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 the important stuff (besides your lunch plans). Meal prep can be more than just grilled chicken and veggies. 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 taste to help you savor the season.
If you’ve ever ventured into the low carb 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 delicious. 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 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, jalapeños, 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 prep 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 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 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.