Whether you’re trying out the Whole 30 elimination diet or are just looking to reset with a more mindful approach to your own midday meal, we have two weeks’ worth of lunches that will set you up for summer. These simple recipes have no grains, no beans, no soy, no dairy and no sugar—instead, they are packed with veggies, meats, fruit and fats (yes, avocado and bacon get the all-clear). Perfect for work, scroll down to see them all!
Easy Salmon Waffles
It's hard to imagine something this quick and easy being so good for you, but these waffles from Jay's Baking Me Crazy are light, crunchy and deliciously healthy. Added flavor comes from fresh dill and lemon but the main ingredient is tinned salmon, so stocking the pantry with this staple will set you up for healthy packed lunches any day of the week.
Chicken Lo Mein
This soy-free, grain-free Asian dish comes together in just fifteen minutes. The sauce is a mixture of coconut aminos, sesame oil and tapioca flour. Head to Paleo Gluten Free for the recipe plus tips on how to get those spiralized carrots cooked to perfection. Pop in a thermos or reheat at work.
Leek and Potato Soup with Chicken and Kale
This soup has tons of healthy vegetables as well as lean protein, making it the perfect detox desk lunch. It's a great way to use up leftover chicken or turkey. Just heat the soup through before work and pour into a thermos or put it in the microwave to serve. Get the recipe at Tastes Lovely.
A crustless quiche, the frittata works well as a portable meal any time of day. It is packed with protein and veggies and can be customized with any leftovers you have in the fridge. Alternatively, make this delicious mushroom and leek version from Jay's Baking Me Crazy.
No Cook Shrimp Salad
Cashews, cilantro, cucumber and carrots come together with cocktail shrimps to make this a lunch that can be put together without any cooking. The dressing has an almond butter base making it creamy and delicious while still being dairy free. Get this keeper of a recipe at Physical Kitchness.
This is an avo-citrus-tuna boat that can be ready in minutes and it's a healthy comfort food full of proteins and goodness. Head to Cook Eat Paleo for the how-to that's bound to give your co-workers lunch envy.
Pretty Summer Salad
This summer salad comes together with fresh corn, radishes and cucumbers for a refreshingly crunchy lunch. There are soft, earthy, beets and the sun-dried tomatoes for a nice tangy sweetness to round it all out. Weelicious has the how-to.
Cook these fingers for the kids and make sure you save a portion for your own packed lunch. Curious what gives it that delicious breaded look? It's a mix of almond flour, finely shredded coconut and spices. Head to Fashionable Foods for the recipe—this is one to bookmark.
Chicken Salad with Bacon and Scallions
Everything's better with bacon! Bring it together with chicken, garlic and onion flavors and a home-made mayo and this protein-rich dish will keep hunger contained for the rest of the day. Add it to your lunchbox with some crunchy salad leaves. Head to Paleo Running Momma for the how-to.
Crunchy Spiralized Salad
This recipe from Cotter Crunch has a new take on celeriac (celery root), spiralizing it into a simple, healthy, and delicious salad. This is a lunch dish that can be put together quickly with pumpkin seeds adding some crunch.
Pork Fajita Bowl
Leftover pork goes a long way when it comes to filling lunchboxes. Paired with cilantro, lime and riced cauliflower, this recipe will have you dancing at your desk! Head to Wonky Wonderful for tips on how to put together this fiesta in a bowl.
Butternut Crust Quiche
This recipe from Paleo Running Momma takes extra time to prepare, but don't let that put you off—it's packed with savory sausage, veggies and a creamy flavorful egg mixture for a boost of energy. It's a recipe that works for the whole family any time of day.
Spiced Whole Carrots
An easy addition to a lunchbox, these sesame-ginger roasted carrots are easy to cook, pack and eat. Prep with a tahini sauce and give them an extra crunch with sprinkled sesame seeds. Head to Feed Me Phoebe for more.
Cajun Dirty Rice
Switch out long grain rice for riced cauliflower, and you have all the makings of your favorite rice dishes without compromising your Whole 30 commitment. Wonky Wonderful has this recipe, which you can warm up at work and it'll feel like you're celebrating Mardi Gras at your desk!
— Emily Myers