Your wallet can thank us later.

A high grocery bill is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to eating healthy. You can shop the sales and make basic meals, but if you aren’t enthusiastic about what you bring to the office then what’s the point?

It’s significantly harder to stick to a healthy eating plan and avoid stepping out to buy lunch when the meal in your bag is boring. To keep lunches delicious and budget-friendly, we rounded up our favorite healthy lunches that won’t break the bank. Plus, many of them use similar ingredients—so you’ll be able to enjoy these with items you have on hand.

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Waffle Iron Turkey Melt Panini

Ooey-gooey Colby Jack cheese balances out the salty bacon and tart apple slices in this lunchtime favorite. If you don’t have a waffle maker, this can easily be made in a panini press or grilled-cheese style in a nonstick pan.

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Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi

This pasta-like meal is easy to pull together and pack for a work lunch. Spaghetti squash is an inexpensive, low-carb option and pairs with surprisingly simple ingredients for a perfect bite.

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Pan Bagnat Tuna Sandwich

Tuna sandwiches have been your go-to cheap meal since college, but our version feels extra flavorful. Egg, lettuce, tomato, and salty tuna salad come together seamlessly, and it tastes even better if you make it the night before.

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Lemon-Thyme Chicken Salad

This classic chicken salad can be used in a multitude of ways: scoop it over a bed of greens, spread it over bread, or even build our Chicken Salad Lunch Box. It’s the best way to stretch leftover baked chicken breasts or a grocery store rotisserie chicken.

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Steak Salad Niçoise

We took this classic French salad made with staple ingredients like eggs, olives, potatoes, and green beans, and turned it on its head. Toss in thinly-sliced steak for an indulgent meal that won’t break the bank.

View The Recipe: Steak Salad Niçoise

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Orange-Almond Chicken-and-Cabbage Bowls

Just six ingredients will become your new favorite lunch to prep and pack. Fresh orange slices bring brightness, while coleslaw mix and almonds offer unexpected crunch. Plus, store-bought dressing keeps this recipe quick and easy (read: perfect for throwing together on weekday mornings).

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Greek Slaw and Chicken Pitas

Toss feta cheese, cabbage, and green onions in a light, lemony dressing and pair with rotisserie chicken for a simple lunchtime sandwich. Add additional veggies for something different, and easily assemble during your lunch hour.

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The Cheeseburger Salad

When you’re looking for something meaty that doesn’t break the bank, this is the salad for you. All of the ingredients are reminiscent of your favorite fast food meal—beef patty and cheese, plus lettuce, tomato, and onion topped with crumbled potato chips. Drizzle on the ketchup and mayo mixture for the ultimate indulgence.

View the recipe: The Cheeseburger Salad 

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Chickpea Panzanella

Crunchy croutons and creamy feta cheese are essential in this hearty vegetarian main. Canned chickpeas and artichoke hearts are budget-friendly, and it only takes 20 minutes to assemble your plate.

View the recipe: Chickpea Panzanella

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Spinach

Ground turkey is a fantastic, cheap alternative to more expensive meats like steak or sausage. For a healthier pasta, we swapped in spaghetti squash for classic lasagna noodles and added spinach for a vitamin boost.

One-Pot Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes

A can of diced tomatoes is brought to life with onions, garlic, oregano, and chicken stock, and cooking the pasta directly in the sauce adds major flavor. Brighten the dish with parmesan and spinach for the perfect one-pot meal.

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Mini Bow Ties with Bacon and Peas

Carrots, peas, and onions get next-level flavor when cooked in bacon fat. Stir in cream cheese for the ultimate, veggie-packed dish that gets more cheesy and delicious with every bite.