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11 Recipes To Up Your Back-to-Work (Or WFH!) Lunch Game

Brighten up your workday with these (mostly!) quick and filling suggestions.

Hey, working lunches don’t have to be terrible—not when you have something delicious to look forward to, at least.

Here are 11 quick and easy lunch recipes you can (mostly!) prep the night before or pull together relatively quickly.

Sesame-Ginger Tofu Soba Noodle Salad

Salad with soba noodles, tofu, carrots, cucumber in an orange bowl on an orange table.

(Recipes by Irene Ngo; Produced by Stephanie Han Kim, Sun Ngo and Aimee Nishitoba;
Photography by Erik Putz and Christie Vuong; Food styling by Ashley Denton; Prop styling by Madeleine Johari)

Filling, flavourful and surprisingly easy to make (just 25 minutes of prep!), this healthy soba salad makes a great working lunch companion. Get our sesame-ginger tofu soba noodle salad recipe.

Fig and Radicchio Salad

A bowl of fig and radicchio salad, set on a table with a sparkling beverage and a bowl of figs

(Photo: Erik Putz; Food styling by Ashley Denton; Prop styling by Christine Hanlon)

Looking for a quick lunch recipe to prep before heading to work? This fresh, fruity salad is just the thing. Four ingredients, fifteen minutes, and call it done. Just remember to pack the salad dressing separately! Get our fig and radicchio salad recipe.

Superfood Sandwich

A superfood sandwich with avocado, lettuce, beets, and hummus layered between two slices of grainy bread

(Photo, Roberto Caruso)

Loaded up with our favourite superfoods, this vitamin-packed lunch will turn your coworkers green with envy. Get our superfood sandwich recipe.

Green Goddess Egg Salad Sandwich

Green goddess egg salad sandwich

Photo, Erik Putz.

Who doesn’t love a green goddess moment? Wrap each egg salad sandwich in parchment paper to take on the go (bonus: it also keeps them from getting soggy). Get our green goddess egg salad sandwich recipe.

Chicken and Mango Rice Rolls with Satay Peanut Sauce

Chicken and mango rice rolls with satay peanut sauce on a plate

(Photo: Carmen Cheung; Produced by: Stephanie Han Kim; Food styling: Eshun Mott; Prop styling: Madeleine Johari)

The perfect mix of sweet and savory, these flavourful rice paper rolls might just be the best part of your workday. Even better: they only take 35 minutes to make! Get our chicken and mango rice rolls with peanut sauce recipe.

Wolfe Salad Recipe

A bowl of Wolfe Salad containing quinoa, tomatoes, carrots, and fresh greens

When a dish gets the Mandy’s Salads seal of approval, you just know it’s going to be good. This lunch recipe—complete with fresh greens, quinoa, and a rich tamari dressing—remains a staple in the homes of Mandy’s Salads co-founders, Rebecca and Mandy Wolfe. Make it ahead of time and tote the dressing separately. Get our Wolfe salad recipe.

Greek Chicken Salad

A plate of greek chicken salad with a fork and spoon at the side

(Photo: Erik Putz; Produced by: Stephanie Han Kim; Food styling: Haley Polinsky; Prop styling; Madeleine Johari)

Level up this classic meal-in-a-bowl salad with hearty chicken, an ultra-fresh vinaigrette, cherry tomatoes, feta, olives and mini cucumbers. Get our Greek chicken salad recipe.

Roasted Chickpea Salad

Roasted Chickpea Salad recipe

Photography by Erik Putz. Food styling by Matthew Kimura. Prop styling by Madeleine Johari.

Full of flavour and easy to make, this is a salad you’ll want over and over. Get our roasted chickpea salad recipe.

Sesame-Ginger-Beet Quinoa Bowl

Chatelaine dinner plan: Monday's recipe, Sesame, ginger and beet grain bowl

Photo, Erik Putz.

Who says a quick desk lunch can’t be a hearty one? Add some colour to your workday with this filling quinoa bowl. Get our sesame-ginger-beet quinoa bowl recipe.

Apple, Camembert and Arugula Sandwich

An apple, camembert and arugula sandwich set on a white plate and charger, served alongside a beverage

Photo, Sian Richards.

A light sandwich you can whip up easily with just 7 ingredients—perfect for a quick fix between meetings. Get our apple, camembert and arugula sandwich recipe.

Thai Sweet Potato Red Curry Soup

Creamy soup: Thai sweet potato red curry soup

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Is the thought of spending lunch by your work desk getting you down? Trust us: a comforting bowl of this colourful soup will instantly make you feel better. Prep it the night before, it tastes even better the next day. Get our Thai sweet potato red curry soup recipe.

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