How many times have you vowed to pack lunch more often, but ended up falling off the wagon and going back to Chipotle/pizza/insert-fast-food-of-choice after the first three days? We get it. Between planning breakfasts in advance and meal-prepping dinners for the week, thinking about a home-cooked lunch can seem like added stress you just don’t need. But if all those trips to the salad bar, sandwich joint, or taco truck are taking a toll on your budget—and your health—it might be time to whip up your own lunch recipes. Don’t worry, we’re making it super easy for you. These healthy lunch ideas use only three main ingredients each (not counting oils, pantry seasonings, or broth), making it easier than ever to stick to your brown-bagging goals.
Soupy pasta for lunch is always a good idea. Store-bought tortellini helps out here to make this three-ingredient recipe the easiest soup you’ve ever made. Ready in just 15 minutes, it might also be the quickest.
It looks like a simple salad, but with half an avocado per serving massaged into those kale leaves, this pile of greens is more filling than it appears. Still, it’s the perfect choice for a light lunch and easily portable.
Tempeh, like tofu, soaks up pretty much any flavor you put on it. Here, it’s blended into burger form with an egg and a whole lot of harissa paste, a super-flavorful African spice that’s potent in potassium and thyroid-regulating iodine. Eat the patty alone, or put it in a bun with your favorite burger fixin’s.
It’s hard to believe you can make rich, velvety pasta with just three ingredients, but thanks to cashews, it’s possible. Instead of cheese or cream, the nuts get blended with pasta sauce, creating a creamy coating for the shells—or whatever pasta you choose to use.
Cauliflower pizza is so hot right now. But if you need something a bit more lunchbox-friendly, these bites are the way to go. They basically use the ingredients for cauliflower pizza crust, just in muffin form. If you’re feeling indulgent, add pizza sauce on the side for dipping—it’s a fourth ingredient, but totally worth it.
A frittata doesn’t have to just be a breakfast item. Convenient and quick, it’s a smart option for any meal. With bacon and asparagus—both classic combos with eggs—this one is a little bit healthy, a little bit indulgent, and a whole lot tasty.
From spices galore to cups and cups of chopped veggies, some chili recipes throw in everything but the kitchen sink. This one opts for some salsa for the veggie component, a can of beans, and some ground beef. It’s simple, hearty, and classic.