When it comes to eating lunch at work, it can be all too easy to fall into a rut, especially if you follow a dairy-free and meatless diet, and like to stick to tried-and-true dishes. Maybe that means making the same sandwich every single day or ordering from the same four take-out places week after week. Maybe you want a nice meal but simply don’t have the time (or ambition) to make a batch of weekly meals. It’s cool, we’ve all been there. Not having time to get in the kitchen doesn’t mean you have to eat the same meals every day or dole out cash for take-out, though! Nowadays there are tons of products on the market that are heat-and-serve style or ready-to-eat straight from the package. From salads, soups, and burritos, to full-blown curries, pasta dishes, and noodle entrées, there’s an option for everyone no matter what your lunch style is. Here are 15 ready-to-eat meals we think are worth checking out.
Ready Pac Elevate Power Grain Superfood Salad
As easy as making a salad can seem, if you have a ton of different ingredients there’s a high chance it will become wilted from sitting in tupperware throughout the day. If you want to guarantee that your salad will stay nice and crisp, you may want to consider investing in a product like Ready Pac Elevate Power Grain Superfood Salad. This conveniently packaged salad comes with a mix of greens, including spinach, frisée, radicchio, and romaine, as well as quinoa, almonds, carrots, and red cabbage. The pack also comes with an organic orange vinaigrette. Reviewers are saying that this salad is “great for lunch on the go or in the office. satisfying, great texture, and tasty dressing.” You can get one container for about $5.
Gardein BBQ Pulled Porkless Pocket Meals
As easy as sandwiches can be to make, they can be equally messy to enjoy at your desk. If it drives you crazy when your sandwich fillings fall out while you eat, consider checking out Gardein BBQ Pulled Porkless Pocket Meals. These microwaveable pockets contain a vital wheat gluten and soy protein filling that has been doused in a tangy, tomatoey sauce. Each pocket is 230 calories and provides 10 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that these pockets are very tasty, convenient, and have a very similar texture to pulled pork. To try it out yourself, you can get six boxes (four pockets in each box) for about $30.
Sweet Earth The Curry Tiger Burrito
Food fusion is so fun! And just because you’re in an office, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy it.Sweet Earth The Curry Tiger Burrito allows you to enjoy all of the Indian flavors you love in a familiar food form. These burritos contain a blend of lentils, curried seitan, red peppers, and potatoes that are spiced with turmeric, cinnamon, and cardamom. They have 19 grams of protein and seven grams of fiber. These can be cooked in the microwave and as one Amazon reviewer points out, the wraps remained soft and don’t dry out like some other brands might. This 12-pack for $80 will break down to about $6.50 a burrito.
Instead of packing 10 different items to get you through the day, consider checking out Go Picnic Sunbutter and Crackers Pack. This gluten-free ready-to-eat meal contains five snacks: a cup of sunflower butter, multigrain crackers, unsweetened applesauce, fruit leather, and two chocolate chip cookies. None of the products contain high fructose corn syrup, GMOs, artificial colors or flavors, or MSG. In total, the meal provides nine grams of protein and 57 grams of carbs. Reviewers are saying that although this meal kit is a bit high in sodium, it is tasty, very convenient, and contains wholesome snacks. To try it out yourself, you can get a pack of six boxes for a little over $20.
Annie Chuns Teriyaki Noodle Bowl
In the mood for Chinese food? Don’t get greasy takeout! When made with the right ingredients, Asian noodle bowls can actually be very nutritious and protein-rich. Take Annie Chun’s Teriyaki Noodle Bowl, for instance. This microwaveable entree is made with wheat noodles, topped with a savory soy sauce, and then studded with tofu cubes, carrots, corn, spinach, and scallions. Each one of these packages provides 12 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this noodle meal is tasty, easy-to-make, and nutritious, although some think it is a bit too high in calories and salt. However, as one reviewer pointed out, if you’d like the meal to be less salty, you can abstain from using the entire seasoning packet. To see how you feel about it, you can get a pack of six 7.8-ounce packages for $18.
Amy's Black Bean and Vegetable Enchilada
We’ve all had this feeling: it’s taco Tuesday, you get an intense craving for all things Mexican but you don’t want to dole out $10+ for take out during your lunch break. This is where products like Amy’s Black Bean and Vegetable Enchilada come in handy. This non-GMO and microwaveable entrée is made with organic corn tortillas, tomato purée, zucchini, tofu, black beans, corn, onions, and a few other ingredients. Reviewers are saying that this product is an easy lunch or dinner option and has a nice level of spiciness. You can get one for $3.79.
Daiya Mac and Cheese
Think you need a pot of boiling water to make some awesome mac? Think again! Daiya Cheezy Mac is a microwaveable entrée that makes the mac process a lot easier. It is made from brown rice pasta, filtered water, tapioca starch, non-GMO expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, coconut oil, sea salt, vegan natural flavors, pea protein isolate, potato protein, and tricalcium. Reviewers are reporting that this product is creamy, decently nutritious, and apparently tastes “exactly like regular mac and cheese.” One reviewer even said they would give this product 40 stars if they could. That’s enthusiastic! To try it for yourself, you can get a pack of eight 10.6-ounce boxes for $35.
