10 Low-Carb Lunches to Make on Repeat

updated May 21, 2021
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Whether you’re following Whole30 or a keto diet, or simply just trying to eat fewer carbs for your own personal reasons, you know lunch can be tricky. You’ve had to brush aside you usual sandwich and get a little more creative with salads in order to make them filling.

If you’re hunting for inspiration, we want to help. Here are 10 low-carb lunch ideas that fit the bill, all while being totally satisfying. They also happen to be easy to assemble and many are perfect for meal planning, which means you can add them to your weekend meal prep and enjoy them all week long without having to worry about what to make for lunch. So, yes, you’ll want to keep this list close.

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Tofu and Broccoli Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing
A bag of broccoli slaw makes this hearty salad come together in next to no time. It also means it won't wilt after dressing it, so it can be made ahead.
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Baked Chicken and Veggies
The secret to cooking a whole sheet pan of chicken and vegetables in just 20 minutes is to crank up the oven temperature. Doing so also prevents the meat from overcooking and leaves the veggies nice and charred.
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Easy Egg Roll in a Bowl
Bagged slaw makes this egg roll in the bowl a cinch to make.
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Mediterranean Cauliflower Couscous Salad
While this recipe calls for making the cauliflower "couscous" yourself, you can also swap in a bag of store-bought cauliflower rice and save yourself from pulling out the food processor.
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Veggie Nori Rolls
These light and easy veggie rolls can be customized depending on what you have on hand. Try replacing the carrots and cucumbers with zucchini or radishes, or even swapping the hummus with cream cheese.
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Salmon Patties
Keep a couple of cans of salmon around and you can make these quick patties at a moment's notice. They're a protein-packed lunch that can be served warm, room temperature, and even cold.
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Swiss Chard Slaw with Creamy Avocado Dressing
While Swiss chard is usually cooked, here it's left raw. It makes for a great alternative to kale for a hearty salad that won't wilt for days.
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BLT Lettuce Wraps with Avocado
If you're longing for a good BLT sandwich, you won't be disappointed by this low-carb alternative. It's got all the signature elements of the classic, plus buttery chunks of avocado to boot.
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The Easiest Frittata
Anything goes when it comes to making a frittata, so definitely use it as an opportunity to clean our your fridge. Leftover roasted veggies, bits of cheese, and a mix of herbs are all fair game.
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Italian Chicken Salad
This chicken salad has so much going on — bacon, toasted almonds, roasted red peppers, and a Dijon vinaigrette — that you most definitely don't need bread to make it interesting. Serve this on its own or over greens.
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