10 Budget Lunches That Aren't Salad

10 Budget Lunches That Aren't Salad

Sheela Prakash
Sep 6, 2018
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If you're looking for cheap lunch recipes that will keep you full through the afternoon, well, you came to the right spot. These budget-friendly recipes have enough bulk to them that you won't be starving an hour after eating. They also come together easily and can be made the night before. Win-win-win!

1. Peanut Butter, Banana, and Granola Wrap

A healthy sprinkle of crunchy granola turns a plain ol' peanut butter and banana sandwich into something much more exciting.

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2. Marinated White Beans

These beans have so many possibilities: Pile them on salad greens, toss then with cooked grains, or simply eat them on their own.

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3. How To Make a Frittata with Whatever You Have on Hand

A frittata is the perfect way to clean out your kitchen: Gather whatever vegetables you have in your crisper drawer, that last bit of cheese, and some leftover meat and you've got lunch.

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4. Smoky Roasted Vegetable Hummus Bowl

Your favorite tub of hummus becomes lunch when you pile it with roasted veggies and grab some pita to dunk in it.

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5. Salmon and Kale Caesar Wraps

Canned salmon is often skipped over at the grocery store, but it's worth your time: It's a budget-friendly option that's a nice change from tuna!

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6. Easy Cabbage & White Bean Soup

Turn a super-affordable head of cabbage into a comforting lunch by combining it with a couple of cans of white beans, broth, and few other vegetables.

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7. Chickpea Nuggets

These vegetarian nuggets can be made ahead then re-warmed and re-crisped in the toaster oven.

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8. Egg Wraps with Ham and Greens

Feel free to experiment with other fillings for these crepe-like egg wraps, like turkey, shredded chicken, or chopped vegetables.

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9. Spinach and Refried Bean Quesadillas

A can of refried beans is the star of this cheap and filling lunch — just don't forget the salsa and sour cream!

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10. Sweet Potato-Chickpea Patties with Sriracha-Yogurt Dip

You don't even need to cook the sweet potato before making these patties. Simply grate it on a box grater and mix with the beans, egg, and breadcrumbs.

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