veggies for a dish you can create in a multitude of different ways.
Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs
Buying takeout adds up quickly, and can be a costly expense day after day. Satisfy your takeout cravings with this healthier copycat recipe that are the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Use ground chicken, turkey or beef to create the meatballs, and use Green Valley organic rice to save time and add organic, wholesome nutrients to what will become a favorite way to energize during the workday.
Slow Cooker Chicken Stew
For those looking to take a simple approach to lunch or even dinner, this slow cooker chicken stew is a cozy, nutritious solution. This stew combines chicken, potatoes, carrots, celery and Green Valley organic peas to create a classic, easy to Make ahead and freeze so you have a hearty, protein-packed meal at work that will keep you full until dinner time.
Buffalo Chicken Jar Salad
Mason jar salads are an easy way to take a healthy meal just about anywhere — from the office to on the go. This buffalo chicken jar salad is filled to the brim with spicy, tangy flavors that take your office lunch routine to the next level. Add charred Green Valley organic whole kernel corn to the salad for a low calorie ingredient that adds texture and taste.
Quick Red Kidney Bean Chili
Filling, flavorful and fast is a winning office lunch trifecta. Green Valley organic red kidney beans take center stage in this comfort food favorite. Bring a side of shredded cheese and sour cream to add on top of this easy, flavorful chili. This recipe freezes well for up to three months, and can be made three days ahead so you can always have a healthy meal ready to heat up and enjoy each day.