10 Budget Lunch Ideas You Can Make in 15 Minutes

10 Budget Lunch Ideas You Can Make in 15 Minutes

Kelli Foster
Sep 11, 2018
(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

The best lunches are the ones that are the simplest to pull off. They make use of leftover veggies in the crisper, humble pantry basics, and meal prep staples, which not only makes them easy but also keeps our weekly food budgets in check. These are the lunches that do just that, and come together in 15 minutes or less. If it sounds too good to be true, I assure you it's not.

1. Crispy White Beans with Greens and Poached Egg

While this recipe calls for Swiss chard, any greens you have on hand will work.

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2. Pesto and Egg Baguette Sandwich

This simple sandwich just might be the best reason of all to make a big batch of hard-boiled eggs during your meal prep session.

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3. Marinated White Beans

You might want to consider making a double batch because these easy, no-cook beans just keep getting better as they sit.

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4. Chilled Zucchini Noodle Salad

Tossed with a sweet and spicy honey jalapeño lime vinaigrette and plenty of cilantro, this salad will prove to you once and for all that zucchini noodles are far from boring.

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5. Chickpea and Cheddar Quesadillas

Mashed chickpeas are the hearty meatless filling your quesadillas have been missing. Wrapping it instead of going for the classic wedge-cut quesadilla means it's totally desk-friendly.

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6. Apple, Brie, and Dijon Baguette Sandwich

In the absence of Brie, sharp cheddar, Gouda, or Gruyère make an excellent alternative on this sandwich.

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7. Peanut Butter, Banana, and Granola Wrap

When you were ready to eat five minutes ago, few things satisfy as much as (or come together quite as quickly) a peanut butter sandwich.

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8. 1-Minute Tomato Sandwich

There are still late-summer tomatoes to be had, and they are the key to the easiest and most delicious lunch you'll have right now.

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9. Tomato Chickpea Salad

Take a few minutes to crisp the chickpeas in a skillet and you won't regret it.

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10. Single-Serve Microwave Shakshuka

Armed with a mug and a few pantry staples, this shakshuka is simple enough to pull off in the office kitchen.

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