I can’t help but feel a little skeptical when I see a chef-level lunch posted to the ‘gram. I mean, more power to ya if you’ve got time to whip up a 15-step recipe in the middle of the workday, but for most of us, a midday soufflé or whole roasted chicken just isn’t an option. But if, like me, you’re still looking for delicious options to fuel you for the rest of the day, look no further. We’ve rounded up some of our fave lunch ideas that not only hit the spot, but are ready to go in just 15 minutes or less. Scroll on for the delicious and nutritious lunches we can’t get enough of.

Sandwiches, Toasts & Wraps

Especially in the middle of the workday, there’s truly nothing easier than piling your fave proteins, veggies and fats on top of your carb of choice. Toasts and wraps are another take on the classic sandwich that are just as breezy to prepare and equally satisfying. Scroll on for some of our fave sandwich, toast and wrap combinations.

The Green Thumb Sandwich by Broma Bakery

Ultimate Avocado Toast

Caesar Chicken Collard Wraps by The Defined Dish

Rice Cakes Four Ways

Carrot and Hummus Toasts

Salads

Most days, I don’t plan ahead for lunch. Around 12pm, I’ll wander into the kitchen and end up aimlessly throwing together a weird salad combo of whatever veggies are in the fridge. But salads are a delicious lunchtime solution that packs in multiple servings of veggies, and most can be thrown together in just a few minutes.

Best Broccoli Salad by Love and Lemons

Ultimate Chicken Taco Salad by The Defined Dish

Strawberry Salad with Balsamic by Love and Lemons

Chopped Asian Chicken Salad by The Defined Dish

Smoothies

Sometimes a nutrient-packed, creamy smoothie is the perfect easy mid-day meal. Especially with a few simple ingredients, these concoctions can be whipped up in just a few minutes, making them especially great options for those of us on-the-go.

Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothie by Minimalist Baker 

Cookies and Cream Smoothie by Kelly LeVeque

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Creamy Avocado Banana Green Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

Great Lunches You Can Meal Prep on the Weekend

The secret to a next-level lunch is having a few key ingredients prepped ahead of time that you can just rewarm and throw together in the middle of a busy day. Scroll on for a couple of our fave combos that can be prepped easily ahead of time. You’ll thank yourself later. 

Quinoa Power Bowl by Camille Styles

Chicken Burger Lettuce Wraps

Autumn Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Green Immunity-Boosting Vegetable Soup

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