Healthy Lunchbox Recipes

A list of easy and healthy lunchbox recipes for school or work. This list includes a variety of main dishes and snacks.

chickpea salad sandwich seen from the side

Here I’ve compiled a list of easy and nutritious lunchbox-friendly recipes to bring to school or work. Every recipe in this list is vegetarian, with many vegan and gluten-free options. Most importantly, every recipe is nut-free!

This list contains a few kid-friendly options, but it was created to offer ideas to anyone that needs to pack a lunch for work or school. I hope you’ll find some recipes that work for you!

That being said, let’s get to the recipes…

Easy and Healthy Lunchbox Recipes:

Breakfast for Lunch:

If you’re looking for something on the sweeter side, overnight oats are a great option. You might think of them as breakfast food, but a breakfast for lunch type of meal is delicious from time to time. This is a very easy lunchbox meal, which you can customize to your liking. And if you’re not into having overnight oats for lunch, you can use them as a quick on-the-go breakfast during busy weeks. Or maybe you need to bring breakfast with you to work/school? This is perfect!

Hearty Salads:

Salads don’t have to be (and shouldn’t be) boring. Here you’ll find some delicious and hearty salads that will fill you up for longer than a plain lettuce salad would. These can also be prepared in advance and won’t get soggy in your lunchbox.

Sandwiches and Wraps:

Sandwiches are a common lunchbox meal and it’s easy to eat the same ones on repeat. Here are my favorite veggie sandwiches. These might not be kid-friendly, depending on your kid’s preferences, but they make for delicious and nutritious work lunches. Of course you can also keep it simple with a peanut butter jelly sandwich (or Sunbutter jelly sandwich if your school/workplace doesn’t allow peanuts).


If you have a thermos or a microwave at work or school, a soup is the perfect lunch. Bring some crackers or fresh bread to dip into your warm bowl of soup. Here are some of my favorite recipes.


If you’re looking for snack ideas to bring in your lunchbox, this section is for you. I included a variety of sweet recipes (and a few savory options) that travel well in a lunchbox. You’ll mostly find granola bars, muffins and hummus, plus a few other options. And of course, all of these recipes are nut-free!

If you make any of these recipes, be sure to leave a comment and/or give the recipes a rating! I love to hear from you guys. And of course, if you try this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!

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