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18 Cheap and Easy Lunches to Take to Work

These cheap lunch ideas for work will end the midday woes!

Updated June 21, 2018
18 Easy Lunches to Take to Work

Are you tired of taking deli meat sandwiches for lunch every day? These recipes provide easy lunches to take to work and will relieve you of your midday monotony. This guide includes make-ahead recipes that can be served as dinner with leftovers being stored for future lunches as well as easy recipes that can be made specifically for your lunchbox.

This meal planning guide will ensure you don't have to eat the meal every day on the job. You'll have options in your freezer so you can vary your midday meal day-to-day. This guide includes simple casserole recipes, warm homemade soups, upscale sandwiches, and elevated macaroni and cheese to for quick lunch ideas for work. Spice up your lunch hour with these cheap lunch ideas for work!

All of the included recipes have come from the CheapThriftyLiving and RecipeLion test kitchens to provide quality recipes that you'll love in your lunchbox. 

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

Create a comforting dish that you can freeze and warm up just when you need it. This chili mac and cheese will brighten your work day with a hearty meal that provides enough energy to finish your day.

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One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe

This one-pan lunch yields homemade hamburger helper that can easily be packaged and re-heated for a meaty lunch at work. 20 minutes of cooking will give you lunch for a whole week.

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Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe

Awesome Beef Taco Casserole

This simple casserole will spice up your lunch filled with meat, cheese, and beans. This freezer-friendly recipe will add new flavors to your midday meal.

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Awesome Beef Taco Casserole

Amish-Style Ground Beef Casserole

This beef casserole adds a hearty dish that can be easily packaged and taken for lunch. Separate the topping to avoid it becoming soggy and you'll have a lunch that's ready in no time.

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Amish-Style Ground Beef Casserole

Grandma's Best Comfort Casserole

Prepare a comforting dish that takes one of Grandma's best recipes and transforms it into a luxurious lunch for work. This make-ahead meal will easily heat up for a notsalgic lunchtime.

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Grandma's Best Comfort Casserole

Classic Egg Salad Sandwich

If you're tired of taking the same type of sandwich to work every day, try this egg salad recipe and add variety to your lunch routine. This recipe creates a simple sandwich perfect for a busy lunch.

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Classic Egg Salad Sandwich

Poor Man Chicken Broccoli Casserole

This cheap casserole recipe provides a weeknight dinner with leftovers perfect for lunch later in the week. Try this chicken and broccoli casserole and add a cheesy dish to your weekly lunches.

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Poor Man Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Deliciously Meaty Macaroni Beef Casserole

This meaty macaroni makes a large casserole that will keep your freezer stocked with pre-made lunches. This simple recipe will heat up for a warm, cheesy lunch any day of the week.

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Deliciously Meaty Macaroni Beef Casserole

Hubby's Favorite Hobo Casserole

This lasagna-inspired recipe yields a creamy turkey dish that will provide relief from standard lunch fare. You'll love having this convenient casserole at work to add vibrancy to your midday meal.

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Hubby's Favorite Hobo Casserole

The King of Casseroles

This royal dish is fit for a king and your lunchbag. This casserole adds depth of flavor and texture to brighten up your lunch hour.

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The King of Casseroles

Chicken and Chili Mexican Soup

This chicken chili is perfect for the winter! This simple recipe can be refrigerated and trasferred into a thermos for a meaty, delicious lunch.

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Chicken and Chili Mexican Soup

BBQ Meatball Sliders

Add a new variety of sandwich to your lunchbox with these meatball sliders. By re-purposing frozen meatballs with BBQ sauce, you'll have scrumptious sandwiches that will make your co-workers envious.

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BBQ Meatball Sliders

White Bean Stew

This recipe will ensure you eat your vegetables at work. This thick stew can be taken in a thermos for an easy lunch at work.

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White Bean Stew

Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

Add a savory stir-fry to your lunchtime routine. This recipe combines pineapple, chicken, and vegetables to create a full meal that can be served over rice or noodles for a complete lunch.

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Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

Layered Italian Crescent Roll Bake

This crescent roll bake will transform your daily deli meat sandwich into a warm dish that will change your lunch. By using staple lunch ingredients, you can elevate your lunch with a few added steps.

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Layered Italian Crescent Roll Bake

5-Ingredient Honey Lime Chicken

This five-ingredient recipe is perfect for your weekly lunches. This simply prepared dish will add complex flavors to your lunch hour.

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5-Ingredient Honey Lime Chicken

Cheesy Roast Beef Sliders

Elevate your lunchtime sandwiches with this roast beef slider recipe. You'll love having these small sandwiches at lunch over a traditional deli meat offering.

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Cheesy Roast Beef Sliders

Comforting Retro Tuna Noodle Casserole

This tuna casserole will add a creamy element to your weekly lunches. This casserole will add a lovely lunch recipe to your rotation.

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Comforting Retro Tuna Noodle Casserole

What's your favorite lunch to take to work? Let us know in the comments below!

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