Do you get stumped for good lunch ideas, falling back on the same unsatisfying sandwiches and cans of soup? So do we. So let's talk about some fresh options, like a grain salad tossed with creamy bits of avocado, and whole wheat wraps filled with sweet potatoes. Let's consider this hearty roasted broccoli soup that doesn't come from a can, and an extremely tasty chickpea twist on the classic tuna fish sandwich. We have a whole month's worth of work-week lunches up for grabs today — which one will you be making first?

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Golden Quinoa Salad with Lemon, Dill & Avocado

These lunch recipes fall into two categories: those you can assemble quickly using just a few ingredients, and those that make one big batch that will feed you all week long. The "quick-to-assemble" lunches, like wraps and salads, can be made even easier by making sure all the ingredients are prepped ahead: greens washed and dried, egg and tuna salads mixed, raw veggies chopped, and so on. Make the big-batch recipes, like soups and grain salads, on Sunday afternoon and pack them away into single-serving containers that are easy to grab and go.

We also know that everyone has very different needs when it comes to their lunches: ones that need to keep unrefrigerated, ones that don't need reheating, ones that can be eaten with one hand while grading papers at your desk. We've included a good variety here so there's something for everyone. If you feel like you need something a little more to round out your lunch, think about adding a hard-boiled egg (good with grain salads!) or a handful of crackers (good with soups!).

What are your favorite make-ahead lunches?

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Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

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Spiced Lentil, Sweet Potato, and Kale Whole Wheat Pockets


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Kale Salad with Apricots, Avocado, and Parmesan