Balancing the responsibilities of a job, a social life, hobbies and everything else in between can be overwhelming. The last thing many of us want to worry about is what to eat for lunch. Meal prep makes it simple, so you can focus on things other than your lunch plans. You don’t have to stick to the standard grilled chicken and veggies combo to meal prep effectively. Instead, why not have some fun with your meal preps? One way to liven up your meals a bit is to choose recipes that reflect the season. Incorporating the spices and flavors of fall will make lunchtime a lot more enjoyable than settling on a bland protein and veggie combination. Here are a few easy meal prep lunches that feature flavorful, fall-centric tastes, to help you savor the fall season from the start.
If you’ve ever ventured into the low card lifestyle, you’ve likely experimented with spaghetti squash. It’s a great alternative to carb-heavy pasta, because it resembles spaghetti and can take on the flavors of whatever you cook with it. One of the most popular spaghetti squash dishes is a lasagna-inspired casserole, and this spaghetti squash casserole is one of the best ones we’ve tried. The recipe sticks to the basics, and the simple combination of marinara sauce, ground meat and cheese with the squash is scrumptious. If you ask us, it tastes even better the next day, which is why we love to meal prep with it and devour it for lunch. It’s also super filling, and you can easily make it stretch for about three days if you stick to it as a lunch meal.
Fall is the ultimate season for slow cooker favorites, like savory soups and hearty chili. This turkey chili offers a slightly lighter take on the classic comfort food dish. It uses ground turkey instead of ground beef and includes red kidney beans, jalapenos and sweet red peppers. The best part? This one’s ready in about half and hour. It saves super well, which is why it’s one of our favorite easy meal prep lunches to make during the cooler months.
Roasted veggies are another tasty, simple meal option for fall lunches. This one features cauliflower, butternut squash and peppers, and can be eaten on its own or over a bed of rice or lentils. Feel free to mix things up and add your own veggies of choice with this easy sheet pan recipe.
Nothing says fall quite like pumpkins, so we had to include a pumpkin recipe in our recipe roundup. Pumpkin soup is a perfect fall comfort dish, and this one is especially yummy. It can be made dairy-free, with coconut milk to give it that much-loved creamy texture. Sprinkle on some pumpkin seeds for garnish, and you’ve got a delicious soup for lunch you can eat throughout the week.
Much like pumpkins, butternut squash is one of those veggies that goes hand-in-hand with the fall season, so we had to include it on this list. This butternut squash quinoa dish is a healthy and hearty meal option that can work as a side dish or a main lunch course. The dried cranberries provide some sweet tartness, which is complemented perfectly by the earthy taste of the quinoa. Shelled pistachios provide some crunch. The result is a colorful combination of healthy, flavorful foods that come together to make this great dish.