9 Work Lunches Under 500 Calories That Take Less Than 15 Minutes To Make

There's not a soggy salad in sight!

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If there’s one part of the workday we always look forward to (apart from going home and snuggling up on the couch, of course), it’s lunchtime. You can stretch your legs, rest your eyes, get some fresh air and, most importantly, eat! But unless you were organized enough to do Sunday food prep that week, lunchtime is right around the time decision fatigue kicks in. You realize you have NFI, which you feel like eating, so you panic and order a less-than-appetizing salad… or a burger bigger than your head that immediately puts you into a carb coma!
As it turns out, there is a middle ground with work lunches that taste great but don’t contain your entire daily calorie allowance. And you won’t even have to do meal prep — well, not really. As they’re ready in less than 15 minutes, you can quickly make them at night before you go to work or in the morning. They’re also super cheap, so they’ll increase the size of your wallet, not your waistband.
Please scroll through the gallery for our favorite lunch recipes under 500 calories per serve that take less than 15 minutes to make.

Southwestern Veggie Hummus Wraps

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This veggie-packed wrap is the perfect grab-and-go option, taking only 10 minutes to make!
See the recipe here.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

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The slow-cooker does all the heavy lifting in this low-cal comfort food from Two Peas and Their Pod.
Check out the recipe here.

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wrap

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This delicious tropical-inspired wrap is perfect for using your leftover chicken from last night’s dinner.
See the recipe.

Chickpea Spinach Salad

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This vegetarian-friendly salad is as quick and easy as they come, taking just 7 minutes to make!
Check out the recipe.

Black Bean Corn Quesadillas

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Image: dashingdish.com

Cheesy and easy is the name of the game with this quick Mexican dish.
Learn to make it here.

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

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Image: ambitiouskitchen.com

Make your workmates jealous with this gourmet-looking (but super quick and easy) lunch.
See the recipe.

15-Minute Lo Mein

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Image: pinchofyum.com

This stir-fry recipe from Pinch of Yum puts a healthier spin on a Chinese takeaway classic.
Check out the recipe.

Spaghetti Carbonara

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This quick, yummy, relatively low-calorie (approx 375 per serving) pasta dish couldn’t be further from your sad desk salad.
Learn to make it here.

Vegan Red Lentil Dal

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Image: simplyquinoa.com

Low calorie, cheap and speedy — this dal recipe ticks all the right boxes, whether you’re vegan or not!
Check out the recipe.

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