Our Editors’ Favorite Big-Batch Recipes to Meal Prep for Lunch

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Meal prepping lunch for the week can really be a game-changer. It rids you of mornings digging around your fridge for something to pack and helps you curb your expensive takeout salad habit. We’re big believers in it and try to make a point to prep lunch each weekend. Here are some of our favorite recipes to get the job done.

“This pesto chicken is really versatile for lunch and easy to pack with some rice and veggies one day and in a pita the next,” says Patty. While this recipe calls for making your own quick pesto, you can easily swap in your favorite store-bought jar if you’d really like to keep things simple.

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“I’m obsessed with this recipe, because it’s super easy to make in bulk and it’s crisp and light,” says Ariel. It’s the kind of thing that can either be eaten on its own or tucked between two slices of bread.

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We all love grain bowls we can prep ahead, and have particularly been digging this spicy version that’s finished with an egg and creamy yogurt sauce.

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These marinated beans are on repeat in my house. They take no more than 10 minutes to make and only get better as the week goes on. I like to pile them on toast or toss them with leftover cooked grains.

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“Carnitas of any kind! I use it in salads for protein, but it’s also good as quesadillas,” says Christine. Having a big batch on hand makes it easy to bulk up any lunch throughout the week.

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I love making a batch of these savory hand pies and freezing half. That way I get half for the week and the other half for a week when I am too lazy to meal prep!

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“This is one of the recipes that really turned me on to batch cooking a couple of years ago. They’re wholesome and feel healthy to me, plus I love that they’re super hearty without feeling heavy,” says Kelli.

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