Tasty Bite Meals
Indian food has never been easier to enjoy in the office, especially with so many shelf-stable products available nowadays! Take Tasty Bite Spinach Dal, for example. This microwaveable meal is made with water, spinach, lentils, tomatoes, onion, sunflower oil, salt, and spices. Each bag is 200 calories and provides 20 percent of your vitamin A recommendation, 15 percent of your iron, and eight percent of your calcium. Reviewers are saying that this meal is very tasty, extremely convenient (especially since it’s shelf stable). Some of the other vegan-friendly flavors include Bombay Potatoes and Chana Masala.
Dr McDougall's Soup
When it comes to an easy lunch, you really can’t go wrong with a big bowl of hearty soup. Dr. McDoughall’s Right Foods Soup: Chili Bean is a ready-to-eat soup that is made from filtered water, red and black beans, vegetables (tomatoes, onion, chilies, corn, garlic, peppers), starches (corn, potato), natural flavors, organic brown sugar, masa flour, sea salt, spices, lime juice, sesame, oregano, vinegar, and tamari soy sauce. Each serving (half the box) provides seven grams of protein, eight grams of fiber, 20 percent of your daily iron intake, 14 percent of your vitamin A, and 12 percent of your vitamin C. Reviewers are saying that this soup is very tasty and convenient, tastes homemade, and can easily be bulked up with extra tofu (like this reviewer did). You can get a pack of six 18-ounce packages for about $27.
Revolution Foods Superfood Lunch Bundles
Have you ever dreamed about one day being able to socially accept Lunchables? Well, Revolution Foods Superfood Lunch Bundles may just be the key to making that wish come true! This convenient meal kit comes with five different components: a fruity trail mix, corn and flax chips, a small salad of chickpeas and almonds, dark chocolate raisins, and veggie crisps. This is the kind of lunch you’ll want if you don’t want a super heavy entrée, but still need some sustenance to fuel you through the day. You can get four “lunch bundles” for $18.
Tandoor Chef Vegetable Korma
Indian food is delicious, filling, and nowadays you don’t have to pick up the phone or get take out to enjoy some Indian delicacies. Tandoor Chef Vegetable Korma is a microwaveable gluten-free dish consisting of cumin-infused basmati rice, lentils, and vegetables. Made with olive oil and a light amount of sodium, this dish is a wonderfully fueling lunch. It has 10 grams of protein and eight grams of fiber and one Amazon reviewer shares that the level of spice is pretty mild. To test out the spice level yourself, consider buying this 12-pack for a little under $50.
Ruhil's Read-to-Eat Lahori Cholle
The only thing better than a meal that only needs a pot of boiling water to make is a meal that is ready to eat straight out of the package! Ruhil’s Ready-to-Eat Lahori Cholle is made primarily with water, chickpeas, onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, and cashews. It is gluten-free, MSG-free, and preservative-free. It is shelf-stable for up to two years. Reviewers are reporting that this meal is satisfying, nutritious, and easy-to-make, although some noted that it is a bit oily. You can get a pack of three meals for $10.
Cucina y Amore Quinoa Meals
Cucina and Amore Quinoa Meals are an ideal protein-rich lunch product to keep at arm’s reach. Since these packs are already fully cooked and do not need to be refrigerated or frozen, you can stash a package in your bag or office. As one Amazon reviewer points out, once this package is opened you can’t reseal it for later consumption, but other than that reviewers seem to dig this convenient meal. This particular variety pack comes with the following flavors: Spicy Jalapeño and Roasted Peppers, Basil Pesto, Mango Jalapeño, and Artichoke and Roasted Peppers. You can get this four-pack for $18.
St. Dalfour French Bistro Three Beans and Corn
For a simple bean salad you can enjoy warm or at room temperature, check out St. Dalfour French Bistro Three Beans and Corn. This meal is low-fat, low-sodium, and MSG-free. It is made with diced carrots, sweet corn, lentils, cannellini beans, kidney beans, onions, flageolet beans, sunflower oil, and spices. It also comes with a salad dressing made primarily with water, fructose, rice vinegar, and pineapple juice. It is shelf-stable for two years so you can definitely take your time in terms of eating it. Reviewers are saying that this meal is healthful, convenient, nutritious, and great for eating on-the-go. You can get six 6.2-ounce tins for $22.
Barilla Spaghetti With Marinara
Cooking pasta from a box the night before work may seem like a pretty easy lunch option…that is until you try a microwaveable one you can heat and enjoy the day of! Barilla Marinara Penne, for instance, can be cooked in just one minute. It is made mostly from mezze penne pasta, olive oil, traditional marinara sauce, and tomato purée. It doesn’t contain any preservatives and each package is 320 calories. Reviewers are saying that this product is delicious, affordable, and a great low-calorie option for lunch. You can get a pack of six nine-ounce packages for about $14.
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