5 Cheap, Healthy Lunches You Can Bring to Work

Kickstart your midday meal routine with these affordable and light recipes.

Tired of paying for $15 larger-than-life sandwiches at your nearest office lunch spot? Get in the habit of making an affordable and healthy alternative at home, and your wallet and your figure will thank you.
1 Skillet Vegetables on Cheese Toast
Sautée whatever vegetables you have on hand the night before or morning of work. Then at the office, spread goat cheese on toast and top with vegetables.
 
INGREDIENTS: Wheat bread, carrots, mushrooms, garlic, red onion, olive oil, goat cheese, basil, salt, and pepper.
2 Falafel With Yogurt, Eggplant, and Red Cabbage Salad
Chop up your vegetables and make your dressing the night before work, and then assemble it all on pita with ready-made falafel at the office.
INGREDIENTS: Eggplant, olive oil, ready-made falafels, red cabbage, red onion, cherry tomatoes, pita bread, yogurt, lime, salt, and pepper.
3 Light Spinach Quiche
Make this protein-packed meal ahead of time and reheat at the office or eat it chilled or at room temperature -- whatever suits you! Alternate broccoli or whatever vegetables you have on hand.
 
INGREDIENTS: Pie crust, cream cheese, half and half, eggs, spinach, onion, cheddar, parmesan, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
4 Black Bean and Quinoa Bowl With Peach Salsa
Make this ahead, and you're set! Try alternating in butternut squash or sweet potatoes for the salsa during winter.
 
INGREDIENTS: Quinoa, peach salsa, black beans, green onions, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
5a Roasted Sweet Potato, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Sandwich
Make this the morning of work and wrap in foil, or roast sweet potatoes at home and then assemble the sandwich at home.
 
INGREDIENTS: Sweet potatoes, olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, artisan sandwich bread, honey, arugula.
Photograph: 1. Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott for Bon Appetit (hero), 2. Better Homes & Gardens, 3. The Debrief, 4. The Faux Martha, 5. A Couple Cooks, 6. The Kitchn
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