7 Lunches with 5 Ingredients or Fewer

Quick, easy, budget-friendly, and nutritious.

Complex recipes with a laundry list of ingredients can be intimidating, and scare off even the biggest culinary enthusiasts. Luckily, you can still enjoy downright delicious meals without having to worry about spending lengthy periods of time in the kitchen. And when it comes to lunches, who wouldn’t turn down super simple recipes with little prep time? These 7 Lunches with 5 Ingredients or Fewer makes prepping healthy lunches a cinch.

We know that with a busy schedule, it’s hard to plan ahead for a meal that occurs smack dab in the middle of the day. These nutritious lunch dishes, however, are a snap to whip up, and contain 5 (or fewer!) easy ingredients. And with a max of 5 ingredients, you save time shopping, preparing, and cleaning with each meal. These midday dish ideas prove that less is really more, and you can fill up on energy-boosting, nutrient-rich lunches while saving time and money!

1. 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken

Make this quick & easy recipe in the slow cooker. You’ll love this chicken recipe on a whole grain bun, tortilla, or bread. This recipe has 35 grams of lean protein and only 4 SmartPoints. 

2. Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich
This flavorful sandwich has just 5 ingredients.  Two superfoods makes this recipe an antioxidant powerhouse. Needs some help fighting the dreaded muffin top? Avocado has been touted as a food that may help to target fat, specifically belly fat. Eat up!

3. Skinny Black Bean Flautas

Skinny Black Bean Flautas
Sink your teeth into these delights with a Mexican flair! Black beans pair wonderfully with cheddar cheese and lend to the dish’s protein-rich profile, while flavorful green chiles give the flautas a  juicy kick!

4. Tomato, Hummus, and Spinach Sandwich

Tomato, hummus, and baby spinach blend beautifully in this quick sandwich bursting with colorful flavors and creamy textures. The fiber-rich hummus makes it a satisfying grab-and-go lunch that can be prepped and put together in a matter of minutes!

5. Clean Eating Grilled Cheese on Wheat

Clean Eating Grilled Cheese
Spread olive oil on wheat bread instead the usual butter. You’ll love the crunch that comes from using olive oil and the taste is still a classic grilled cheese.

6. Slow Cooker Macoroni and Cheese

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
Do your fantasies include macaroni and cheese that doesn’t pack on the pounds? This scrumptious recipe puts a nutritious spin on your favorite comfort food, turning those fantasies into a reality. This cheesy dish of your dreams is super simple without overdoing it in the calorie department!

7. Italian Caprese Sandwich

Italian Caprese Sandwich2
Taste the flavors of Italy with this authentic 5-ingredient Italian sandwich. A SkinnyMs. recipe creator and travel writer, who resides and works in Italy, created this mouthwatering sandwich. If you’re looking for a tasty and easy prep lunch, you’ve come to the right recipe.

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Ellie Krasner

Ellie is a full-time violinist living in Las Vegas, and a writer with an insatiable appetite for clean eating and fitness! She is a graduate of Binghamton University with degrees in English literature and violin, and loves investigating the world of healthy living.

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