Sandwiches are tried-and-true lunch staples, but sometimes we just want something new! These five fresh options are all quick and easy and hold up well in containers, lunch boxes, and fridges. So whether you’re packing lunch for you or your kiddo, or just want to serve up something with some pizzazz on the weekend, these are all great alternatives to the classic sandwich!
If you’re looking for a healthy and hearty hot lunch, Bon Appétit has you covered with this protein-packed burrito. Sweet potato, black beans, avocado, and cheese are wrapped in a fresh tortilla that can be held in just one hand at the desk or table.
There’s nothing better than bite-sized finger foods for lunch! In these crispy empanadas from Goya Foods, the pre-made pastry is filled with shredded chicken combined with a zesty pepper mixture to create a flavorful pocket of food you can enjoy anywhere, anytime. They’re great warm or at room temperature.
Go Mediterranean for lunch with this snappy salad from Delish! The chickpeas will sustain you while the lemon-parsley vinaigrette will keep you coming back for bite after bite. Not a fan of all the ingredients? No worries—just swap in others of your choice, as this recipe lends itself well to substitutions, like cherry tomatoes for the bell peppers or tuna instead of the feta. It’s an excellent way to clean out what you have in your fridge.
This colorful and nutritious meal from Delish is as tasty as it is beautiful! Create a kaleidoscope of hues and flavors with an array of pan-baked marinated veggies, like cherry tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, and red onions, served alongside grilled chicken over a bed of rice to lock in the seasoning. Make a big batch for the whole week then just reheat at lunchtime.
Wholesome Yum takes all the best parts of a BLT and makes it a scoopable, good-for-you lunch. Paleo fans will love the filling of healthy fats and fiber, and gluten-free eaters will appreciate the breadless assembly. Planning to take this to school or to work? Just pack the filling in a separate container and stuff the hollowed avocado half when you’re ready to eat.