Real Food Lunches - Intentional By Grace

30+ Real Food Lunch Ideas {no more same old, same old!}

I don’t know about you, but I get so tired of the same old, same old lunch ideas. You too? Read on …

Real Food Lunches - Intentional By Grace
When it comes to lunches, we try to use leftovers as often as we can. But sometimes there are no leftovers and sometimes I just can’t muster up another nut butter and jam sandwich.

Regardless of what we’re in the mood for, there is one rule when it comes to lunches in our house – it better be easy!

The following are some recipe ideas I’ve been saving on my lunch Pinterest board. Many of them we’ve tried before and loved, and some of them are on my list of lunch ideas to try.

Either way here are 30+ real food lunch ideas to get you out of the mid-day rut and help you get real food on the table fast!


Simple Mayo-less Tuna Salad @ The Humbled Homemaker

Sweet Kale Salad @ The Humbled Homemaker

Barbecue Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad @ Joyful Thrifty Home

Quinoa Fruit Salad @ Skinny MS

Grilled Chicken and Blueberry Salad @ Skinny MS

Spring Salad in an Avocado @ Skinny MS

Apple, Quinoa and Kale Salad @ The Greenback Gal

Apple, Bacon & Pecan Salad with Garlic Balsamic Dressing @ Lauren’s Latest

Strawberry Feta Salad @ The Nourishing Home


Simple Sugar Snap Pea Pasta Salad @ The Humbled Homemaker

10-Minute Mediterranean Chickpea Salad @ Keeper of the Home

Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce @ The Pioneer Woman

Three Bean Pasta Salad @ Martha Stewart

Sandwiches & Wraps

Chicken Caesar Wrap @ Intentional By Grace

Grilled Chicken & Strawberry Salad Wrap @ Pioneer Woman

Quinoa Wrap with Black Beans, Feta and Avocado @ Marin Mama Cooks

Simple Quesadillas @ The Humbled Homemaker

Overstuffed Veggie Sandwich @ Skinny MS

Carrot-Cheddar Sandwich @ The Nourishing Home

Ham and Cheese Panini Dippers @ Weelicious

Toddler & Kids

5 Easy Real Food School Lunches @ The Humbled Homemaker

Snack Style Lunches @ Creative Christian Mama

Japanese Rice Balls @ Weelicious

Hot Lunch

Chicken Fried Rice @ Joyful Thrifty Home

Cheeseburger Tortilla Skillet @ The Humbled Homemaker

Herb Chicken Skillet @ The Humbled Homemaker

Gluten-Free Fried Chicken @ The Humbled Homemaker

Slow Cooker Minestrone @ Skinny MS

Skinny Burrito in a Jar @ Skinny MS

Salmon Cakes @ Smarterr Each Day

Pizza Nachos @ Tasty Kitchen

What about you? What are your favorite real food lunch ideas? I’m always on the hunt for new ideas!

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  1. I know you mean about PB&J sandwiches…they’re great and convenient but they do not fill me up at all.

    We love making quick soups in the fall and winter, throwing together salads, making sheet pan nachos, or putting together quick picnics with cheese, fruit, and crackers with hummus.

    Thanks for sharing all these great new ideas!