With our busy lives and hectic schedules, it’s easy for preparing lunch to get overlooked or become an afterthought. As a result, we often end up eating the same old thing over and over again or grabbing something for convenience that might not be the cheapest or healthiest option. Here we’ve given you some easy cold lunch recipes you can make with leftovers or things you already have on hand. These meals require very little prep time and no reheating!
Buffalo Chicken Wrap
Got leftover chicken tenders? This recipe for buffalo chicken wraps requires only 4 additional ingredients and takes mere minutes to assemble. Not only are they perfect for lunch on-the-go, they’re also great for tailgating. If you want to get fancy, you can make your own homemade buffalo sauce. Instructions are included in the link.
Mason Jar Taco Salad
Mason jar salads are all the rage, and this taco salad is as easy as they come. The recipe calls for canned chicken, but you could also use leftovers, shredded rotisserie chicken, or any type of ground meat. The possibilities are endless. Dumping the salad onto a plate when you’re ready to eat makes it easier to manage, in which case you’d want to layer it in opposite order.
Protein Snack Pack
Sort of like an adult Lunchable®, these protein snack packs can be filled with whatever ingredients you choose. They’re great for lunch, a picnic, or as a post-workout snack. Best of all, they require very little prep work. Just assemble and go!
These bite-size favorites are just as big of a hit at parties as they are in the breakroom. You’ll want to make the spread ahead of time so the flavors can meld. Then assembly of the Italian pinwheel finger sandwiches themselves takes almost no time. You can pick and choose your own meats and other toppings. Just keep it thin for easier rolling and slicing.
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Ultimate Avocado Sandwich
For a vegetarian option, check out this avocado sandwich that’s packed with nutrient-rich ingredients and full of flavor. Once you’ve made the sandwich, you can use the rest of the tomato and avocado to whip up some homemade guacamole!
We hope these ideas help you simplify your lunch game and add a little excitement to your day. Bon Appetit!