There’s a lot of emphasis these days on packing school lunches, but there are even more adults who have to pack a lunch to work every day. Leftovers and sandwiches get old really quickly, and it can be hard to find easy, healthy, affordable lunches.
Today I want to share with you 3 ideas for packing quick and easy lunches for work: Thrive Express meals, meals in a jar, and chicken salad.
Thrive Express Meals
My favorite Thrive Express meals are the Chili Lime Chicken Rice and the Creamy Beef and Noodles. I haven’t tried the Vegetable Beef Stew yet, but it gets great reviews and it’s next on my list to try.
These are all-in-one meals in a bag, with proteins, vegetables, and starches. You simply add to boiling water and follow package directions for a super easy meal that’s still packed with flavor. There are 8 great flavors and they make a ton of food, so for most people, 1 package would make 2 solid lunches.
Meals in a Jar
Meals in a jar are another great option for easy work lunches. While it does require more effort to order separate ingredients and assemble the meals, it’s definitely a great option for anyone with food sensitivities, like my husband, who is lactose intolerant.
Some of our favorite meals are the beefy spanish rice and the lasagna skillet. These recipes are for a quart-sized jar; for each of my husband’s lunches, he only needs a pint-sized jar, so we just make 1/2 the recipe, or make the full recipe and split it into 2 containers. This is what pint-sized meals in a jar look like when assembled. These are actually a few that I assembled with a friend who works at a hospital and always need quick, easy lunches. We did Zuppa Toscana and the Lasagna Skillet here:
Thrive Life Chicken Salad
And last but not least, my go-to lunch for when we’re both running late and still need to throw something together. Thrive Life chicken salad is a hit any way you look at it, but I love that I literally just scoop, add water, and put my mayo or dressing on, and voila! My husband can head out the door with a dairy-free lunch that I assembled in about 3 minutes. You can pack it with bread, crackers, rolls, or whatever else you’d like to serve it with. And here’s a really fun way to pack it ahead of time, from my friend Wendi:
There’s also a lot of room to play with flavors here. So whether you go with the a more classic version or try something more exotic like this Honey Curry Cashew chicken salad, keeping some chicken, celery, and chopped onions on hand is another great way to have a quick, easy, healthy lunch at your fingertips.