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14 Quick Lunch Recipes That Are Surprisingly Good for You

Feeling stuck in a lunchtime rut with no time to spare? These 14 lightning-fast lunches are not only quick to whip up but also loaded with nutrients. Bid farewell to unhealthy fast food and say hello to tasty, nourishing meals that effortlessly fit into your busy day!

Lemon Balsamic Lentil Salad

Lemon Balsamic Lentil Salad
Photo Credit: Jar of Lemons.

This Lemon Balsamic Lentil Salad recipe post is sponsored by Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE Lunch, but my love for their amazing storage containers is completely my own!

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Five Bean Ham and Rice Salad

Five Bean Ham and Rice Salad
Photo Credit: An Affair from the Heart.

Cubed cooked ham meets cooked rice and Paisley Farm Five Bean Salad in this colorful side dish. Add in a little fresh dill, red bell pepper and banana pepper for some extra zing, and grab a fork!

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Greek Chickpea Salad with Feta & Herbs

Greek Chickpea Salad
Photo Credit: Eat the Gains.

Greek chickpea salad made with chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and feta, and then tossed with fresh herbs and a quick greek dressing for a light, flavorful, and healthy chickpea salad recipe. Perfect for BBQs, potlucks, and an easy lunch or dinner side dish.

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Minestrone Soup Recipe

Minestrone Soup
Photo Credit: Healthy Seasonal Recipes.

A quick and healthy Minestrone soup recipe {can be made vegan and gluten-free if desired} with zucchini and basil. This recipe is only 111 calories per cup. It can be reheated and frozen for meal prep!

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Greek Chicken Meatballs with Homemade Tzatziki

Greek Chicken Meatballs with Homemade Tzatziki
Photo Credit: Healthful Blondie.

The best juicy Greek chicken meatballs served over a light and fresh Greek salad dressed in tzatziki sauce. Cook them in the oven, stovetop, or air fryer for quick, healthy, gluten-free, and under 30-minute weeknight dinner or lunch.

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Curry Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad
Photo Credit: Chef Savvy.

Chicken Salad just got a makeover! This Curry Chicken Salad recipe is a mouthwatering flavor bomb. Loaded with curry powder, creamy mayo, crunchy celery, and onion, this recipe will be on repeat for make-ahead lunches!

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Chicken Bacon Greek Salad

Chicken Bacon Greek Salad
Photo Credit: served from scratch.

This Chicken Bacon Greek Salad is not for the faint of the salad heart. With chicken, bacon, and classic Greek salad flavors, it is hearty enough for a full meal but also perfect for adding some more salad into your diet.

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Chicken Club Sandwich

Chicken Club Sandwich
Photo Credit: Cooking with Karli.

I am a chicken club sandwich lady, and this one is my very fave. Quick, fresh, and flavorful, it’s bound to be your new fixation meal.

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BLT Sandwich

BLT Sandwich
Photo Credit: Cooking with Karli.

BLT Sandwiches are a classic Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich held together by bread of some sort and, of course, the best BLT secret sauce.

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Kale Chickpea Salad with Candied Pecans

Kale Chickpea Salad with Candied Pecans
Photo Credit: Served from Scratch.

Hearty, healthy, and packed full of flavor! Our Kale Chickpea Salad with Candied Pecans is a new favorite hearty green autumn salad with tart apple, salty feta cheese, sweet crunchy pecans, and an incredibly flavorful, light, and bright vinaigrette. It’s the perfect green salad for any fall or holiday table!

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Zesty Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Tuna Lettuce Wraps
Photo Credit: Garlic and Zest.

These zesty white bean and tuna lettuce wraps are a healthy, high protein lunch or dinner idea. For a twist on traditional lettuce wraps, we stuff vibrant magenta-hued radicchio lettuce cups with a creamy, punchy tuna white bean salad dressed with a lively Green Goddess dressing and slices of buttery avocado.
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Lentil Tabbouleh Salad

Easy Lentil Tabbouleh
Photo Credit: Peel with Zeal.

This bright and fresh lentil tabbouleh salad is full of authentic Mediterranean flavor. It’s a lovely side dish on a summer lunch table or even a main course with some flatbread to scoop it up with.

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Chicken Burrito Bowls

Chicken Burrito Bowls
Photo Credit: Chef Savvy.

Meal prep is made super easy and healthy with Chicken Burrito Bowls! Loaded with homemade salsa, cilantro-lime rice, and grilled chipotle chicken with a little lettuce on the side, this recipe is perfect for a grab-and-go lunch. So much better than Chipotle!

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Chicken Thai Salad (Panera Copycat)

Chicken Thai Salad (Panera Copycat) 
Photo Credit: Cinnamon and Sage Co

This fresh and crunchy Chicken Thai Salad is actually a favorite Panera Bread copycat recipe! Make your own version right at home easily and without spending the money.
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